# 71:

Truth is eternal and cannot be changed by the interpretations of people.

No one owns the truth.



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# 232:

There is nothing quite as persistent as reality, but willful ignorance comes close.


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# 72:

You cannot show others the way on a road you’ve never traveled.


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# 115:

Being good is different than acting good.


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# 87:

If we could ever figure out how to travel backward and forward in time,
we’d have to get rid of the word “after.”



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# 80:

Do not confuse being discovered by the world with discovering the world.

The first matters little.
The last is essential.



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# 59:

Don’t cast your net too far or too deep.
Catch the fish that are here, where you are.



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# 48:

Poets must give one another unadulterated
praise because nobody else gives a damn.



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# 33:

Ideas should serve life,
not the other way around.

The actual life is more important
than the imagined idea.



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# 10:

The road to sainthood is paved with sin.


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# 66:

God is a word we made up
for that which is not a word.



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# 44:

Even the finest words fall away
in early morning birdsong.



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# 39:

At some point you must set aside what you want to happen and realize what is actually happening.


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# 42:

The truth does not depend on public opinion.


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# 29:

The meek may indeed inherit the Earth,
but they will not explore it.



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# 69:

Be imperfect and acknowledge your imperfection. In this way you will become honest and no longer need to present a false image of yourself to the world.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 218:

"Normal" is an idea in wet cement.


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# 83:

We are not in this world. We are of this world.


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# 105:

You know you’re getting old when you have a lifetime supply of paper clips.


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# 52:

Philosophy, the graveyard of life.


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# 47:

A kind heart may refuse to judge,
but a wise mind will measure.



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# 241:

I don’t say grace before my meals.
I believe in the separation of church and plate.



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# 24:

Improve the world. Sit quietly. Do nothing.


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# 41:





When we say what something is like,
we replace the actual with the imagined.



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# 256:

If you were granted the power of a god,
your ego would be sorely tempered
by your responsibilities.



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# 1:

Those who believe in God, abandon God.


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# 237:

Weighing one sin against another does not change the fact that a sin is a sin.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 108:

It’s not what we take,
but what we make that interests me.

# 13:

The universe is not the product of an intelligent being, the universe is an intelligent being.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 63:

The secret of wisdom
is to question
what you think you know.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 8:

In poetry,
the writing is the thing that comes last.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 25:

You must give up where you are
before you can get somewhere else.



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# 228:

Someday, people will look back at us and laugh at our appearances. But most of all, they will be amazed at what we believed.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 19:

If you are not living the life you imagined, imagine the life you are living.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 243:

The game’s no longer fun,
after the game is won.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 186:

We are all called.
Some of us listen.
Some of us hear.
Some of us answer.



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# 255:

No mind of man shaped these mountains.


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# 171:

Maintenance is an unwelcome distraction.


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# 169:

The way to end conflict
is to desire an end to conflict
above all else.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 181:

Anyone who can look back at life
without feeling some degree of humility
is either a saint or a liar.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 160:

Children have a way of living up to
their parents’ worst expectations.



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# 166:

If you pray for the end of all suffering,
you are praying for the end of this world.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 155:

It’s original ignorance,
not original sin.



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# 187:

Do not overburden your heart
with what is beyond your influence.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 188:

Too many conclusions crowd out the mystery
of not knowing, leaving little room
for the surprise of discovery.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 193:

Listen to the inner voice
that tells you what is wise.



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# 153:

If you awaken; if you become enlightened,
it will not free you from pain.

But it will help you understand
the nature of pain, and all other

earthly sensations, better.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 253:

The innocence of the future
will defeat the duplicity of the past.


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# 189:

Spiritual growth requires honesty
in every action, in every word spoken,
and, most importantly, in every thought.



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# 252:

Why?
Because God allows everything.
That’s why.



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# 198:

One must resist the slumber
induced by a false sense of permanence.



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# 183:

Is reason superior to emotion?
It depends.
Which would you prefer:
to think about love, or to feel love?



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# 151:

How to stay out of trouble: Wait!


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# 154:

If you ever get everything you want,
you will become a slave to prosperity.



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# 172:

The best teachers do not try to change us,
they help us unlock what is already within.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 194:

Do not cloud what is real
and unexplainable
with rational pretense.



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# 190:

The friendliest, most kindhearted people
are those most without fear,
especially fear of themselves.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 195:

Instead of arguing,
learn what your adversary thinks and why.



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# 175:

If I didn't know what I know now
I wouldn't know what I know now.
But I know now what
I didn't know when
I didn't know what I know now.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 144:

There is no “best” way to satisfy hunger,
with food or religion.



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# 205:

Earth is the place for making mistakes,
the place of learning,
especially,
learning to forgive.



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# 251:

A prayer is an articulation of the soul.


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# 173:

Embrace your sadness,
for the wound must be treated
in order to heal.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 143:

We have a moral obligation to embrace joy,
to be as happy as possible.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 152:

Everyone is no one at all.


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# 161:

May we live up to the wisest words we speak.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 182:

Enlightenment is not a destination,
it’s a beginning.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 202:

Perhaps another word for God is Being,
Something whole
In which we have individual parts,
But still always part of the whole.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 212:

You must see your own destiny to fulfill it.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 250:

The Truth Has Jagged Edges.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 204:

Those things you waited for never happened,
because this world requires that you

make things happen.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 165:

So much of the trouble in this world
is caused by certainty.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 162:

Despite your heartfelt forgiveness,
there are truly evil people in this world
who do not deserve to be forgiven.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 148:

Sometimes, the belief that achievement
comes only after prolonged effort
becomes an excuse.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 203:

I am not important enough to disagree with.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 197:

Perception requires contrast.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 240:

My moments of enlightenment
remind me of just how far I’ve fallen.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 176:

Jesus, the embodiment of God.
The only one?
What about you? What about me?
Even the tiniest blade of grass
reaches toward the light.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 163:

I see my faults most clearly
when I point them out in others.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 147:

It’s only my body that ages.
My soul has a different measure.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 141:

If you grow a larger soul,
be kind to those you leave behind.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 209:

This world is a joke, but I don't get it.
I am a joke, but the world doesn't get it.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 140:

When I am gone, don’t say I died.
Say I changed.
Say: At last, the butterfly has left its cocoon.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 213:

There’s no one quite as stupid
as an ignorant man who thinks he’s smart.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 137:

Perhaps the innate joyful nature of children has something to do with reincarnation.

Perhaps it’s a joy that comes from some unspoken, inner realization that one has survived death and come back again for another life.

Perhaps that explains the feeling of immortality so common among the young.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 214:

Sometimes, a nation, like a person,
must make mistakes in order to learn
and move forward.



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# 136:

Technology belongs in the servants’ quarters.


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# 135:

When the seeming hopelessness of reality
darkens your spirit, employ faith
as an instrument of imagination.



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# 216:

Don’t wait for the dream.
Be the dream.



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# 133:

When there are no rules
it’s hard to rule anything out.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 260:

One of the sadist words I know: Was.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 132:

When everything is permitted,
everything is committed.



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# 223:

First, it’s what you say.
Then, it’s what you do.
That’s Love.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 128:

You’ve got to keep a vigilant awareness
of your own ignorance to keep learning.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 219:

There are only so many years
between ignorant youngster and senile senior.
Make the most of them while you've got 'em.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 123:

The hopeless prayers
are the most important prayers.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 208:

When someone gives you advice,
ask yourself what they want from you.
It’s almost always something.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 191:

The real wealth of this life is time


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 185:

In this information age, true understanding
requires us to go beyond generalization
and examine what is specific.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 159:

Disarm your enemies—laugh at them.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 157:

The secret of enlightenment:
It’s not what you think.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 131:

Kiss your dream sweetly or it will leave silently.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 117:

Being enlightened.
Knowing you’re not enlightened.
Pretty much the same thing.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 107:

It’s an ordinary poem in a gilded cage.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 226:

Knowing is remembering.
Experiencing is being.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 247:

All knowledge is based
on the amazing fact that we exist.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 180:

We are a sales pitch nation.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 177:

Academic poets hide behind literary devices,
keeping a safe, intellectual distance
from what is intensely personal.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 211:

This Is The Age Of The Pure Self

Anarchy,
Not just for the dispossessed anymore,
It's catching on like wildfire,
A fad,
A new sport for the upper crust,
For those separated from the great mass
By privilege,
Power,
Perception.

This perception of superiority,
Now this is the motive force,
Not just for the well-to-do anymore,
No,
Even the lowest inhabitants of the social order
Feel superior these days.

Now,
In our cities and our streets,
In our homes and office buildings,
In all manner of public and private places,
Now,
No one is safe from this self-righteous anarchy.

This is war.

To each their own pure self,
The pure self that needs no law,
That bends to no man, woman or child,
That considers not its own frailties,
Sees no larger world beyond itself,
Enforces its iron rule without mercy,
No matter how trivial or mundane its kingdom may be.

Nor more humility,
No backing up,
No admission of error,
Of guilt,
Of responsibility.
All actions and motives of the pure self are beyond question.

We encounter one another
In our day-to-day lives
And exchange the menacing glance.
All is understood.
Ours is the age of the pure self.




~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 249:

When you are treated
as if your life has no worth,
then you have no honor to uphold.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 134:

I would legalize marijuana
for limited recreational use.
You could only smoke it
while playing badminton.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 126:

Logic cannot reason away
the wounds of the heart.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 110:

I learn more from pain than pleasure.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 227:

This world is neither full of joy nor full of hate.
It’s full of us and who we are.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 112:

When things go wrong we ask why
–rarely when things go right.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 97:

It is more blessed to listen than to speak.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 178:

It’s easier to decide
you did not want what you failed to achieve,
pretending you had a choice.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 150:

You can’t really explain yourself
to someone who’s not intelligent enough

to understand, though the impulse to try
is often overwhelming.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 127:

My advice to young people:
Don’t take anyone’s advice–especially mine.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 88:

Even the fallen may have grace.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 210:

The obligation of a leader
is not to pretend virtue,
but to be virtuous.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 168:

The trouble begins when we apply the
imaginary world to the real world.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 85:

Infatuation makes a fool of even the wisest man
–if he’s lucky.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 130:

Being madly in love eliminates philosophy.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 15:

The wind of thought blows dust into my eyes.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 221:

Those who oppose the truth
are the real enemies of the people.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 230:

There is no music so sweet
as a baby’s laughter.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 234:

I have love in my heart for all.
I just don’t want to spend time with them.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 91:

So many poems are all frosting – no cake.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 104:

Faith is the wellspring of hope,
when the mechanisms of destiny
are beyond comprehension.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 81:

There are many ways to die.
Only a few of them are physical.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 49:

I criticize my sons for being like me.
I know too well where that can lead.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 225:

Without the heart,
words and meanings fall apart.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 196:

This is the future the science fiction
writers warned us about decades ago.

The surprise is how voluntarily
we have accepted our brainwashing.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 167:

Where you’ve been matters less
than where you are.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 174:

When you say “no” to one thing
you are saying “yes” to another.

No and yes are partners.
Each is half of the whole.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 146:

If your life is going way too fast,
go stand in line at the DMV.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 120:

We pray for help, for miracles,
but actions have their consequences.
It is the way of this world.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 22:

It is my singular ambition to be an angel.
The other stuff is weakness.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 192:

Being true to yourself
does not require anyone else’s approval.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 224:

Morality is not about what you think,
but how you behave.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 258:

Ask the elderly how they are doing. Behind every “OK” lies pain.


~ Russ Allison Loar

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# 156:

Nothing is hidden.
Life is about learning how to see
what is already here.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 142:

Once you create an angry mob,
there’s no turning back.
The mob is in control.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 206:

If you could travel back in time,
you would forget how you got there.

# 235:

The truth you believe may not exist
beyond your imagination.

# 229:

Moment by moment we check for messages,
as if we were all heart transplant surgeons,
waiting for the call.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 53:

What you do matters.
Who you are matters more.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 79:

A poem is like an orgasm.
If it lasts too long,
the poet is probably faking it.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 57:

In the blink of an eye
it’s Monday again,
eternal Monday.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 99:

Life is for discovering
what we already possess.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 103:

Human beings
may be the only animals
that wonder.



~ Russ Allison Loar
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# 55:

Answers can be found in silence.


~ Russ Allison Loar
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