# 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.



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# 128:

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



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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.



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# 123:

The hopeless prayers
are the most important prayers.



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# 208:

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



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# 191:

The real wealth of this life is time


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# 185:

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



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# 159:

Disarm your enemies—laugh at them.


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# 157:

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



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# 131:

Kiss your dream sweetly or it will leave silently.


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# 117:

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



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# 107:

It’s an ordinary poem in a gilded cage.


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# 226:

Knowing is remembering.
Experiencing is being.



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# 247:

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



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# 180:

We are a sales pitch nation.


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# 177:

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



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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.




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# 249:

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



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# 134:

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



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# 126:

Logic cannot reason away
the wounds of the heart.



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# 110:

I learn more from pain than pleasure.


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