new year's quote

I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's.

william blake.


on a way of life

"Take care not to shave your antennae of a mornimg.

Respect movements, flee schools.

Do not confuse progressive science with intuitive science, the only one that counts.

Do as the beautiful woman: see to your figure and your petticoats. Though, of course, I am not speaking literally.

Be someone else when receiving your blows (Leporello).

People would say to Al Brown: "You are not a boxer. You are a dancer." He laughed at this, and won.

Do not take up cause against the inaccuracies printed about you. They are your protection.

Be a constant outrage to modesty There is nothing to fear: modesty is exercised only among the blind.

One is either judge or accused. The judge sits, the accused stands. Live on your feet.

Never forget that a masterpiece is testimony to intellectual depravity (A break with the norm.) Turn it into action, and society will condemn it. That is what usually happens anyway.

Contradict the so-called avant-garde.

Hasten slowly. Run faster than beauty.

Find first, seek later.

Be helpful, even if it compromises you.

Compromise yourself. Obscure your own trail.

Withdraw quietly from the dance.

He who is affected by an insult is infected by it.

Understand that some of your enemies are amongst your best friends (a question of standards).

Fight any instinct to be humorless, for humorlessness is the worst of all absurdities.

Do not fear being ridiculous in relation to the ridiculous.

Don't put all your baskets in one egg.

See your disappointments as good fortune. One plan's deflation is another's inflation.

A certain kind of stupidity is essential. The encyclopedists are the source of the kind of intelligence that is a transcendent form of stupidity.

Do not close the circle. Leave it open. Descartes closes the circle. Pascal leaves it open. Rousseau's triumph over the encyclopedists is to have left his circle open when they closed theirs.

The pen should be a dowser's rod, capable of reviving an atrophied sense, to help an infallible yet almost totally dysfunctional sense. (The real me.) .

Do not flee yourself in action.

Allow the power of the soul to grow as flagrant as the power of sex.

Expect neither reward nor beatitude. Return noble waves for ignoble.

Hate only hatred.

An unjust conviction is the supreme title to nobility.

Disavow anyone who provokes or accepts the extermination of a race to which he does not belong.

Be a mere assistant to your unconscious. Do only half the work. The rest will do itself.

Consider metaphysics as an extension of the physical.

Know that your work speaks only to those on the same wavelength as you.

Anything of any importance cannot help but be unrecognizable, since it bears no resemblance to anything already known.

. . . The ultimate politeness in art consists of speaking only to those who are able to uncover and measure its relationships. Anything else is symbolic, and symbolism is merely transcendental imagery. . . ."




the rebel

People are afraid, very much afraid of those who know themselves. They have a certain power, a certain aura and a certain magnetism, a charisma that can take out alive, young people from the traditional imprisonment....

The enlightened man cannot be enslaved - that is the difficulty - and he cannot be imprisoned.... Every genius who has known something of the inner is bound to be a little difficult to be absorbed; he is going to be an upsetting force. The masses don't want to be disturbed, even though they may be in misery; they
are in misery, but they are accustomed to the misery. And anybody who is not miserable looks like a stranger.

The enlightened man is the greatest stranger in the world; he does not seem to belong to anybody. No organization confines him, no community, no society, no nation.

Osho The Zen Manifesto: Freedom from Oneself Chapter 9