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Artist: Johnny Cash Lyrics
Song: Hurt Lyrics/ Lyrics by Nine Inch Nails

I hurt myself today
to see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
the only thing that's real
the needle tears a hole
the old familiar sting
try to kill it all away
but I remember everything
what have I become?
my sweetest friend
everyone I know
goes away in the end
and you could have it all
my empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt
I wear this crown of thorns
upon my liar's chair
full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
beneath the stains of time
the feelings disappear
you are someone else
I am still right here
what have I become?
my sweetest friend
everyone I know
goes away in the end
and you could have it all
my empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt
if I could start again
a million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way
   

artist: Steppenwolf Lyrics
Song: Tenderness Lyrics

She tried to show me how to love
I bit her lips and bruised her arms
No I hadn't learned Tenderness
She asked, "what does love mean to you?"
I grabbed her hair and pulled her down
I looked in her eyes and I laughed
The love I feel is hard and fast
It's for a face and for one night
I don't need to own anyone
She said, she said, "All your women burn in your flame
But as it dies, as it dies, they'll leave you and seek revenge"
She laughed and said, "You'll go through hell
You'll live in lonely rooms I know
And watch for my love's Tenderness"
Oh I went from her to someone else
And someone else mmmm
Oh I couldn't feel satisfied
(instrumental)
She said, she said, "All your women burn in your flame
But as it dies, as it dies, they'll leave you and seek revenge"
I wish that I could find her now
My love is soft, my love is warm
I'd take her to bed tenderly
Oh i'd take her to bed tenderly
Yes I'd take her to bed tenderly
mmmhhhmmmm
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I owe my life to a boat crew on the Cau Viet River. We were hauling helicopter fuel when we were ambushed by a .30 cal. machine gun, and an RPG (Rocket-Propelled Grenade). A LCM-6 landed on shore, and opened fire on the VC. A few more seconds and we all (the 4 of us on our LCM-8) would have been vaporized.

On another occasion, I was alone on our LCM-8 when there was incoming. Now, let me explain our situation there, we were at Dong Ha, which is about 5 miles from the DMZ, and we took mortar fire, rockets, and artillery (the artillery was from on the other side of the DMZ). It was the loudest thing I ever heard. I was praying and bargaining with God when another LCM-8 (not from our base in Coronado, CA, Or at least not among the 4 LCM-8s that came over with us from our base) risked their lives to let me jump on their boat and didi mao (or however you spell it). It means lets get the hell out of here.

Thanks, you guys. I think about you and wish you every bit of happiness.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quotes

some are political. but, below those are some gems
from everybody from einstein, jesus, antoine de saint-exupery,
william james, stephan w. hawking, to maharishi mahesh yogi, to
copernicus.

 


The super graphics of post-modern banners contrast with the neoclassical portico of the Field Museum, Chicago
Postmodernism is a term applied to a variety of artistic, architectural, philosophical, and cultural movements that are said to arise after and in reaction to modernism.
The term and its use have a wide variety of different meanings in different disciplines, and the existence of post-modernism as a coherent set of ideas is often debated. The most commonly cited area of disagreement comes from disagreements over what the basis for knowledge and political philosophy should have.
Modernism is usually said to frame itself as the culmination of the Enlightenment's quest for an authoritatively-rational aesthetics, ethics, and knowledge. In contrast postmodernism is usually held to be concerned with how the authority of those would-be-ideals, sometimes called metanarratives, are subverted through fragmentation, consumerism, and deconstruction. This dichotomy is somewhat problematic, since it ignores the strong emphasis on irrationalism and fragmentation within modernism. For this reason postmodernism can equally be seen as a development of aspects of modernism while rejecting others, in particular the emphasis on authenticity. Jean-François Lyotard famously described postmodernism as an "incredulity toward meta narratives" (Lyotard, 1984). Postmodernism attacks the notions of monolithic universals and encourages fractured, fluid and multiple perspectives and is marked by an increasing importance in the ideas from the Sociology of knowledge.
A related term is postmodernity, which refers to the state of things after modernity. This includes a focus on the sociological, technological, and other conditions that distinguish the Modern Age from what is thought to have arisen thereafter. Postmodernism, on the other hand, denotes intellectual, cultural, artistic, academic, and philosophical responses to the condition of postmodernity. Another related term is postmodern, an adjective used to describe either a condition of, or a response to, postmodernity. For example, one may refer to postmodern architecture, postmodern literature, postmodern culture, postmodern music and postmodern philosophy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postmodern

 


When life gets tough
and a crisis is at hand;
when we must in an instant
look inward for strength of character
to see us through, we will find
nothing inside ourselves
that we have not already put there.
Ronald Reagan
"We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." George Orwell

"The simulacrum is never what hides the truth--it is truth that hides the fact that there is none. The simulacrum is true."
Ecclesiastes
Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard
a simulacrum is a copy without an original. i am still trying to understand just what PostModern is...

"I believe that there is, at this point in history, a desperate need for a resurgence of humanism, a reawakening of values.
I believe that art - art of any kind - can play a significant part in the reaffirming of man."
Ben Shahn
"Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead."
Charles Bukowski
"Terror is the natural response to what is going on."
William Gibson, author of "Neuromancer."

"...wail against the postmodern loss of meaning and emotion."
from a review by Kirkus Reviews on the book, "Literal Madness"
by Kathie Acker

"Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we
may be permitted to pursue it."
"War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses."
Thomas Jefferson
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
William Pitt, 1783
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
     - Theodore Roosevelt, Republican
Naturally, the common people don't want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.
- Herman Göring, Nazi leader, recorded by psychologist Gustav Gilbert, who interviewed German defendants at the Nuremberg Trials, published in his book Nuremberg Diary (1947)

"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the
instruments of tyranny at home. All men having power ought to be
distrusted to a certain degree."
James Madison
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary
Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
Benjamin Franklin
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity...and I'm not sure about the universe.
- Albert Einstein

When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven, as it were, and from it the work that he desires to create flows into him... For such is the immensity of man that he is greater than heaven and earth.
- Philipus Aureoles Paracelsus

We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
- T. S. Eliot

There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be near the end of the search for the ultimate laws of nature.
- Stephen W. Hawking

Not only does God play dice, but... he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.
- Stephen W. Hawking

How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.
- Niels Bohr

If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet.
- Niels Bohr

Reality is not only stranger than we suppose but stranger than we can suppose.
- J. B. S. Haldane

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness, in a descending spiral of destruction. The chain reaction of evil must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the Kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the Kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.’
- (All the sayings of Jesus gathered from ancient sources and compiled into a single volume for the first time. Compiled by Ricky Alan Mayotte) From "The Complete Jesus." (Pg 71) Jesus

I believe there is no source of deception in the investigation of nature which can compare with a fixed belief that certain kinds of phenomena are impossible.
- William James

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystical. It is the source of all true art and science.
- Albert Einstein

How could there be any question of acquiring or possessing, when the one thing needful for a man is to become-to be at last, and to die in the fullness of his being.
- Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Consciousness is the basis of all life and the field of all possibilities. Its nature is to expand and unfold its full potential. The impulse to evolve is thus inherent in the very nature of life.
- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Consciousness is a being, the nature of which is to be conscious of the nothingness of its being.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the law of the universe will be simpler.
- H.D. Thoreau


There is only one thing more powerful than all the armies of the world, that is an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

 

 


Knowledge is structured in consciousness. The process of education takes place in the field of consciousness; the prerequisite to complete education is therefore the full development of consciousness -- enlightenment. Knowledge is not the basis of enlightenment, enlightenment is the basis of knowledge.
- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate, sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth…home. My view of our planet was a glimpse of divinity.”
- Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and founder, Institute of Noetic Sciences

...perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens for one who desires to see it, and having seen it, to find one in himself.
- Plato

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.
- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.
- Copernicus


Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

 


We are here to do.
And through doing to learn;
and through learning to know;
and through knowing to experience wonder;
and through wonder to attain wisdom;
and through wisdom to find simplicity;
and simplicity to give attention;
and through attention to see what needs to be done.
from the Pirke Avot (Sayings or Ethics of the Fathers)


Although each of us obviously inhabits a separate physical body, the laboratory data from a hundred years of parapsychology research strongly indicate that there is no separation in consciousness.
- Russell Targ
"Somebody at one of these places asked me: "What do you do? How do you write, create?" You don't, I told them. You don't try. That's very important: not to try, either for Cadillacs, creation or immortality. You wait, and if nothing happens, you wait some more. It's like a bug high on the wall. You wait for it to come to you. When it gets close enough you reach out, slap out and kill it. Or if you like it's looks, you make a pet out of it."
- Charles Bukowski


"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
April 16, 1953

 

 

 

Postmodernism in art
Main article: Postmodern art
Where modernists hoped to unearth universals or the fundamentals of art, postmodernism aims to unseat them, to embrace diversity and contradiction. A postmodern approach to art thus rejects the distinction between low and high art forms. It rejects rigid genre boundaries and favors eclecticism, the mixing of ideas and forms. Partly due to this rejection, it promotes parody, irony, and playfulness, commonly referred to as jouissance by postmodern theorists. Unlike modern art, postmodern art does not approach this fragmentation as somehow faulty or undesirable, but rather celebrates it. As the gravity of the search for underlying truth is relieved, it is replaced with 'play'. As postmodern icon David Byrne, and his band Talking Heads said: "Stop making sense."
Post-modernity, in attacking the perceived elitist approach of Modernism, sought greater connection with broader audiences. This is often labeled"accessibility" and is a central point of dispute in the question of the value of postmodern art. It has also embraced the mixing of words with art, collage and other movements in modernity, in an attempt to create more multiplicity of medium and message. Much of this centers on a shift of basic subject matter: postmodern artists regard the mass media as a fundamental subject for art, and use forms, tropes, and materials - such as banks of video monitors, found art, and depictions of media objects - as focal points for their art. With his "invention" of "readymade", Marcel Duchamp is often seen as a forerunner on postmodern art. Where Andy Warhol furthered the concept with his appropriation of common popular symbols and "ready-made" cultural artifacts, bringing the previously mundane or trivial onto the previously hallowed ground of high art.
Postmodernism's critical stance is interlinked with presenting new appraisals of previous works. As implied above, the works of the Dada movement received greater attention, as did collagists such as Robert Rauschenberg, whose works were initially considered unimportant in the context of the modernism of the 1950s, but who, by the 1980s, began to be seen as seminal. Post-modernism also elevated the importance of cinema in artistic discussions, placing it on a peer level with the other fine arts. This is both because of the blurring of distinctions between "high" and "low" forms, and because of the recognition that cinema represented the creation of simulacra which was later duplicated in the other arts.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postmodernism#Postmodernism_in_art

More Quotes and Lyrics below-

 

Blues
I asked her for water,
she brought me gasoline.
Howlin' Wolf "I Asked for Water."

Downhearted
BB King


I've been downhearted
Ever since the day we met
Baby I've been down hearted
Ever since the day we met
I've been loving nothing but the blues
Baby, how blue can you get?
My love burned like a fire
Your love burned like a cigarette
Yes, my love burned like a fire
Your love burned like a cigarette
Yes, I've seen you put it down and crush it
Baby, how blue can you get?
Oh you're evil when I'm with you, baby
And you're jealous when we're apart
Yes, you're evil when I'm with you, baby
And you're jealous when we're apart
How blue can you get baby
The answer's right here in my heart
I gave you a brand new Ford
But you said, "I want a Cadillac"
I bought you a ten dollar dinner
and you said, "Thanks for the snack"
I let you live in my penthouse
You said it just a shack
I gave seven children
And now you wanna give them back
I said, "I've been down hearted baby,
ever since the day we met"
I've been loving nothing but the blues
Tell me how blue can you get?

 

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Censorship

Quotes from the book, Underexposed: Pictures Can Lie and Liars Use Pictures.

"Censorship in the Great War was so stringent that for a time civilian photographers were not permitted at the front on pain of death, a rather effective regulation."

Vicki Goldberg
The Power of Photography

"Photographs seem to be the one thing that the War Office is really afraid of."

Jimmy Hare, American photojournalist, 1915

"Perhaps that is the reason why those in charge of perpetrating [wars] do not like to have photographers around."

"To have respect for the other person's predicament-to be accepted by the other to that extent I can accept myself."

War Photographer An Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary on the photographer James Nachtwey

     
     
     
     
     
 

Quotes in Regard to Art and/or Photography (or the art of photography)

Quotes from the book God Is at Eye Level: Photography as a Healing Art

 

If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's.

Joseph Campbell

The real moment of success is not the moment apparent to others.

George Bernard Shaw

Every creative person has a second date of birth, and one which is more important than the first: that on which he discovers what his true vocation is.

Brassai

Those who have no compassion for themselves have none for others either.

Rabbi Meir

What did you do as a child that created timelessness,
that made you forget time? There lies the myth to live by.

Joseph Campbell

Those who do original work in any field do so because they mine themselves deeply and bring up what is personal.

Ralph Steiner
     
     
     

 

War Poetry

SUICIDE IN THE TRENCHES
By Siegfried Sassoon


I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.
In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.
You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.

William Butler Yeats


On Being Asked for a War Poem (1915)
I think it better that in times like these
A poet's mouth be silent, for in truth
We have no gift to set a statesman right;
He has had enough of meddling who can please
A young girl in the indolence of her youth,
Or an old man upon a winter's night.

Wilfred Owen

The Parable of the Old Man and the Young
So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went,
And took the fire with him, and a knife.
And as they sojourned both of them together,
Isaac the first-born spake and said, My Father,
Behold the preparations, fire and iron,
But where the lamb for this burnt-offering?
Then Abram bound the youth with belts and strops,
And builded parapets and trenches there,
And stretched forth the knife to slay his son.
When lo! an angel called him out of heaven,
Saying, Lay not thy hand upon the lad,
Neither do anything to him. Behold,
A ram, caught in a thicket by its horns;
Offer the Ram of Pride instead of him.
But the old man would not so, but slew his son,
And half the seed of Europe, one by one.

By Siegfried Sassoon
Glory of Women

You love us when we're heroes, home on leave,
Or wounded in a mentionable place.
You worship decorations; you believe
That chivalry redeems the war's disgrace.
You make us shells. You listen with delight,
By tales of dirt and danger fondly thrilled.
You crown our distant ardours while we fight,
And mourn our laurelled memories when we're killed.
You can't believe that British troops 'retire'
When hell's last horror breaks them, and they run,
Trampling the terrible corpses--blind with blood.
O German mother dreaming by the fire,
While you are knitting socks to send your son
His face is trodden deeper in the mud.

The Wall Within  

Most real men
hanging tough
in their early forties
would like the rest of us to think
they could really handle one more war
and two more women.
But I know better.
You have no more lies to tell.
I have no more dreams to believe.

I have seen it in your face
I am sure you have noticed it
in mine;
at the unutterable,
unalterable truth of our war.

t**********

to read the rest of "The Wall Within go to my ptsd page
at <http://home.earthlink.net/~dougyelmen/masong.html>

Wilfred Owen
Futility


Move him into the sun--
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields unsown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.
Think how it wakes the seeds,--
Woke, once, the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides,
Full-nerved-- still warm,-- too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
-- O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth's sleep at all?

Dreamers
By Siegfried Sassoon

Soldiers are citizens of death's gray land,
Drawing no dividend from time's tomorrows.
In the great hour of destiny they stand,
Each with his feuds, and jealousies, and sorrows
Soldiers are sworn to action; they must win
Some flaming, fatal climax with their lives.
Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin
They think of fire lit homes, clean beds, and wives.
I see them in foul dugouts, gnawed by rats,
And in the ruined trenches, lashed with rain,
Dreaming of things they did with balls and bats,
And mocked by hopeless longing to regain
Bank holidays, and picture shows, and spats,
And going to the office in the train.

War is a surrealistic penal colony
for young patriots of the real world
who are sons of poor men
who must pay the price
for believable myths
of national leaders
and private enterprise.


by the late Steve Mason.

 
     
     
More Quotes & Lyrics
Life must go on and the dead be forgotten. Life must go on though good men die. Anne, eat your breakfast. Dan, take your medicine. Life must go on, I forget just why.
--Lament by Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)--
Ally, we're all alone. Being in a relationship just makes it easier to take.
--Fishism from Ally McBeal--
All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
--Samuel Butler-
When God hands you a gift, He also hands you a whip.
--Truman Capote--
He that lives upon Hope will die fasting.
--Benjamin Franklin--
If the river was whiskey and I was a divin' duck you know I'd swim to the bottom and I'd never come up.
--Hesitation Blues--
As a young boy when I used to come up here (church steeple), I knew, even then, that to love the world, you have to get away from it.
--Priest from the movie, "The King of Hearts"--
They are spoon-feeding Casanova to get him to feel more assured, then they'll kill him with self-confidence after poisoning him with words.
--Bob Dylan--

At midnight all the agents and the superhuman crew come out and round up everyone who knows more than they do.
--"Desolation Row", Bob Dylan--
Preserve your memories, they're all that's left you.
--"Old Friends", Simon & Garfunkle--
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.
--Edward Burke--
My wife and I tried two or three times in the last forty years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.
--Winston Churchill--
Insanity is hereditary. You can get it from your children.
--Sam Levinson--
Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.
--Laurence J. Peter--
I don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.
--Groucho Marx--
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
--Oscar Wilde--
Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
--Ambrose Bierce
Courage is the fear of being thought a coward.
--Horace Smith--
It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens.
--Woody Allen--
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
--Voltaire--
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
--Andrew A. Rooney--
Equality may be a right but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
--Honore De Balzac--
Existentialism means that no one else can take a bath for you.
--Delmore Schwartz--
A woman drove me to drink and I never even had the courtesy to thank her.
--W. C. Fields--
Always forgive your enemies-nothing annoys them so much.
--Oscar Wilde--
If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
--Thomas Szasz--
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.
--Voltaire--
In America, through pressure of conformity there is freedom of choice but nothing to choose from.
--Peter Ustinov--
A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
--Robert Frost--

My wife and I tried two or three times in the last forty years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.
--Winston Churchill--
Brevity is the soul of lingerie.
--Dorothy Parker--

Your manuscript is both good and original but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.
--Samuel Johnson--

Insanity is hereditary. You can get it from your children.
--Sam Levinson--
A cynic is a man who when he smells flowers looks around for the coffin.
--H. L. Mencken--
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
--Mark Twain--
Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy you don't need it, if you are sick you shouldn't take it.
--Henry Ford--
May God defend me from my friends. I can defend myself from my enemies.
--Voltaire--
God is dead.
--Nietzsche--
Nietzsche is dead.
--God--
Imagine the Creator as a low comedian and at once the world becomes explicable.
--H. L. Mencken--
We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.
--Tennessee Williams--
Perhaps I know why it is man alone who laughs, he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche--
Why shouldn't things be largely absurd, futile, and transitory? They are so and we are so and they and we go very well together. --George Santayana--
Life is a dead-end street.
--H. L. Mencken--

The meaning of life is that it stops.
--Franz Kafka--
Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage.
--Ambrose Bierce--
[Love] The delusion that one woman differs from another.
--H. L. Mencken--
It's possible to love a human being if you don't know them too well.
--Charles Bukowski--
I love mankind, it's people I can't stand.
--Charles Shultz--
When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask "Compared to what?"
--Sydney J. Harris--

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.
--Oscar Wilde--
The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage so we get married.
--Cyril Connolly--

Love is an ideal thing, marriage is a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
--Johann Wolfgang Goethe--
I'm not OK, you're not OK, and that's OK.
--William Sloane Coffin
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
--Samuel Johnson

"These two kind of cunning people have dominated humanity. And they found out very early on that if you want to dominate humanity, make it weak, make it feel guilty, make it feel unworthy. Destroy its dignity, take all glory away from it, humiliate it. And they have found such subtle ways of humiliation that they don't come in the picture at all; they leave it to you to humiliate yourself, to destroy yourself. They have taught you a kind of slow suicide."
Laugh a lot. Laughter is the valve on the pressure cooker of life. Either you laugh at stuff or you end up with your beans and your brains on the ceiling.                    
-- Wavy Gravy
And to the women who have been in my life and who have given me my highest, most euphoric moments and my lowest, most despairing ones-may we someday meet happily on the middle ground. Herb Goldberg The New Male. (1979).

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