The longer one is alone, the easier it is to hear the song of the earth.
Pregnancy is a kind of miracle. Especially so in that it proves that a man and woman can conspire to force God to create a new soul.
Philadelphia merely seems dull because it's next to exciting Camden, New Jersey.
The Right's view of government and the Left's view of big business are both correct.
There is one universal sex law: Sex shall not be unregulated.
Nobody sees the obvious, nobody observes the ordinary. There are more miracles in a square yard of earth than in all the fables of the Church.
Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt... Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves.
You know, I have found a new way to get high and stay spaced out for hours on end, and the government can't stop me... It's called senility.
Certitude belongs exclusively to those who only own one encyclopedia.
Once something becomes discernible, or understandable, we no longer need to repeat it. We can destroy it.
We live in our fantasies and endure our realities.
There is no complete theory of anything.
A true initiation never ends.
The totally convinced and the totally stupid have too much in common for the resemblance to be accidental.
All phenomena are real in some sense, unreal in some sense, meaningless in some sense, real and meaningless in some sense, unreal and meaningless in some sense, and real and unreal and meaningless in some sense.
The function of Theology? The recitation of the incomprehensible by the unspeakable to pick the pockets of the unthinking.
The web of life is a beautiful and meaningless dance. The web of life is a process with a moving goal. The web of life is a perfectly finished work of art right where I am sitting now.
A monopoly on the means of communication may define a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian formula of monopoly in the means of production.
Most people live in a myth and grow violently angry if anyone dares to tell them the truth about themselves.
The abandoned infant's cry is rage, not fear.
Consciousness itself is an infinite regress. This explains coincidences.
The average is that which no person quite ever is.
Only the madman is absolutely sure.
Animals outline their territories with their excretions, humans outline their territories by ink excretions on paper.
Size is not a reality, but a construct of the mind; and space a construct to contain constructs.
The final war will be between Pavlov's dog and Schoedinger's Cat.
Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil.
When the rose and the cross are united the alchemical marriage is complete and the drama ends. Then we wake from history and enter eternity.
The Grail is the womb of the beloved.
The function of law and theology are the same to keep the poor from taking back by violence what the rich have stolen by cunning.
There are gods, but there is no God; and all gods become devils eventually.
Humans live through their myths and only endure their realities.
An Enlightened Master is ideal only if your goal is to become a Benighted Slave.
History, sociology, economics, psychology et al. confirmed Joyce's view of Everyman as victim.
It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.
I think I got off on the wrong planet. Beam me up Scotty, there's no rational life here.
Horror is the natural reaction to the last 5,000 years of history.
You are precisely as big as what you love and precisely as small as what you allow to annoy you.
On a planet that increasingly resembles one huge Maximum Security prison, the only intelligent choice is to plan a jail break.
Ego is a social fiction for which one person at a time gets all the blame.
Groups are grammatical fictions; only individuals exist, and each individual is different.
Nothing of any importance can be taught. It can only be learned, and with blood and sweat.
Everyone look around and see if you can spot the NARCS. They're the ones who look like hippies.
The Bible tells us to be like God, and then on page after page it describes God as a mass murderer. This may be the single most important key to the political behavior of Western Civilization.
Beyond a certain point, the whole universe becomes a continuous process of initiation.
The path up is the path down. The way forward is the way back. The universe inside is outside but the universe outside is inside.
I have never experienced another human being. I have experienced my impressions of them.
The border between the Real and the Unreal is not fixed, but just marks the last place where rival gangs of shamans fought each other to a standstill.
Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren't even mammals.
Of course I'm crazy, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.
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