we are made to bleed
and scab and heal and bleed again
and turn every scar into a joke
we are made to fight
and fuck and talk and fight again
and sit around and laugh until we choke
sit around and laugh until we choke
For too long progressives have walked fearful of their shadows, whimpering and whining about what's wrong and fighting amongst themselves over crumbs. That time is over. It's time to sing and work and build a new community dedicated to hope and real change. And good beer.
If you kiss a dollar bill it doesn't kiss you back.
The onrush of technology largely explains the gradual development of a "two-tier labor market"
in which those at the bottom lack the education and the professional/technical skills of those
at the top and, more and more, fail to get comparable pay raises, health insurance coverage, and
other benefits. Since 1975, practically all the gains in household income have gone to the top 20%
-CIA World Factbook On The US
Marge, it takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen.
I don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.
My friend, all theory is gray, and the Golden tree of life is green.
I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution,
we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin
the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines
and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than
people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable
of being conquered.
-Martin Luther King, Jr. at Riverside Church, New York City, April 4, 1967
Even in this age of corporate mega-mergers and media hegemony I have to believe
that slowly...slowly...the truth will out.
If ever you want to touch the hand and the heart of God Almighty, you can
do it through the body of someone you love. Anytime. Anywhere. Without
-Theodore Sturgeon, Godbody
You are not responsible for that into which you were born.
You are responsible for doing something about it.
If you're not trying to make something better then as far as I can tell you are just in the way.
The air was so sweet in New Orleans it seemed to come in soft bandannas, and you could smell the
river and really smell the people, and mud, and molasses, and every kind of tropical exhalation
with your nose suddenly removed from the dry ices of a Northern winter.
-Jack Kerouac, On The Road
One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of
prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and
is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.
They make a desert and call it peace.
There is a common tendency to ignore the poor or to develop some rationalisation for the good
fortune of the fortunate.
-John Kenneth Galbraith
The words in his mouth were softer than butter, having war in his heart: his words were smoother
than oil, and yet they be very swords.
-Book of Common Prayer, 1562
If, on the contrary, the goal of social activists is to reduce the likelihood of further atrocities,
and to advance hopes for freedom, human rights, and democracy, then they should follow the
opposite course. They should intensify their efforts to inquire into the background factors
that lie behind these and other crimes and devote themselves with even more energy to the
just causes to which they have already been committed. The opportunities are surely there.
N'dank N'dank. Moy jappa golo chi n'jai.
(Slowly Slowly you will catch the monkey in the savannah.)
makes me think of the Wal-Mart hubbub.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no
matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and
your common sense.
Primero dejar de ser, que dejar de ser revolucionario.
-Rene Mederos, 1968
If I can not dance, I want no part in your revolution.
If you assume that there's no hope, you guarantee there will be no hope. If you assume that there is
an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things.
Nothing is more despicable than a professional talker who uses his words as a quack uses his remedies.
-Francois de Fenelon, French archbishop and theologian, "Letter to the French Academy", 1714
What would you attempt to do if you knew you
could not fail?"
-Dr. Robert Schuller
Without chemicals, life itself would be impossible.
There are revolutions that are sweeping the world and we in America have been in a position of trying to stop them.
With all the wealth of America, with all of the military strength of America, those revolutions are revolutions
against a form of political and economic organization in the countries of Asia and the Middle East that are oppressive.
They are revolutions against feudalism.
-Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (1952)
It is a position not to be controverted, that the earth ... was and
ever would have continued to be, the COMMON PROPERTY OF THE HUMAN RACE.
-Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice, 1797
If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow,
we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary
surrender of security."
We don't have a great war in our generation, or a great depression, but we do have a great war of the spirit.
We have a great revolution against the culture. The great depression is our lives. We have a spiritual depression.
-Tyler Durden, "Fight Club"
Although people work in order to be happy,
It is uncertain whether or not they will find it;
But how can those whose work is itself a joy
Find happiness unless they do it?
-Shantideva, A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, trans. by Stephen Batchelor
Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength!
-Francis de Sales
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and
imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
-Sir Cecil Beaton
Some people think that they will practice the dharma once they have finished with their worldy business. This is a mistaken attitude because our work in the world never finishes. Work is like a ripple of water continually moving on the surface of the ocean. It is very difficult to break free from our occupation in order to practice dharma. The busy work with which we fill our lives is only completed at the time of our death.
-Geshe Kelsan Gyatso
When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am older, I admire kind people.
-Rabbi Milton Steinberg
In life, it is more necessary to lose than to gain. A seed will only germinate if it dies.
You will get no more out of life than you put into it.
-William J.H. Boetcker
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
What if the hokey pokey really is what it is all about?
Do not shorten the morning by getting up late; look upon
it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent sacred.
...all in all, rave is the greatest antidote yet
for urban anonymity. when you open your heart, and trust the whole
group you dance with; when you feel love with everyone, and they
return it, a higher vibration can be reached. dance is the supreme
gesture of abandon, the embrace of the moment, the abeyance of work
and the annihilation of guilt, neurosis, and the burden of the past.
no one can write a *rave manifesto* . . . there is no unified voice to
rave culture, and there are no rules. ranting is the opposite of raving.
remember, the scene is still growing. just keep it going, don't give up
hope. you might think to yourself sometimes, man, the scene is fucked,
it's dying, it's changing, it's shit. just hang in there and change
with the times. don't get caught up in the good old days. they were
good but keep the scene happening all around the world. to rave is to
While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other
is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
-Henry C. Link
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
-Proverbs 4:23 (KJV)
Each day in life is training
Training for myself
Though failure is possible
Living for each moment
Equal to anything
Ready for anything
I am alive
I am this moment
My future is here and now
For if I cannot endure today
When and where will I?
-Soen Ozeki, Daisen-in Temple, Kyoto
It is the weak who are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.
The rebellion, when it begins in the 21st century, will be unfamiliar. It will
not be Marxist or Communist, and will only have an indirect ancestry in
Socialism. It will be in some sense for equality and against privilege.
But my guess is that it will not talk the language of majorities and will instead be
a guerilla struggle conducted by inchoate, unstructured groups of highly qualified
people who can disrupt institutions, corporations, communications,
even cities. These groups will form coalitions, and will sometimes seek to enlist the
excluded victims of the system.
"I worry that you'll work in an office, have children, celebrate wedding anniversaries.
The world of heterosexuals is a sick and boring life!"
-Edith Massey expresses her concerns for her nephew in Female Trouble
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