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    "And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it, and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them."

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    That Day, the saucers landed. Hundreds of them, golden,
    Silent, coming down from the sky like great snowflakes,
    And the people of Earth stood and
    stared as they descended,
    Waiting, dry-mouthed, to find out what waited inside for us
    And none of us knowing if we would be here tomorrow
    But you didn’t notice because

    That day, the day the saucers came, by some some coincidence,
    Was the day that the graves gave up their dead
    And the zombies pushed up through soft earth
    or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable,
    Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran,
    But you did not notice this because

    On the saucer day, which was zombie day, it was
    Ragnarok also, and the television screens showed us
    A ship built of dead-men’s nails, a serpent, a wolf,
    All bigger than the mind could hold,
    and the cameraman could
    Not get far enough away, and then the Gods came out
    But you did not see them coming because

    On the saucer-zombie-battling-gods
    day the floodgates broke
    And each of us was engulfed by genies and sprites
    Offering us wishes and wonders and eternities
    And charm and cleverness and true
    brave hearts and pots of gold
    While giants feefofummed across
    the land and killer bees,
    But you had no idea of any of this because

    That day, the saucer day, the zombie day
    The Ragnarok and fairies day,
    the day the great winds came
    And snows and the cities turned to crystal, the day
    All plants died, plastics dissolved, the day the
    Computers turned, the screens telling
    us we would obey, the day
    Angels, drunk and muddled, stumbled from the bars,
    And all the bells of London were sounded, the day
    Animals spoke to us in Assyrian, the Yeti day,
    The fluttering capes and arrival of
    the Time Machine day,
    You didn’t notice any of this because
    you were sitting in your room, not doing anything
    not even reading, not really, just
    looking at your telephone,
    wondering if I was going to call.


    "The day the saucers came" by Neil Gaiman
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    "Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak."

    Sun Tzu, The Art of War
    "Nothing happens until the pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of change."

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    "Real love involves real hatred: whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the sellers from the temples has also lost a living, fervent love of truth."

    "In accepting this challenge to suffer bravely life has meaning up to the last moment and it retains this meaning literally to the end"

    "The most precious possession you have in this world is your own people. And for this people, and for the sake of this people, we will struggle and fight, and never slacken, never tire, never lose courage, and never lose faith."

    "Men are free when they are in a living homeland, not when they are straying and breaking away. Men are free when they are obeying some deep, inward voice of religious belief. Obeying from within. Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom. Men are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom. The shout is a rattling of chains, always was.

    Men are not free when they are doing just what they like. The moment you can do what you like, there is nothing you care about doing."

    "In order to comprehend the experience one is living in, he must, by imagination and by intellect, be lifted out of it. He must be given to see it whole; but since he can never wholly gaze upon his own life while he lives it, he gazes upon the life that, in a symbol, comprehends his own. Art presents such lives, such symbols. Myth especially--persisting as a mother of truth through countless generations and many disparate cultures, coming therefore with the approval not of a single people but of People--myth presents, myth is, such a symbol, shorn and unadorned, refined and true. And when the one who gazes upon that myth suddenly in dreadful recognition, cries out, 'There I am! That is me!' then the marvelous translation has occurred: he is lifted out of himself to see himself wholly.

    . . . The myth, as we've said, is not one storyteller's creation; it has the sanction and the commonality of all peoples; it spoke to yearnings universally suffered; it hinted answers universally satisfying; it crept very close to the universality of God himself. The vital distinction between its word and the word of God, then, is certainly not that the myth lies, but rather that it merely images what God performs. It remains forever a story, but God makes history. It asks; God answers. It symbols; but God is. It is true; but God is Truth."
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    "Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life."


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    The Stranger within my gate,
    He may be true or kind,
    But he does not talk my talk–
    I cannot feel his mind.
    I see the face and the eyes and the mouth,
    But not the soul behind.

    The men of my own stock,
    They may do ill or well,
    But they tell the lies I am wanted to,
    They are used to the lies I tell;
    And we do not need interpreters
    When we go to buy or sell.

    The Stranger within my gates,
    He may be evil or good,
    But I cannot tell what powers control–
    What reasons sway his mood;
    Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
    Shall repossess his blood.

    The men of my own stock,
    Bitter bad they may be,
    But, at least, they hear the things I hear,
    And see the things I see;
    And whatever I think of them and their likes
    They think of the likes of me.

    This was my father’s belief
    And this is also mine:
    Let the corn be all one sheaf–
    And the grapes be all one vine,
    Ere our children’s teeth are set on edge
    By bitter bread and wine.

    – Rudyard Kipling

    Then out spake brave Horatius,
    The Captain of the Gate:
    "To every man upon this earth
    Death cometh soon or late.
    And how can man die better
    Than facing fearful odds,
    For the ashes of his fathers,
    And the temples of his gods,

    "And for the tender mother
    Who dandled him to rest,
    And for the wife who nurses
    His baby at her breast,
    And for the holy maidens
    Who feed the eternal flame,

    --Thomas Babington Macaulay
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    "Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life."


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    Wherefore, but I did know well, how to cast from me all human comfort, either for the sake of devotion, or through the necessity by which I am compelled to seek Thee, because there is no man that can comfort me. Then might I deservedly hope in Thy favor, and rejoice in the gift of a new consolation. Thanks be to Thee from Whom all things proceed, as often as it happens to me. I, indeed, am but vanity, and nothing in Thy sight , an inconstant and weak man. Where, therefore, can I glory, or for what do I desire to be thought of highly?

    Forsooth of my very nothingness; and this is most vain. Truly vainglory is an evil plague, because it draws away from true glory, and robs us of heavenly grace. For, while a man takes complacency in himself, he displeases Thee; while he wants for human applause, he is deprived of true virtues. But true, glory and holy exultation is to glory in Thee, and not in one's self; to rejoice in Thy Name, but not in one's own strength. To find pleasure in no creature, save only for Thy sake. Let Thy Name be praised, not mine; let Thy work be magnified, not mine; let Thy Holy Name be blessed, but let nothing be attributed to me of the praise of men. Thou art my glory; Thou art the exultation of my heart; in Thee, will I glory and rejoice all the day; but for myself, I will glory in nothing but in my infirmities.


    Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 3, Chapter 40
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    ''God is the middle term. Only by loving God above all else can one love the neighbor. Love for the neighbor is therefore the eternal equality in loving. Equality is simply not to make distinctions and eternal equality is unconditionally not to make the slightest distinction, unqualifiedly not to make the slightest distinction. The essential Christianity is itself too weighty, in its movements too earnest to scurry about, dancing, in the frivolity of such facile talk about the higher, highest, and the supremely highest.''

    ''By the sensuous, the flesh, Christianity understands selfishness. A conflict between spirit and flesh is inconceivable unless there is a rebellious spirit on the side of flesh, with which the spirit then contends; similarly, a conflict between spirit and a stone or between spirit and a tree is inconceivable.''
    Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.

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    There is a beast in man that should be exercised, not exorcised.

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    "A faux pas is that moment when a certain reality comes to light."

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    "And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it, and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them."

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    ''For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
    All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
    Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?''


    Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.

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    omg

    "And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it, and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tearsofaclown View Post
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    "It is possible to teach a man mathematics, but an understanding of the truth he conquers for himself. And woe to man, if under the influence of the poison of what seems Truth, and striving after "practical" results without possessing a perfect understanding and knowledge of what must be done and how to do it, he starts experimenting on himself, often doing himself irreparable harm. Harmony is destroyed and it is incomparably better to do nothing at all than to do without possessing the knowledge." Gurdjieff

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    There is no reason to be alive if you cant do deadlift.

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    For I am I: ergo, the truth of myself; my own sphinx, conflict, chaos, vortex—asymmetric to all rhythms, oblique to all paths. I am the prism between black and white: mine own unison in duality.

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    ''mind is attempting to be what it is not and that is a physical body''
    honest labor needs no master

    Nothing good is a miracle, nothing lovely is a dream.

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    Vision without execution is hallucination. - Thomas Edison

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallingknives View Post
    Vision without execution is hallucination. - Thomas Edison
    I like the quote, but it's ironic when it comes from a thief!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Remiel View Post
    I like the quote, but it's ironic when it comes from a thief!
    What makes him a "thief" is his ability to execute ideas. Everyone is a thief if you want to get technical. They all built on previous work. I agree with Elon Musk, Edison is better than Tesla because he brought it to the people. Same with Steve Jobs. That is the greatness.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fallingknives View Post
    What makes him a "thief" is his ability to execute ideas. Everyone is a thief if you want to get technical. They all built on previous work. I agree with Elon Musk, Edison is better than Tesla because he brought it to the people. Same with Steve Jobs. That is the greatness.
    I disagree with you and Elon Musk. If we ever meet I could give you a practical exampel of how might can make right. I wonder if you will stick to the same opinion then.
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    "Will you honestly tell me (and I should be really much obliged) whether you believe that the shape of my nose was ordained and 'guided by an intelligent cause?'" ~ Charles Darwin


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    Quote Originally Posted by Remiel View Post
    I disagree with you and Elon Musk. If we ever meet I could give you a practical exampel of how might can make right. I wonder if you will stick to the same opinion then.

    lol at being threatened by an ili. shaking in my boots. sorry that Edison being better was enough for you to threaten me. You have strange, sentimental attachments. I would love to see you irl.

    Tesla died a virgin and was overrated as shit. I'd make sure you died a virgin too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallingknives View Post
    lol at being threatened by an ili. shaking in my boots. sorry that Edison being better was enough for you to threaten me. You have strange, sentimental attachments. I would love to see you irl.

    Tesla died a virgin and was overrated as shit. I'd make sure you died a virgin too.
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    Georg Trakl

    "En-route"

    In the evening they carried the stranger into the chamber of the dead;

    A smell of tar; the quiet rustling of red sycamores;

    The dark flight of the jackdaws; a guard entered the square.

    The sun has sunk into black linens; again and again this past evening returns.

    From an adjoining room, the sister plays a sonata from Schubert.

    Very quietly her smile sinks into the decayed fountain

    Which murmurs bluish in the dusk. O how old is our race.

    Somebody whispers down there in the garden; somebody has left this black sky.

    On the cabinet apples smell. Grandmother lights golden candles.

    O, how mild is the autumn. Quietly our steps sound in the old park

    Under tall trees. O, how serious is the hyacinthine countenance of the dusk.

    The blue spring by your feet, mysteriously the red silence of your mouth,

    Overshadowed by the slumber of foliage, the dark gold of decayed sunflowers.

    Your eyelids are heavy from poppy and dream quietly on my forehead.

    Soft bells tremble through the breast. A blue cloud,

    Your countenance has sunk over me in the dusk.

    A song with guitar, that sounds out in a strange inn,

    The wild elder bushes there, a long past November day,

    Familiar steps on the dusking staircase, the sight of brown rafters,

    An open window in which a sweet hope stayed behind -

    All this is unspeakable, o God, that one breaks down on the knees shaken.

    O, how dark is this night. A purple flame

    Expired at my mouth. In the stillness,

    The anxious soul's lonely string music dies down.

    Cease, when drunk with wine the head sinks into the gutter.


    Delirium

    The black snow which runs off the roofs;
    A red finger dips into your forehead

    Blue snow sinks in the bleak room,
    The deceased mirror of lovers.
    The head breaks in heavy pieces and ponders
    After the shadows in the mirror of blue snow,
    The cold smile of a dead strumpet.
    In the smell of carnations the evening wind weeps.

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