Poetry and Quotes


Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past me I will turn to see fear's path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.  -
Dune -Frank Herbert

There is, it seems to us,
At best only a limited value
in the knowledge derived from experience.
The knowledge imposes a pattern, and falsifies,
for the pattern is new in every moment
And every moment is a new and shocking
Valuation of all we have been.
East Coker - T.S. Eliot


"Writer's block is the temporary paralysis caused by the conviction, on an unconscious level, that what the writer is attempting is in some way fraudulent, or mistaken, or self-destructive."
Joyce Carol Oates

"Just sit down and write."
Mario Vargas Llosa


There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others.
Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us,
has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
George Matthew Adams

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.
Through the unknown, remembered gate
when the last of earth left to discover
is that which was the beginning
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
and children in the apple tree
Not known because not looked for
but heard, half heard in the stillness
between two waves of the sea
Quick now, here, now, always -
a condition of complete simplicity
(costing not less than everything)
and all shall be well and
all manner of things shall be well,
when the tongue of flame are enfolded
into the crowned knot of fire
and the fire and the rose are one.
Little Gidding - T.S. Eliot


On Learners and the Learned...

"In Time Of Profound Change, The Learners Inherit The Earth, While The Learned Find Themselves Beautifully Equipped To Deal With A World That No Longer Exists."

-- Al Rogers (cited on a listserv... some attribute it to Eric Hofer)

If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.
óBuckminster Fuller

12 Exercises Nobody Needs
           1.  Jumping to conclusions

           2.  Running around in circles

           3.  Wading through paperwork

           4.  Pushing your luck
           5.  Passing the buck

           6.  Throwing your weight around

           7.  Jumping on the bandwagon

           8.  Spinning your wheels

           9.  Dragging your heels

          10.  Adding fuel to the fire

          11.  Climbing the walls

          12.  Grasping at straws