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Words and the like...



If I were a tree among trees, a cat among animals, 
this life would have a meaning, or rather this problem 
would not arise, for I should belong to this world. 
I should be this world to which I am now opposed by 
my whole consciousness and my whole insistence upon 
familiarity. This ridiculous reason is what sets me 
in opposition to all creation. I cannot cross it out 
with a stroke of a pen -Albert Camus
He who, wherever he goes is attached 
to no person and to no place by ties 
of flesh; who accepts good and evil 
alike, neither welcoming the one nor 
shrinking from the other, take it that 
such a one has attained Perfection. 
What we call despair is often only the painful 
eagerness of unfed hope. 
   -- George Eliot


Given to Fly Pearl Jam


 The sickness--the nausea
  The pitiless pain--
Have ceased with the fever
  That maddened my brain--
With the fever called "Living"
  That burned in my brain.
               --"For Annie"
               Edgar Allen Poe
 He who desires solitude is either an animal or a god. --Francis Bacon
 A man said to the Universe, "I exist." The Universe replied, "Sir, that fact has not instilled in me a sense of obligation." --Stephen Crane


Protecting Life Feng Zikai

You have asked me what I would do and what I would not do. 
I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. 
I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether 
it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I 
will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as 
freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence 
the only arms I allow myself to use - silence, exile, and 
cunning...You made me confess the fears that I have. But I 
will tell you also what I do not fear. I do not fear to be 
alone orto be spurned for another or to leave whatever I have
to leave. And I am not afraid to make a mistake, even a great
mistake, a lifelong mistake, and perhaps as long as eternity too.
                                                    --Stephen Dedalus
                                                          James Joyce
                            (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man)
 White culture is based on an economic system 
that encourages the production of surplus and 
has provided ways to store and distribute it.
--Peter Farb
(Man's rise to civilization as 
shown by the Indians of 
North America from primeval 
times to the coming of the 
industrial state)