Particular Moments

More Stars than There are

Tag: Quotes

Natives

“We had bush sweets; not sugar. Sugar made us weak.”

—a native Martu woman. 

Certain Men: Part 2

“There were many occasions when he would silently, without shame or embarrassment, weep without speaking for many minutes.”

—W.H.T

“How Are You?”

“They’re just curious, they don’t really care.”

A Good Officer

“I’m a good officer. But in this world that’s not enough. In this world, you have to nod and smile and drink a pint, and say ‘How was your day?’ In this world no one can be different or strange or damaged.”

—DI River.

Movement

“Get action…Man was never intended to become an oyster.”

—T.R.

Needs to Be Met

“Take care of your morals first, your health next, and finally your studies.”

—Theodore Roosevelt, Sr.

Tolls of Being “Loved by gods”

” ‘You don’t understand me, Harry,’ answered the artist. ‘Of course I am not like him. I know that perfectly well. Indeed, I should be sorry to look like him. You shrug your shoulders? I am telling you the truth. There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction, the sort of fatality that seems to dog through history the faltering steps of kings. It is better not to be different from one’s fellows. The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. They neither bring ruin upon others, nor ever receive it from alien hands. Your rank and wealth, Harry; my brains, such as they are—my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray’s good looks—we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly.’ ”

—Basil from The Picture of Dorian Gray

Faith in Ideal

Paraphrasing:

True divinity is the condensation of an universal, collective consciousness that is rooted in compassion, peace, and wisdom. The worshipping of such is silent and solitary, yet free from all self-serving ends. Each spiritual experience is personal, distinct from another, and should not be judged upon or meddled with—each soul ought to strive to become conscious of the divinity that is itself. 

Faith shall not be underlined by the conventional, repressive dogma that is advocated by manipulative creeds—no shrine or temple aspire to the process of mankind care-taking for nature, nor do they avert the human civilization from falling deeper into the de-evolutionary notions of oppression and power.

The divine comprises no absolute messiahs, instead, it constitutes an all reaching awareness that which rescues each being by inspiring it towards greater intents.

Kind, Not Nice.

“I’m afraid I’m not that cruel.”

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“Perhaps you’re just out of practice.”

Old Excerpts

“Like most of the others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that my instincts were right. I shared a vagrant optimism that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top.

At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles––a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other––that kept me going.”

—H.S.T.