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Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. ~ Anais Nin

It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind. ~ Voltaire

I like when the music happens like this: Something in His eye grabs hold of a tambourine in me, then I turn and lift a violin in someone else, and they turn, and this turning continues; it has reached you now! Isn’t that something? ~ Rumi

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. ~ Albert Einstein

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. ~ Anais Nin
Drunks fear the police, but the police are drunk too. People in this town love them both like different chess pieces. ~ Rumi

That which inspires us with terror is like the sun, no less glorious if we turn our weak eyes away from its blaze. ~ Georges Bataille

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. ~ Anais Nin
What crime did I commit to make you destroy me? I will never cease embracing you. And I will never release you. ~ Mahmoud Darwish

If the truth which a woman proposes to the one who loves her is the unknown (the inaccessible), he can neither know her nor reach her, but she can break him: if he is broken, what does he himself become, if not the unknown, the inaccessible, which lay dormant in him? ~Georges Bataille

Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized. ~ Albert Einstein

I am old. Give me back the star maps of childhood so that I, along with the swallows can chart the path back to your waiting nest. ~ Mahmoud Darwish
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birdwings. ~ Rumi

Whenever I search for myself I find the others and when I search for them I only find my alien self. So am I the individual-crowd? ~ Mahmoud Darwish

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. ~ Anais Nin

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends. ~ Nietzsche

When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate. ~ Jung

Those who love me in this world try, and by all means, to keep me safe, but that is not so with your love which is greater than their’s, for you leave me to my freedom. They never dare leave me alone lest I forget them. But the days go by and I do not see you, and though I don’t remember you in my prayers, and though I don’t try to hold you in my heart, your love still awaits for my love. ~ Rabindranath Tagor (Translation by Pierre Mhanna)

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.  ~ T. E. Lawrence

…here we come upon a paradox: that spirit, the most inward of things and the most vital, should find its purest affinities in remote and abstract regions, in mathematics, in music, in truth, in the wider aspects of nature and history, and should find its greatest enemies, its worst torments, at home…How does this come about? Under what auspices does a moral dimension, mechanically non-existent and biologically idle, attach itself to physical life?…Everything finite, in the bosom of the infinite, reckons without its host. ~ George Santayana

This knot is tied in such a way that, if it is undone, my heart will be no more. ~ Pierre Mhanna

Heart has plundered mind of its eloquence. ~ Rumi

It is the profound, suspicious fear of an incurable pessimism that forces whole millennia to bury their teeth in and cling to a religious interpretation of existence: the fear of that instinct which senses that one might get a hold of the truth too soon, before man has become strong enough, hard enough, artist enough. ~ Nietzsche

I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man? ~ Chuang Tzu

Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations. ~ Alan Watts

Whenever…anything in nature seems to us ridiculous, absurd, or evil, it is because we have but a partial knowledge of things, and are in the main ignorant of the order and coherence of nature as a whole, and because we want everything to be arranged according to the dictates of our own reason; although, in fact, what our reason pronounces bad is not bad as regards the order and laws of universal nature, but only as regards the laws of our own nature taken separately. ~ Spinoza

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers. ~ Erich Fromm

I am not a breath, I am breathing… #NoteToSelf

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