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    • Hysteria has no place in the mind of the sane or the free.
    • Uncertainty lies at the heart of all experience. Uncertainty is woven into the very fabric of the cosmos and all that exists within. Uncertainty is the foundation of the blueprint for existence. That is truth. Am I certain of this? No! How can I be?
    • Racism is always a symptom of a small mind. It is born from man's inability to raise himself from the realm of animals and consciously refuse the temptations of the instinctive impulses of our reptilian brains. The very nature of racism is a failure of humanity - a failure to see through the trickery used by mother nature to fool us into protecting ourselves. We should have, by now, each of us, ascended beyond any need or want for such atavistic, preliterate concerns. However, as sad and disappointing as it may be, so many continue to fail in their growth as spirit.
    • Yes, we can all be huge fucking winners; if we just put our minds to it. And, possess a whole shit-load of luck, and are willing to mercilessly and ruthlessly crush someone to do it. But, they never tell you that last part. That part is ugly.
    • Each work that I create is passion. Each work is love. Each work is life. Each work is human. Each work is humanity. You can own all of that!
    • I've found plenty of weasels. This fucking neighborhood is infested with them. I suppose that should tell me something about the number of lions in this area. If there were more lions, or at least some, it stands to reason that we wouldn't have this weasel problem.
    • Many people tell me that my poetry is awful. And, for the life of me, I can't decide if they are right, or just stupid.
    • None of them rhymed much I don't think. Well, perhaps a few did. I can't quite be sure now. I think I wrote most of them while I was stoned.
    • Now you don't have your fucking ugly purses, or your twenty-four hundred dollars anymore! So, shut-up and eat your fucking breakfast, or your smoked-meat, or whatever the hell you are going to order, and think about what you've done!
    • Then I thought: There sits two people who need to be taken out into a field somewhere, made to kneel in the grass, and then shot in the back of the head, execution style. Then, skinned, their hides tanned and branded with a description of their crimes. Then, their empty flesh placed high on a pike for everyone to see until they rot in the sun and rain and are pecked apart by birds and devoured by necropaghi.
    • Abstraction is an exercise in a pre-assured failure. It is a futile attempt to communicate the non-communicable.
    • I can never fathom it when people say things like 'I can't understand abstract art!' Or: 'Abstract art is junk!' Or: 'Abstract art isn't as valid as realism!' My question to them is always: 'You like music don't you?'
    • If you want to know what true art is, go outside on a clear night, wait until it gets very, very dark, then look up. You will see no rules of composition; no evidence of superior technique. Yet, you will be staring into the very face of pure, unadulterated beauty and wonder. That is the unattainable ideal for which I must constantly strive.
    • It is not about which artist is more skilled than which other artist. It is about creating what is in you to create. A lack of confidence in oneself is like a thief, It steals from the world that which might be worthy.
    • No matter how much utter disdain I have for the work of a particular artist, I would still rather that he had created those works than hadn't.
    • No matter how substandard you feel your skill or talent may be, If you never produce your art, the world will always remain deprived of it.
    • The entire 'my art is better than your art' thing really gets under my skin. The fact of the matter is: Your art IS better than my art... at being what it is. So what? It just so happens that my art is better than your art, at being what it is.
    • When the established members of academia start becoming vocal as to how poor your art is, then you know you're on to something.
    • Whether or not anyone could have done it is not what's important. What is important is whether or not anyone would have done it.
    • Those who are offended by something are most often those who deserve to be offended by it.
    • If it turns out that physical death truly results in the absolute cessation of consciousness, then it would seem to me that in the grand truth of things, every human who has ever lived, who has not committed every minute of their lives toward an effort in finding a cure for mortality, has died as an utter and miserable failure.
    • Faith, contrary to popular opinion, is not a belief in spite of a lack of evidence. Faith is what someone else believes, in spite of a lack of what you, personally, deem to be acceptable evidence.
    • An unbending and absolute acceptance of any idea is a sure sign of a small mind, no matter the greatness of intellect possesed by the one accepting that idea.
    • I would warn against too much of a radical devotion to rationality. Rationality is an illusion, an invented concept, a construct from the mind of man. It is not a property of the universe. Rationality may be a useful tool when it suits our purposes, however, it is merely a measuring stick, calibrated against what we know of the nature of the universe - all of which may or may not be completely inaccurate.
    • Infinity is just zero spelled backwards.
    • Reality trumps rationality.
    • The curse of the intelligent man is that he will always find himself surrounded by the ignorant. The measure of the intelligent man is determined by his tolerance toward them.
    • Sanity can take one of two forms: That of either ignorance, or denial.
    • If you're going to condemn a people based on the actions of the worst of its ranks; take a good look at the worst of your people first and judge yourself.
    • It would seem to me that If this physical life, of which we are now aware, does indeed comprise the entirety of human experience, then what we seem to intuitively know to be true is entirely backwards. For if this is the case, then it must be the despicable tyrant, free of any moral values, and not the selfless compassionate who sacrifices himself for the good of mankind that is truly the one most deserving of our reverence and emulation.
    • Life is replete with comedy, drama, horror, suspense, tragedy, romance, mystery, fantasy and a good dose of fiction. While at times the plot may seem to be lacking, the special effects alone are well worth the price of admission.
    • My life is about my journey, and your life is about your journey. You are completely unqualified to draw my map, and I am completely unqualified to draw yours. I hope you'll let me know all about the path you've found, so that I may judge it for myself against my own path, and have the freedom to choose between the two. But please don't try and drag me from my path on to yours, and I will be sure to return the favor.
    • The question is not whether the good outweighs the bad. The question is whether or not the good excuses the bad. And, in my opinion, it doesn't. It never does. As long as wrongs are being commited, in any quantity, and in any ratio to the amount of good that is being done, it is both irresponsible and wrong not to bring awareness to it, and struggle to put an end to it.
    • I think the most basic difference between Liberalism and Conservatism today, at its core, is that Conservatives seem to want a better world for themselves - while Liberals just seem to want a better world.
    • Fascism is the most inherently evil political ideology that man has ever devised. Wherever we see even the smallest sapling of fascism growing, we should use every just, reasonable and humane method at our disposal to rip-it out by its roots and then salt the very earth wherein it grew, so that no other such thing may ever again take root.
    • I do not like to call myself a Liberal, because there is so much that is wrong with liberalism. I also do not like to call my a Conservative for exactly the same reason. The fact that the theater of conservativism seems to be such a haven for such an abundance of small minded, non-thinking, irrationalists is however making it very difficult for me to not adopt a harder stance.
    • If a person, in a position of authority, wants someone to believe a lie, usually all they have to do is tell it to them. If they want someone to believe a ridiculous lie, all they have to do is tell it to them enough.
    • Lesson number one in trying to develop the ability of independent thought: Understand that EVERYTHING the government says has the potential to be lies and deception. You can believe it's the truth only after you question, exhaust every avenue, and find that their story checks out. If you're a patriot, it's your duty to always question your government anyway, at every turn. A patriot is loyal to his country and his countrymen, not his government.
    • Liberalism in decay tends toward communism, conservativism in decay tends toward fascism. Pick your failure.
    • My government currently runs things only because the people 'allow' them to run things. It is my responsibility that I do everything I can to keep tabs on my government, keep them honest and make sure that they always act for the good of the people. They must be reminded that they hold no power over the people that the people do not wish for them to hold. If the government begins working in a way that the people don't agree with, they must be made to know that we will rip it to its very foundations and replace it with something that does.
    • Never be silent! Make your opinions known, and do not fear retribution for speaking your mind! The only ones who will aggressively try to silence you are the ones who do not respect the liberties and rights of the individual. Those people deserve our contempt, and when you draw them out of the shadows by exercising your civil right to freedom of speech, they will expose themselves for what they truly are.
    • One of the biggest differences between liberalism and conservativism these days, is that conservativism isn't what conservativism should be, and liberalism is what liberalism ought not to be.
    • One of the most distinguishing differences between liberals and conservatives in America is that the average Liberal feels that we should have little reservation about killing the unborn, while the average Conservative feels it is better to wait until after they are born before we kill them.
    • The ability of a country to wage war is not an accurate measure of its strengths, but of its fears.
    • The mere fact that so many who espouse such far-right views and beliefs still exist in this society is incarnate proof that Darwin's theories apply solely to biological processes and not to processes of the spirit.
    • The universal methodology of the tyrant is incrementalism.
    • There is one great truth in western politics that I have been able to see, and that is this: The more left wing your political ideals are, the more naive a person you are likely to be. The more right wing your political ideals are, the more evil a person you are likely to be. Choosing a political standpoint is largely a matter of deciding which failure as a human you are more comfortable with.
    • Thoughts, words, ideas and information, free from any bonds or restrictions, is the very concrete which pours out a foundation strong enough that upon which a house, stable and lasting, of true freedom and liberty may be built.
    • Whether you actually can or can't fight city hall is of little relevance. Either way, when the need arises, you must!
    • It would appear that atheism is quickly becoming the new opiate of the masses.
    • Atheism is the methodone of the masses. It can help to ease the pain of departure from your previous habit, but it's just as addictive, almost as dangerous, and doesn't provide nearly the rush.
    • From my observations, it would seem that the core message of most major religions is right, just and pure. For this reason I can not help but conclude that evil acts committed by religious people are committed not because of their religion, but in spite of it.
    • In a world where God does not exist, any reasonable person must see that the propensity toward selfishness should be the most venerated of all human traits. From this it stands to reason that any man, knowing the total expanse of his existence to be finite, who does not devote every moment of his life to acts of pure selfishness, must be seen as nothing more than a fool.
    • Alive in the House of the Monkey King (GatorDawg Promotions, 2005, ISBN 0-96-847341-5)
    • A Condition of Experience (GatorDawg Promotions, 2006, ISBN 0-96-847342-3)
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