Aphorisms presented in this Compendium were not yet written or not found in time to be included in New Extracts. WM
- darkness offers doom or dreams
and I can't pierce the enigma
darkness and nothing
may bring you something
doom or salvation
- I have rarely seen justice that is not manufactured, victors who are not abusers.
- To be successful one has to live with beliefs as much as with facts.
- Clue to optimism: accept chaos as territory and struggle as an ally.
- Just as crystal takes the shape of its molecule, so you, by taking your own side in most circumstances, contribute to your own evolution.
- 'Exercise' -- when effort becomes a goal in itself; boredom annihilates any positive effect. It's better for the mind and body to work than to exercise.
- If you want to learn something new and unexpected, like a child, be vulnerable like a child.
- "We must cultivate our garden" -- Voltaire. The precise job on the spot is more important than awareness of some broader goal.
- Meaningful action is always confined within a defined space. The soldier doesn't win the war but conquers the bridge.
The Way of the Samurai (Vagabond issue #58)
- Uniqueness of the Samurai's Way: 'Spirituality' is a by-product just like Mr. Dupont's prose in 'Le bourgeois gentilhomme.'
- Winners don't need boosts; losers don't get them.
- Nothing comes between necessity and decision. You are on your own; karma governs your life without advising how to live.
- We believe in progress because we believe that the flow of time takes us somewhere. We think that time progresses, but there is nothing more immutable than space and time.
- You measure time by way of your expectations.
- How do you measure time? (1) By looking at your watch (2) By dividing your existence into slices.
- Inspiration: invisible road preceding the visible tracks.
- When the artist's work is achieved, the mystery becomes the most opaque; the magical moment of the breaking point is lost.
- Hunger for colour as for a vitamin.
- The work is good if nothing stops the eye's wandering stroll over the surface.
- Give priority to the hand -- to the direct 'reptilian,' faster than brain connection between eye and gesture. Artistic perception probably digs into a reality more ancient than the brain, in which perception and gesture are more directly linked into each other. The modern expert who works from a distance by means of technology will never perceive the 'smell' of the construction site.
- The mind has a tendency to work as an 'oscillator,' a tool of alertness, of not taking anything for granted; safety may turn into danger, friendship to derision, etc.
- The 'final theory' quantifies everything into mathematical formula. We know from daily experience that quantity can be perceived as quality; what suits us becomes 'quality.'
- Is life a 'broader picture?' (Buddhism)
In life one has to make a choice about some particular detail within the broader picture. In painting each choice is particular. For the painter of a panoramic view his choices are as particular as for the painter of minute detail. In life it's you and your circumstances (Ortega y Gasset). In art, it's you and your senses.
- If in the external world I don't exist, in the interior world I can surpass myself.
- The prisoner cannot integrate the present moment into a wider schema of past and future. The prisoner for life is an eternal newborn, starting life from now on, and on.
What are you doing?
Consuming a spoonful of life.
- The Universe is not for you but you are for the Universe -- so, whatever happens to you will be 'justice.'
- Sense - static
Senseless - dynamic
'Justice': predictable static.
- A situation with no logic, no justice, means each moment for itself; a dynamic of the first step.
- Eternal Recurrence and the notion of karma
There is no better expression of eternity than eternal recurrence, which introduces a rhythm into cosmic order and another dimension to causality.
- Spirit oscillates around matter because it has no other option.
- From an objective point of view, we live distant from ourselves. We are a pathway for our tools/organ's activities.
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