Aphorisms presented in this Compendium were not yet written or not found in time to be included in New Extracts. WM


  1. Let your duty, no matter how stupid, be your guide


  2. Suffering: a fog that doesn't halt your walk while staying with you.
  3. The defeated are exiled to new pathways, new countries, or to new/old (routine) days.


  4. Can one glide in hell?
  5. Glide -- to outrun time, like the dancing bear escaping the hot plate under its feet.


  6. The essential difference between art and craft, art and science; in art I don't want to know what I have to do, I want to discover what I have done.


  7. I'm the priest of the temple without god. I want to drown it in blood and wine so that the temple without god becomes god without temple.


  8. The stone, traversing space or sinking to the bottom, doesn't ask questions
  9. The animal randomly explores its territory for food. In situations with no guideline, human life is a 'random walk' hoping some 'food' is in perspective.

    The following aphorisms (1101-1122) were part of the published book, "Extracts of Existence" which, for some reason, I eliminated in the new version of "Extracts." While browsing through old files, I found the rejections and on second thought decided to reinsert most of them. Here they are:


  10. We have to do what we can before what we can; the grain must germinate even if fate places a stone over it.
  11. It isn't the fault of the river's current if the fish lacks fins.
  12. The fight between life and death is carried on in each moment and at each step of our existence.
  13. One of the principal laws of life: you cannot be neutral toward yourself. Your survival instinct dictates that you take your own side.
  14. On the edge of conflict we sharpen the blade of consciousness.
  15. To the last moment remain vigilant and to the last moment you will remain yourself. After that -- it doesn't concern you any longer.

  16. Problems must be attacked through tactics, not philosophy.
  17. We have to forget what bothers us in order to gain what exalts us.
  18. Take your plants as your guide. When night comes, the petals close.
  19. If the ship has to sink, let it be, but you, at least, don't provoke the thunder.

  20. Whether you are healthy or sick, what is important is that you do not walk on the pathways of sickness.
  21. Most of the time it is better not to expose your troubles if you can help it. A good container keeps contents sealed.
  22. The tyranny of life is that whether in its prime or at its end, our attitude remains the same while helplessness grows. No ritual will change anything. The turning point is not marked by any significant behavioral change. We simply fall into the abyss of death like the fly into the spider's web.


  23. By the fact that you see, you raise yourself over the mountain. By the fact that you live, you rise over the universe. Awareness gives you possession.
  24. The saying that "life is a journey not a destination" means that what awaits us at the end of the journey is unrelated to the journey. The way is what we live while the destination is an abstraction.


  25. You create when the frontier between interior and exterior universe is blurred. Their synthesis will be an apparition of an often-unexpected landscape.
  26. In the past the painter was concerned with what he was painting. Now, in the age of psychology, the painter is more concerned with the act of painting itself, with new consequences for art.
  27. The creative person can feed on the negative but not on emptiness.
  28. By painting we absorb emotion through what inspired us to paint and we express emotion, which is part of our personality. The viewer, in his turn, absorbs what he sees through their own emotions, which may have little or nothing to do with the emotion of the artist who produced it.
  29. The distinct parts in a painting have to converse and not to adjust. Adjustment produces a blob.


  30. What I do is my harness. What I see spontaneously and effortlessly is what I am.
  31. Our mental structure is a screen for various impressions we name intelligence, emotion, sensation. The shortest expression of mental action is intuition. In automatic action the distance between perception and reaction is practically abolished. We name this immediate perception/reaction 'reflex' at the sensory-motor level and 'intuition' at the mental level.

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