Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change. —Carl Rogers
To be is to deceive. —Alan Watts
Every individual is a unique manifestation of the Whole, as every branch is a particular outreaching of the tree. —Alan Watts
The only Zen you find on tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there. —Robert M. Pirsig
«Если человек заинтересовал Силу, она обязательно начнет проявляться в его жизни, сначала как ураган, разрушающий тот хрупкий мирок, который человек себе создал, всю стабильность, определенность, все представления человека о самом себе, о правильности, о хорошем и плохом. И на долгий период жизнь его превратится в Темную Ночь, наполненную страданиями умирающего эго. Но на самом деле это период превращения гусеницы в бабочку. И когда все границы человека будут стерты, Сила начнет проявляться через него, преображая уже окружающий мир.»
All in all, if someone is going to do it, they need an ego of a superhuman to power through the giant valley of despair… and usually those people find other things to work on. —https://lwn.net/Articles/819452/
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. ―Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Elective Affinities
Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible. —Richard Feynman
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. —Kurt Vonnegut
What stands in the way becomes the way. —Marcus Aurelius
At some point you have to recognize what world it is that you belong to; what power rules it and from what source you spring; that there is a limit to the time assigned you, and if you don’t use it to free yourself it will be gone and will never return.
Concentrate every minute like a Roman—like a man—on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions. Yes, you can—if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered, irritable.
There are two types of writers, Schopenhauer once observed, those who write because they have something they have to say and those who write for the sake of writing.
The problem is identifying as a writer. As though assembling words together is somehow its own activity. It isn’t. It’s a means to an end. And that end is always to say something, to speak some truth or reach someone outside yourself.
To quote Schopenhauer again, “to have something to say” is “by itself virtually a sufficient condition for good style.”
“There are, first of all, two kinds of authors: those who write for the subject’s sake, and those who write for writing’s sake. […] The truth is that when an author begins to write for the sake of covering paper, he is cheating the reader; because he writes under the pretext that he has something to say.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer, The Art of Literature
See Essays of Schopenhauer for my excerpts