I love this quote.
For the symbols of mythology are not manufactured; they cannot be ordered, invented, or permanently suppressed. They are the spontaneous productions of the Psyche, and each bears within it, undamaged, the germ power of its source.
The Hero with a Thousand Faces (p. 1-2)
“No pressure, no diamonds.”
– Thomas Carlyle
What a beautiful way to put it.
Following up on my last post, here’s a quote I recently came across that made me chuckle:
“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”Alan Watts
I wonder how often we inflate things by attaching a story to it that is much more elaborate than what is actually going on. Fact vs. fiction? In a way, we are sense making machines through stories. It’s how we manage to agree and disagree too, in politics and elsewhere.
This reminds me of my German classes in High School. Each time we’d read a poem our teacher asked us to interpret it. What did the poet mean with this? Inevitably it triggered an avalanche of hypothesis which made me wonder if the person who came up with the poem in the first place could have ever imagined all of this.
What stories are you adding to your life?
“Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
“If you are very strong, you must also be very kind.”
– Pippy Longstocking
“Knowledge speaks, Wisdom listens.”
– Jim Hendrix
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not bethose who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ” ― Alvin Toffler
“There were always choices to make. Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom; which determined whether or not you become the plaything to circumstance, renouncing freedom and dignity.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”
― A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh