All my life I have loved the association between the music of our times... and the events of our lives.
The enigmatic musical explora Peter Gabriel is a rock poet whose lyrics I have a real affinity with. There are many many others. Sting, Dylan, Buckley... the list is endless.
Here is just some of the quotes that provide an interesting read, and an interesting insight into the bards that have written and sung our lives.
If there are special quotes that you would like me to add to this evergrowing list please let me know!
Quotes from our lives
'Of men and mice... I prefer mice. They know the value of a good cheese.'
'Well behaved women rarely make history.'
'The average man is aware of everything only when he thinks he should be; the condition of a warrior, however, is to be aware of everything at all times.'
'Your whole idea about yourself is borrowed-- borrowed from those who have no idea of who they are themselves.'
'We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.'
'Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to
them whenever they require it. If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise
with their fellow men.'
'If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I'll never grow up, not me!'
'You have to grow your own memories.'
'...Ask now the Beasts, And they shall teach thee;
And the Fowls of the air, And they shall teach thee;
Or speak to the Earth, And it shall teach thee.'
'I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson: to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger
controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.'
'Mistakes are invaluable; you can learn from them!'
'I look into the abyss, and all I see is everybody else looking into the abyss. I recognise them. They are just like me.'
'We are spiritual beings living a physical existence, not physical beings living a spiritual existence.'
'Game for a laugh...that's me.'
'The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.'
'We have always looked to political ideology to bring about change in our society. It may well be that technology does this job much more effectively.
Power to the people right on.'
'The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them, to the impossible.'
'Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding'
'The things that people do cannot under any conditions be more important than the world. and thus a warrior treats the world as endless mystery and what people do
as an endless folly.'
'What you love is a sign from your higher self of what you are to do.'
'Man cannot discover new oceans until he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.'
'Without deviation, progress is not possible.'
'Remember who you are.'
'One may not reach the dawn, save by the path of the night'
'The most powerful thing you can do to change the world, is to change your own beliefs about the nature of life, people, reality, to something more positive...and
begin to act accordingly.'
'If you can't laugh at yourself, you might as well be dead'
'The fates lead him who will. Him who won't, they drag.'
'Rest satisfied with doing well and leave others to talk of you as they will.'
'The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing
or a curse'
'Live your beliefs and you can turn the World around.'
'To change one's life: Start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions, no excuses.'
'Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.'
'Learn to be silent. Let your quiet mind listen and absorb.'
'I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking,'
'An average man is too concerned with liking people or with being liked himself. A warrior likes, that's all. He likes whatever or whomever he wants, for the
hell of it.'
Happiness ... 'Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.'
'Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.'
'After looking the beast in the eye,
After having asked for and recieved forgiveness let us shut the door on the past,
Not to forget it,
But to allow it not to imprison us'
'We're really just insects. We just think we are more important'