August 2013

* daggers and mantras

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"Upon occassion, reveal a harmless defect in your character. For the envious acuse the most perfect of sinning by having no sins. They become an Argus, all eyes for finding fault with excellence - it is their only consolation. Do not let envy burst with its own venom - affect some lapse in valor or intellect, so as to disarm it beforehand. You thus wave your red cape before the horns of envy, in order to save your immortality."
(Baltasar Gracian, 1601-1658)


"And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading.

It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer - because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst shit on earth."

(Torrero Munera)

"A man should
be able to hear,
and to bear,
the worst that
could be
said of him."



"Those who bully the weak are cowards before the strong."

"A cow-year, a sad year; a bull-year, a glad year."

"It is not the bullet that kills you, it is fate."

"A true friend, is one that will take a bullet for you in the war."

"Talking about bulls is altogether different from being in the arena."

"Make way for a madman and a bull."

"The Celtic bull symbol stands for strong will, an uncompromising nature, and even belligerence. Due to its unbending, stubborn personality traits, we get the term bull-headed."

"Take the bull by the horns."

"Pretend to be dead and the bull will leave you alone."

"If love be timid it is not true."

"If you want to marry wisely, marry your equal."

"For some reason all the best matadors were Fascists."



"Intimacy requires courage because risk is inescapable. We cannot know at the outset how the relationship will affect us. Like a chemical mixture, if one of us is changed, both of us will be. Will we grow in self-actualization, or will it destroy us? The one thing we can be certain of is that if we let ourselves fully into the relationship for good or evil, we will not come out unaffected."

"Every human being must have a point at which he stands against the culture, where he says, this is me and the damned world can go to hell."

"The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it's conformity."

"We live in a predominately Christian culture which has lost its living connection to the symbolism of wafer and wine. Lacking spiritual sustenance there is a genuine hunger and thirst. The archetypal structure behind the wafer and wine is slowly giving way to a new configuration, but we are in chaos during the transition. That chaos breeds loneliness, fear and alienation. While that sense of aloneness is hard to endure, it can be of supreme value in the analytic process. The new life always comes out of the dispossessed, as Christ came from the cow stable."

"Although the patriarchal ego prides itself on being reasonable, the twentieth century has been anything but the Age of Reason. In our collective neurosis, we have raped the earth, disrupted the delicate balance of nature, and created phallic missiles of mass destruction."

"There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution."