August 2013

* monster slaying

The beginning of the universe
Is the mother of all things.
Knowing the mother, on also knows the sons.
Knowing the sons, yet
remaining in touch with the mother,
Brings freedom from the fear of death.
Keep your mouth shut,
Guard the senses,
And life is ever full.
Open your mouth,
Always be busy,
And life is beyond hope.
(Tao Te Ching, 52)

He who is self-righteous
is not respected. He who boasts
achieves nothing. He who brags
will not endure. Avoid these
(Tao Te Ching, 24)

Never take advantage of power.
Achieve results,
But never glory in them.
Achieve results,
But never boast.
Achieve results,
But never be proud.
Achieve results,
Because this is the natural way.
Achieve results,
But not through violence.
(Tao Te Ching, 30)

"Nothing worse
could happen
to one than to
be completely
(Carl Jung)

"There is
nothing worse
than aggressive

Keith Richards


"Marianne Faithfull had no fun with Mick Jaggers tiny todger. I know he's got an enormous pair of balls - but it doesn't quite fill the gap."

"In fact, I take the view that God, in his infinite wisdom, didn't bother to spring for two joints - heaven and hell. They're the same place, but heaven is when you get everything you want and you meet Mummy and Daddy and your best friends and you all have a hug and a kiss and play your harps. Hell is the same place - no fire and brimstone - but they all pass by and don't see you. There's nothing, no recognition. You're waving, "It's me, your father," but you're invisible. You're on a cloud, you've got your harp, but you can't play with nobody because they don't see you. That's hell."

"The big rules of knife fighting are (a) do not try it at home, and (b) the whole point is never, ever use the blade. It is there to distract your opponent. While he stares at the gleaming steel, you kick his balls to kingdom come--he's all yours. Just a tip!"

"I've never had inner turmoil about all this. You find a lot of people these days who cannot stand to be alone. You could lock me up in solitary for weeks on end, and I'd keep myself amused."

"Some people think I'm a mythical genius, others think I'm a junkie madman."

"We age not by holding on to youth, but by letting ourselves grow and embracing whatever youthful parts remain."

"There's something beautifully friendly and elevating about a bunch of guys playing music together. This wonderful little world that is unassailable. It's really teamwork, one guy supporting the others, and it's all for one purpose, and there's no flies in the ointment, for a while."

"One of the great things about songwrighting; it's not an intellectual experience."

"And then I think we realized, like any young guys, that blues are not learned in a monastery. You've got to go out there and get your heart broke and then come back and then you can sing the blues."

Mick Jagger


"Either we stay at home and become pillars of the community or we go out and tour. We couldn't really find any communities that still needed pillars."

"My secrets must be poetic to be believable."

"Anything worth doing is worth overdoing."

"It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back."

"Don't you think it's sometimes wise not to grow up?"

"The past is a great place and I don't want to erase it or to regret it, but I don't want to be its prisoner either."

"Thank you for leaving us alone but giving us enough attention to boost our egos."

"My mother has always been unhappy with what I do. She would rather I do something nicer, like be a bricklayer."

"People think they know you. They know the things about you that you have forgotten."

"People have this obsession. They want you to be like you were in the past. They want you to, because otherwise their youth goes with you. It's very selfish, but it's understandable."

"I am not a librarian of my own work. It's a good thing not to be too involved with what you have done."

"I tell
you love,
sister, it's just
a kiss away"