The danger in the teaching of music is that
the people grow extravagant.
The danger in the teaching of philosophy is that
the people become crooked.
The danger in the teaching of propriety is that
the rituals become too elaborate.
The danger in the teaching of poetry is that
people remain ignorant, or too simple-hearted.
And the danger in the teaching of Spring and Autumn Annals
is that the people get a sense of the prevailing moral chaos.

"There's a thin line between to laugh with and to laugh at." [Richard Pryor]

"Pride is not the worst of sins. In fact, it's one of the most interesting ones." [Gene Wilder]

"The shamans say that being a medicine man begins by falling into the power of the demons; The one who pulls out of the dark place becomes the medicine man, and the one who stays in it is the sick person; You can take every psychological illness as an initiation.

Even the worst things you fall into are an effort of initiation, for you are in something that belongs to you." [Joan Halifax]