"Do not meddle in the affairs of the dragon for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."
"At the end you fip over and start again because now you are not isolated. They've gone back, so you can go home. High above, the day turns pink and you feel your feet lift above the ground as new roads open up in front of you. In this town the jury is always rigged but the people know. They aways know the truth. Believe. Belief. Beyond. We're not alone."
"It ain't home t'ya, though it be the palace of king, until somehow yer soul is sort o' wrapped 'round everything."
"The ill-timed truth we might have kept--
Who knows how sharp it pierced and stung?
The words we had no sense to say--
Who knows how grandly it had rung?"
"And while the mortal mist is gathering, draws His truth in confidence of Heaven's applause: This is the Happy Warrior; this is He that every Man in arms holds wish to be."
"There is room in the halls of pleasure,
For a long and lordly train,
But one by one we all must file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain."
"For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."
"How dreadful knowledge of the truth can be when there's no hope in the truth."
"We look before and after
and pine for what is not,
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is haught;
OUr sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
Yet if we could scorn
Hate and pride and fear,
If we were things born
Not to shed a tear, I know not how true joy we ever should come near."
"The Spirit is Truth." -John 5:07
"Reason is our soul's left hand, Faith her right. By these we reach divinity." -John Donne
"Obscurum per obscurious, ignotroum per ignotious."
"Let the obscure be explained by the more obscure, the unknown by the more unknown."- Clive Barker
"How could we be able to forget those ancient myths that are the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being, something helpless that wants help from us..." - Rainier Maria Rilke
"If you don't believe in dragons,
It is curiously true
That the dragons you disparage
Choose not to believe in you." -Jack Prelutzsky, "The Dragons are Singing Tonight"
O Lord, who made the dragon, and the dragon's open sky
And gave to me a dragon's soul, a dragon's urge to fly
Let me dance with your cloudscapes, far beyond Earth's chain
Let me rejoice in my grandour, let me not grow vain!
Let me vindicate my honour, with my fang and claw,
Let my raging heart show mercy, let that show as flaw!
Let me have the joy of all the shining gold I've stored,
Let no pauper-dragon go forth starving from my hoard.
And, Lord, should the need arise and I be called to fight,
Dragon-Maker, make me victor, and, Gods help that knight!"
- Dr. Thomas Venturer (Thanks to the author for corrections!)
"Life is like a box of chocolates. A cheap, thoughtless, perfunctoral gift that no one ever asks for. Unreturnable because all you get back is another box of chocolates. So you're stuck with a mostlky undefinable whipped mint crap, mindlessly wolfed down when there's nothing else to eat while watching the game. Sure, once in a while you get a butter pecan or an English toffee, but it is gone too fast and the taste is fleeting. In the end, all you have are broken bis of hardened jelly and teeth shattering nuts, which if you are desperate enough to eat leaves nothing but a box of empty brown paper wrappers." - Cigarette Smoking Man, "Musings..." X-Files
"Your madness is what keeps you sane, for with it you may name that which is not, and is thus unamed. I cannot name your madness, save if I myself might know it." - The Riddle Game of Magdaredd And Imprisoned KNowledge
"In vino veritas." "In wine there is truth."
"I'll not listen to reason... reason always means what somebody else has to say." - Elizabeth Gaskill
"The truth is after a terrible weapon of aggression." - Alfred Adler
"One kills a man, one is an assasin. One kills a million, one is a conqueror. One kills everyone, one is a god." - Jean Rostard
"If you will practice being fictional for a while, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats." -Richard Bach, "Illusions"
"It's not a prison if you never try the door." - Jonathan Blumer.
"Do not worry about the bullet that has got your name on it. It will hit you and it will kill you, no questions asked. The rounds to worry about are the ones marked: To Who It May Concern." -Erica Miszti
"The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing." -Aleister Crowley
"Evil is... a moral entity and not a created one, an eternal and not a perishable entity: it existed before the world; it constituted the monstrous, the execrable being who was also to fashion such a hideous world. It will hence exist after the creatures which people this world." - Marquis de Sade
"No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make an effort to escape from." - George Elliot
"I couldn't claim that I have never felt the urge to explore evil, but when you descend into hell you have to be very careful." - Kathleen Raina
"I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get a hold of him personally and become his chief of staff." - Aliester Crowley
"Their sighs, lamentations and loud wailings resounded through the starless air, so that at first it made me weep; strange tongues, horrible language, words of pain, tones of anger, voices loud and hoarse, and with these the sound of hards, made a tumult which is whirling through the air forever dark, and sand eddies in a whirlwind." -Dante Elighieri, "The Inferno"
"For fools rush in where angels fear to tread." -Alexander Pope
"Maybe I can't prove it with tangible evidence, but then how corpeal would a curse be?"-Denise A Agnew "Banshee Tears"
"How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a spectre through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat?"- Josaph Conrad
"The answer all depends on whether it's phrased in the form of a question or not."-FM, "Boo-Ray For HollyWood"
"Don't turn your back on the world. Turning your back is what happens when you're busy looking the other way." -Ron Nasty
"We will return you to our normal services as soon as we are certain what is normal anyway." - Matt R. Austin
"The mystery or the truth. Which one is better? You have the mystery, you spend your life in search of the truth. You have the truth, there is nothing left to search for. And ultimately, no life." - FM "Down on the Farm"
"I have so much to do, I'm going to bed." - Savoyard Proverb
"Imagine a miracle and you're halfway there." DS "Miracle Man"
"When you're young, you're always moving so quickly... you never take the time to sit down and really see a sunset. You think it's too commonplace to be interesting. It isn't until much later that you wonder why you didn't take more time to just sit and watch, because there's no time to do it anymore. They say life is too short to sit still... I think it's too short not to." - DS "Twilight"
"The key is to get to know people and trust them to be who they are. Instead, we trust people to be who we want them to be- and when they're not, we cry." -DD, "Teen", April '98
"The power of the night, the press of the storm,
The post of the foe;
Where he stands the Arch Fear in a visible form,
Yet, the story man must go." -Robert Browning, "Prospect"
"Like an obelisk towards which the principal streets of a town converging the strong will of a proud spirit stands prominent and commanding in the middle of the art of war." -Clausity "On War"
"The world, where much is to be done, and little known..." -Dr. Johnson
"You k'n hide de fier, but w'at you gunna do wit de smoke?" - Joel C. Harris "Proverbs of Uncle Remers"
"Be not merciful unto them that offend of malicious wickedness. They grin like a dog and run about through the city. But thou, O Lord, shalt have them in derision. Thou shalt laugh all the heathen to scorn." -Psalm 59
"You will be sure to prove that the act is unjust and hateful to the gods? Yes, indeed, Socrates; at least, if they will listen to me." -Plato, "Eurothyphs"
"What is the world, O soldiers?
It is I.
I this incessant snow;
This northern sky;
Soldiers, this solitude
Though which we go
Is I." -Watter de la marc "Napoleon"
"The enforced passitivity of their defense, the interminable waiting, became insupportable. Day and night they heard the muffled thud of the picks above and dreamt of the collapse of the groths and every ghastly eventuality. They were subject to 'castle-mentality' in its most extreme form." -Robin Fedder, "Crusader castles"
"Hard pounding this, gentleman. Let's see who will ground largest." -Duke of Wellington
"Ole bull he comes for me, wi's head down. But I didn't flinch... I went for 'e. 'Twas him as did th' flinchin'"- Flora Thompson, "Lark Rose"
"And as I was green and carefree, famous among the bans
About the happy yard and singing so the farm was home,
In the sun that is young once only..." -Dylan Thomas, "Fern Hill"
"Well, we've been lucky devils both
And there's no need of pledge or oath
To bind our lovely friendship fast,
By firmer stuff
Close bound enough." -Robert Graves, "12 Fusilers"
"He did not look far
Into the passage of time and was
Disciplined of the bravest: he lasted long,
But on us both did haggish age steal on,
And wore us out of act..." -Shakespeare "All's Well That End's Well"
"He was part of my dream, of course- but then I was part of his dream, too." - Lewis Carroll, "Through the Looking-Glass"
"And so the fear retains control. And it remains all I have to fear." -DS "All I have to Fear" - DS 'All I Have To Fear'
"The complete lack of evidence is the surest sign the conspiracy is working." -unknown
""Panic on the streets of London. Panic on the streets of Birmington. I wonder to mylf-could life ever be the same again?" -The Smiths
"Only thing to do is jump over the moon."
"If a man dies, shall he live again?" -I Chronicles 14:14
"There is an old cliche of how minutes can seem like hours and hours like minutes. Through past life exploration, we learn that we are not at the mercy of time, but only our perception of it. The mind can surmount confinement in space and time."
"Facile credo, plures esse naturas invisibiles quam visibiles in rerum universitate. Sed horum omnium familiam quis nobis enarrabit? et gradus et cognationes et dicrimina et singulorum munera? Quid agunt? quae loca habitant? Harum rerum notitiam semper ambivit ingenium humanum, nunquam attigit. Juvat, interea, non diffiteor, quandoque in animo, tanquam in tabula, majoris at melioris mundi imaginem contemplari: ne mens assuefacta hodiernae vitae minutiis se contrahat nimis, et tota subsidat in pusillas cogitationes. Sed veritati interea invigilandum est, modusque servandus, ut certa ab incertis diem a nocte, distinguamus."
- T. Burnet, Archealogiae philosophicae (1692)
(Translation: "I readily believe that there are more invisible than visible natures in the universe. But who will explain for us the family of all these beings, and the ranks and relations and distinguishing features of each? What do they do? What places do they inhabit? The human mind has always sought knowledge of these things, but never attained it. Meanwhile I do not deny that it is helpful sometimes to contemplate in the mind, as on a table, the image of a greater and better world, lest the intellect, habituated to the petty things of daily life, narrow itself and sink wholly into trivial thoughts. But at the same time we must be watchful for the truth and keep a sense of proportion, so that we may distinguish the certain from the uncertain, day from night.")
"But what after all is one night? A short space, especially when the darkness dims so soon, and so soon a bird sings, a cock crows, or a faint green quickens, like a turning leaf, in the hollow of the wave." - Virginia Woolf, 'To the Lighthouse'
"The darkness is death - we can speak, but we are not heard. We can scream but they turn their backs. We can run, but we cannot catch them. It is the dream where arms and legs won't work they way they should, and the air is too thick to breathe. Loved ones walk a mile ahead, forgetting to stop as we fall behind. This is the reality of the darkness. We are buried alive inside ourselves." - Dana-Christene Umanetz
"If you would be a real seeker of truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things." - Rene Descartes
"The inspiration for that which we perceive to be life can only come from within our minds. Everything else is simply reality." - Unknown
"The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard." - Unknown
"There are three types of people in the world. those who can count and those who cannot." - Unknown
"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."- Douglas Adams, Last Chance To See
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled." - Plutarch
"With every passing hour our solar system comes forty-three thousand miles closer to globular cluster 13 in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some misfits who continue to insist that there is no such thing as progress." - Ransom K. Ferm
"Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again." - F. P. Jones
"If you want to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the Universe." - Carl Sagan
"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." - Buddha
"It is difficult beyond description to conceive that space can have no end; but it is more difficult to conceive an end. It is difficult beyond the power of man to conceive an eternal duration of what we call time; but it is more impossible to conceive a time when there shall be no time." - Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason (1)
"The best defense against logic is ignorance."
"The cruelest lies are often told in silence." - Robert Louis Stevenson
"I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind." - George Bernard Shaw
"The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn." - H.G. Wells, The Discovery of the Future
"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice." - Old Indian Saying
"There's stories and there's stories... the ones with any worth change your life forever, perhaps in a small way, but once you've heard them, they are forever a part of you. You nurture them and pass them on and the giving only makes you feel better. The stories are just stories, they make one laugh or cry - but if they have any worth, they carry within them a deeper resonance that remains long after the final page is turned...or the storyteller has come to the end of her tale." - Charles de Lint, The Conujure Man, Dreams Unfooted
"... we are never separate from those we love. We begin to learn that those who have touched us, have helped create us and are forever part of us. We learn to embrace life with joy and approach death with wonder."
"When I die
I'm sure I'll have a big funeral...
coming to see if I really am dead...
Or just trying to make TROUBLE..."
-Mari E. Evans, 'The Rebel'
"Vocatus etque non vocatus, Deus aderat."
"Now the stars they one by one
blot their ways into lightning sky.
Now the fires turn hell and cinder
Now the heat reveals the pyre."
"Before the exploration of space, of the moon and the planets, man hailed that the heavens were the home and province of powerful gods, who controlled not just the vast fermament, but the earthly fate of man himself, and that the pantheon of powerful warring deities was the cause and reason for the human constitution. For the past and for the future, and for which great monuments would be created, on earth as in heaven. But in time man replaced these gods with new gods and new religions which provided no more certain or greater answers than those worshipped by his Greek or Roman or Egyptian ancestors. And while we've chosen now our monolithic and benevolent gods and found our certainties in science, believers all, we wait for a sign, a revelation. Our eyes turn skyward, ready to accept the truly incredible, to find our destiny written in the stars. But how do we best look to see; with new eyes or old?" - Fox Mulder, 'Patient X'
"To tie up loose ends
To finish what began
The bond deeply eternal
souls in unison
the love bound trust
shared through horrors
pain and loss.
'I don't think this is something we have a choice in. I think it's about fate.'"
"We are unique in the belief
that all can survive
when bound by love.
Life and death
can not extinguish it
or break it's ties.
'I know you say you love me.
If what you say is true
So show me something that's not deceiving
Cause I wouldn't lie to you.'
"We are who we think we are,
but here we are linked with a common cause."
"Join the believers and the
dreamers, the realist and
Our belief is the strength
of the underlying ond.
Not the fuzzy feelings, sex
Just the need to be whole
need to trust."
"The truth will save you, Scully. I think it will save both of us." - Fox Mulder, 'Momento Mori'
"I had the strength of your beliefs." - Dana Scully, 'One Breath'
"If at first you don't succeed, skydiving isn't for you."
"I can feel the fire dying out more quickly, as if someone were pouring water on me, rushing my demise. The fire turns into a smoke death, and when it clears, I can see the cliff of death, awaiting my plunge. I am not afraid. And as the fire dies and wastes away... I jump." - D.S. 'Fire'
"This is it;
This is my last dance.
Never to find another chance.
Just to hold this sweet mem'ry of romance.
Powerful pain, joined together
All as one that is for never." - 15th century dance
"That which makes us safe enprisons us."
"Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love." - Reinhold Niebahr
"You want the real thing, and I'm the diet Coke, ok?" - Zora Jacobs
"But then I start to think about the consequences,
I don't get no sleep in a quiet room,
And this time, when kindness falls like rain,
It washes me away..." - Counting Crows, 'Anna Begins'
"The words that I remember,
From my childhood still are true,
there are none so blind as those who do not see
And to those who lack the courage,
they say it's dangerous to try,
They just don't know that love eternal will not be denied." - Molly Blues, 'I Know You're Out There Somewhere'
"And the lights are all on, the world is watching now,
People looking for truth, we must not fail them now.
Be sure, before we close our eyes, don't walk away from here.
'Till you hear both sides of the story." - Phil Collins, 'Both Sides of the Story'
"Walk blindly to the light, and reach out for his hand
Don't ask any questions and don't try to understand.
Open your mind and then open up your heart,
and you will see that you and he are very far apart." - Blessed Union of Souls, 'I Believe'
"So we wait and we'll wonder." - Phil Collins, 'We Wait and We Wonder'
"No secrets, no forgiveness, no compassion
Oh these brave heroes only know to hit and run.
Slowly my sadness turns to rage, and we wonder
How can these scars ever heal, when all is said and done."
-Phil Collins, 'We Wait and We Wonder'
"After my picture fades and darkness has turned to gray,
Watching through windows you're wondering if I'm okay
Secrets stolen from deep inside
The drum beats out of time."
-Cindy Lauder, 'Time After Time'
"I wanna know
Why the monsters that hurt you so
Don't look like the things that
We battled so long ago."
-T. Gorman & T. Dornelly
"Questions are there to be answered."
"The critical mind is the creative mind."
"Never believe anything until it's been officially denied."- Claud Cockburn (1904-1981)
"Would you want to see,
If seeing meant you would have to believe?"
-Joan Osborne, 'One of Us'
"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely does members of one family grow up under the same roof." - Richard Bach, 'Illusions'
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who no longer pauses to wonder and stand in rapt awe, is as good as dead." - Albert Einstein
"Heart of a warrior; mind of a fool... soul of a romantic." - Jackie St. George
"I am a brother to dragons and companion to owls." - Book of Job
"In order to live free and happily, you must first sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice to make." - Richard Bach, 'Illusions'
"I have got to get a real life."
"I come to you with my hate in my hands, and you spit in my face." - Alan Quartermaine, 'General Hospital'
"The good news: The truth is out there. The bad news: It will probably stay there."
"Men are made for happiness, and he who is completely happy has the right to say to himself, 'I am doing God's will on Earth'." Dostoyervsky
"You have returned
all I thought lost.
I have spent a life-
time being dead.
But in this moment
I am alive forever."
"The truth is out there. But there's another truth in here. A truth that vanishes like a drop of milk suspended in water- whenever you try to touch it."
"... But when I look up at the heavens, all I see are the stars."
"All would be well.
All would be heavenly-
If the damned would only stay damned."
-Charles Fort, 1919
"Imagination and memory are but one thing, which for divers consideration hath divers names." - Thomas Hobbes, 'Leviathan'
"Who among us wants to believe that our grasp on reality is so provisional, that reality in fact is impenetrable and unfathomable because it is only what we remember, and what we remember is rarely the literal truth?"- Dr. Elizabeth Loftus & Katherine Ketcham, 'The Myth of Repressed Memory'
"A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent."
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the ability of the human mind to correlate all its contents." - H.P. Lovecraft, 'The Call of Cthuhs'
"The truth. I may not uncover the nature of good and evil, but I like to think small truths are accessible. Like how did a group of fringe intellectuals wind up stocking guns and exploosives for a stand-off with the FBI?"
"We are each of us a world, our bodies the firmament, our souls the sky, our barbaric hearts held at bay by the silent cities of the mind."
"... Madness is the beginning of wisdom."
"Welcome to the Borderlands. The last line remaining between yourself and the world. You are not alone."
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." - Phillip K. Dick
"Eve is a twofold mystery
The stillness Earth doth keep
The motion wherewith human hearts
Do to each other leap
As if all sounds between poles
Felt 'Parting comes in Sleep.'"- E.B.Browning
"Old age is an island surrounded by death." - Juan maulalves, 'On Beauty'
"There is a gulf fixed between those who can sleep and those who cannot. It is one of the great divisions of the human race." - Iris Murdoce, 'Nuns & Soldiers'
"We are old-timers, each of us holds a locked razor." - Robert Lowell, 'Walking in the Blue'
"Glancing over my shoulder I see its shape and so more forward, as someone in the woods. At night might hear the sound of approaching feet and stop to listen; then, instead of silence he hears some creature trying to be silent. What else can he do but run? Rushing blindly down the path, stumbling, struck in the face by sticks. The other even closer, yet not really. hurrying or out of breathe, teasing its kill." - Stephen Dovyns, 'Pursuit'
"If I had some wings, I'd fly you all around;
If I had some money, I'd buy you te goddamn town;
If I had the strength, then maybe I coulda pulled you through.
If I had a lantern, I'd light the way for you,
If I had a lantern, I'd light the way for you." - Micheal MacDermott, 'Lantern'
"Old soldiers never die. They just fade out."
"Reality is what we make of it." - R. A.
"Not Truth, but Faith, it is that keeps the world alive." - E.S.V. Millay, 'Interim'
"And all at once the heavy night
Fell form my eyes and I could see!
A dreaded and dripping apple tree,
A last long line of silver rain
A sky grown clear and blue again
And as I look up a guiding gust
of wind blew up to me and thrust
into my face a miracle
of orchard-breath and with the smell,
I know not how such things can be!
I breathed my soul back into me."
-Edna St. Vincent Millay, 'Remaesence'
"I can only watch the sun rise upon my lightless life. The sun brings no light to the dead. The night is forever." - Ariana
"If a man can live off anger, then why can't he live off love?" -Thinker of Thoughts Best Left Unthought
"When we first met
We did not guess that love
Would prove so hard a master"
"A mighty pain to love it is, and 'tis a pain that pain to miss; but of all the pains, the greatest pain is to love, but love in vain." - Abraham Crowley
"You don't marry someone you can live with - you marry the person who you cannot live without."
"Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love - and to put its trust in life." - Joseph Conrad
"True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen." -La Rochefoucauld
"When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe." -La Rochefoucauld
"There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not." -La Rochefoucauld
"Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time... It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other." -Leo F. Buscaglia
"Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it." -Dr. Karl Menninger