Thomas Paine on The Sublime

•2013-12-30 • Leave a Comment

The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime, makes the ridiculous; and one step above the ridiculous, makes the sublime again.

Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason 1794


Joseph Campbell on Fear

•2013-06-12 • Leave a Comment

In the cave you fear to enter, lies the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell

Happy New Year!

•2011-01-01 • Leave a Comment

Winter Afternoon Moon

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s

words await another voice.  And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

T.S. Eliot


I came to myself in a dark wood…

•2010-08-11 • 1 Comment

“In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.”

Dante Aligheri

Despair dissolves illusions

•2010-06-20 • 1 Comment

Despair … is the only cure for illusion. Without despair we cannot transfer our allegiance to reality — it’s a kind of mourning period for our fantasies. Some people do not survive this despair, but no major change within a person can occur without it.

Philip Slater, Earthwalk

Jung on Awakening

•2009-12-11 • 2 Comments

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. He who looks outside dreams. He who looks inside awakens.”

– Carl Gustav Jung

Jung’s thought reminds me of the ancient Heraclitean maxim:

“Applicants for wisdom do what I have done: inquire within.” – Heraclitus of Ephesus

R.W. Lynd Quotation #2

•2009-12-05 • Leave a Comment

One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge.

–Robert Lynd