If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.
Money-makers are tiresome company,
as they have no standard but cash value.
The Republic // Plato
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.
// C.G. Jung
Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.
// Immanuel Kant
If you say that getting the money is the most important thing,
you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time.
You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living,
that is to go on doing thing you don’t like doing, which is stupid.
// Alan Watts
I feel an indescribable ecstasy and delirium in melting,
as it were, into the system of being,
in identifying myself with the whole of nature.
// Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Whenever you are about to find fault with someone,
ask yourself the following question:
What fault of mine most nearly resembles
the one I am about to criticize?
Meditations // Marcus Aurelius
Anything that you resent and
strongly react to in another
is also in you.
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose // Eckhart Tolle
We are not what happened to us,
we are what we wish to become.
// Carl G. Jung
Stop aspiring and start writing.
If you’re writing, you’re a writer.
Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and
the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon.
Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles,
on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say,
like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything,
and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves.
Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret,
so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone.
Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t.
// Alan Wilson Watts