The Tenets of My Philosophy:

1. "The heart has reasons that reason knows nothing of." -Voltaire

2. You can only achieve greatness through daring.

3. Daring is often perceived as stupidity.

4. 8-5, M-F is the equation for death.

5. "All you need is love." - John Lennon

6. "While there is life, the possibilities are unlimited." - Nestor

7. "No matter where you go, there you are." - Buckaroo Banzai

8. Think for yourself.

9. Anything is possible through Imagination and Will.

10. "That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger." -Nietzsche

11. "Sometimes you have to loose your mind to come to your senses." -Tim Leary

12. "Let him that would move the world first move himself." -Socrates

13. You can never go too far.

14. "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." - Bertrand Russel

15. "Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality." - Jules de Gaultier

16. "The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity." - Harlan Ellison

17. "Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can." -Danny Kaye

18. "Specialiaztion is for insects" - Robert A Heinlein

19. "I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything, as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed, as a career, you know, I don't want to do that." -Lloyd Dobler

20. Opportunity stopped making house calls years ago, and now must be hunted like the small, fanged, ferocious little animal that it is.

21. The moment you stop caring what other people think of you is the moment you become completely free.

22. If you really don't care what other people think, chances are you're a raving lunatic.

23. Ambition can be an excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

24. Don't try to fix everything.

25. If a person isn't harming you or someone else, then what they're doing is none of your business.

26. Time doesn't heal all wounds, it just offers replacements.

27. You're never going to get everyone to like you.

28. Always be romantic.

29. "The lunatic, the lover, the poet, are all of an imagination compact." - Bill Shakespeare

30. "When we all think alike, no one is thinking" - Walter Lippman

31. Friendship can make anything bearable.

32. Things could be worse.

33. "I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; If I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am responsible for everything I do." (Robert Heinlein, "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", 1966)

34. "Most people would rather die than think, and most people do." -Bertrand Russell

35. "Love, and do what you want." -Aliester Crowley

36. Being bad feels pretty good, doesn't it?

37. Never leave a round in the chamber.

38. Tomorrow is another day. But don't use that as a crutch.

39. When you stop taking chances, you're dead.

40. Pictures lie.

41. Nothing is unconditional.

42. Captain Crunch is the greatest breakfast cereal of all time.

43. "Optimism is a strategy for success. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, then you give yourself the oppurtunity to change things, to make the universe a better place." - Noam Chomsky

44. "Limits are beliefs to be transcended" - John C Lilly

45. "All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, and we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we're the imagination of ourselves." - Bill Hicks

46. Watching cartoons keeps you young.

47. Greatness is attainable.

48. If they can do it, so can you.

49. Don't wear a nametag if you can avoid it.

50. If things didn't end badly, then they wouldn't end.

51. "He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice." -Albert Einstein

52. Cynicism comes with the territory.

53. Make mistakes. Just try not to make them twice.

54. The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.

55. You can't always get what you want.

56. Hold out for love.

57. You can always get more money.

59. If you tell someone, it's no longer a secret.

60. If your going to go, go out in a blaze of glory.

61. "Thou art God. Know that and the way is opened" - Robert A Heinlein

62. "Life cannot be cut off quickly. One cannot be dead until the things he changed are dead. His effect is the only evidence of life." -John Steinbeck

63. Being the only one laughing is better than being the only one crying.

64. Reach for the sky.

65. The spice must flow.

66. "We all are in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." - Oscar Wilde

67. You never know unless you try.

68. Perception is reality.

69. Bravado is a way of life.

70. Eat things that are bad for you.

71. Be the first person to try something.

72. "I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell - you see, I have friends in both places." - Mark Twain

73. When you get down into the onion of an atom, subatomic particles have no mass. No mass, no thing. So the essential building blocks of everything is nothing. Deal with it.

74. The world is like a ride at an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it, you think its real, because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down, around and around, and its very brightly colored and its very loud, and its fun . . . for awhile. Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question, Is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, Don't worry, don't be afraid, ever. Because this is just a ride."

75. Do something every day that lets you know you're really alive.

76. Sing along with the radio.

77. Dance whenever you get the chance.

78. Believe in yourself.

79. Believe in your friends.

80. "Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one." -Calvin and Hobbes

81. "Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master!" -George Washington

82. Own the crowd. Don't clutch the mic-stand.

83. Improvise.

84. Try anything once. Twice if you're not sure.

85. "An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all." -Oscar Wilde

86. Question authority. Repeatedly.

87. Never get embarrassed.

88. Don't give them the satisfaction.

89. The only difference between mythology and religion is gullibility.

90. Evil genius is genius all the same.

91. Don't stay put for too long.

92. Before you give up, try being a bank robber.

93.  "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. " - Mark Twain

94. Stay up way past your bedtime.

95. Leave them wanting more.

96. "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster in the process." - Nietzsche

97. Shoot from the hip.

98. Daydream.

99. Throw caution to the wind.

100. You can go anywhere, you can do anything, nothing can stop you.

 

 

 

 

-Invictus-

Out of the night that covers me
Black as the Pit from pole to pole
I thank whatever gods may be
for my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutches of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms the horror of the shade
And yet the menace of the years
finds me and shall find me unafraid

It matters not how strait the gate
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

-William Ernest Henley

 

 

-from Ulysses-

"Come my friends
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world,
for my purpose holds to sail beyond the sunset;
And though we are not now that strength
which in old days moved earth and heaven . . .
That which we are, we are.
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate
But strong in will
To strive
To seek
To find
And not to yield."

-Alfred, Lord Tennyson

 

-from The God-Maker, Man-

As the skull of man grows broader, so do his creeds
and the gods they are shaped in his image, and mirror his needs
And he clothes them with thunders and beauty,
he clothes them with music and fire
seeing not, as he kneels by their altars,
that he worships his own desire;
And mixed with his trust there is terror
and mixed with his madness is ruth
And every man grovels in error
Yet every man glimpses a truth
for all the creeds are false, and all the creeds are true:
And low at the shrines where my brothers bow, there will I bow, too;

For no form of god, no fashion
Man has made in his desperate passion
But is worthy some worship of mine;
Not too hot with a gross belief,
Nor yet too cold with pride
I will bow down where my brothers bow
Humble, but open-eyed.

-Don Marquis

 

 

-O Me, O Life-

"O ME! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless--
of cities filled with the foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself,
(for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light--
of the objects mean--
of the struggle ever renewed;
Of the poor results of all--
of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;
Of the empty and useless years of the rest--
with the rest me intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring--
What good amid these, O me, O life?

The Answer:

That you are here--that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse."

-Walt Whitman

 

-The Road Not Taken-

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And being one traveler, long I stood
And look down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim
For it was grassy and wanted wear
Though as for that the passing there
Had really worn them about the same

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost