“If I Am,” p. 7
Circling: 1978-1987 (1993), Sequence: “Recircling”
“If I Am,” p. 7
„Come to your senses, defenses are not the way to go / And you know, or at least you knew / Everything's strange, you've changed and I don't know what to do / To get through“
— Jonathan Larson American composer and playwright 1960 - 1996
Source: The Surgeon
„I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit.
"No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't. But there was going to be when I began it. It's just that something happened to it on the way.“
Source: The House at Pooh Corner (1928), Chapter Seven.
— John Leonard American critic, writer, and commentator 1939 - 2008
Interview with Bill Moyers, Now, PBS (28 November 2003)
Context: I don't have a sense of sanctuary. I don't have a place where I think I can go. I once went to the famous Kyoto temple with the Zen garden, the gravel, the little mounds and it's, you know, it's been pictured over and over and over again. And what they don't tell you is that this little acre or some acre of serenity is surrounded by millions of people taking pictures.
So it sounds like a storm of mosquitoes constantly. And it never stops. And there's no serenity. And so not even in Japan can I find sanctuary.
„My uncertain temper is cooling, as is my sense of racing against time to accomplish the things I want to. I don't have to go anywhere or see anyone I don't want to now, and it is a glorious feeling!“
— Judy LaMarsh Canadian politician, writer, broadcaster and barrister. 1924 - 1980
Source: Memoirs Of A Bird In A Gilded Cage (1969), CHAPTER 11, The leadership scramble, p. 351
"I know I am."
"And making sense!"
"Thank you kindly."
"And in sentences!"
"I've noticed." - Stefan and Elena“
— L.J. Smith American author 1965
„What we do attracts to a certain type of people. I don't think age has anything to do with it: either you get into it or you don't. You can be 16 or 60 and you will like us or not depending on your sensibilities.“
— Robert Smith (musician) English singer, songwriter and musician 1959
X-Press Magazine, Australia, September 2000
„Sometimes I think I would love to see … just to see the beauty of flowers and trees and birds and the earth and grass. … Being as I've never seen, I don't know what it's like to see. So in a sense I'm complete.“
— Stevie Wonder American musician 1950
As quoted in Stevie Wonder (1978) by Constanze Elsner, and Jet Vol. 53, No. 22 (16 February 1978), p. 60
Context: Sometimes I think I would love to see … just to see the beauty of flowers and trees and birds and the earth and grass. … Being as I've never seen, I don't know what it's like to see. So in a sense I'm complete. Maybe I'd be incomplete if I did see. Maybe I'd see some things that I didn't want to see... the beauty of the earth compared to the destruction of man. You see, it's one thing when you are blind from birth, and you don't know what it's like to see, anyway, so it is just like seeing. The sensation of seeing is not one that I have and not one that I worry about.
„Anything you see in me is in you. If you want to see a vicious killer, that's who you'll see, do you understand that? If you see me as your brother, that's what I'll be. It all depends on how much love you have. I am you, and when you can admit that, you will be free. I am just a mirror.“
— Charles Manson American criminal and musician 1934 - 2017
Rolling Stone interview (June 1970)
„My diction, my choice of words, is as precise as I can make it. The images that I use, the evocation of the senses, again, relies upon a certain exactitude. You can see how what I did with language as a poet would bleed into what I did as a lawyer, vice-versa…“
— Martín Espada Puerto Rican poet 1957
On how his correlates the language of a poet with practicing law in “The Writer’s Block Transcripts: A Q&A with Martin Espada” https://www.sampsoniaway.org/interviews/2015/12/11/the-writers-block-transcripts-a-qa-with-martin-espada/ in Sampsonia Way (2015 Dec 11)
„I am completely passive about my poetry, unless I sense the rhythms, see the images and hear the words spontaneously, I am helpless.“
— Dennis O'Driscoll Irish poet, critic 1954 - 2012
„Don't you understand?" snarled Rincewind. "We are going over the Edge, godsdammit!"
"Can't we do anything about it?"
"Then I can't see the sense in panicking," said Twoflower calmly.“
— Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015
Source: The Color of Magic
„She said, "Do you have more things that you need, or more that you don't need?" I said, "It depends on what it means to need.“
Source: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
„You are going to have to struggle with something that you have never struggled with before. I am talking to you about it now. I am talking to you about the fact that your whole life to date has been in an effort to control what you see as being finite. The whole of life for human beings, predicated on the idea that one must acquire power in order to overpower conditions that will not give them what they say they need in order to have a fixed sense of security and well-being.“
— Guy Finley American self-help writer, philosopher, and spiritual teacher, and former professional songwriter and musician 1949
Secrets of Being Unstoppable
„You know, the way I'm accepted, I almost feel like Judy Garland, truly. It makes no sense to me because I don't think that I've been any more outspoken… Or maybe I have, I don't know. But everyone I know supports anything that has to do with raising money or with AIDS.“
— Bea Arthur actress, singer, comedian 1922 - 2009
Interview, TV Legends, August 6, 2005
„No, what worries me is that I might in a sense adapt to this environment and come to be comfortable here and not resent it anymore. And I am afraid that as the years go by that I may forget, I may begin to lose my memories of the mountains and the woods and that's what really worries me, that I might lose those memories, and lose that sense of contact with wild nature in general. But I am not afraid they are going to break my spirit.“
— Theodore Kaczynski American domestic terrorist, mathematician and anarchist 1942
Answer given when he was asked if he was afraid of losing his mind in prison. Interview with Ted Kaczynski http://web.archive.org/web/20061003044754/www.spiritoffreedom.org.uk/profiles/ted.html
„"Is," "is." "is" — the idiocy of the word haunts me. If it were abolished, human thought might begin to make sense. I don't know what anything "is"; I only know how it seems to me at this moment.“
— Robert Anton Wilson American author and polymath 1932 - 2007
The Historical Illuminatus as spoken by Sigismundo Celine
Source: Nature's God