Wise People

“Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itchin, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rumbling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-sh*#ing, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself…You belong in the most secret part of you. Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world.”

-Letter from Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse

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Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

The Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche

Nancy Aronie

Anne Waldman

Selah Saterstrom

Alice Walker

Carol Brown Goldberg

Bhanu Kapil

Sonia Choquette

Rabbis Nadya and Victor Gross

Joan Nathan

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-Marianne Williamson


Martin Buber

Zora Neale Hurston

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Baal Shem Tov

James Baldwin

Susan Sontag

Allen Ginsberg

Carl Jung

Norman Mailer

Lucille Clifton

“When we are observing ourselves, we are not isolating, limiting
ourselves, becoming self-centered – because we are the world and the
world is us. This is a fact. And when we, as human beings, examine
the whole content of our consciousness, of ourselves, we are really
inquiring into the human being as a whole – whether one lives in Asia,
Europe, or America.

So it is not a self-centered activity. That must be very clear. When
we are observing ourselves, we are not becoming selfish, becoming more
and more neurotic, lopsided. On the contrary, when we are looking at
ourselves, we are examining the whole human problem, the human problem
of misery, conflict, and the appalling things that man has done to
himself and others.

It is very important to understand this fact, that we are the world
and the world is us.”

-J. Krishnamurti

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