Slices of Wisdom

 A small collection of various slices of wisdom that this gal lives her life by…

“I feel that there is no one anywhere who can answer for you those questions and feelings which, in their depths, have a life of their own; for even the most articulate people are unable to help, since what words point to is so very delicate, is almost unsayable. But even so, I think that you will not have to remain without a solution if you trust in Things that are like the ones my eyes are now resting upon. If you trust in Nature, in what is simple in Nature, in the small Things that hardly anyone sees and that can so suddenly become huge, immeasurable; if you have this love for what is humble and try very simply, as someone who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor: then everything will become easier for you, more coherent and somehow more reconciling, not in your conscious mind perhaps, which stays behind, astonished, but in your innermost awareness, awakeness, and knowledge. You are so young, so much before all beginning, and I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” — Ranier Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, Letter Four.

“It’s a human need to be told stories. The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible.” — Alan Rickman.

“I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of other people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.” — Anne Lammott, Bird by Bird (1994).

“Anyway, I don’t like pretty. Most of the world doesn’t agree. But I don’t care.” — Iris Apfel, from the documentary Iris (2014).

“Nobody can save you but yourself. You will be put again and again into nearly impossible situations. They will attempt again and again…to make you submit, quit and/or die quietly inside…and it will be easy enough to fail…but don’t, don’t, don’t. Just watch them. Listen to them. Do you want to be like that? A faceless, mindless, heartless being? Do you want to experience death before death? Nobody can save you but yourself and you’re worth saving. It’s a war not easily won but if anything is worth winning then this is it. Think about it. Think about saving yourself.” Charles Bukowski.

“An inspiration is a happy moment that takes us by surprise…an untroubled state of mind. Of course, we know that an untroubled state of mind cannot last, so we say that inspiration comes and goes, but it is there all the time waiting for us to be untroubled again.” — Agnes Martin.

“If I could live my life again..I wouldn’t try to be so perfect. I’d be more relaxed… I’d take fewer things seriously, I’d be less hygienic, I’d take more risks, I’d take more trips, I’d watch more sunsets… I’d eat more ice creams and less lima beans, I’d have more real problems and less imaginary ones… Of course I had moments of happiness but, if I could go back, I’d try to only have good moments. For if you didn’t know, this is what life is made of…only moments…don’t lose this one right now.” — Jorge Luis Borges.

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