Monday, April 8, 2013

Wild Horses And Toads

He who is not an enigma to himself doesn't know himself.

Now that I no longer think I find words for all my thoughts.

No longer to pretend to know, or even guess, what shapes human destinies, human lives.

No lily cares if it's the first.

For lack of love one does a million other things.

We tame wild horses, and worse make it a crime to be one.

Dreams were the first movies.

Now that we know war is absurd there are more wars than ever.

A toad can dream of outrunning a train.

One learns by doing, not by learning to do.

First there must be flowers; then you can arrange them.

A new theory doesn't change the way things actually happen.

The classical is what you praise: the romantic is what you love.

Truth is an outlaw in every country.

You don't have to die to be resurrected.





55 comments:

  1. Lots to think about, while studiously 'not thinking' - :) The piece on not having to die to be resurrected especially rings true to me, since I am a Phoenix rising from the ashes in so many ways.

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  2. You have quite a collection of aphorisms! Have you published your work in book form?

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  3. Oh it's such a treat seeing these in a grouping. A kid in a candy store moment. Hard to pick a fave...

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  4. "One learns by doing, not by learning to do." For most of my life, it was put forth to me that I was one of those people who learned things "the hard way," so much so that I came to believe it. Now, I know better. That's precisely why "We tame wild horses, and worse make it a crime to be one" makes so much sense to me.

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  5. I enjoyed them very much. Especially "No lily cares if it's the first."

    "Truth is an outlaw in every country" <-- this is an illegal statement.

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  6. Now, that is a deluge! I am sure I will return to savour them again. Thank you, NP, for reassuring me, I don't have to die to be resurrected.

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  7. I often find this one particularly appropriate NP -
    `Now that I no longer think I find words for all my thoughts'
    It's often best to sit back in times of writer's block, & just go with the flow...
    Cheers, ic

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  8. What interesting thoughts. I liked the little teasers.

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    1. Now that I no longer think I find words for all my thoughts.

      yes, yes, yes

      my brain writes stilted, boring drivel. I am learning to simply allow my heart and spirit to bubble up and the words flow like a torrent

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  10. My favorite: "A new theory doesn't change the way things actually happen." Much wisdom there. It may explain but it doesn't change.

    Thanks for this new collection.

    OK, two favorites "He who is not an enigma to himself doesn't know himself." A paradoxical truth.

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  11. i love the first and the last the most. but all others are equally thoughts-provoking. thanks for sharing!

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  12. Wonderful, Marty. I particularly love the one about wild horses. So true.

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  13. You're a wizard of words. Ciao ciao my friend :)

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  14. Hi Marty,
    I'm so glad to read your words of wisdom. Not unnaturally, my favorite was :-"A new theory doesn't change the way things actually happen."
    That's it exactly, you must make your theory, whatever it may be, fit the facts, not the other way around.
    Then it does not require belief in order for it to be sustained.

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  15. I read this loud. My gf did too. Wonderful words! :)

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  16. Marty, you are truly a poet at heart! A couple of my favorites: “A toad can dream of outrunning a train.” Love that image of how nothing is impossible. “For lack of love one does a million other things.” Without love, one must find a million other ways to fill the void where love would be. Wonderful aphorisms, all of them thought-provoking.

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  17. "Dreams were the first movies." - Now this is sooo true! This is my fave on out of this brilliant bunch, Marty. :D

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  18. Wow. I love these aphorisms. Thank you.

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  38. making it a crime to be a wild horse...how sad is that...almost as much as the taming of them...a new theory doesnt change the way things happen...TRUTH

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  43. "He who is not an enigma to himself doesn't know himself."
    Claiming to know everything is the boasting that kills as being in an awe as the gratitude for being - that's much worse than just do not know.
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  48. Marty... what a pleasant surprise! The last I visited, your Blog used to sprout a saying a day and today I find a garden. I loved this one. Except the lily which obviously left me a little confused... Maybe its because I think too much :)

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  50. These are amazing and awakening quotes and thoughs. Made me thinking:)

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