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The temple bell stops.
But the sound keeps coming
out of the flowers.
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Matsuo Basho

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That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.
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Edgar Allan Poe


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The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
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Dianne Arbus Diane Arbus (14 March 1923 – 26 July 1971) was one of the most original and influential American photographers of the 20th century. In 2003, she and her work were the subject of a major exhibition: Diane Arbus Revelations that was organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and traveled to other locations including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2005. In 2006 her life story was the subject of a motion picture starring Nicole Kidman as Diane Arbus.
Diane Arbus (née Nemerov) was born in New York City into a wealthy, Jewish family, [1] the younger sister of Howard Nemerov, who served as United States Poet Laureate on two separate occasions. She attended the Fieldston School for Ethical Culture.
Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967, on the cover of Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph.

She married her childhood sweetheart Allan Arbus in 1941. During the 1940s she and her husband began a commercial photography business. Their daughter, Doon, was born in 1945 and their second daughter, Amy was born in 1954. In the 1940s Diane Arbus took classes with Berenice Abbott. 1955 she studied with Alexey Brodovitch and she studied with Lisette Model in 1956-58. Diane and Allan Arbus separated in 1959, and they were divorced in 1969.

In 1963 and 1966 Diane Arbus was awarded Guggenheim Fellowships for her project American Rites, Manners and Customs. During the 1960s, Diane Arbus taught photography at the Parsons School of Design, and The Cooper Union in New York City and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.

On July 26, 1971, while living at Westbeth Artists Community, while suffering from depression, Diane Arbus took her own life, by ingesting pills and slashing herself with a razor. She was 48 years old. (Wikipedia)

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It is imposible to build one's own happiness on the unhappiness of others." (This perspective is at the heart of buddhist teachings.)
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Daisaku Ikeda President, Soka Gakkai International

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A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
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Edward R. Murrow

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No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.
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Edward R. Murrow

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I saw the destiny of Nations on TV. I didn't want to miss it so I didn't go to sleep. It really was exciting to watch the whole world turn to rust. But I wouldn't be human, made out of this dust. If I thought that I knew , that the way to get across to you, was this high and winding stair, I'd be there." -~Arlo Guthrie from Stairs on Mystic Journey from 1996
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Arlo Guthrie

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Look within;
There is no fire like greed,
No crime like hatred,
No sorrow like separation,
No sickness like hunger of heart,
And no joy like the joy of freedom.
Health, contentment and trust
Are the greatest possessions,
And freedom is the greatest joy.
Look within.
Be Still.
Awaken;
Follow then the shining ones, the wise, the awakened, the loving,
For they know how to work and forbear.
But if you cannot find
Friend or master to go with you,
Trav...
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Thomas Translated By : Byron

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It is a peculiar sensation, this double consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of the world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness, -- an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder. W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of...
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W.E.B. Du Bois


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Doubt may be painful, but certainty ridiculous
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Voltaire

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All the miseries of mankind come from one thing, not knowing how to remain alone.
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Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal (June 19, 1623, in Clermont-Ferrand, France - August 19, 1662, in Paris) was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a civil servant. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the construction of mechanical calculators, the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defense of the scientific method.

Pascal was a mathematician of the first order. He helped create two major new areas of research. He wrote a significant treatise on the subject of projective geometry at the age of sixteen, and later corresponded with Pierre de Fermat on probability theory, strongly influencing the development of modern economics and social science. Following Galileo and Torricelli, in 1646 he refuted Aristotle's followers who insisted that nature abhors a vacuum. His results caused many disputes before being accepted.

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We shall die alone.

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Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal (June 19, 1623, in Clermont-Ferrand, France - August 19, 1662, in Paris) was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a civil servant. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he made important contributions to the construction of mechanical calculators, the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defense of the scientific method.

Pascal was a mathematician of the first order. He helped create two major new areas of research. He wrote a significant treatise on the subject of projective geometry at the age of sixteen, and later corresponded with Pierre de Fermat on probability theory, strongly influencing the development of modern economics and social science. Following Galileo and Torricelli, in 1646 he refuted Aristotle's followers who insisted that nature abhors a vacuum. His results caused many disputes before being accepted.

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It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

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We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies - all these are private and, ...
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Aldous Huxley

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Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone.
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Taul Tillich

 

 
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