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“The ladder becomes more slippery the higher you climb.”

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“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”

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“It takes some care and reflection to figure out exactly what you ‘must want to say’. And this isn’t because you’re an inexperienced writer, as if experienced writers weren’t plagued by these matters. On the contrary, the difference between experienced and inexperienced writers is that experienced ones know that they can arrive at the point they really want to make only through a process of tinkering their way through successive revisions. There’s no other way.”

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“One’s soul, to me, stands for one’s love of the beautiful.”

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“There’s a special place in my heart for those who loved me when I wasn’t lovable.”

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“the ineffable something he’d longed for all his life”

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“One of the most illustrious Zen masters in history, Daito Kokushi, in his final words admonished, ‘Be ever mindful to apply yourself to the study of the Unthinkable.’ The Unthinkable is the transcending of logic.”

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“In Eastern religions that believe in reincarnation, after having led sufficiently good lives for sufficiently many life-cycles, one accumulates enough good karma to escape the wheel of life and death.”

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“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.”

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“Every good mathematician is at least half a philosopher, and every good philosopher is at least half a mathematician.”

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“Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.”

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“The supreme paradox of thought is the attempt to discover something that thought cannot think.”

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“Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards.”

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“Everyone has a different idea of what’s beautiful, and it’s best to offer the shadow of the branch, and let the mind create the tree.”

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I must, before I die, find a way to say the essential thing that’s in me, that I’ve never said yet a thing thats not love or hate or pity or scorn, but the very breath of life.

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“There’s always another level up. There’s always another ascension.”

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THANK YOU!

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