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“The World.” (Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, ca. 1910.)

DO WHAT THOU WILT SHALL BE THE WHOLE OF THE LAW (AC/LL)

contraria sunt complementa (NB)

“Here is a rule to remember in future, when anything tempts you to feel bitter: not ‘This is misfortune,’ but ‘To bear this worthily is fortune.'”
— Marcus Aurelius

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
— Marcus Aurelius

“A king’s lot: to do good and be damned.”
— Marcus Aurelius

“Remember that all is opinion.”
— Marcus Aurelius

“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
— Samuel Becket

“… I can’t go on, I’ll go on.”
— Samuel Becket

“Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world.”
—Joseph Campbell

“Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.”
— Albert Camus

“The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”
— Albert Camus

“I, too, felt ready to start life all over again. It was as if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe.

To feel it so like myself, indeed, so brotherly, made me realize that I’d been happy, and that I was happy still.”
— Albert Camus

“Nothing can be known, not even this.”
— Carneades

“Know then… that all Laws, all Systems, all Customs, all Ideals and Standards which tend to produce Uniformity, being in direct Opposition to Nature’s Will to change and to develop through Variety, are accursed.”
— Aleister Crowley

“The life of God — the life which the mind apprehends and enjoys as it rises to the absolute unity of all things — may be described as a play of love with itself; but this idea sinks to an edifying truism, or even to a platitude, when it does not embrace in it the earnestness, the pain, the patience, and labor, involved in the negative aspect of things.”
— G. W. F. Hegel

“This logos holds always but humans always prove unable to understand it, both before hearing it and when they have first heard it. For though all things come to be in accordance with this logos, humans are like the inexperienced when they experience such words and deeds as I set out, distinguishing each in accordance with its nature and saying how it is. But other people fail to notice what they do when awake, just as they forget what they do while asleep.”
— Heraclitus

“Traveling on every path, you will not find the boundaries of soul by going — so deep is its measure.”
— Heraclitus

“sick of it whatever it’s called sick of the names I dedicate every pore to what’s here…”
— Ikkyu

“fucking flattery, success, money. /
I just sit back and suck my thumb.”
— Ikkyu

“While All is in THE ALL, it is equally true that THE ALL is in ALL.”
Kybalion / “Three Initiates”

“Your heart’s desire is to be told some mystery. The mystery is that there is no mystery.”
— Cormac McCarthy

“The truth about the world… is that anything is possible. Had you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is… a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent…

The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man’s mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among others.”
— Cormac McCarthy

“I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.”
— Henry Miller

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
— Henry Miller

“Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.”
— Henry Miller

“No matter what you touch and you wish to know about, you end up in a sea of mystery. You see there’s no beginning or end, you can go back as far as you want, forward as far as you want, but you never got to it… It’s all mystery. All impenetrable… right?”
— Henry Miller

“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.”
— Henry Miller

“If at any moment anywhere one comes face to face with the absolute, that great sympathy which makes men like Gautama and Jesus seem divine freezes away; the monstrous thing is not that men have created roses out of this dung heap, but that, for some reason or other, they should want roses.”
— Henry Miller

“Today I awoke from a sound sleep with curses of joy on my lips, with gibberish on my tongue, repeating to myself like a litany – “Fay ce que vouldras!… fay ce que vouldras!” Do anything, but let it produce joy. Do anything, but let it yield ecstasy.”
— Henry Miller

“All philosophies are… fabrications. There has never been a single doctrine by which one could enter the true essence of things.”
— Nagarjuna

“Bullshit makes the flowers grow & that’s beautiful.”
Principia Discordia

“All statements are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense, and true and false and meaningless in some sense.”
Principia Discordia

“The Enlightened take things Lightly.”
Principia Discordia

“When all thoughts /
Are exhausted /
I slip into the woods /
And gather /
A pile of shepherd’s purse…”
— Ryokan

“If you look at yourself too long in the mirror, you’ll see a monkey.”
— Jean-Paul Sartre

“I exist. It’s sweet, so sweet, so slow. And light: you’d think it floated all by itself. It stirs. It brushes by me, melts and vanishes. Gently, gently.”
— Jean-Paul Sartre

“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.”
— Seneca

“A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.”
— Seneca

“For greed all nature is too little.”
— Seneca

“There are more stars in heaven and earth… Than are dreamt of in your philosophy…”
— Shakespeare

“Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man’s lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one’s self.”
— Max Stirner

“Finally out of reach /
No bondage, no dependency. /
How calm the ocean, /
Towering the void.”
— Tessho

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
— Hunter S. Thompson

The world is still a weird place, despite my efforts to make clear and perfect sense of it.
— Hunter S. Thompson

“A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends, and break all bonds of fellowship; but it is not this day! An hour of wolves, and shattered shields, when the Age of Men comes crashing down; but it is not this day! This day we fight!”
— J. R. R. Tolkien

“We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.”
— Mark Vonnegut

“Yet just as there is… no one except the all-and-everything, there is never anything to be gained—though the zest of the game is to pretend that there is.”
— Alan Watts

“I cannot tell if what the world considers ‘happiness’ is happiness or not. All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All the while they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness.”
— Zhuangzi

“Forget the years, forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home!”
— Zhuangzi

“To a mind that is still, the entire universe surrenders.”
— Zhuangzi

“Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.”
— Zhuangzi

“If you understand, things are the way they are; if you do not understand, things are the way they are.”
— (Zen Buddhist proverb)

“There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.”
— ?

LOVE IS THE LAW, LOVE UNDER WILL (AC/LL)

virescit vulnere virtus