"And that a man should walk in dignity means that he live dangerously rather than in timid safety"
— Robert Terry Weston, “I Have Come To The Parting of Ways” (Unitarian Universalist, minister)
(Source: uuquotes, via revnaomiking)
"…all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."
— The Declaration of Independence
"Unquestionably, the sensitive human brain adds immeasurably to the richness of life. Yet for this we pay dearly, because the increase in over-all sensitivity makes us peculiarly vulnerable. One can be less vulnerable by becoming less sensitive—more of a stone and less of a man—and so less capable of enjoyment. Sensitivity requires a high degree of softness and fragility—eyeballs, eardrums, taste buds, and nerve ends culminating in the highly delicate organism of the brain. These are not only soft and fragile, but also perishable. There seems to be no effective way of decreasing the delicacy and perish-ability of living tissue without also decreasing its vitality and sensitivity. If we have to have intense pleasures, we must also be liable to intense pains."
Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity
(Source: sol-psych, via parkstepp)
"Creative people are committed to risk. The creative person always walks two steps into the darkness. Everybody can see what’s in the light. They can imitate it, they can underscore it, they can modify it, they can reshape it. But the real heroes delve in darkness of the unknown. It’s where you discover ‘other things.’ I say other things because when the new things are discovered, they have no name and they sometimes defy description-like a newborn baby. He has no name, he defies description. He’s wrinkled. He looks like his grandfather but he’s only one day old. He looks like his mother, but he also looks like his father. But after a while he’s beautiful and he’s got a name. And many times that’s the way our ideas are, the ones we create from darkness. Darkness is important-and the risk that goes along with it."
— Benny Golson, jazz musician and composer
"Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down."