There are no original ideas. There are only original people.
Food is my drug of choice.
Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.
There is something worse than dying, and that is humiliation - at least so it seemed to me ...
Persecution always acts as a jell for members of cults; it proves to them, in the absence of history, liturgy, tradition, and doctrine, that they are God's chosen.
Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.
Facts mean nothing to wounded feelings ...
Kindness and intelligence don't always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.
All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.
Porches are America's lost rooms.
[On Werner Erhard, founder of est:] If I wanted a new belief system, I'd choose to believe in God - He's been in business longer than Werner, and He has better music.
My mother was my first jealous lover ...
Rome is all things high and low. It is like God, it accommodates so much.
I love cloisters, which are the architectural equivalent of a theological concept: perfect freedom within set boundaries.
To surrender one's vulnerable body to water has always seemed to me a limpid act of will that has no coutnerpart or equal, unless it is sex.
there are no inanimate objects ...
illness is regarded as a crime, and crime is regarded as illness ...
Every generation reinvents the wheel - and in the process it often adds to rather than subtracts from a woman's burdens.
Violence is its own anesthetist. The numbness it induces feels very much like calm.
It's the perpetually unfinished quality of housework that makes it oppressive - it never ends, like bad psychoanalysis, or a dream interrupted. It is paradoxically true that it is exactly this daily re-creation of the world that lends housekeeping its nobility and romance.
my love of water ... is mingled with and almost indistinguishable from a fear of water (I can float in a vertical position - I enter a fugue state - but I cannot bear to bury my face in water).
Weather creates character.
The best work is a fusion of love and praise.
Insanity is a lack of proportion.
Unhappiness makes beggars or accountants of us all.
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