There are no original ideas. There are only original people.
Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.
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.
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.
All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.
Facts mean nothing to wounded feelings ...
The real reason women fall in love abroad is not that they are free of domestic inhibitions but that they translate their love of stone and place into love of flesh. ... Is this true?
The past can be tamed and controlled.
The past is a sorry country.
Silence is the garment of light.
Nothing is more democratic, less judgmental, than water. Water doesn't care whether flesh is withered or fresh; it caresses aged flesh and firm flesh with equal love.
All our loves are contained in all our other loves.
The best work is a fusion of love and praise.
Violence is its own anesthetist. The numbness it induces feels very much like calm.
Unhappiness makes beggars or accountants of us all.
truth ... is the first casualty of tyranny.
One feels a quickening of the pulse when one crosses a border.
to have a crisis, and act upon it, is one thing. To dwell in perpetual crisis is another.
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.
the islands of Italy combine all the elements - fire, water, earth, and air - and that is irresistible.
Women's propensity to share confidences is universal. We confirm our reality by sharing.
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