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.
[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.
Porches are America's lost rooms.
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 ...
What you desire you call into being ...
Collecting is like sex; satisfaction renews and creates new appetites.
The dream police will not let me have sexual fantasies.
There is something worse than dying, and that is humiliation - at least so it seemed to me ...
In the face of evil, detachment is a dubious virtue.
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?
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.
Every generation reinvents the wheel - and in the process it often adds to rather than subtracts from a woman's burdens.
illness is regarded as a crime, and crime is regarded as illness ...
Insanity is a lack of proportion.
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.
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.
to have a crisis, and act upon it, is one thing. To dwell in perpetual crisis is another.
Children hold us hostage; they represent our commitment to the future.
the gardens of our childhood are all beautiful.
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