Wisdom


He drew a circle that shut me out–
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In!
   Edwin Markham (from "Outwitted")

Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.
   Robert A. Heinlein (from "The Rolling Stones")

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
   Arthur C. Clarke (from "Profiles of The Future")

All of the true things that I am about to tell you are shameless lies. Anyone unable to understand how a useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book either.
   Kurt Vonnegut (from "Cat's Cradle")

truth is like a mouse
hiding itself behind walls
afraid to be seen
   – Nathan Tobol

lies are nasty rats
scurrying across the room
bold and repugnant
   – Amy Tobol

chickenwire hurts
it pierces my hands and feet
a cruel stigmata.
   – Taiyoo Inu (from "Zen and the Art of Chickenwire")

If it hurts, rub it.
   – Philip Graber ("Unc")