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Favorite inspirational quotes, collected by Phineas Narco. Many from people in my personal life, but others collected from here and there. I hope you enjoy these. They inspire me.

"Creativity is a bloody nuisance and an evil curse that will see to it that you die from stress and alcohol abuse at a very early age, that you piss off all your friends, break appointments, show up late, and have this strange bohemian urge (you know that decadent laid-back pimp-style way of life). The truly creative people I know all live lousy lives, never have time to see you, don't take care of themselves properly, have weird tastes in women and behave badly. They don't wash and they eat disgusting stuff, they are mentally unstable and are absolutely brilliant."
-=- Toke Nygaard

"We're all fucked. It helps to remember this."
-=- George Carlin (St. George)

"We are, each of us, a multitude."
-=- Carl Sagan

"It's all very complex. Or else it's very simple. Or perhaps both. Or neither."
-=- Unknown

"Sometimes there is a thing as too much therapy"
-=- Brette Butler

"If you want to work on your art, work on your life"
-=- Chekhov

"To see what is what's in front of one's own nose is a constant struggle."
-=- George Orwell

"Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best."
-=- Frank Zappa

"Confidence in nonsense is a requirement for the creative process."
-=- M. C. Escher

"Don't be afraid of mistakes, there aren't any"
-=- Miles Davis

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."
-=- Joseph Chilton Pearce

"In a crazy world, it's only your insanity that will keep you sane"
-=- Leo Buscaglia

"All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh."
-=- Doris Lessing

"I'm not okay and you're not okay, and that's OKAY"
-=- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

"Your problems is that you think you have time"
-=- Don Juan to Carlos Castaneda

"The noun of self becomes a verb. This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge."
-=- Stephen Nachmanovitch

"Keep climbing. If you can't fly, run. If you can't run, walk. If you can't walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving!"
-=- Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

"When you're going through hell... keep going!"
-=- Winston Churchill

“No one can give you any answers. There aren’t any. You have to discover for yourself—you must learn to navigate the mystery.”
-=- Bill Hicks

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift"
-=- Albert Einstein

"Leap and the net will appear"
-=- Julia Cameron (The Artist's Way)

"I had nothing to offer anyone but my own confusion."
-=- Jack Kerouac

"One lives one's life under constant tension, until it's time to go for good"
-=-Albert Einstein

"Sanity (in the everyday sense of the word) is not an essential quality of great art."
-=-Gerald Abraham

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
-=- Eleanor Roosevelt

"I don't use drugs; my dreams are frightening enough."
-=- M. C. Escher

"The pencil has no point"
-=- Jason Benjamin

"Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing."
-=- Margaret Chittenden

"Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists"
-=- Al Newport (quoting A Course in Miracles)

"Give up. If you don't know what to do, the answer is to stop doing everything you don't want to do, and then whatever is left is what you do want to do. If there is nothing left, then this leaves things wide open for the thing you do want to do to come along."
-=- Don Joyce

"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through."
-=- Jackson Pollock

"The difference between the artist and the non-artist is that the artist never stops playing."
-=- Alex Mozart

"We have to live our lives as if we are dying of a fatal disease. Because we are."
-=- Phineas Narco

"We may think in life that we are going around in circles. In reality it is like ascending a spiral staircase. From above it looks like we are going around in circles.Try to view it from the side"
-=- Onan Canobite

"We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other peoples' models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open."
-=- Shakti Gawain

"Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything."
-=- Eugene Delacroix

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
-=- Albert Einstein

"The great artist, whether he be musician, painter, or poet, is known for this absolute unexpectedness."
-=- Loren Eiseley

"I personally realized I would never completely have my shit TOGETHER... I finally started to enjoy life.... sort of.
-=- Bill T. Miller

"Man's unique agony as a species consists in his perpetual conflict between the desire to stand out and the need to blend in."
-=- Sydney J. Harris

"You don't have to listen to any voice that does not bring you peace."
-=- Unknown

"Trust that still, small voice that says 'This might work and I'll try it.'"
-=- Diane Mariechild

"The life which is not examined is not worth living"
-=- Plato

"Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased."
-=- J. Krishnamurti

"Where do we get our values from?" -=- George Carlin

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious"
-=- Albert Einstein

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a
miracle. The other is as if everything is."
-=- Albert Einstein

"This is absurd. This is absurd."
-=- Sigmund Freud
(last words)

"It's always more fun when you don't understand it."
-=- Anonymous 7-11 clerk to Phineas

"A life is a single letter in the alphabet. It can be meaningless. Or it can be part of a great meaning."
-=- The Jewish Theological Seminary

"Art is meant to disturb."
-=- Georges Braque
, Illustrated Notebooks

"Art is a house that tries to be haunted."
-=- Emily Dickinson

"Life isn't about ending up properly adjusted by the time you hit 18 and then going out into the world.
In a way, life is about constantly improving one's adjustment to it"
-=- Jason Spencer

"There's a big difference between wanting to and feeling that you should"
-=- My Sister

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
-=- Albert Einstein

"Life is full of misery, pain and tremendous suffering, and it's all over much too quickly."
-=- Woody Allen (Annie Hall)

"If you wake up and you're not in pain, you know you're dead"
-=-Russian Proverb

"We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public."
-=- Bryan White

"When I stopped dwelling on how things would probably work out, I was better able to pay attention to what I was doing."
-=- Living with Sobriety

"Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent."
-=- C. G. Jung

"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one."
-=- Stella Adler

"If you learn from your suffering,
and really come to understand the lesson you were taught,
you might be able to help someone else who's now
in the phase you may have just completed.
Maybe that's what it's all about after all..."
-=- Anonymous

"Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand." -=- Baruch Spinoza

"...why is an artist an artist? Artists simply do feel and see things in a different way to other people. In a way it's a blessing, but it can also be a terrible curse. There's a great deal of satisfaction to be earned from it but often it's also a terrible burden."
-=- Roger Waters

"The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel." -=- Piet Mondrian

"The past is history, the future is a mystery; but today is a gift; that's why we call it the present."
-=- Unknown

"This isn't meant to last. This is for right now."
-=- Trent Reznor

"Poetry often enters through the window of irrelevance"
-=- M.C. Richards

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary"
-=- Pablo Picasso

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays with the objects it loves."
-=- C. G. Jung

"I don't believe there is a God. I know there is a God."
-=- C. G. Jung

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."
-=- Plato

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
-=- Pablo Picasso

"Perhaps God is not dead; perhaps God himself is mad."
-=- R.D. Laing

"I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need."
-=- Francois-Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) (when asked how he managed to make his remarkable statues)

"Think mystery, not mastery"
-=- Julia Cameron (The Artist's Way)

"I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. That's the two categories. The horrible would be like, I don't know, terminal cases, you know, blind people, crippled. I don't know how they get through life. It's amazing to me. And the miserable is everyone else. So you should be thankful that you're miserable, because that's very lucky to be miserable."
-=- Woody Allen (Annie Hall)

"Porn is just like sex, but with all the awkwardness edited out."
-=- Phineas Narco

"It's not that I'm afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens."
-=- Woody Allen

"My one regret in life is that I am not someone else"
-=- Woody Allen

"Make your own recovery the first priority in your life."
-=- Robin Norwood

"What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet." -
=- Woody Allen

"I've been wrestling with reality for most of my life. I'm pleased to say I've won."
-=- Emo Phillips

"It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts."
-=- G. B. Burgin

"Knowledge and ego are directly related. the less knowledge, the greater the ego"
-=- Albert Einstein

"Be wary when you find yourself walking down a path towards knowledge--all such roads inevitably lead to madness."
-=- Erehwon

"What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos."
-=- Kerry Thornley (Principia Discordia, 5th edition)

"Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it."
-=- Robert Frost

"Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy."
-=- Nora Ephron

"He who does his work like a machine grows a heart like a machine and he who carries the heart of a machine
in his breast loses his simplicity. He who has lost his simplicity becomes unsure in the strivings of his soul."
-=- Chuang-Tzu

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
-=- Thomas Alva Edison

"Every time we say Let there be! in any form, something happens."
-=- Stella Terrill Mann

"The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude."
-=- Aldous Huxley

"Shaman-sorcerers have the upper hand; as beings on their way to dying,
they have someone whispering in their ear that everything is ephemeral.
The whisperer is Death, the infallible advisor, the only one who won't ever tell you a lie."
-=-Don Juan Matus to Carlos Castaneda from The Active Side of Infinity

"In life, there are all sorts of things to worry about. Don't."
-=- Unknown

"The children of artists don't grow up with a lot of romantic notions about the role of the artist."
-=- Jane St. Clair

the next thing i say to you will be true
the last thing i said was false
remember to do nothing when you don't know what to do
-=- DEVO

"The greatest power one may possess -- in any situation -- is simply not to care what happens.
In fact, it's the only power, all others being a semblance and mockery of it. But you must also not care about possessing the power itself. So fuck it."
-=-Thomas Ligotti

"To be nobody-but-yourself - in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you somebody else -
means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."
-=-e.e. cummings

" There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other"
-=-Douglas Everett

"As events in wartime have clearly shown, our mentality is distinguished by the shameless naïveté with which we judge our enemy, and in the judgment we pronounce upon him we unwittingly reveal our own defects: we simply accuse our enemy of our own unadmitted faults. We see everything in the other, we criticize and condemn the other, we even want to improve and educate the other."
-=- C.G. Jung

"Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?"
-=- Epicurus

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."
-=- Bertrand Russell

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