And in the spirit of the computer still not letting me do my real work bringing together past Imp-spirations, this page gathers together just some of the best post header quotes, the wise words that you really wish you’d come up with yourself. More will appear as Imp-time allows.

Huzzah for interminable IT back-ups…..and thank you to these thinkers….

LIFE

It’s only a ride – Bill Hicks

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life- Walter Pater, The Renaissance, 1873

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind – Buddha

DESIRE

“I see a river; it’s oceans that I want.
You have to give me everything; everything’s not enough” – Depeche Mode, I want it all

BEING GOOD

It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard. And vice versa – Herman Hesse

TIME

“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me;
For now hath time made me his numbering clock” –
Richard II, Shakespeare

FREEDOM

We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science – 1984, George Orwell

Who would be free themselves must strike the blow. Better even to die free than to live slaves – Frederick Douglass, American freed slave, abolitionist

They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security – Benjamin Franklin

Since there is no afterlife, the only hell is the hell of praying, obeying laws, and debasing yourself before authority figures, the only heaven is the heaven of sin, being rebellious, having fun, fucking, learning new things and breaking as many rules as you can. This act of courage is known as transgression. We propose transformation through transgression – to convert, transfigure and transmute into a higher plane of existence in order to approach freedom in a world full of unknowing slaves – Cinema of Transgression manifesto

THE SEA

No other element has such accreted layers of significance for us, such complex archetypal meaning. The sea’s moods and uses sex it. It is the great creatrix, feeder, womb and vagina, place of pleasure; the gentlest things on earth, the most maternal; the most seductive whore, and handsomely the most faithless. It has the attributes of all women, and all men, too. It can be subtle and noble, brave and energetic; and far crueller than the meanest, most sadistic human king who ever ruled – John Fowles

WRITING

When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can – Samuel Lover

ADVERTISING

Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need – Tyler Durden in Fight Club

Here’s the deal, folks. You do a commercial – you’re off the artistic roll call, forever. End of story. Okay? You’re another whore at the capitalist gang bang and if you do a commercial, there’s a price on your head. Everything you say is suspect and every word that comes out of your mouth is now like a turd falling into my drink – Bill Hicks, Rant in E Minor

COURAGE
For those who would joyously march in rank and file, they have already earned my contempt, for they were given a large brain by accident when a spinal chord would have sufficed – Albert Einstein

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down – Ray Bradbury

WORK

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office – Robert Frost

“Ah, were I courageous enough
To shout Stuff your pension!
But I know, all too well, that’s the stuff
That dreams are made on:

For something sufficiently toad-like
Squats in me, too…” –
Larkin

THE END OF THE WORLD
More than any other time in history, mankind faces a cross-roads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly – Woody Allen

SELF-KNOWLEDGE

When you possess light within, you see it externally – Anaïs Nin

I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within – Lillian Smith, author of Strange Fruit

It’s a control freak thing. I wouldn’t let you understand – S.H. Underwood

FRAGMENTATION
These fragments I have shored against my ruins – TS Eliot, The Waste Land, 1922

THE FUTURE
It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream – Edgar Allan Poe

LONG LIFE
Who wants to live to be a hundred? What’s the point of it? A short life and a merry one is far better than a long life sustained by fear, caution and perpetual medical surveillance – Henry Miller

THE UNEXPECTED
We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come- Joseph Campbell, mythologist and anthropologist

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