Monday, September 27, 2010

TIME FOR ANOTHER QUOTE

"The truth can be spoken only by someone who already lives inside it; not by someone who still lives in untruth and only sometime reaches out from untruth toward it."  —Ludwig Wittgenstein (translated by Stephen Mitchell)

14 comments:

JIm said...

Velma's truth:

"Quite frankly, I'm exhausted," Velma Hart told the president last week. "I'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now."

harryn said...

The Republican Leadership's untruth:

can be found in the Congressional minutes and program transcripts everyday - too numerous to mention or dignify ...

And as Dr. Allen Wheelis (Behavioral Psychologist) states in many of his books - change is the most difficult challenge for human beings ...

I think Velma will be fine because of her truth ...

Robert G. Zuckerman said...

Disciple: "Master, what is truth?"
Master: "Walk on!"

Robert G. Zuckerman said...

Hamlet said fear of death (or in this case the "unknown") makes us "rather bear those ills we have than fly to others that we know not of." And of course Rilke's gem: "the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."

Lally said...

Great point(s) and quotes H&Z. Love the Rilke one and don't remember reading it though I reread Rilke all the time. Where's it from Robert?

Robert G. Zuckerman said...

"Letters to a Young Poet" Michael, one of the key pieces of my life survival kit.

Lally said...

Mine too. Do you remember which translation? (and I'd love to see a list of what else is in that survival kit!)

Robert G. Zuckerman said...

Don't remember which translation, I have a few of them at home but I'm on the road. You can google it which is what I did here. Other than any Michael Lally book the survival kit included Enlightened Heart and Enlightened Mind and also The Tao te Ching - all edited/translated by Stephen Mitchell. The Art of Peace by Morehie Ueshiba, Being Peace and almost anything by Thich Nhat Hanh, One Hundred Poems from the Chinese by Kenneth Rexroth, Crow With No Mouth and any writings by or about Ikkyu, Rumi, the Haiku of Issa ("borrowing my house from insects, i slept"), music of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Dylan, Van Morrison, Buffy St. Marie doing Neil Young's "Helpless", all of Alan Watts' recorded talks, Journey to Ixtlan, Rubber Soul, Hesse, a Leica M6 with 35mm and 75mm 1.4 lens and a hundred rolls of tri-x,dot-dot-dot...i'm sure i'm leaving lots of things out...

Robert G. Zuckerman said...

Should be "Morehei Ueshiba" (not Morehie), he founded Aikido. One of my favorite quotes from his book: "Your spirit is the true shield."

Lally said...

man, love that list robert. essentials. the one that struck me the most because I don't think I know it (though that might just be the post-brain-op thing) is Buffy doing "Helpless"—gotta add that to itunes!

Robert G. Zuckerman said...

Let me know what you think when you hear it Michael!

Lally said...

Robert, just downloaded the 1971 version from She Use to Wanna be a Ballerina, and can't stop smiling. Tough, but glorious. Just like Buffy. Thanks so much for bringing her powerful presence back into my life!

Miles said...

Robert,

I'm digging your survival list too. Buffy's "Helpless" is righteous! I wasn't aware of her version. As a bassist, the kind of groove her rhythm section is laying down is part of my survival kit. I find it immensely healing to play and listen to that kind of hypnotic repetition where the details get magnified by the stripping away of anything non-essential (kinda like your list).

Thanks for turning me on to that tune.

Robert G. Zuckerman said...

Thanks Miles for articulating the things about this song/version!

if only the essence of this survival list could be instilled in the minds of the Tee Party. Says Ikkyu: "So many people know, but don't know that they know..."