"I always tell the truth. Even when I lie."
"No one I have ever heard of has ever died in the middle of writing a poem, just as birds never die in mid-flight."
"I'm just looking for an angel with a broken wing."
"The instruments that bleed into each other are what creates the ambience. Once you start cleaning everything up, you lose it. You lose that sort of halo that bleeding creates. Then if you eliminate the halo, you have to go back and put in some artificial reverb, which is never as good."
"The Gospel of Thomas claims to be the secret sayings of Jesus. There are 114 of them, so it says many things, but the central message is that Jesus is the one who reveals the divine light that brought the universe into being, and that you and I also reveal that light."
"I had been taught that the separation between religion and politics happened in the Enlightenment. But there were people who tried to create a secular relationship to government 2,000 years ago, and those people were the Jews."
"Unlike many deities of the ancient Near East, the God of Israel shared his power with no female divinity, nor was he the divine husband or lover of any."
"What we call chaos are patterns we haven't recognized. What we can’t understand we call nonsense. What we call random are just patterns we can’t decipher. What we can’t decipher we call gibberish."
"Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines."
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection."
"An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot."
"In the early ages of the world, according to the scripture chronology, there were no kings; the consequence of which was there were no wars; it is the pride of kings which throws mankind into confusion."
"Common sense will tell us, that the power which hath endeavored to subdue us, is of all others, the most improper to defend us."
"It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel the force of all the world."
"Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world."
"Waves, once they land on the beach, are not reversible."
"Armageddon is not around the corner. This is only what the people of violence want us to believe. The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future."
"I remember talking with a friend who has worked for many years at the catholic worker, a ministry to the poor in New York City. Daily she tries to respond to waves of human misery that are as ceaseless as surf in that community. Out of my deep not-knowing, I asked her how she could keep doing a work that never showed any results, work in which the problem keep getting worse instead of better. I will never forget her enigmatic answer. "The thing you don't understand, Parker, is that just because something is impossible doesn't mean you shouldn't do it.""
"My playground was the theater. I'd sit and watch my mother pretend for a living. As a young girl, that's pretty seductive."
"I really like where Tony Robbins says that we're all hypnotized to see beauty this one specific way, and it's true."