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The greatest detriment to progress is not ignorance but the illusion of

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely
rearranging their prejudices.

I have nothing to say and I am saying it. And that is poetry.

There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is
always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to
make a silence, we cannot.

We need not destroy the past. It is gone.

The idea of a mistake is beside the point, for once anything happens, it
authentically is.

If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still
boring, then eight, then 16, then 32. Eventually one discovers it
is not boring at all.

A photograph is a secret about a secret--the more it tells you the less
you know.

Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.

Though all our knowledge begins with experience, it by no means follows
that all arises out of experience. For, on the contrary, it is quite
possible that our empirical knowledge is a compound of that which we
receive through impressions, and that which the faculty of cognition
supplies from itself (sensuous impressions giving merely the occasion),
an addition which we cannot distinguish from the original element given
by sense, till long practice has made us attentive to, and skillful in
separating it.

In the beginning there was universal Nothing. Then Nothing said No to
itself and thereby begat Something, which called itself Yes. Then No and
Yes, cohabiting, begat Maybe. Next all three, in a menage a trois, begat
Guilt. And Guilt was of many names: Mine, Thine, Yours, Ours, His, Hers,
Its, Theirs--and Order. In time things so came to pass that two of its
names, Guilt and Order, Honoring their great progenitors, Yes, No, and
Maybe Begat History. Finally, History fell a-dreaming and dreamed about

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Date:Apr 1, 2004
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