Friday, February 28, 2014

Weekly Quotes 2014 #8

A very strong case can be made for the statement that science grows by its mu answers more than by its yes or no answers.  Yes or no confirms or denies a hypothesis.  Mu says the answer is beyond the hypothesis.  Mu is the “phenomenon” that inspires scientific enquiry in the first place!  There’s nothing mysterious or esoteric about it.  It’s just that our culture has warped us to make a low value judgment of it.  (290)

Buy good tools as you can afford them and you’ll never regret it.  (291)

When you take up a nut there’s a point called “finger-tight” where there’s contact but no takeup of elasticity.  Then there’s “snug,” in which the easy surface elasticity is taken up.  Then there’s  a range called “tight,” in which all the elasticity is taken up.  The force required to reach these three points is different for each size of nut and bolt, and different for lubricated bolts and for locknuts.  The forces are different for steel and cast iron and brass and aluminum and plastics and ceramics.  But a person with mechanic’s feel knows when something’s tight and stops.  A person without it goes right on past and strips the threads or breaks the assembly.  (291-292)

The real cycle you’re working on is a cycle called yourself.  The machine that appears to be “out there” and the person that appears to be “in here” are not two separate things.  (293)

No matter what anxious people are afraid of or what they want, welcoming the fear of new and challenging experiences helps keep them moving. (kindle)

When you resist feeling afraid, fear sticks around. When you allow it, when you fully experience it—when you welcome it—you remove a complete layer of fear. You stop being afraid of being afraid. You stop worrying about being uncomfortable. (kindle)

The more we resist the steps—complaining, avoiding, moaning, and whining—the longer it takes to reach the goal. The more willing we are to move into the steps, the quicker we get what we want. (kindle)

When worry dominates, we start to believe that we must know the specifics about unfamiliar or unique events. But success in new situations often depends not on knowing absolutes but on translating the skills we had over there to a related experience over here. (kindle)

Past successes become yet another source of internal encouragement to keep moving forward into the unknown. (kindle)

Cunt again?  It was odd how men . . . used that word to demean women when it was the only part of a woman they valued.  (824)

Women were always cruelest where other women were concerned.  (854)

Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.  (907)

Men are mad and gods are madder.  . . . (934)

Jewish activists might become “white” people in Harlem, when many had never before experienced themselves as “whites” in the larger American culture.  For them, being white in Harlem but Jewish (and hence not fully white) elsewhere provided special insights into the relative nature of social identities, as well a s a status otherwise unobtainable.    (178)

Quoting Annie Nathan Meyer:  It is of now more use to be ahead of your time than behind it.  (192)

Contradictory ideas about race and identity were a matter of course.  (211)

Patronage remains one of the most vexed issues in the history of the Harlem Renaissance.  Some contend that it was a sincere attempt at interracial collaboration.  Others believe that white patronage curtailed and ultimately destroyed black creative expression.  Many posit it somewhere in the middle, as a kind of necessary evil, support at the movement could not have done without but that it accepted at a great cost.  (216-217)

Quoting Zora Neal Hurston:  The Negro, in spite of his open-faced laughter, his seeming acquiescence, is particularly evasive. . . .  The Indian resists curiosity by a stony silence.  The Negro offers a feather-bed resistance.  That is, we let the probe enter, but it never comes out.  It gets smothered behind our tactics:  “The white man is always trying to know into somebody else’s business.  All right, I’ll set something outside the door of my mind for him to pay with and handle.  He can read my writing but he sho’ can’t read my mind.  I’ll put his play toy in his hand and he will seize it and go away. Then I’ll say my say and sing my song.  (226)

Each of us is our own best healer.  (1)

If you’re not sure you’re making the right choice, pretend that your situation is a problem for someone you love.  The healthiest answer will follow.  (21)

Most people have a hard time with change and will stick with what’s familiar, even if it’s not giving them what they truly want.  (39)

When we take right actions for ourselves, we are energetically fed by the activity. Whenever we feel drained, it’s a sign that participating in those activities is not for our highest good.  (70)

Energy medicine is based on the laws of quantum physics—mass is energy. Even an object at rest has energy stored in its mass.  These laws govern the human body and everything living within it:  organs, tissues, bones, blood, cells, and DNA.  If everything is made of energy, then diseases are too.  Diseases occur in those areas of the body where energy is stagnant or barely moving.  In contrast, healthy, vital areas of the body are full of motion of freely-circulating energy.  (73)

The length of one’s life is less important than how one lives it.  (79)


  1. More fantastic quotes! I wish I had time to get more books read. I had gotten to the point where I had gotten away from reading as much. Now, I am reading lots again.

    1. I go through ebbs and flows. There are times when I'm reading books at a voracious rate and other times when I'm limping along, barely finishing more than one or two books in a month's time.

  2. The Dance with Dragons quotes peak my interest, as I just finished season 3 of Game of Thrones last night!

    1. I'm very careful not to share a quote that would contain spoilers (nothing about the Red Wedding which I can safely mention now that you've seen season 3). Book three actually goes further than season three so start reading but be warned. Books 4 & 5 sort of split off so book 4 has characters A-M and then book 5 picks up with characters N-Z because the stories overlap a bit and eventually, by the end of book 5, some of the A-M characters are back. Everyone I know who has read the books finds these books slow going and I agree. However, I like to think that by the time the final and seventh book is published, we'll all see and appreciate the two books so much more. My fingers are crossed anyway. I know some of the Harry Potter books had more relevance and meaning as the series continued.