Quality is a direct experience independent of and prior to intellectual abstractions.
We do need a return to individual integrity, self-reliance, and old-fashioned gumption. We really do.
The funny thing about insane people is that it is kind of the opposite of being a celebrity. Nobody envies you.
Traditional scientific method has always been at the very best, 20 – 20 hindsight. It’s good for seeing where you’ve been. It’s good for testing the truth of what you think you know, but it can’t tell you where you ought to go.
I did not want to write one of those sequels that famous first-book authors get into where everybody says, ‘Oh yeah.’
Even in the presence of others he was completely alone.
The solutions all are simple – after you have arrived at them. But they’re simple only when you know already what they are.
I really don’t mind dying because I figure I haven’t wasted this life.
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, ‘Go away, I’m looking for the truth,’ and so it goes away. Puzzling.