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“If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”- Albert Einstein
 
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"I think a lot of economists in the financial sector, if they wanted to know what would be a good model to base economies on, they could probably look no further than a tree or a forest or a perennial grass. Much of our agriculture is annual based. We're living fast and dying young."

-- Darren Doherty on the current state of agriculture and economies.
 
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"I am not an atheist but an earthiest." - Edward Abbey
 
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"The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny."
Albert Ellis

 
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“I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.”
― Marlene Dietrich
 
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"Ultimately, the only wealth that can sustain any community, economy or nation is derived from the photosynthetic process - green plants growing on regenerating soil."
-Allan Savory

 
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“Patience – A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.”

― Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

 
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"One person's crazy is another person's reality" - Tim Burton


"I promise that I shall never give up, and that I shall die yelling and laughing". - Jack Kerouac




 
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"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
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"Well, it’s a revolution. But it’s the sort of revolution that no one will notice. It might get a little shadier. Buildings might function better. You might have less money to earn because your food is all around you and you don’t have any energy costs. Giant amounts of money might be freed up in society so that we can provide for ourselves better.
So it’s a revolution. But permaculture is anti-political. There is no room for politicians or administrators or priests. And there are no laws either. The only ethics we obey are: care of the earth, care of people, and reinvestment in those ends." -Bill Mollison

From an Interview : http://www.scottlondon.com/interviews/mollison.html
 
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Somehow I am an attracting force to 'Conspiracy Theorists'! Everywhere I go, their courses are deviated by some unseen
powerful force, their path skirting the lip of a ''Black Hole'' and then being tossed into my orbit !

The necessity of protecting my sanity has itself changed my path through time and space ! To their well meant comments I quote Mark Twain :::-->

''Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are enjoying the joke, or by imbeciles who really mean it !'' BIG AL
 
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"A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes." -Gandhi

I don't take this use of the word 'man' as excluding women.......but thought I would try it this way anyway...

"A woman is but a product of her thoughts. What she thinks she becomes"

...and then,

"We are but a product of our thoughts. What we think we become"

I don't think Gandhi would mind:)
 
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"It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatos"-Douglas Adams

This quote had nothing to do with permaculture - more with intergalactic megadrama - but I thought we could adopt it.
 
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"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm." -Audrey Hepburn
 
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"Remember when you leave this Earth, you can take nothing that you have received only what you have given: a heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage." -St. Francis of Assisi
 
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“We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk
 
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wayne stephen wrote:"It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatos"-Douglas Adams

This quote had nothing to do with permaculture - more with intergalactic megadrama - but I thought we could adopt it.



It has everything to do with permaculture. There are no silver bullets (singular answers). Other than IT DEPENDS.
 
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This quote from J. Russell Smith's "Tree Crops" published in 1929.

"Plowing corn is the most efficient known way for destroying the farm"

 
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"We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special." - Stephen Hawking
 
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"I find that art is always much more important than politics. There are wars, and the kings do this or that, but I think art and culture has much more impact on the changing of humanity." -Wolfgang Laib

He is part of the 'Art 21' series on PBS. He works with natural materials including pollen.
 
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In honor of my starting the epic Infinite Jest, here is one by David Foster Wallace.

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day. That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.” - David Foster Wallace
 
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“The core of your
true self
is never lost.
Let go of all the
pretending and
the becoming
you've done just
to belong.
Curl up with your
rawness and come home.
You don't have to
find yourself;
you just have to
let yourself in.”
― D. Antoinette Foy
 
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“The land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it's the only thing that lasts".....Gerald O'Hara, Gone With The Wind.” -Margaret Mitchell
 
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"We all must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." -Martin Luther King
 
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I love quotes too. Here is one of my favorites.

" Cherished opinions can be dangerous things, for if they are held without question, investigation or contemplation then they often become a dogma, a religion that is defended vehemently without conscience. That is the seed of war." - Anonymous

 
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"Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person."
- Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
 
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“Ancient politicians talked incessantly about morality and virtue; our politicians talk only about business and money. ... by following this calculation, will find countries where a man is worth nothing, and others where he is worth less than nothing. They assess men like herds of livestock. According to them, a man has no value to the State apart from what he consumes in it."

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, First Discourse

Sorry, my ire is hella up
 
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“My most satisfying creative thinking has always come from limitations, lack, making do, transforming, and I don’t think I mind that. I need obstacles and limitations to get me thinking, and moving, and making decisions.” -Ann Wood www.annwoodhandmade.com
 
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Reading "Walden" again. Every paragraph warrants a "Wow'. Each time I get something different from it. This time for some reason it is funny as hell :

"The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well? You may say the wisest thing you can, old man- you who have lived seventy years, not without honor of a kind- I hear an irresistible voice which invites me away from all that. One generation abandons the enterprises of another like stranded vessels." -Henry David Thoreau
 
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"Wisdom of the ancients is the medicine of the future." from the movie "Origins"
 
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"Nonviolence is the weapon of the strong." -Mahatma Gandhi
 
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It was while working on a large compost pile today that I was reminded of this Theodore Roethke poem:

The Minimal

I study the lives on a leaf: the little
Sleepers, numb nudgers in cold dimensions,
Beetles in caves, newts, stone-deaf fishes,
Lice tethered to long limp subterranean weeds,
Squirmers in bogs,
And bacterial creepers
Wriggling through wounds
Like elvers in ponds,
Their wan mouths kissing the warm sutures,
Cleaning and caressing,
Creeping and healing.

I think that Roethke would approve of permaculture. This famous American poet from Saginaw, Mich., grew up in his parents' greenhouse. It's clear he spent time in observation and contemplation about creation.
 
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Here's another from Roethke about something from his experience growing up around his parent's nursery.


Child on Top of a Greenhouse

The wind billowing out the seat of my britches,
My feet crackling splinters of glass and dried putty,
The half-grown chrysanthemums staring up like accusers,
Up through the streaked glass, flashing with sunlight,
A few white clouds all rushing eastward,
A line of elms plunging and tossing like horses,
And everyone, everyone pointing up and shouting!
 
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As a sort of personal growth project I have been photo-shopping quotes I like into (hopefully) inspirational posters. Kind of like a meditation maybe. Here's a hodge-podge I made of some quotes I found here.
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Forgive me if in some distant past I already posted this one, but it is a favorite

"Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men"
T.H. Huxley
 
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I like this quote......
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a horta é onde está o coração
e o coração é onde está a horta

(the garden is where the heart is
and the heart is where the garden is)


-self
 
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Like the Water

by Wendell Berry

Like the water
of a deep stream,
love is always too much.
We did not make it.
Though we drink till we burst,
we cannot have it all,
or want it all.
In its abundance
it survives our thirst.

In the evening we come down to the shore
to drink our fill,
and sleep,
while it flows
through the regions of the dark.
It does not hold us,
except we keep returning to its rich waters
thirsty.

We enter,
willing to die,
into the commonwealth of its joy.
 
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"Americans, as it is observed, prefer definite answers. ... Yes or no. No grays please.

In Indonesia there is a word in common use that nicely wires around the need for black and white. Belum is the word and it means 'not quite yet.' A lovely word implying continuing possibility . 'Do you speak English? 'Belum.' Not quite yet. 'Do you have any children?' 'Belum.' 'Do you know the meaning of life?' 'Belum.' It is considered both impolite and cynical to say 'No' outright. This leads to some funny moments. 'Is the taxi on fire?' 'Belum.' Not quite yet."

-It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It by Robert Fulghum
 
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Do, or do not. There is no try.~Yoda
 
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