Friday, May 21, 2010

What you are thinking is the parrot in the cage of what you are doing



Did I mention contradicta? Very well, then. Here are some from Nick Piombino's new book, Contradicta: Aphorisms, published by Green Integer, and unforgettably illustrated by Toni Simon.

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One by one the finest philosophers concluded they should no longer try to tell us how to live. Imperceptibly, yet gradually, an immense sadness fell upon the world and the sadists took over.

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Don't be too nicey to those who are icy.

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Little time to think about what you don't like or don't have when so much time is needed to think about what you can't understand.

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The novice plays to the invited guests, the master plays to the gallery.

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Words express meanings but their rhythms express their intentions.

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The relentless critic hungers for your pride - not your excellence.

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Truths about poetry are the keys that unlock the cages. You are there to watch the birds fly away and when they go you never think twice about the truth, the keys, or the cages.

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What you are thinking is the parrot in the cage of what you are doing.

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There can be a useful tradition of unconventionality but conventional unconventionality is a travesty that subverts its entire aim.

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Artists and intellectuals bribe patrons and politicians with mirages of progress.

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No one would credit anyone for anything if not for the compulsive craving for hierarchy.

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People go to extremes in order to be different. But the remarkable differences are the subtle ones.

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