„There is evidence that the honoree might be privy to the secret of the universe, which, in case you’re wondering, is simply this: everything is connected. Everything.“
— Tom Robbins, kniha Wild Ducks Flying Backward
Zdroj: Wild Ducks Flying Backward (2005), Liner notes for the Leonard Cohen tribute album Tower of Song (1995).
Kontext: It is their desire to honor L. Cohen, songwriter, that has prompted a delegation of our brightest artists to climb, one by one, joss sticks smoldering, the steep and salty staircase in the Tower of Song.
There is evidence that the honoree might be privy to the secret of the universe, which, in case you’re wondering, is simply this: everything is connected. Everything. Many, if not most, of the links are difficult to determine. The instrument, the apparatus, the focused ray that can uncover and illuminate those connections is language. And just as a sudden infatuation often will light up a person’s biochemical sky more pyrotechnically than any deep, abiding attachment, so an unlikely, unexpected burst of linguistic imagination will usually reveal greater truths than the most exacting scholarship. In fact, the poetic image may be the only device remotely capable of dissecting romantic desire, let alone disclosing the hidden mystical essence of the material world.
Cohen is a master of the quasi-surrealistic phrase, of the “illogical” line that speaks so directly to the unconscious that surface ambiguity is transformed into ultimate, if fleeting, comprehension: comprehension of the bewitching nuances of sex and the bewildering assaults of culture.
„When you meet the true Guru, He will awaken your heart;
He will tell you the secret of love and detachment, and then you will know indeed that He transcends this universe.“
— Kabir Indian mystic poet 1440 - 1518
Songs of Kabîr (1915)
„The secret of flight is this -- you have to do it immediately, before your body realizes it is defying the laws.“
— Michael Cunningham, kniha A Home at the End of the World
Zdroj: A Home at the End of the World
— Raymond Carver American short story author and poet 1938 - 1988
„It takes a huge effort to free yourself from memory, but when you succeed, you start to realize that you’re capable of far more than you imagined. You live in this vast body called the Universe, which contains all the solutions and all the problems. Visit your soul; don’t visit your past. The Universe goes through many mutations and carries the past with it. We call each of those mutations a ‘life,’ but just as the cells in your body change and yet you remain the same, so time does not pass, it merely changes.“
— Paulo Coelho, kniha Aleph
„The mind is endless. You put me in a dark solitary cell, and to you that's the end, to me it's the beginning, it's the universe in there, there's a world in there, and I'm free.“
— Charles Manson American criminal and musician 1934 - 2017
Zdroj: Manson in His Own Words: The Shocking Confessions of 'The Most Dangerous Man Alive'
„I'll tell you a little secret about the Blues: it's not enough to know which notes to play, you have to know why they need to be played.“
— George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008
Zdroj: Napalm & Silly Putty
— David Foster Wallace, kniha The Pale King
Zdroj: The Pale King
„Come out into the universe of Light. Everything in the universe is yours, stretch out your arms and embrace it with love. If you every felt you wanted to do that, you have felt God.“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
Pearls of Wisdom
— Keanu Reeves Canadian actor, director, producer and musician 1964
— Diane Arbus American photographer and author 1923 - 1971
— Rumi Iranian poet 1207 - 1273
"Where are we?" in Ch. 2 : Bewilderment
„The great classic writers, it will be said, sought rather to proclaim universal truths than to leave their imprint on them.“
— André Maurois French writer 1885 - 1967
The Art of Writing
— Lisa Unger, kniha Beautiful Lies
Zdroj: Beautiful Lies
„If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.“
— Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor 1856 - 1943
First attibution is to Ralph Bergstresser who claims to have heard this from Tesla in a conversation "following an experience with the Maharaja's son".
Zdroj: Coments From The Inventor of the Purple Harmony Plates http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/esp_ciencia_universalenergy02.htm,
„You couldn't be that good and not know it, somewhere in your secret heart, however much you'd been abused into affecting public humility.“
— Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga
Vorkosigan Saga, A Civil Campaign (1999)
„If you want to take drugs and drink alcohol and smoke, that's your business. But if you want me to pay for it when you get sick, that's my business. If we're going to have universal health care, why don't we have universal auto care? I mean, if you run your car into a tree, the government buys you a new car. You back into somebody in the parking lot and scratch it. Hey, that's OK. The government will fix it. You blow up your engine 'cause you forgot to change the oil. That's OK. The government will fix it. Why don't we have universal house care? See, if you've ever owned a house and rented it out to somebody else, you will understand. How many know what I'm talking about? Renters just don't look at it the same way owners do, do they? And when it's your responsibility to take care of your health, you'll take care of it.“
— Kent Hovind American young Earth creationist 1953
Creation seminars (2003-2005), The Garden of Eden