Do you see
that you can’t hear snowfall?
Do you sense
that you can’t see love?
Do you grasp
that you can’t catch poems?
Smell this glass.
Go on taste this cloud.
These material senses won’t get you far until
the velvet glove caress your soul.
Adversity hath slain her thousand, but prosperity her ten thousand.
If we would remember that all the trees of earth are marked for the woodman’s axe, we should not be so ready to build our nests in them.
It is very awkward how some people don’t have any investment, wouldn’t buy self-development books, complain that organic foods are too expensive for them to afford, but yet they have all the costly brand name clothes, shoes, bags, and other expensive accessories.
Self-consciousness of the manner is the expensive substitute for simplicity.
Most women sell sex; most of them just don’t take cash (nor do they each sell to more than one ‘client’ at a time).
Instead of loving people and using money, people often love money and use people.
This is the even-handed dealing of the world!” he said. “There is noth-ing on which it is so hard as poverty; and there is nothing it professes tocondemn with such severity as the pursuit of wealth!
Nin knew how much humans loved money, riches, and material things-though he never really could understand why. The more technologically advanced the human species got, the more isolated they seemed to become, at the same time. It was alarming, how humans could spend entire lifetimes engaged in all kinds of activities, without getting any closer to knowing who they really were, inside.
The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything.