Author: Vladimir Mayakovsky

sticks in my teeth too,
and I'd rather
romances for you-
more profit in it
and more charm.

But I subdued
setting my heel
on the throat
of my own song.

The Reference is Not the Reality

Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein
Book: Tractus Logico-Philosophicus

6.54 My propositions serve as elucidations in the following way: anyone who understands me eventually recognizes them as nonsensical, when he has used them—as steps—to climb up beyond them. (He must, so to speak, throw away the ladder after he has climbed up it.)

He must transcend these propositions and then he will see the world aright.

To Carry a Sin

Author: Kasulis
Book: Zen Action, Zen Person, Page #46

“Coming to a ford in a river, two Zen monks met a beautiful maiden who asked assistance in getting across because of the depth and strength of the current. The first monk hesitated, starting to make apologies—the rules of his order forbade physical contact with women. The second monk, on the other hand, without a moment’s hesitation picked her up and carried her across. With a parting gesture of thanks, the young woman continued on her way, the two monks going off in the other direction.

A paltry age

Author: Soren Kierkegaard
Book: Kierkegaard Anthology

“Let others complain that the age is wicked; my complaint is that it is wretched, for it lacks passion. Men’s thoughts are thin and flimsy like lace, they themselves are pitiable like the lacemakers. The thoughts of their hearts are too paltry to be sinful. For a worm it might be regarded a sin to harbor such thoughts, but not for a being made in the image of God. Their lusts are dull and sluggish, their passions sleepy.

A reality derived from exceptions to the normal

Author: Italo Calvino
Book: Invisible Cities

“From now on, I’ll describe the cities to you,” the Khan had said, “in your journeys you will see if they exist.”

But the cities visited by Marco Polo were always different from those thought of by the emperor.

“And yet I have constructed in my mind a model city from which all possible cities can be deduced,” Kublai said,

“It contains everything corresponding to the norm. Since the cities that exist diverge in varying degree from the norm, I need only foresee the exceptions to the norm and calculate the most probable combinations.”