The search for enlightenment isn't as important as learning to appreciate the present. - Ram Dass

H.L. Mencken defined Puritanism as "the haunting fear that somebody, somewhere, might be having a good time."

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS." -- Mahatma Gandhi

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." -- Thomas Paine

"When the government fears the people, you have liberty; when the people fear the government, you have tyranny." -- Thomas Jefferson

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Well behaved women rarely make history." -- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children." -- Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese Poet and Novelist

"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, US Supreme Court Justice

Whether you think you can or think you can't - you're right. -- Henry Ford

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.

Love is the greatest refreshment in life. -- Pablo Picasso

I'd like to live like a poor man, but with lots of money. -- Pablo Picasso

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -- Pablo Picasso

"To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin." -Cardinal Bellarmine, 1615, during the trial of Galileo

In the 60's people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." -- Katharine Hepburn

"Live life to the point of tears." - Camus

And still my fav:
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Strangers have the best candy
Look before you open your eyes
A Waist Is A Terrible Thing To Mind
We're not old people we're recycled teenagers!
Friends help you move; real friends help you move the body.
Always Remember: You're Unique, Just Like Everyone Else
Yep, the Universe is running right on schedule...

Can someone give up Lent for Lent?
Why do dogs walk around in circles before lying down?
If marriage means you fell in love, does divorce mean you climbed back out?
Does it really count in court when an atheist is sworn in under oath using a Bible?
How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
Why isn't the word 'gullible' in the dictionary?

Mottos to live by
Art is not a passion, but a priesthood.
A company is known by the people it keeps.
It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.
You cannot get to the top by sitting on your bottom.
The more beautiful the snake the deadlier its venom.
A morning without coffee is like something without something else.
A pessimist is someone who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.
If it's stupid but works, it probably isn't stupid.
I was only looking at your name tag, honest.

- At age 96, playwright George Bernard Shaw broke his leg when he fell out of a tree he was trimming in his backyard.
- Actor George Burns won his first Oscar at 80.
- Painter Grandma Moses painted her first picture when she was past 80 years old. She completed
over 1,500 paintings after that; 25 percent of those were produced when she was past 100
- Michelangelo was 71 when he painted the Sistine Chapel.
- Physician and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer was still performing operations in his African hospital at 89.

Funny Zen Jewish Poems

Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness.
And then what do you have? Bupkes.

To practice Zen and the art of Jewish motorcycle
maintenance, do the following: get rid of the
motorcycle. What were you thinking?

The Tao has no expectations. The Tao demands nothing
of others. The Tao does not speak. The Tao does not
blame. The Tao does not take sides. The Tao is not

The Buddha taught that one should practice loving
kindness to all sentient beings. Still, would it kill
you to find a nice sentient being who happens to be

Be still as the ancient pond;
Be present as the sky;
Be a doctor, be a lawyer---
How much money can a pond or the sky make?
- Rebbe Hawk

The body is a Bodhi tree
The mind a mirror bright
Oy... I'll just sit here in the dark.
- Moishe Ma

Filmmaking quotes

Every cut is a lie. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. - Wolf Koenig

The secret to film is that it's an illusion. - George Lucas   

Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole, it would be about me. - Federico Fellini   

I like a film to have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order. - Jean-Luc Godard   

A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet. - Orson Welles   

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder. - Alfred Hitchcock   

This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country. - Clint Eastwood   

No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul. - Ingrid Bergman 

I'm now making a Jewish porno film. 10% Sex, 90% guilt. - Henny Youngman

Films today show only a dream world and have lost touch with the way people really are... In this country, people die emotionally at 21, maybe younger... My responsibility as an artist is to help people get past 21... The films are a roadmap through emotional and intellectual terrain. - John Cassavetes

I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas. - Jean-Luc Godard

Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater. - Roman Polanski

Normal love isn't interesting. I assure you that it's incredibly boring. - Roman Polanski

In the NUDE, all that is not beautiful is obscene. - Robert Bresson

How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo had written at the bottom of the canvas: 'The lady is smiling because she is hiding a secret from her lover.' This would shackle the viewer to reality, and I don't want this to happen to 2001. - Stanley Kubrick

"Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award." - Billy Wilder