A Commonplace Book

“Sometimes they have been said to inspire a man to do/more with his life than he might have./But what is there for a man to do with his life?” –Russell Edson from his poem Angels in The Tormented Mirror

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Saw this in a notebook of mine from 2008:

“…uses grammatically correct asshole sentences…” (actual words spoken by a man in a mall. don’t know context, but the cadence caught my attention)


Flirting with idea of giving up writing and going back to painting…which got me thinking about Yeats for some reason:

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity


A typo from Facebook: “He loved a very rough life.”


A typo of mine recently: Jesus Christ never shuts the fuck up.

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Beauty is precious, you see, and the more beautiful something is, the more it hurts us that it will fade away; and the more we are hurt by beauty, the more we love the world; and the more we love it, the more we are saddened that is it like finely powdered salt that runs away through the fingers, or is puffed away by the wind, or is washed away by the rain.

-Louis de Bernieres

Birds Without Wings

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s long as we follow a spiritual approach promising salvation, miracles, liberation, then we are bound by the “golden chain of spirituality”. Such a chain might be beautiful to wear, with its inlaid jewels and intricate carvings, but nevertheless, it imprisons us. People think they can wear the golden chain without being imprisoned by it, but they are deceiving themselves. As long as one’s approach to spirituality is based upon enriching the ego, then it is spiritual materialism, a suicidal process rather than a creative one.

–Chogyam Trungpa

The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

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Author: obrienwriter

I write stuff, fiction mostly.

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