Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Five pieces of strangers’ lives, or words overheard on an otherwise quiet train

“I’ve been doing a lot of amputations lately.”

“No. The problem is, we’re still not liquid.”

“My therapist was right. God really does hate me.”

“Where are you? No. Where are you?

“When I’m richer than you, I’ll be giving the gifts.”


Carol Novack said...

I love these!

Here are some words from your friend Pirsig:

Pirsig's pearls

· The Buddha resides as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain.

· Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a 30,000 page menu and no food.

· Traditional scientific method has always been, at the very best, 20-20 hindsight. It's good for seeing where you've been. It's good for testing the truth of what you think you know, but it can't tell you where you ought to go.

· Why, for example, should a group of simple, stable compounds of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen struggle for billions of years to organise themselves into a professor of chemistry? What's the motive?

· The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.

From an Interview of Robert Pirsig here:,,1951397,00.html

Carol Novack said...
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jez said...

Isn't it interesting how you can get such a tangible sliver of peoples lives by being just a bit observant.

nobody+knows. said...

wow, you even make regular (or not so regular O_O) slips of conversation profound. *shakes head to self* is that a talent or something that comes with cynicism through the years?

anywho, yeah, i've been out of the blogging thing lately. and thanks for the congratulations :D hearing from you seems to make me proud of myself, which labels me definitely in the odd category. thanks for the link to yet more resources too; my boyfriend's brother has given me a stack of photography textbooks and magazines, which i'm still in the process of leafing through. after so many pages of studies in technique and definitions, looking at the same subject through the perspective of its HISTORY might be hella refreshing. so umm.. thanks again :D

btw, would you mind if i asked for your email address? you've been so inspiring, and i would like to keep in touch from time to time if you don't mind. i also have a feeling i won't be doing much blogging anymore, so from now on i'll just be making random dropoffs on your blog. btw, the sheer randomness of this entry is wonderful. the five snippets spell.. life. i lllllove it.