"I live in that solitude which is painful in youth,
but delicious in the years of maturity."
"I never found a companion that was
so companionable as solitude."
~Henry David Thoreau
"It is not necessary that you leave the house.
Remain at your table and listen.
Do not even listen, only wait.
Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone.
The world will present itself to you for its unmasking . . .
in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet."
"Solitude gives birth to the original in us."
"Solitude is the salt of personhood.
It brings out the authentic flavor of every experience."
"Talents are best nurtured in solitude:
character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world."
"When a man with .45 meets a man with a rifle, you said,
the man with a pistol's a dead man.
Let's see if that's true. Go ahead: load up and shoot."
"You see in this world there's two kinds of people my friend:
those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig."
"I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?'
Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself.
But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world,
and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself
one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya? Punk?"
Too lazy to be ambitious,
I let the world take care of itself.
Ten days' worth of rice in my bag;
a bundle of twigs by the fireplace.
Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment?
Listening to the night rain on my roof,
I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out. ~Ryokan