On Beauty: QOTD, Anais Nin & John Cage.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 7, 2011
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These two quotes couldn’t disagree more. The first says beauty, if things aren’t beautiful, I’ll go find beauty, it’s all I care about, but it’s not everywhere, it’s not reality always, reality isn’t marvelous always.

The second says, shit is beautiful, you just have to remember it’s beautiful.

I’m with Cage: reality is the best, because it’s the only. On the other hand, I love to write fiction, and though fiction is like a plant grown out of the manure or dirt of reality, it is it’s own made-up marvelous thing. So I guess I’m with Anais. ~ ed.

I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.” ~ Anaïs Nin

When I find something to be not beautiful, I ask myself why and very shortly I will realize that there is no reason. ~ John Cage


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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