"'The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequites of the selfish and by the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness. For he is truly his brothers' keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger, those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is THE LORD, when I lay my vengeance upon thee.' Now I been sayin' that shit for years, and if you heard it, that meant yo' ass. But I never really gave much thought about what it meant; I just thought it was some cold-blooded shit to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this morning that made me think twice. Now I'm thinking, it could mean you're the evil man, and I'm the righteous man, and Mr. Nine Millimeter here is the shepherd, protectin' my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you're the righteous man, and I'm the shepherd, and it's the world that's evil and selfish. Now I'd like that. But that shit ain't the truth.
"The truth is, you're the weak. And I am the tyranny of evil men.
"But I'm tryin', Ringo. I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd."
-- Jules Winnfield, from Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will allow my fear to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn my inner eye to see its path; where the fear has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
-- The Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, from Frank Herbert's Dune
"With Orion's sword the hunter arose and conquered the world in fury and grace. In him was I born, in him shall I die, in him shall I lose name, station, and face.
"Death over weakness, death over despair, death over personal gain. Death over dishonor, death over undeath, death over the fire with no flame.
"All this I pledge thee, O Grendel, Great Khan, to serve and protect against death's endless tide. With your words in my heart, your eyes in my face, and your tooth
"In my hand, by my side."
-- The Grendel Oath of Obedience, from Matt Wagner's Grendel
"In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might Beware my power... Green Lantern's light!"
-- The Oath of the Green Lantern Corps
"Thirty spokes share the wheel's hub; It is the center hole that makes it useful. Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room; It is the holes that make it useful. Therefore benefit comes from what is there; Usefulness from what is not there."
-- The Eleventh Plate of the Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tsu
"There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But in doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything."
"The Way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes to either/or, there is only the quick choice of death. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance. To say that dying without reaching one's aim is to die a dog's death is the frivolous way of sophisticates. When pressed with the choice of life or death, it is not necessary to gain one's aim.
"We all want to live. And in large part we make our logic according to what we like. But not having attained our aim and continuing to live is cowardice. This is a thin and dangerous line. To die without gaming one's aim is a dog's death, and fanaticism. But there is no shame in this. This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai. If by setting one's heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, and so he gains freedom in the Way. His whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling."
-- From the 1st Chapter of Hagakure, the Book of the Samurai, by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
-- Edmund Burke
"Expect the movement of trains, engines or cars at any time, on any track, in either direction."
-- Norfolk Southern Operating Rules, General Rules, Rule M
"I am a leaf on the wind. "Watch how I soar."
-- Hoban "Wash" Washburne, from Joss Whedon's Serenity
"You were looking for a way to change your life. You could not do this on your own. All the ways you wish you could be? That's me. I look like you wanna look; I fuck like you wanna fuck. I am smart, I am capable, and most of all? I am free. In all the ways that you are not."
"Nothing is static. Everything is evolving. Everything is falling apart."
"Stop trying to control everything and JUST. LET. GO."
-- Tyler Durden, from Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club
"I'm sorry, Officer. I... didn't know I couldn't do that."
-- Dave Chappelle, Killin' Them Softly
"Don't let your mongoose get cold or dirty, or it will die."
-- Animals as Friends and How to Keep Them, by Shaw & Fisher, Dent 1939
"Of course it don't "feel right"! What "feels right" hasn't been working out for you. You need to... try some wrong, dog."
-- Jay, The 40 Year Old Virgin
"Vagrancy in the eyes of the law had not worried him, nor tresspass, nor impersonating a licensed teamster -- but filching a book was a sin."
-- Robert A. Heinlein, Starman Jones
"Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."
-- William Butler Yeats, He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
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By the way, everything written in this journal is copyright date of original publication, William A. Cockrell.