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At one time or another, you may have felt broken, lost, robbed of your innocence, different; like you didn't belong here. You may harbor unforgiveness and anger. You may feel utterly terrified sometimes and completely alone. You may feel confused, betrayed, victimized, sorrowful, worthless, or just stuck. You are not alone in these feelings. We often get stuck here. We often mire ourselves deeper into the muck. Consider taking it a step further. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing. Brian Weiss. Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion.

Life will be beautiful. Amit Ray. Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness. Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus Click to tweet. Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it.

What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night. The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware; joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. Denis Waitley. The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but rather your thoughts about the situatio n. Always say yes to the present moment. Surrender to what is. Accept — then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it… This will miraculously transform your whole life. Surrender is the most difficult thing in the world while you are doing it and the easiest when it is done. Bhai Sahib.

It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed. The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of now. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses. Charles de Lint. You just understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.

As long as a sense of self-importance rules your being, you will never know lasting peace. Matthieu Ricard Click to tweet. To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven. Johannes A. Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. Hans Margolius. If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

Rene Descartes. If peace is our single aim in all we do, we will always know what to do because we will do whatever will protect and deepen our peace. Gerald Jampolsky. It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters. The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.

Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. The whole of life is to spiritualize our activities by humility and faith, to silence our nature by charity. Thomas Merton. I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Groucho Marx. Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.

Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now. Nothing kills the ego like playfulness, like laughter. When you start taking life as fun, the ego has to die, it cannot exist anymore. Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet. For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves.

And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. Mother Nature speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer.


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Radhanath Swami. The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition. Honore De Balzac. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love. Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important. God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. Martin Luther. When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. Mahatma Gandhi.

The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over. In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle Click to tweet. Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. Don Miguel Ruiz Click to tweet. The darker the night, the brighter the stars.

The deeper the grief, the closer is God! Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. When something dies is the greatest teaching. Shunryu Suzuki Click to tweet. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.

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  • Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. There is nothing to worry about. There will be tough times, nice times, good times and bad times. They all come in life and go. Nothing stays. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. Accepting death as a part of life serves as a spur to diligence and saves us from wasting our time on vain distractions.

    Matthieu Ricard. A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw Click to tweet. Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey. Henri Nouwen. Elbert Hubbard. Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world, depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves. Family life is full of major and minor crises — the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce — and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories.

    With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. Thomas Moore. People hear you on the level you speak to them from. Speak from your heart, and they will hear with theirs. Marianne Williamson. When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.

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    Wayne Dyer Click to tweet. We find greater lightness and ease in our lives as we increasingly care for ourselves and other beings. Sharon Salzberg. Desmond Tutu. Faith, hope, love, and insight are the highest achievements of human effort. Be patient with yourself. There is no greater investment. Stephen Covey. Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask, but when we are challenged to be what we can be. Morris Adler. If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all.

    Eleanor Roosevelt. Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself. Roy T. Our way is to practice one step at a time, one breath at a time, with no gaining idea. Shunryu Suzuki. And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Paulo Coelho Click to tweet. Spirituality is fearlessness. It is a way of looking boldly at this life we have been given, here, now, on earth, as this human being.

    Elizabeth Lesser. Fulton J. The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves. Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else. Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

    Wayne Dyer. Pray, and let God worry. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history — money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery — the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.

    Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet. The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.

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    Rob Bell. God loves me when I sing. God respects me when I work. Rabindranath Tagore Click to tweet. Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise. All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free" -- Tom Robbins " I've changed a lot. You will board my boat, sail across the sea and restore the heart of Te Fiti. Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?

    And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? The only path to serenity. There is always a monkey. Chao-chou said, "Shake the tree and birds take to the air, startle the fish and water becomes muddy. We have to see that everything we demand and even get eventually disappoints us.

    This discovery is our teacher. On the beach. Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest. Chesterton I saw people coming towards me But all were the same man, All were myself. The worldly pleasure which you enjoy now becomes suffering in the future. Why then are you attached to this pleasure? One moment of practice becomes lasting pleasure. Why then do you not practice?

    Get up. Go to work. Catch the bus, eat chips, and go to bed. Mickey: It's what the rest of us do. Rose: But I can't. Mickey: Because you re better than us? Rose: No, I didn't mean that. But it was, it was a better life. I don t mean all the travelling and seeing aliens and spaceships and things. That don't matter. The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life. You don't just give up.

    You don t just let things happen. You make a stand. You say "no. Who episode: Parting of the Ways "See into life. Don't just look at it. Photograph also has two sides to it and thank goodness, I am only intersted in those who discover; I feel a certain solidarity with those who set out in a spirit of discovery; I think there is much more risk invovled in this than in trying to create images; and in the end, reality is more important.

    You can't steal second with your foot on first. The impossible takes a little longer. Adams, Commander of United Planets Cruiser C57D From the movie "Forbidden Planet" Shadowless dusk growing colder - steaming teakettle -- Mike Garofalo, Cuttings My object all sublime I shall achieve in time-- To let the punishment fit the crime-- The punishment fit the crime; And make each prisoner pent Unwillingly represent A source of innocent merriment!

    Of innocent merriment - The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan Two birds disputed about a kernel, when a third swooped down and carried it off. It links us with all the misty figures of the past who also planted and were nourished by the fruits of their planting. Yet when my master's voice I heard Call, from the window, "Jane! They're unfussy about where they live, adapt quickly to environmental stress, use multiple strategies for getting their own way, It's curious that it took us so long to realize that the species they most resemble is us.

    Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth? The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on. My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

    Orbiting this at a distance of roughly nintey-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea. This planet has-or rather had-a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.

    Arthur Dent I don't know, I didn't listen! He was desperately worried that one day sentient life forms would forget how to do this. Only by counting could humans demonstrate their independence of computers. At the first hint of trouble, they turn totally black and thus prevent you from seeing anything that might alarm you. We've got to find out what people want from fire, how they relate to it, what sort of image it has for them. It sounds a terribly interesting project. What do you mean, difficulty?

    It's the single simplest machine in the entire Universe! Wiseguy," she said, "you're so clever, you tell us what color it should be. Really big. Perhaps the most remarkable, certainly the most successful book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor - of which no Earthman had ever heard of.

    It's already supplanted the Encyclopedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for two important reasons. No, don't bother to answer that, I'm fifty thousand times more intelligent than you and even I don't know the answer.

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    It gives me a headache just trying to think down to your level. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Benjamin: Yes, sir. McGuire: Are you listening? Benjamin: Yes, I am. McGuire: Plastics. Here's another of those self-satisfied doors. Don't talk to me about life. In lighter news, the city of New New York is doomed. The meddling idiot! As though his ape's brain could contain the secrets of the Krell. Wells, and have fallen asleep. The mathematician finds his own monastic niche and happiness in pursuits that are disconnected from external affairs. Some practice it as if using a drug.

    Chess sometimes plays a similar role. In their unhappiness over the events of this world, some immerse themselves in a kind of self-sufficiency in mathematics. Some have engaged in it for this reason alone. If you meet a man who is not a poet, don't read him your poem.

    Be happy that the elephant can dance at all. Kennedy "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture. After the flash, we're blind again. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. Elliott in "Four Quartets" "I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it the right way, did not become more complicated. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. This is the secret of success. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

    Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being's heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what's next, and the joy of the game of living. It is a field which has often been compared with chess, but differs from the latter in that it is only one's best moments that count and not one's worst. A single inattention may lose a chess game, whereas a single successful approach to a problem, among many which have been relegated to the wastebasket, will make a mathematician's reputation.

    Think only and entirely and completely of what you're doing at the moment and you are free as a bird. Blyth "I don't believe I can really do without teaching. How careful you have to be about checking your experiments. How easy it is to make mistakes and fool yourself. I know what it means to know something. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers. It's my personal approach that creates the climate. It's my daily mood that makes the weather.

    As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized. If the first few stories are slightly out of line. But when the building is 18 or 20 stories high, everyone will see that it tilts. Ward "If we expect students to be winners and expect them to do well, they will rise to the occasion. The personal satisfaction you get when you do it effectively is just phenomenal.

    Pratt "The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there. Blyth We dance around in a ring and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense. What was more, they had taken the first step toward genuine friendship. They had exchanged vulnerabilities. It consists of replacing a theory that is wrong with one that is more subtly wrong. I'd relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip.

    I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.

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    I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I'd have fewer imaginary ones. You see, I'm one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had it to do over again, I'd have more of them. In fact, I'd try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I've been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

    If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies. All the points in between are, well, in between. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

    Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

    Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy" -- Desiderata of Max Ehrmann "There never was a good war, or a bad peace. I still have many scars on my body and severe pain most days but my heart is cleansed. Napalm is very powerful, but faith, forgiveness, and love are much more powerful. We would not have war at all if everyone could learn how to live with true love, hope, and forgiveness.

    If that little girl in the picture can do it, ask yourself: Can you? It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.

    Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. If you always succeed you enjoy the admiration of many people. Being defeated means being limited to the basic existential choices of life.

    If you can enjoy the quiet evening hours it is beautiful; a hero who always succeeds may not have time to enjoy such things. That's one of the great myths and delusions of all times. Winning managers and individual performers at all levels know that effectiveness means building your own network and creating your own authority.

    Those who succeed always reach far beyond formal deputation, take initiatives, and take the heat when things go awry. That's true in the military in times of war, true for person manufacturing firms, and true at giant automakers or software companies. Not the wretchedest human being but has his share in the creative energy that builds the world.

    We are all creators. We all create a mythological world of our own out of certain shapeless materials. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. If you want anything done, ask a woman. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instict come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length.

    Gauss "I recognize the lion by his paw. Misery is a choice. Eternity takes back its own. Our bodies stirred these waters briefly, danced with a certain intoxication before the love of life and self, delt with a few strange ideas, then submitted to the instruments of time. What can we say of this? I occurred. I am not. Yet I occurred. It's a tension by which the living know they're alive. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives.

    My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments. How can we measure bad things that do not happen? Tomasko "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. This office is delerious. Others think it is half empty. I think the glass is too big. Wells "Bicycling is a big part of the future Because you might actually succeed in accomplishing exactly what you came there to find.

    And in this so-called success you may not even know that you can fail utterly to discover far greater rewards that you might find otherwise. Places assume meanings as we interact with them; as we accumulate experiences and memories in them; as we gain knowledge about them; as we evolve relationships with them; as we become familiar with them and comfortable in them.

    There is a world of difference between a place as partner in a lasting relationship, and a place considered as just a photographic subject. The latter does not interest me much. I have long found that my work is most meaningful to me as an expression of my life and my relationships with the world. Without such relationships, aesthetics alone, while enjoyable to view at times, do not move me to create. In creating I need more than just beauty; I need a story—a good one—and I need to be a character in that story.

    And my story unfolds here. Geometry at the service of man! Give me two spheres and a straight line and I will show you how far I can take them. Voltaire himself might have invented the bicycle, since it contributes so much to man's welfare and nothing at all to his bane. Beneficial to the health, it emits no harmful fumes and emits only the most decorous speeds. How can a bicycle ever be an implement of harm? To keep your balance you have to keep moving. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead.

    I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal. And getting there is all the fun. Perhaps people like the world they can see from a bike, or the air they breathe when they're out on a bike.

    Or they like the bicycle's simplicity and the precision with which it is made. Or because they like the feeling of being able to hurtle through air one minute, and saunter through a park the next, without leaving behind clouds of choking exhaust, without leaving behind so much as a footstep. Leete "Bicycling is the nearest approximation I know to the flight of birds. The airplane simply carries a man on its back like an obedient Pegasus; it gives him no wings of his own.

    Helle, Jr. Plauger "I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?

    Anthony "Sir, what you had there A statesman is a dead politician. Lord knows we need more statesmen! Nice house. Worf Guinan: "It's an Earth drink. Prune juice. His eyes open! I'm a peaceful man at heart, but I'm sick and tired of all these hits.

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    I hit Krako, Krako hits Teppo, Teppo hits me. There's too many bosses! We can't get anything done. I was thinking--if there was just one--maybe somebody like you as the top boss--then we could get things done! Since before your sun burned hot in space, and before your race was born, I have awaited Metaphors go over his head. Drax the Destroyer: Nothing goes over my head!

    My reflexes are too fast. I would chatch it. Your politics bore me. Your demeanor is that of a pouty child. And apparently, you alienated my favorite daughter, Gamora. I shall honor our agreement, Kree, if you bring me the Orb. But return to me again empty handed And I will bathe the starways in your blood. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it. One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an 'artless art' growing out of the Unconscious. They go straight for the throat! Rollo Lee: Now this new plack of yours, Lauderbee, says that they are the piranha of the dessert.

    Is that right? Lauderbee: They can strip a human carcass in 3 minutes, sir. Rollo Lee: My encyclopedia says they are easily tamed and are often kepts as pets. Lauderbee: Noooo, you've not been attacked by one, sir. Rollo Lee: Nobody's been attacked by one I'm certainly not, and I'm sick and tired of being told that I am! At this time a friend shall lose his friends's hammer and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before I think it was "Blessed are the cheesemakers".

    Woman: "What's so special about the cheesemakers? Man 2: "Well, obviously it's not meant to be taken literally. It refers to any manufacturer of dairy products. The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see Are moving at a million miles a day In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour, Of the galaxy we call the 'Milky Way'. Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars.

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    It's a hundred thousand light years side to side. It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick, But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide. We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point. We go 'round every two hundred million years, And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions In this amazing and expanding universe. The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding In all of the directions it can whizz As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know, Twelve million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is.

    So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure, How amazingly unlikely is your birth, And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space. Our chief weapon is suprise Our two weapons are fear and surprise Amongst our weaponry I'll come in again.

    Exit and exeunt Chapman: I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition. Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms - Oh damn! To Cardinal Biggles I can't say it - you'll have to say it. There were a hundred and sixty of us living in a small shoebox in the middle of the road. Michael Palin: Cardboard box?

    Terry Gilliam: Aye. Michael Palin: You were lucky. We lived for three months in a brown paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six o'clock in the morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down mill for fourteen hours a day week in-week out. When we got home, out Dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt!

    Grapham Chapman: Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at three o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of hot gravel, go to work at the mill every day for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would beat us around the head and neck with a broken bottle, if we were LUCKY! Terry Gilliam: Well we had it tough. We used to have to get up out of the shoebox at twelve o'clock at night, and LICK the road clean with our tongues. We had half a handful of freezing cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at the mill for fourpence every six years, and when we got home, our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife.

    Eric Idle: Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, pause for laughter , eat a lump of cold poison, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad would kill us, and dance about on our graves singing "Hallelujah. ALL: Nope, nope.. I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!

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