“So shall we come to look at the world with new eyes. It shall answer the endless inquiry of the intellect, — What is truth? and of the affections, — What is good? by yielding itself passive to the educated Will. … Build, therefore, your own world. As fast as you conform your life to the pure idea in your mind, that will unfold its great proportions. A correspondent revolution in things will attend the influx of the spirit.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Zen prevents you from nothing. It opens everything that is potential in you. If you have a potentiality of being a painter, Zen will open it — you may not have been aware of it. The same is true about music or dance, or scientific exploration. Any kind of original experiences, Zen allows you. It is affirmative, the most affirmative experience in life…. You start moving into a certain direction. Suddenly that direction becomes so full of life, so attractive, that you can devote everything to it.”—Osho
“Why should she give her bounty to the dead? What is divinity if it can come Only in silent shadows and in dreams? Shall she not find in comforts of the sun, In pungent fruit and bright, green wings, or else In any balm or beauty of the earth, Things to be cherished like the thought of heaven? Divinity must live within herself: Passions of rain, or moods in falling snow; Grievings in loneliness, or unsubdued Elations when the forest blooms; gusty Emotions on wet roads on autumn nights; All pleasures and all pains, remembering The bough of summer and the winter branch. These are the measures destined for her soul.”
“So the question is what is one’s identity? What is one’s fixed identity? I’m a Jew, I’m Jewish, I’m a Buddhist, I’m a poet, I’m gay, I’m from New Jersey, I’m a student of (William Carlos) Williams, I was a friend of (Jack) Kerouac, my father bore me - named Louis, my mother was crazy - named Naomi, I went to Columbia (so I’m a Columbia alumnus - or I’m an American, or I’m a New York or Lower East Side –er, or a Manhattan-ist, or (a) Planet-arian). So which is real? –well, they all are aspects of whatever “me” is , or whatever “you” is. In other words, everyone has their own old myriad labels, myriad identities, and there is no need to fixate on any single one, except the one that you’re working with most, so I would say “poet”.”—Allen Ginsberg in an interview with Lewis McAdams.