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Phetasy Philosophy


These are some of the many people who have inspired the PHETASY philosophy. They are also some of the best quotes to turn to in your darkest hours. This resource is only going to grow.


People are unreasonable, illogical and
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish,
ulterior motives,
If you are successful, you win false friends
and true enemies,
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable,
What you spent years building may be
destroyed over night,
People really need help but may attack you
if you help them,
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get
kicked in the teeth,

--From a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children's home in Calcutta.

I am already given to the power that rules my fate.
And I cling to nothing, so I will have nothing to defend.
I have no thoughts, so I will see.
I fear nothing, so I will remember myself.

Detached and at ease,
I will dart past the Eagle to be free.
--Carlos Castaneda
The Eagle’s Gift

Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.
--Chinese Proverb

Art is a lie that tells the truth.” -- Picasso

“I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s.” -- William Blake

“Trickster is at one and the same time creator and destroyer, giver and negator, he who dupes others and who is always duped himself….He knows neither good nor evil yet he is responsible for both. He possesses no values, moral or social…yet through his actions all values come into being.”
--Anthropologist Paul Radin
Trickster Makes This World

"If at all God's gaze upon us falls, it's with a mischievous grin, look at Him..." --Dave Matthews

“The words of truth are always paradoxical.” --Lao-Tzu

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important that fear.” --Ambrose Redmoon

“When people accept futility and the absurd as normal, the culture is decadent…a decadent culture offers opportunities chiefly to the satirist…”
--Jacques Barzun
From Dawn to Decadence

For one who has conquered the mind,
the mind is the best of friends,
But for one who has failed to do so,
His very mind will be his greatest enemy.
--The Bhagavad Gita

The work will teach you how to do it. --Estonian Proverb

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain
but for the heart to conquer it.

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right.” -- Henry Ford

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” --Neale Donald Walsch

“When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.” --Jung

“All art is at once surface and symbol.
Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
It is the spectator and not life that art really mirrors.”
--Oscar Wilde

“Truths are illusions about which is it has been forgotten that they are illusions.”

“You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As your desire is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
--The Upanishads

“We did not inherit the earth from our fathers, we are borrowing it from our children.”
--Native American saying

“Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”
--William James

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?"
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that
other people won't feel insecure around you.
You were born to make manifest the glory of God
that is within us.

It's not just in some of us. It's in everyone --
And as we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence
automatically liberates others."
--Marianne Williamson

"If you bring forth what is in side you ,
what you bring forth will save you.
If you don't bring forth what inside you,
what you don't bring forth will destroy you."

“No one can advise or help you — no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

"I create and I believe. I create because I believe and I believe because I create. Whoever believes, creates. Whoever creates, believes.”
--Miguel Angel Asturias

"We work in the dark, we do what we can,
we give what we have.
Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. 
The rest is the madness of art."

~Henry James

"Come to the edge, he said.
They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, he said.
They came. He pushed them,
And they flew..." 
- Guillaume Apollinaire