If an action does not arise from stillness, the actor will repeat himself.
If something happens unexpectedly, if something arrives unbidden, if I’m surprised, put onto my left foot, then the Divine has tapped me on the shoulder.
What I strive for, make an effort to acquire or achieve—that’s not it.
Am I as old as this and still getting cranky?
It is better to contradict oneself than to repeat oneself.
Beyond a certain age, we lose our capacity for surprise. We use a one-holed flute to play the same old themes. We polish our opinions as a dog licks his testicles.
Whitman: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself.”