Everything is perfect as it is
except for the things that haven’t yet got it right.
Since we are formed of cosmological dust
let’s clasp one another and kick up a storm.
Only to the enraptured does the prophetic speak.
Since nobody knows the meaning of existence,
the limits of the universe, or the cure for a cold,
we are free to delight in the mysteries of ignorance.
Innocence is the holiness of sagacity.
Believe in the unbelievable. Enliven the unlikely.
Always carry change for the unchangeable.
People live in their wrongheads,
not in their right minds.
Most minds oscillate between sense and nonsense.
The rest don’t oscillate at all.
People who take a dim view of life
dwell in murky doldrums.
The easiest thing to find is fault.
Many nobodies who have studied nothing
are busy teaching it to everybody else.
Everyone needs a hole in the head
to let out the pollution.
The lowest common denominator sinks lower every day.
A dull prospect befogs the road to derring-do.
Exchange your mind for one with a better view.
Men are windowless monads
waiting for someone to raise their blinds.
People don’t grow up. They just get taller.
People don’t change. They just get more so.
Adults are deteriorated babies.
I love all men, except for those I can’t stand.
Muster the agile and compassionate.
Educate a humanity that will not embarrass the earth.
You are capable of extraordinary actions:
you can pee, sneeze, fart, puke, snore, shiver.
Are you sufficiently amazed by your mechanisms?
Your soul goes out to the ends of your toes.
Go with it!
It walks around everywhere on two legs.
*We contain as much as we can imagine.
When we dance we jiggle the stars.
Make your own home in left field. There’s more room there.
Everybody wants to be in the right.
Never disown your mad superstitions,
bad habits, unclad fantasies,
Those are the riches of your personality.
The greatest enemies of the public good
are education, religion and the law.
What’s good for the public it never gets:
riotous living and peace of mind.
The heavy-handed and the leadfooted
keep crowding one another off the dance floor.
Dreary food is the main cause of social unrest.
Winedrinkers know the merriment of the blessed.
Governments are a conspiracy of the mad and the inane.
Pass laws for the abolition of laws!
Don’t fall asleep at the wheel of fortune.
Don’t exercise, dance. Don’t diet, chuckle.
Don’t tell people what not to do.
Every penis is on the firing squad of creation.
Every penis wants to belong to a new Adam.
Be generous with joy and juicy with ripening.
Amplitude is the shape of splendor.
Enrich your repertoire of useless acts.
Watch waterfalls, sniff lilacs,
reply to meadowlarks, attack artichokes.
It is harder to love the world than denounce it,
harder to embrace existence than to renounce it.
Reality isn’t made of concrete. It’s a seminal soup.
Savor it, swim in it, season it with piss and vinegar.
Your instincts are mythical heroes
eager to launch impossible adventures.
Wisdom is the least popular goal of humanity.
To be wise one must be foolish, foolhardy and foolproof.
Overthrow the tyranny of the humorless.
Commit the dead serious to funeral homes.
Trust only what opens, what reveals, what lights up.
Everything that is, is Light.
Except on very dark days.
Make florid mistakes. Laugh more and wash less.
Eat more chocolate than beans. Fuck often.
Desires are not bushes to be pruned.
A man is not meant to be a bonsai.
Buddha was a nil-boy killjoy.
Life is not a suffering duty.
Desire awakes the sleeps of beauty.
Cultivate your own form of workaday lunacy.
Otherwise you can’t feel at home in the world.
If you soften your brain, it won’t get brittle.
Add nuts when you go bananas.
Offend the righteous: ramble, dawdle, dabble.
And picnic in the cemetery.
Introduce your heart to all the practice of hilarity
or the Good Life will prove a lifelong rarity.
More and more profligacy!
How else shall we connect?
One good fuck is worth a hundred debates.
Love should unite mankind,
not split it up into exclusive couples.
Hook up some chariots of chum.
We are already late for the camerado races.
Leave pigeonholes to pigeon droppings.
Change everything, except what you love.
Love everything that changes your mind.
To keep from feeling degraded by the times
bathe in a brook, sleep in a barnyard,
hula in the office, somersault in church.
God is man’s largest diversion.
And man is God’s favorite toy.
Recipe for the creative life: remove safety belts,
plug loopholes, burn down safe retreats,
get reborn often, compose like a frolicsome child,
and never ask the end.
Live Love Laugh Leap
Sing Swim Sink Sleep