Category Archives: STEP 2

“Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.” ― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man

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* It is wrong to judge by appearances. Despite his expression, which was that of a piglet having a bright idea, and his mode of speech, which might put you in mind of a small, breathless, neurotic but ridiculously expensive dog, Mr Horsefry might well have been a kind, generous and pious man. In the same way, the man climbing out of your window in a stripy jumper, a mask and a great hurry might merely be lost on the way to a fancy-dress party, and the man in the wig and robes at the focus of the courtroom might only be a transvestite who wandered in out of the rain. Snap judgements can be so unfair.”
― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

Longevity-and sanity. Eccentric old ladies on Harleys I can deal with. Alison Larkin, The English American

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Whereas the health of an individual depends on the ego’s regular descent and return to and from the unconscious, a society’s longevity depends on actual people journeying into the unknown and returning with ideas.

― Dan Harmon

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“After a cup of tea (two spoonsful for each cup, and don’t let it stand more than three minutes,) it says to the brain, “Now, rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature and into life; spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling world beneath you, up through long lanes of flaming stars to the gates of eternity!” 

― Jerome K. JeromeThree Men in a Boat

I don’t suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.

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The Gundagai Times and Tumut, Adelong and Murrumbidgee District Advertiser (NSW : 1868 – 1931), Friday 21 September 1917

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white stucco dreaming
and snakes that morphed into nylon hoses at the terror
of Mum’s scorn
snakes whose cool venom we sprayed onto the white stucco,
temporarily blushing it pink
amid an atmosphere of Saturday morning grass cuttings
and flirtatious melodies of ice-cream trucks
that echoed through little black minds
and sent the labrador insane

White stucco dreaming by Samuel Wagan Watson

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t the fine line between sanity and madness gotten finer? George Price

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 Lee Emmett, Australia
SHOPPING FOR SANITYvery exciting trip
saves from implosion
goods-shelves explosion

getting better at shopping
don’t panic so much
millions of shapes and forms
got to stay in touch

just buy some basics
bread, fruit, eggs
decide it’s too hot
to run self off legs

talk to friends on phone
arrange to have lunch soon
meeting others for coffee
later this afternoon

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“Inside every sane person there’s a madman struggling to get out,” said the shopkeeper. “That’s what I’ve always thought. No one goes mad quicker than a totally sane person.”
― Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic

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The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple.

REBECCA WEST, The Meaning of Treason

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Sometimes the mind, for reasons we don’t necessarily understand, just decides to go to the store for a quart of milk.
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown.”

― Jeanette Winterson

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When a dying man cries, it is not because of where he is going which he knows nothing about, but because of what he wishes he would have done in the world he is leaving behind.


“Gotta work on the nut behind the wheel before you start fixing bolts on the car”.

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“Lizzie said that if you imagined you were standing on the moon, looking down on the earth, you wouldn’t be able to see the itty-bitty people racing around worrying you wouldn’t see the barn falling in or the cow stuck in the pond; you wouldn’t see the mean Granger kids squirting mustard on your white dress. You would see the most beautiful blue oceans and green lands, and the whole earth would look like a giant blue-and-green marble floating in the sky. Your worries would seem so small, maybe invisible.”

― Sharon Creech, The Great Unexpected

I live on the mountain of my madness, on the very top.”

― Ksenia Anske, Blue Sparrow: Tweets on Writing, Reading, and Other Creative Nonsense

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“It’s always further than it looks.
It’s always taller than it looks.
And it’s always harder than it looks.”   
— The 3 rules of mountaineering.

Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”

― Becca Chopra, The Chakra Diaries

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Taking the first step with the good thought, the second with the good word, and the third with the good deed, I enter paradise.

I try not to kid myself. You know, I don’t mind romancing someone else, but to fool yourself is pretty devastating and dangerous. Bill Veeck

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“My fine visions are all very well, but I must not forget they are absolutely unreal. I have a rosy sky and a green flowery Eden in my brain; but without, I am perfectly aware, lies at my feet a rough tract to travel, and around me gather black tempests to encounter.”

― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre