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Tucson, AZ
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 29, 2009 - 12:48pm PT
From Poised for Grace...

Douglas Brooks writes: Abhinavagupta reminds us that we are limited only by the limitations we mistake for our goals (GAS, 2.45)

Poised for Grace is Douglas' commentary on the Gita. I was reading and flowing right along last night and then I hit that quote. It stopped me in my tracks. I put down my readings and meditated on the quote.

Abhinavagupta was a 10th century Kashmir Shaivite (Tantric) philosopher.

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Jan 29, 2009 - 01:21pm PT
Hello...Werner....mind throwing down on this one?

A fave of mine.

"Every day on this side of the dirt is a good one!"

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 29, 2009 - 01:32pm PT
I've got a bunch of them.

"Stars are best discerned from the lonely isolation of experiential depths, not from the illuminated and ecstatic mountain tops"

Trad climber
northern CA
Jan 29, 2009 - 01:55pm PT
"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to sharpen"

 Eden Phillpotts

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Jan 29, 2009 - 02:24pm PT
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" Leonardo da Vinci


Not here
Jan 29, 2009 - 02:45pm PT
A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.
Eleanor Roosevelt


Trad climber
New York, NY
Jan 29, 2009 - 02:47pm PT
We need Rick James to post his motto...

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jan 29, 2009 - 03:01pm PT
"At either end of the social spectrum, there lies a leisure class"

Too which I add "It's getting stuck in the middle that's a bitch"


"Fail to plan, plan to fail"


for Anna:
"boats are like women, the rigging always costs more than the hull"

And a very (VERY) sexist one I made up:
"Boat are like women,
it is not so important how wide the beam so long as her curves are fair,
but at utmost she's responsive at the helm"

(Go ahead bash me for a little machismo ;)
Double D

Jan 29, 2009 - 03:03pm PT
"My best vacation is your worst nightmere!" Jim Bridwell


Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jan 29, 2009 - 03:09pm PT
Didn't Bridwell also say:
"It's not an adventure unless during the middle of it your not sure you will make back to the easy chair to tell the story!"


Toostoned, AZ
Jan 29, 2009 - 03:09pm PT
"Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often."
Mae West
Wade Icey

Trad climber
Jan 29, 2009 - 03:29pm PT
"okay then, let's go, shall we?."
"yes. let's."
Jerry Dodrill

Sebastopol, CA
Jan 29, 2009 - 03:32pm PT
"An artist (or climber?) only works when the consequences of not working outweigh the consequences of working." from art and fear

true, but perhaps not inspiring.

Mountain climber
Jan 29, 2009 - 03:52pm PT
"Give me water, hope, silence.
Give me iron, struggle, volcanos."

As climbers we do things on the fringe that invite stress and discomfort. I love how this Neruda quote speaks to comfot, but also to things that make us stronger and better people.
seamus mcshane

Jan 30, 2009 - 12:02pm PT
"It ain't f*#ked-up until I can't fix it."

Trad climber
Bakersfield, CA
Jan 30, 2009 - 01:12pm PT
Another sexist one I have always liked:

"Women are like dog poop the older they get the easier they are to pick-up."

Trad climber
Jan 30, 2009 - 01:19pm PT
"You are so stupid, you are an insult to stupid people!"

Wanda to Otto.

"There are four kinds of people, three of which are to be avoided and the fourth cultivated: those who don't know that they don't know; those who know that they don't know; those who don't know that they know; and those who know that they know."
Deemed Useless

Social climber
Jan 30, 2009 - 01:36pm PT
"Ahhhh...I have three kids and NO money!

Why can't I have no kids and three moneys?!!!" ~Homer Simpson~

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 30, 2009 - 01:41pm PT
"Action achieves strength, moderation eventuates in charm."

South of Black Rock City
Jan 30, 2009 - 01:51pm PT
"Beauty is just a light switch away"
Worked for me in college, not so much anymore. The sun comes up now and they may still be there!!!

the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Jan 30, 2009 - 03:28pm PT
In court recently our attorney said , "but, your honor, there are some red flags..."

And the judge said, "you can wipe your ass with your red flags."

I'm inspired, I'm talking like that from now on....

Trad climber
the campfire just a ways past Chris' Taco stand
Jan 30, 2009 - 05:14pm PT
If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun. —Katherine Hepburn

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. — Anaïs Nin


It takes a long time to understand nothing. — Edward Dahlberg

A wise man said we are guilty by our actions but innocent by our ignorance. To phrase it more bluntly, we’re all bozos on this bus. — Karl Baba

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. —Voltaire

Tourists use itineraries to see and do what they want. Travelers use itineraries to wipe up the mess when the kimchee hits the fan. — Randy Wayne White

The earth is like a spaceship that didn't come with an operating manual. — R. Buckminster Fuller

The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason. — John Cage

I can believe anything provided it is incredible. — Oscar Wilde

Live every day like it's your last, 'cause one day you're gonna be right. — Ray Charles

The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. — Blaise Pascal

If the only prayer you say in your life is thank you, that would suffice. — Meister Eckhart

All dis talk! Vy can't ve chust climb! —John Salathe


Social climber
wuz real!
Jan 30, 2009 - 10:02pm PT
"Thinking you've got the truth is a form of madness...."
-Joseph Campbell.

"If men of war can get together to get what they want, why can't men of peace get together to get what they want?"
-Leo Tolstoi.

"The way that can be known, is not the way."
-Lao Tze.

"WhoTF is this charioteer, anyway?"
---okay I may have made that one up, but he must have thought that.....

Trad climber
thats what she said...
Jan 30, 2009 - 10:04pm PT
"i don't have a girlfriend, but i do know a girl who would be REALLY pissed if she heard me say that"

Mountain climber
Jan 30, 2009 - 10:34pm PT
Better off in the mountains thinking about God,
than in church thinking about the mountains.

Trad climber
Apple Valley, California
Jan 30, 2009 - 10:54pm PT
"Time spent Rock Climbing,
will not be deducted from your LIFE."

chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Aug 21, 2009 - 01:18pm PT
"Ever notice that 'What the Hell' is always the right decision?" ~Marilyn Monroe

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
Eleanor Roosevelt
Carolyn C

Trad climber
the long, long trailer
Aug 21, 2009 - 01:31pm PT
"A paradox is not a conflict within reality. It is a conflict between reality and your feeling of what reality should be like." -Richard Feynman

Boulder climber
Vail, Or
Aug 21, 2009 - 04:14pm PT
As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression.
In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains
seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we
must be aware of change in the air, however slight,
lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.
 - Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas - -

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Aug 21, 2009 - 04:20pm PT
"Of that of which we cannot speak we must pass over in silence." Wittgenstein

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Aug 21, 2009 - 04:31pm PT
"Either my watch has stopped, or I'm dead" Groucho Marx

Aug 21, 2009 - 04:34pm PT
a violin is just a fancy fiddle.

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Aug 21, 2009 - 04:57pm PT
At the point in your day of experiencing outdoor challenges, where you finally feel really safe (or safer)-----preferably with food nearby and a drink in your hand:

"Here's to cheating death!"

Or am I off-topic with a toast?

Howabout the one a buddy first uttered in 1975 as I was starting a lead on E. Ridge of Bugaboo Spire:

"See you in Hell Brooks!"

I've used that one ever since on nervous leaders, and friends launching on a dangerous rapid after scouting it.

Trad climber
slowly dying in the OC
Aug 21, 2009 - 05:04pm PT
"Don't fall... the anchors are crap!"

My belayer
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 21, 2009 - 07:07pm PT
"I know. Let's have a spelling contest."

Social climber
Hercules, CA
Aug 21, 2009 - 07:12pm PT
If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, your life will be safe, expedient and thin.

Katharine Butler Hathaway
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Aug 21, 2009 - 07:13pm PT
"What would I be doing in a lonely hearts' club?

Mae West, asked if she would allow her photo to be one of the 50 people on the cover of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Eventually she agreed, though.

a blue ocean full of whales
Aug 21, 2009 - 07:16pm PT
What doesn't kill you

only makes you...

...wish you were dead. ;-)

Trad climber
Up the 'Creek w/out a Prada
Aug 24, 2009 - 03:43am PT
"Work is the curse of the drinking classes."

But seriously, have you ever noticed that the sh!ttier the job, the more likely it is to require a drug test?

Trad climber
Aug 24, 2009 - 10:50am PT

Far better it is to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though tempered with failure.
Then to take rank with those poor souls
who neither risk much nor lose much,
for they live in that gray twilight
that knows not victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

Trad climber
Kennewick wa
Aug 24, 2009 - 11:12am PT
"It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare." Mark Twain

Also watch Moving Over Stone (the first one). More great, quirky quotes than I can list.

Trad climber
Up the 'Creek w/out a Prada
Aug 24, 2009 - 11:48am PT

"This film is dedicated to the rock...

...without it we'd all be surfers."

Trad climber
Kennewick wa
Aug 24, 2009 - 11:53am PT
"The Captain. Welcome home."

Aug 24, 2009 - 12:01pm PT
"Contentment is a warm sty for pigs and eaters." - George Bernard Shaw

Boulder climber
santa cruz, CA
Aug 24, 2009 - 01:17pm PT
"you'll climb better if your shoes are comfortable"-JB

A long way from where I started
Aug 24, 2009 - 01:36pm PT
"Oh, stop posing and send."

Don't know her name, but this was said by a young woman to her male partner who was "accidentally" flexing his well developed muscles to show her and the two old farts who'd just shown up at their belay what a hard dude he was.

Totally deflated him. And of course he got completely wigged out on the pitch above which, although only 5.8, was protected by three ancient 1/4" rawl buttonheads in a full ropelength.

Ice climber
Aoraki/Mt. Cook Village, New Zealand
Aug 24, 2009 - 06:51pm PT
Enjoy yourself. But take only what you need from it.

Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 24, 2009 - 08:14pm PT
"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever."

George Orwell

Social climber
east L.A. vato...
Aug 24, 2009 - 09:17pm PT
Goo one dude...

Heyman, how 'bout:

"Boredom is not art"


Trad climber
Kennewick wa
Aug 25, 2009 - 12:48am PT
"I like my beer cold, my TV loud and my homosexuals flaming"

Homer Simpson

Sep 1, 2009 - 01:56am PT
If you have got life, I can kill you with a knife.

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Sep 1, 2009 - 02:15am PT
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful
what we pretend to be."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 1, 2009 - 02:23am PT
"A display of specialized skill does not signify possession of spiritual capacity. Cleverness is not a substitute for true character."

Trad climber
East Bay, CA
Sep 1, 2009 - 02:31am PT
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. -Dr. Seuss

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 1, 2009 - 02:38am PT
"There is no try"- Yoda.
"Kicking Ass is hard work," - Mr Natural.
"Don;t mean sheiit," -ibid.
"I quit climbing for fun a long time ago," B.S.
"I am not the devil," ibid.

"Are those real?' -Blitzo.

Trad climber
Sep 1, 2009 - 10:44am PT
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go - TS Eliot
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