snatchism #35: “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” Plutarch. As mentioned by JK Rowling in an interesting address to a bunch of Harvard graduates.
snatchism #34: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” – Anaïs Nin.
snatchism #33: “Success is survival.” Leonard Cohen in a recent interview. And actually my cranial osteopath echoed this with ” You are successful because you are still here.” This simple yet complex statement is only just starting to sink it…we can get so carried away with ego and mind stuff that we lose the bigger picture and fragility of life. N’est ce pas?
snatchism #32: “People don’t do things TO you, but FOR themselves” cannot find a credit for this, but was shared via the Cygnus Review group and it made a little bit of sense to me.
snatchism #31: “But if it warms your heart’s quick core why then trust it, it forms one faithfulness more.” Trust by DH Lawrence. Shared by a dear friend, the sunshine metaphor touched me for sure, am now adapting to music..
snatchism #30: “..it is as if each human being is an instrument of concord and discord” – Daphne Oram
Aura Satz’s film in homage to pioneering British electronic music composer, Daphne Oram and her magnificent Oramics Machine:
snatchism #29: “Songwriting is like a thunderstorm building up inside me. If I don’t write songs, I get all bottled up. It’s almost like a survival mechanism. For me, music has to have a little speck of intrigue or the unknown. Also, I’m an old school romantic in the sense that even if you write songs about dark stuff, the root of the song should be about going through the tunnel and coming out on the other side with a happy ending. I’m not into songs that are just about self-pity or self-indulgence. I usually look at songs as little trips that show you going on your way to some other place.” Bjork on songwriting for CD Baby
snatchism #28: “You can do anything, but not everything.” David Allen
Came across this recently on Twitter and felt it nicely encourages fulfillling your potential whilst respectinf realistic and therefore more satisfying aims and the inevitable human need for rest..
snatchism #27: I reckon learning a new thing or discovering a new place is enough to make a day worthwhile.
snatchism #26: “Be true to your work, your word and your friend.” Henry David Thoreau.
Thank you to Jacob H James for that one.
snatchism #25: “The aching and the breaking are the making of a soul.” The Residents.
This one popped in my head after the lovely Hasan Gaylani told me it a few years ago now.
snatchism #24: Just one more from Grandpa Fire: “To accept the world and to live with the world, that is what it’s about.”
Though he does make the welcome distinction between acceptance and endorsement – so by accepting you do not have to endorse/agree with. Resonates for me..
snatchism #23: “There are times when slowing down makes things happen faster.” Grandpa Fire.
snatchism #22: “A true Heart path is not about control. It is about mystery, discovery and enormously beautiful resonance”.
Ingesting ample nutritious nuggets of wisdom from reading Teachings from Grandfather Fire. He reckons we are too caught up in ego stuff too..
snatchism #21: “Be aware of your breathing as often as you are able, whenever you remember.”
Eckhart Tolle – getting embroiled in your thoughts and being aware of your breath (and therefore presence and alive-ness) are mutually exclusive. phewee..
snatchism #20: “To satisfy your personal wants, will you do wrong or will you do right?” You make Heaven and Hell on Earth by The Undisputed Truth.
This lyric hit the spot for me as I strive to be a more successful human as i grow up..
snatchism #19: “If the history of humanity were the clinical case of a single human being the diagnosis would have to be: criminally insane with a few brief lucid intervals.” Eckhart Tolle
snatchism #18: Another spot on TED talk by Brene Brown and understanding ourselves and human connection:
snatchism #17: ”Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” Lewis Carroll
snatchism #16: “We are made by our frustrations and failures” Richard Saul Wurman, architect & author
snatchism #15: ”Do something all of your own & you can make something truly different.” Charanjit Singh (making acid house music in India in 1982)
snatchism #14: “chance favours the connected mind” Steven Johnson
snatchism #13: patience may be a virtue, but it ain’t much fun. Patience on Soundcloud
snatchism #12: do you ever put too much salt and pepper in your food cos you like the sound of the grinder so? i do…
snatchism #10: “Imagine not being dissatisfied with the circumstances of your life. Imagine giving up the wants/don’t wants” Toni Bernhard, author of How to be Sick (Not sure i totally subscribe to this one, but enjoyed imagining). Thanks to Michael Nobbs for passing on.
snatchism #9: I don’t have to believe everything I think. The trick seems to be finding that junction of choice..
snatchism #8 (new album’s theme): “In fact, self-knowledge leads away from self-absorption and towards the luxury of being able to ‘forget oneself’ in order to get on with your life.” Stephanie Dowrick, author of Intimacy & Solitude.
snatchism #6 (new album’s theme): ‘To transform the world we must begin with ourselves.’ J. Krishnamurti
snatchism #5: (UK folk) Moan to your MP
snatchism #4: sometimes getting dressed is over-rated. And beavering in your slippers rocks (sometimes).
snatchism #3: “We are here to learn to be human…It can be a[n] often painful journey but it is the most incredible opportunity”. Ann Lennox, Cygnus Books.
snatchism #2 : sometimes my only hope may be to be part of the solution (not the problem).
snatchism #1 : “if an idea is any good it is on the verge of being stupid” Michel Gondry.
i have started this page as i felt my electronic music blog land was missing a vital part of my essence – the effervescence of hope, inspiration and downright randomness spanning the social, political and philosophical aspect to which i will be adding at will.
suggested inspirational quotes, inspiring quotes about life, words of wisdom and other food for thought for inclusion in the snatchism compendium are welcome.