Rene Magritte Quotes.

Rene Magritte Quotes.

Rene Magritte is my favourite artist. I love the paradoxes. He was such a conservative looking man who painted the most extraordinary bizarre works of art

Surrealism is an exploration of the subconscious. Nobody did it better.

Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.

If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream.

We live a dream.

The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown.

Nothing is ever really known if reality is suspect.

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.

Life and the universe, death and love – it’s all a mystery.

Desmond Morris Quotes – A man who made me look at breasts in a different way.

Back when I was a lad I was greatly impressed by Desmond Morris. He got me thinking. I like people who get me thinking. I avidly read The Naked Ape and The Human Zoo and as a budding biologist and naturalist I was hooked. I found his theories on how human beings had evolved fascinating. Our sexual dimorphism was so extraordinary. Desmond made me look at buttocks, breasts, lips, cheeks and eyes in a completely different way. Who would have thought that evolving to walk upright would have made such a difference in focus. Before Desmond enlightened me I had assumed breasts were for producing milk. I had never seen them as substitute buttocks or lips as substitute labia. Suddenly it all made sense.The Human Zoo was also a fascinating look at human behaviour. Not only was it very readable but it all made perfect sense. I found myself looking at the world in a new way.Desmond is one of my heroes.


The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo. We are trapped in a cage of our own making – an artificial world. We exhibit all the behaviours of caged animals – the violence, aggression and frustration. Biologically speaking, if something bites you it’s more likely to be female. They are after your blood to make eggs or your meat for their progeny. Us men know that women are dangerous. I viewed my fellow man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape. The sooner we move away from this idea that we are not animals the better. We share 99% of our genes with the chimps and gorillas we are presently slaughtering for bushmeat. The sooner we start treating this as murder the better. Artists like cats; soldiers like dogs. I like dogs and cats – and rats, rabbits, crows, snakes, lizards, frogs, toads ……………… Life is like a very short visit to a toyshop between birth and death. Far too short a visit – but plenty to delight in!

This is what I have to say about the destruction we are doing to nature and a way forward.

Santa Claus – Some quotes

These are a series of quotes from a variety of people concerning Santa Claus. I thought they were amusing:

I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark. Dick Gregory

For a time, I believed not in God nor Santa Claus, but in mermaids. They seemed as logical and possible to me as the brittle twig of a seahorse in the zoo aquarium or the skates lugged up on the lines of cursing Sunday fishermen – skates the shape of old pillowslips with the full, coy lips of women.

Sylvia Plath

For me growing up, Christmas time was always the most fantastic, exciting time of year, and you’d stay up until three in the morning. You’d hear the parents wrapping in the other room but you knew that also, maybe, they were in collusion with Santa Claus.

Chris Pine

What is the real purpose behind the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus? They seem like greater steps toward faith and imagination, each with a payoff. Like cognitive training exercises.

Chuck Palahniuk

I was probably nine or ten the first time I heard there was no Santa Claus.

Joe Nichols

We have domesticated God’s transcendence. We often learn about God at about the same time as we are learning about Santa Claus; but our ideas about Santa Claus change, mature and become more nuanced, whereas our ideas of God can remain at a rather infantile level.

Karen Armstrong

I believed in Santa Claus until I was 12!

Danielle de Niese

Everyone thinks of God as a man – you can’t help it – Santa Claus was a man, therefore God has to be a man. Patti Smith

Our family was too strange and weird for even Santa Claus to come visit… Santa, who was jolly – but, let’s face it, he was also very judgmental.

Julia Sweeney

I’m concerned about my daughter because she will not believe in Santa Claus. No matter what I say to her, she just doesn’t buy it, and she’s 2. I refuse to give it up. I say, ‘There is a Santa Claus,’ and she says, ‘Okay, Mommy. In pretend world, right?’ She really doesn’t believe. Salma Hayek

Santa Claus has the right idea – visit people only once a year.

Victor Borge

The idea of God as a fatherly figure who looks down on us and worries about how we’re doing or takes sides when we have fights – it’s more irritating than Santa Claus. The world and the universe are far more wonderful if there’s not a puppet master.

Dave Matthews

Three Quotes of worth

Three Quotes of worth


Quote 1 – Roy Harper – In some ways, I lament the introduction of civilisation on such a huge scale, because it has given us a lot of room to abuse each other, which we continue to do.

Quote 2 – Captain Beefheart – We’re all colored, or you wouldn’t be able to see anyone.

Quote 3 – Frank Zappa – There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

Well that will do for starters. Three of my favourite people.

Quotes – Bertrand Russell – One of my favourite people!

Quotes – Bertrand Russell – One of my favourite people!

Bertie was a philosopher who spoke it like it was. What he said always made sense.

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
That makes sense to me. Fear of death is the main reason people are religious – fear of hell – fear of god. Not for me. Our destruction of nature has a lot to do with our fear of creatures and natural events. We seek to tame it.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
How true is that? The stupid always think they know while the clever know enough to be sure that it is never black and white.
Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
The sheeple rule. Maybe people should have to sit a competency test before being allowed to vote? Most people do not want to think about anything. They would rather fill their lives with fun and distraction rather than deal with the real issues. They absorb propaganda and are manipulated by the establishment/politicians/manufacturers through the media lies. You can see it on my blog. If I put up challenging or thought provoking material it is less popular. Put up something light and daft it is really popular.
War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
He was a great pacifist.
Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.
The hypocrisy of religion, cruelty and stupidity of humans and misuse of funding and knowledge never ceases to amaze me.
I thought I’d end with one that is relevant to Trump and the way he has deliberately stirred up hatred in his campaign.
Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?
Why indeed?
Bertrand certainly had a way of putting things.

Quotes – Ian Dury – always one for a succinct comment.

Quotes – Ian Dury – always one for a succinct comment.

All I want for my birthday is another birthday.

Unfortunately Ian, who was suffering from cancer, didn’t get that next birthday. It sends a message to me that we should enjoy every minute that we have! Life is wonderful!

Some Neil Young Quotes that make sense to me.

Some Neil Young Quotes that make sense to me.


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I rate Neil Young up there near to Dylan. But he’s a complex man. I don’t go along with everything the man comes out with. Here’s a few quotes that make sense to me.

I’m not into organized religion. I’m into believing in a higher source of creation, realizing we’re all just part of nature.
The ’60s was one of the first times the power of music was used by a generation to bind them together.
I don’t like war. I particularly don’t like the celebration of war, which I think the administration is a little bit guilty of.
To protect our freedoms, it seems we’re going to have to relinquish some of our freedoms for a short period of time.

In the USA:


Emmeline Pankhurst Quotes – Suffragettes fighting for equality.

Emmeline Pankhurst Quotes – Suffragettes fighting for equality.


Emmeline believed in equality and wanted the vote for women. She believed in justice so strongly that she was prepared for civil disobedience and even damage to property to force people to take notice. She was prepared to suffer and go to prison for her beliefs. She was a woman of great courage.


The argument of the broken window pane is the most valuable argument in modern politics.
 Nobody listens until you force them to.
Justice and judgment lie often a world apart.
The law is not fair. It is merely a legal system There is not justice in it.
Not by the forces of civil war can you govern the very weakest woman. You can kill that woman, but she escapes you then; you cannot govern her. No power on earth can govern a human being, however feeble, who withholds his or her consent.
If a person is determined you can torture or kill them but you cannot force them, deep inside, to agree with you. You merely provoke lip-service.
Men make the moral code and they expect women to accept it. They have decided that it is entirely right and proper for men to fight for their liberties and their rights, but that it is not right and proper for women to fight for theirs.
All people are equal. The rights of all have to be upheld.
My parents, especially my father, discussed the question of my brothers’ education as a matter of real importance. My education and that of my sister were scarcely discussed at all.
Education is the basis of freedom and democracy. The education of women is of utmost importance. We need women fully present in all positions of power and decision making. Societies and religions that suppress women are barbaric.