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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Resistance Quotes

Resistance is on my mind these days, for oh so many reasons. So today I offer quotes on resistance:


"It’s not impermanence per se, or even knowing we’re going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, it’s our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Our discomfort arises from all of our efforts to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream of constant okayness. When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment, or awakening to our true nature, to our fundamental goodness. Another word for that is freedom—freedom from struggling against the fundamental ambiguity of being human."

Pema Chodron


"The poem resists. It resists coming into being. It resists eloquence. It resists transmitting unpleasant or embarrassing knowledge. It resists grammatical constraints. It resists moving away from simple utterance. It resists revision. It resists completion. It resists success. Hopefully, the poet resists as well."

Jennifer Moxley, from "Fragments of a Broken Poetics" (Chicago Review, Spring 2010)
"The poem in the head is always perfect. Resistance starts when you try to convert it into language. Language itself is a kind of resistance to the pure flow of self. The solution is to become one’s language."
Stanley Kunitz
"…remember fear for what it is: a resistance to the unknown."
Terry Tempest Williams, from an interview on the NPR show “Being,” interviewed by Krista Tippett (who read this excerpt from a book of Williams’)
"Art begins with resistance – at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor."
Andre Gide, in Poetique
"The poem must resist the intelligence / Almost successfully"
Wallace Stevens  (CP, 350)
"Let us love the country of here below. It is real; it offers resistance to love." 
Simone Weil
“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.” 

Leonardo da Vinci
“Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is... The only problem in your life is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds. ” 
Dan Millman
“Every creative person, and I think probably every other person, faces resistance when they are trying to create something good...The harder the resistance, the more important the task must be.” 
Donald Miller