all those damned quotes? why?
"Life itself is a quotation"-- Jorge Luis Borges
The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.Isaac D'Israeli
quote of the day
I’m sure you’ve noticed my Quote of the Day feature.
It’s rather hard to miss.
A friend of mine asked the other day why I was cluttering up my blog with all the quotes.
Their point was that the blog is called Michael’s Way. Not DeSade’s way. Nor Antoniou’s way. Not Califia’s way either.
So why? Why are there all those damned quotes?
Bear with me please, I’ll answer that question in a moment.
But, right now, I must admit that quotes make up about 60% of the posts. That’s a ratio that certainly won’t get any lower as long as I post daily quotes. And, you should know, the percentage of quotes might go higher still.
Creating good content takes time. It takes inspiration. It’s not likely I’ll keep up with the nearly post a day pace I’ve set so far. At least not for long.
So, no matter how well I do with writing, the Quote of the Day feature will always be the (numerically) greatest part of Michael’s Way.
Perhaps life itself really is a quotation.
A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.Joseph Roux
I’ve been collecting quotes since I turned 21.
That’s more than 30 years (and counting.)
Back in the day, as I read, I would fill notebooks with quotes. Everything was “fair game”. Anything I poked my nose into.
From Dumas’ Three Musketeers, to Thoreau’s Walden, on to No One Here Gets Out Alive, and Up and Down With the Rolling Stones.
Anytime I found a tidbit of wisdom (or perhaps obvious stupidity) I’d grab a notebook and pen, and faithfully copy the quotation.
I always felt that this practice made my reading more mindful.
It seemed that reading carefully enough to cull good quotes also facilitated better comprehension.
Well, the notebooks are long gone. I think they disappeared during a big move.
But, the passion for collecting quotes remains.
Your host, Michael Samadhi
Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.Ralph Waldo Emerson
about Quote of the Day
My hope is, when I share each Quote of the Day, that the words will have potential meaning for somebody. Anybody.
I expect that the original author’s message will strike a chord.
That’s exactly what the quotes do for me.
In fact, I’ll share a little secret with you — the quotes really aren’t for my readers.
While I happily share them with my friends, their real purpose is more personal.
Most of the quotes have some kind of unique meaning to me.
Perhaps it’s a special memory surrounding me from when the quote was discovered.
It’s may be that the quote is a signpost, or remembrance, from my journey.
Sometimes a quote serves more as a reminder.
Maybe of something I hope to change in my own life.
Or something I know, but hope to reinforce.
Really, my personal purpose in sharing a quote could be almost anything.
Regardless of whatever they might do for me, I hope the quotations I share do something for you too.
Getting fucked and being owned are inseparably the same.Andrea Dworkin
Believe it or not, Dworkin’s quotation (above) was the original inspiration for this post. My writing took on an unanticipated direction from there.
That happens. When words start getting transferred from my brain through the keyboard, intent and direction will sometimes shift.
But, there’s no escaping that this post was inspired by Dworkin. It was originally intended to explain why I’d quote someone I do not respect.
My feelings about her run strong and deep. Saying, “She was not my cup of tea,” would be a serious understatement. Andrea’s an individual I never met, never would have wished to meet.
Sat down, alone in a room with her when she was still alive, I’d call a safeword within moments. Yes, it’s really that bad.
You see then, perhaps, why I’m just not comfortable quoting Andrea Dworkin without significant explanation.
A post was necessary to explain the context of her statement. A disclaimer was needed to assure readers I don’t agree.
Andrea is a warrior from the “porn wars” days that I mentioned in my review for The Price of Pleasure. She’s anything but sex positive.
Seen through her eyes, sex is always about … Violence. Oppression. Rape.
She once wrote that intercourse is a – “Means of physiologically making a woman inferior.”
Before learning of Dworkin, I never imagined anyone could make the “religious right” seem tolerant and sex-positive by comparison. She makes it look easy.
Did I say, “Wow!”? Yes, I certainly meant it.
I clearly don’t agree with her. So, I quote Andrea Dworkin, not to give traction to her words. Instead, they are here for education and discussion. In order to grapple with a mindset like Andrea’s, we first must examine it.
Yes, there really are people out there who think that sex is violent, oppressive, and never joyful.
I can’t help telling them how wrong they really are.
I’m not a fan of Dworken, which should come as no surprise. She always was, it seems, anything but sex positive. For instance, she once wrote that intercourse is a – “means of physiologically making a woman inferior” – a statement with which I would strongly disagree. I’d argue that intercourse is a means of making a woman physiologically superior, as no man alive is capable of having ten orgasms in a single lovemaking session.
As I’ve alluded to before, in the mindset of spiritual sex, we become God and Goddess incarnate when we make love. Yes, I desire to captivate my partner. I wish to enthrall and engage, excite and delight, and yes, of course, possess her too. But the idea of making her mine isn’t to diminish her in any manner. Instead, it’s meant to elevate us both!Michael Samadhi
Before a show, I’ll go backstage and everyone’s getting dressed, and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it.
You know, I’m inspecting because I want to make sure that everything is good.
You know, they’re standing there with no clothes.
‘Is everybody okay?’
And you see these incredible looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that.
Donald Trump’ is another individual I wouldn’t dream of quoting without explanation.
I’ve wanted to post this particular quote for some time. But, I just couldn’t do so without a note explaining my thoughts on the quotation.
Yes, what the Donald said is despicable. Deplorable. Unjustifiable. Wrong in so very many ways.
With all of that said, if we set aside the revulsion many people feel towards Trump. If we set aside the non-consensual nature of his peep show behavior. And, we pretend for just a moment that his behavior wasn’t predatory.
We view his words from a different angle …
What he’s describing is pure voyeurism.
And, it’s also a very good metaphor for the inequalities and injustices of society in the United States. If a poor person confesses to being a peeping tom, they get a trip to the big house. They are suddenly registered as a sex offender.
When Donald Trump makes a similar confession, he gets a trip to the White House. Not fair!
his harem fantasy
Looking at it from yet another perspective, the quote transforms into something different still.
Seen through the eyes of an unrepentant kinkster, without the predatory context, Trump’s recounting is essentially a harem fantasy.
I touched on those briefly while discussing Jean-Léon Gérôme’s exotic art. It’s a relatively common male fantasy. Harmless as long as it remains a fantasy.
He’s not a sultan by any means, but Trump did have the resources to purchase a beauty pageant. That bought him access. Donald’s one of the few individuals on the planet with the revenue to live out even a portion of the harem fantasy.
Still, it’s despicable that he gave into the temptation to walk into the woman’s changing area. Deplorable that he acted on the impulse. Worse still that he bragged about it after the fact. Obviously, Donald’s behavior was anything but harmless.
He victimized an entire room of young women. Bad. Very bad.
But, as a quote, it was hard to pass up …
Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before.Donald Trump
it’s still Michael’s Way
Hopefully, my friend (if they read this) now realizes that quoting Antoniou or Califia doesn’t make this blog about their way.
Afterall, I found and selected the quotes.
Their messages all have significant meaning to me. For some of the quotations, that meaning is very profound.
And, in one way or another, they are relevant to my journey.
I often deliberately interpret the quotes, at least in my mind, through the eyes of an unrepentant kinkster.
I’m not always interested in the author’s intent when posting the quotation. I find my own.
If you are willing to look deep enough, you may also find the quotes are relevant (and have meaning) for your journey too.
Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.Ambrose Bierce
A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.Brendan Behan
An apt quotation is like a lamp which flings its light over the whole sentence.Letitia Elizabeth Landon
When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.James A. Baldwin
A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.Dorothy L. Sayers
Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.Oscar Wilde