Friday, 4 September 2015

Quote the Oracle

I've been a life long hoarder of quotes and I've always tried to figure out what to do with my collection and so I created a dice oracular system using some of my favourite quotes and sayings. They're from everyone from Robin Williams to Jim Morrison to ancient philosophers and poets; From books and movies and TV and music, Kushiel's Legacy, Lord of the Rings, Buffy, Alan Parson's Project and Battlestar Galactica.

It's of the same style as the I-Ching and Olympian Alphabet Oracle, that is it's a 'fixed oracle' where a die is thrown three times to give a series of three numbers, each series corresponds to a quote which the querent then interprets as needed.

I'd love to hear form anyone who uses it, and of course, if you notice any attribution errors please let me know!

Quote The Oracle

1-1-1: Wise men of the past have committed a grievous error in seeing the flesh as something which weighs us down instead of a springboard from which to leap (from the intro to the book “Myth and Sexuality”)

1-1-2: The tree that would grow to heaven must send its roots to hell (Frederick Nietzsche)

1-1-3: Even the sea can only drown you (Irish Proverb)

1-1-4: There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. (Hamlet)

1-1-5: The contemplation of heavenly things will make a man speak and think more sublimely when he lowers himself to human affairs ( Marcus Tullius Cicero  )

1-1-6: As you wish (Princess Bride)

1-2-1: Nothing in this world is the way it ought to be, it’s harsh and it’s cruel.  That’s why there’s us, Champions.  It doesn’t matter where we came from, what we’ve done or suffered or even If we make a difference – we live as if the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be (Angel, Angel)

1-2-2: No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality (The Haunting)

1-2-3: When it is dark enough, you can see the stars (Emerson)

1-2-4: Holy wisdom is not clear and light like water, but thick and dark like blood (C.S.

1-2-5: The strength of the pack is the wolf, the strength of the wolf is the pack (Kipling)

1-2-6: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity (Hanlon)

1-3-1: Only passions – great passions – can elevate the soul to great things (Denis Diderot)

1-3-2: How can we ever know the dancer from the dance? (Yeats)

1-3-3: Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots (Rumi)

1-3-4: All knowledge is worth having (Kusheil’s Legacy)

1-3-5: Who says dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now.  Reality leaves a lot up to the imagination (John Lennon)

1-3-6: A raven can but act like a raven (proverb)

1-4-1: The heart is the hero’s weapon (Patricia Kennealy Morrison)

1-4-2: If you treat everything as life or death, your going to die a lot (Dean Smith)

1-4-3: There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground (Rumi)

1-4-4: Not all those who wander are lost (Tolkien)

1-4-5: I think it pisses god off if you walk past the colour purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it (The Color Purple)

1-4-6: You’re only given a little spark of madness, you mustn’t loose it (Robin Williams)

1-5-1: Oppression can only survive through silence (Carmen de Monteflores)

1-5-2: We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give (Winston Churchill)

1-5-3: Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known (Blaise Pascal)

1-5-4: In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it (Benjamin Franklin)

1-5-5: The end is where we start from (T.S. Elliot)

1-5-6: Water which is too pure has no fish (Bulletproof Monk)

1-6-1: What loves, lives; what chooses, changes; what doubts, dies (unknown)

1-6-2: Let the beauty we love be what we do (Rumi)

1-6-3: I believe that magic is art, and that art, whether that be music, writing, sculpture, or any other form, is literally magic (Alan Moore)

1-6-4: Don't kill if you can wound, don't wound if you can subdue, don't subdue if you can pacify, and don't raise your hand at all until you've first extended it (Wonder Woman)

1-6-5: Write drunk, edit sober (Peter De Vries)

1-6-6: In the soil of the whore's doorstep is moulded the image of the goddess (Chandramukhi, Devdas)

2-1-1: It is my experience that those who have no vices have very few virtues (Abraham Lincoln)

2-1-2: We have been ourselves before (Unknown)

2-1-3: Listen, real poetry doesn’t’ say anything, it just ticks off the possibilities; opens the doors. You can walk through any one that suites you (Jim Morrison)

2-1-4: All great truths begin as blasphemies (George Bernard Shaw)

2-1-5: There is always some madness in love, but there is always some reason in madness (Friedrich Nietzsche)

2-1-6: The gods too are fond of a joke (Aristotle)

2-2-1: There are many things which will catch your eye, few that will catch your heart; pursue those (Michael Nolan)

2-2-2: Get up, get out, get drunk. Repeat as needed (Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

2-2-3: There are nights the wolves are silent and it is only the moon that howls (George Carlin)

2-2-4: The most profound statements are often said in silence (Lynn Johnston)

2-2-5: Go sit in the woods and breathe (Unknown)

2-2-6: Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law (Aleister Crowley)

2-3-1: Know thyself (Delphic Maxim)

2-3-2: To disclose the wrong and forgive it is the severest revenge upon an enemy (Devil's Brood, Sharon Penman)

2-3-3: Without music, the dead are but motionless (Alan Parsons Project)

2-3-4: The first step in getting what you want in life is this – decide what you want (Ben Stein)

2-3-5: Keep true to the dreams of thy youth (Friedrich von Schiller)

2-3-6: Symbols matter. Uniforms, flags, banners - even mascots.  They're like pieces of your heart that you can see (Karl Agathon, Battlestar Galactica)
2-4-1: I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart – I am, I am, I am (Sylvia Plath)

2-4-2: The true mystery of this world is the visible, not the invisible (Oscar Wilde)

2-4-3: Shallow waters make the most noise, shallow souls can not harbor deep truths (Alganon)

2-4-4: If you seek to upset the law that all crows are black you needn’t prove that none are, it is enough to prove one single crow white (William James)

2-4-5: If we are strong enough in our souls we can rip away the veil and look that naked, terrible beauty right in the face; let God consume us, devour us, unstring our bones. Then spit us out reborn (Donna Tartt)

2-4-6: You see someone running incredibly fast - The first thing you gotta ask is 'Are they running to something or are they running from something?' The answer is always both. (Topher Brink, Dollhouse)

2-5-1: You may live to be a hundred, but will you have lived one hundred years, or the same year a hundred times? (Unknown)

2-5-2: I aim to misbehave (Mal, Serenity)

2-5-3: I pity from my heart those who have never been in love; or in hate. (The Keltiad)

2-5-4: Guard the mysteries, constantly reveal them (Lew Welch)

2-5-5: The reasonable man adapts to the world, the unreasonable man demands the word adapt to him. Therefore, all progress ever made depends on the unreasonable man (Shaw)

2-5-6: When the teacher is ready to learn, the student will come to teach (Adapted from a Tibetan saying)

2-6-1: The wise man will love; all others will desire (Afranius)

2-6-2: Seduction isn’t making someone do what they don’t want to do, it’s enticing them into what they secretly want already (Steve Dublanica)

2-6-3: All paths are present, always... and we can but choose among them. (Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Chosen)

2-6-4: A tool wielded in ignorance can become the most dangerous of weapons (Brian Herbert)

2-6-5: When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life (John Lennon)

2-6-6: I think when people cry when someone dies it’s because deep down inside they’re glad it wasn’t them (Amber Benson, Chance)

3-1-1: Where is there dignity unless there is honesty? (Cicero)

3-1-2: I am bitten, just as one is bitten by the teeth of the viper, for they say that he to whom this has happened would prefer to describe his experience only to another who has been bitten.  These also can pardon him anything done or spoken because of the pain (unknown)

3-1-3: Some men see things as they are and say, "Why?" I dream of things that never were and say, "Why not? (Robert Kennedy)

3-1-4: The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely preferred to those thinking they’ve found it (Terry Pratchett)

3-1-5: A cynic is naught but a battered romantic (unknown)

3-1-6: I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain (Frank Herbert)

3-2-1: Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future (Oscar Wilde)

3-2-2: NO! (Every parent ever)

3-2-3: You can’t always get what you want, but you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need (Rolling Stones)

3-2-4: We know what we are, but know not what we may be (Shakespeare)

3-2-5:  Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you (Tyrion Lannister, A Game of Thrones)

3-2-6: The one place gods inarguably exist is in the human mind (Alan Moore)

3-3-1: We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and part of the living, incarnate universe (D.H. Lawrence)

3-3-2: I believe in a long derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown (Jim Morrison)

3-3-3: What loves, lives; what chooses, changes; what doubts, dies (proverb)

3-3-4: To forgive is an act of compassion. It's not done because people deserve it; it's done because they need it (Giles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

3-3-5: To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong (Joseph Chilton Pearce)

3-3-6: Of course it’s happening inside your head Harry, but why would that mean it’s not real? (Dumbledore, Harry Potter)

3-4-1: Madness coming from the Gods is so much more beautiful than wisdom form mankind (Plato)

3-4-2: Be careful when you fight the monsters lest you become one (Friedrich Nietzsche)

3-4-3: He who speaks in primordial images speaks a thousand tongues (H. E. Huntley)

3-4-4: Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies (Mother Teresa)

3-4-5: Expose yourself to your greatest terror.  After that, fear has no power, the fear of freedom is gone and you are truly free (Jim Morrison)

3-4-6: The road goes ever on, out from the door where it began (Tolkien)

3-5-1: Without passion, we'd truly be dead. (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

3-5-2: Well, who is free from suffering except the gods (Aeschylus)

3-5-3: I am your tongue and your eyes, I cam all your senses, I am your happiness and your anger.  You are my property but I belong to you.  Sometimes I say that you are you, sometimes I say that you are me.  Either way, I am the sun which illuminates it (Rumi)

3-5-4: If nothing we do matters than all that matters is what we do (Angel)

3-5-5: Mama told her children to jump for the sun; they might never reach it, but at least they got off the ground (Zora Neale Hurston)

3-5-6: Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their  minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the  day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dream with open eyes and  make it possible (T.E. Lawrence)
3-6-1: Lord, intoxicate me with the wine of thy love; place the chains of slavery upon my feet.  Make me empty of all but thy love and in it destroy me and bring me back to life.  The hunger thou hast awakened culminates in fulfillment (Ansari of Herat)

3-6-2: And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

3-6-3: Imagination is better than knowledge (Einstein)

3-6-4: The needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many (Kirk, Star Trek)

3-6-5: The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it (Terry Pratchett, Diggers)

3-6-6: There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness (Dalai Lama)

4-1-1: It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass (Tolkien, Lord of the Rings)

4-1-2: A learning experience is one of those things that say, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that' (Douglas Adams The Salmon of Doubt)

4-1-3: I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're sceptical (Arthur C. Clark)

4-1-4: No single thing abides; and all things are fucked up (Phillip K, Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer)

4-1-5: You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose (Dr. Seuss)

4-1-6: Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind (Bernard M. Baruch)

4-2-1: Thou art that (Sanskrit phrase)

4-2-2: Adventure is worthwhile (Aesop)

4-2-3: Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious (Stephen Hawking)

4-2-4: It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. (Maya Angelou)
4-2-5: I am become death, the destroyer of worlds (J. Robert Oppenheimer)

4-2-6: If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary (Jim Rohn)

4-3-1: The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said (Peter Drucker)

4-3-2: Let my worship be within the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals (Doreen Valiente)

4-3-3: Even the smallest person can change the course of the future (Galadriel, Lord of the Rings)

4-3-4: Here's some advice. Stay alive (Hammich, The Hunger Games)

4-3-5: Say no to everything, so you can say yes to the one thing (Richie Norton)

4-3-6: It takes two to lie: one to lie and one to listen (Homer Simpson)

4-4-1: I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not (Kirk Cobain)

4-4-2: Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future (David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas)

4-4-3: At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want (Lao Tzu)

4-4-4: That which yields is not always weak (Kushiel’s Legacy)

4-4-5: Absolute power does not corrupt; it is the perception of inadequate power that corrupts (Spider Robinson)

4-4-6: I am the eye with which the universe sees itself and knows itself divine ( Percy Bysshe Shelley)

4-5-1: The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live (Buffy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

4-5-2: I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, "Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman (David Bowie)

4-5-3: Was it love or was it the idea of being in love? ( Pink Floyd)

4-5-4: Courage is knowing what not to fear (Plato)
4-5-5: Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice - pull down your pants and slide on the ice (Sydney Freedman, MASH)

4-5-6: Do not wait till the iron is hot to strike, instead make it hot by striking (Yeats)

4-6-1: Use the Force (Star Wars)

4-6-2: You make mistakes. Mistakes don't make you (Maxwell Maltz)

4-6-3: Do what you must and your friends will adjust (Robert Brault)

4-6-4: What is an ocean but a multitude of drops (Cloud Atlas)

4-6-5: Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE (Joss Whedon)

4-6-6: Be always drunken, on wine, on poetry, or on virtue is you wish; but be drunken! (Baudelaire)

5-1-1: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.  Love never fails (Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

5-1-2: It is possible to commit no errors and still loose, that is not a weakness; that is life (Picard, Star Trek)

5-1-3: “Look,” he said, “the point is there’s no way to be a hundred percent sure about anyone or anything. So you’re left with a choice. Either hope for the best, or just expect the worst (Sarah Dessen)

5-1-4: Be your friend's true friend. Return gift for gift. Repay laughter  with laughter again but betrayal with treachery (The Havamal)

5-1-5: Concerning three things that hide: an open bag hides nothing, an open door hides little, and an open person hides something (Welsh Triad)

5-1-6: We’re far from perfect. But we are good (Sam, Supernatural)

5-2-1: He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

5-2-2: Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It's certainty (Stephen Colbert)

5-2-3: All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain (Roy Batty, Blade Runner)

5-2-4: Some days are just bad days, that's all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness (Dita Von Teese)

5-2-5: Classical tragedy was the war between good and evil. We wanted evil to be defeated and good to be victorious. But the battle in modern tragedy is between good and good. And no matter which side wins, we'll still be heartbroken (Asghar Farhadi)

5-2-6: No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn (Jim Morrison)

5-3-1: Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have. But they have one thing you haven't got: a diploma. (Wizard, Wizard of Oz)

5-3-2: Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are (Kurt Cobain)

5-3-3: A fire-eater must eat fire, even if he has to kindle it himself (Isaac Asimov, Foundation)

5-3-4: I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone? (Geordie LeChance, Stand By Me)

5-3-5: To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift (Steve Prefontaine)

5-3-6: The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others (Mahatma Gandhi)

5-4-1: If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves (David Allen)

5-4-2: This is who I am, right here, right now, all right? All that counts is here and now, and this is me (The Doctor, Doctor Who)

5-4-3: There are two sides, two players. One is light, the other is dark (John Locke, Lost)

5-4-4: I will go on shining, shining like brand new. I'll never look behind me, my troubles will be few (Supertramp, Goodbye Stranger)

5-4-5: The thing about a hero, is even when it doesn't look like there's a light at the end of the tunnel, he's going to keep digging, he's going to keep trying to do right and make up for what's gone before, just because that's who he is (Joss Whedon)

5-4-6: Causes are only lost when we give up (Roslin, Battlestar Gallactica)

5-5-1: How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone (Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel)

5-5-2: Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes (Eleanor Roosevelt)

5-5-3: All this has happened before and all this shall happen again (Battlestar Galactica)

5-5-4: The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

5-5-5: If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time. (Marcel Proust)

5-5-6: With great power comes great responsibility (Uncle Ben, Spider-man)

5-6-1: If you cannot be a poet, be the poem (David Carradine)

5-6-2: Each man should be watchful and wary in speech, and slow to put faith in a friend (Havamal)

5-6-3: Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self (Cyril Connolly)

5-6-4: Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect (Mark Twain)

5-6-5: Love isn’t brains children, it’s blood; blood screaming inside you to work it’s will.
I may be love’s bitch, but at least I’m man enough to admit it (Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

5-6-6: Hundreds of worlds spinning round in the galaxy, and the meek have inherited not a one (Mal, Firefly)

6-1-1: I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear (Nelson Mandela)

6-1-2: War isn't Hell. War is war, and Hell is Hell. And of the two, war is a lot worse (Hawkeye, MASH)

6-1-3: Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean (Maya Angelou)

6-1-4: I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers(Khalil Gibran)

6-1-5: My family is my strength and my weakness (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan)

6-1-6: Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be (John Wooden)

6-2-1: Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth (Buddha)

6-2-2: Experience is the teacher of all things (Julius Caesar)

6-2-3: Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely (Auguste Rodin)

6-2-4: The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one (Spock, Star Trek)

6-2-5: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Bible, Luke 6:31)

6-2-6: If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.
(Mao Zedong)

6-3-1: Do not go where the path may lead, instead, go where there is no path and leave a trail (Plato)

6-3-2: Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence (Henrik Tikkanen)

6-3-3: Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (Bible, John 15:13)

6-3-4: Never fire a laser at a mirror (Larry Niven)

6-3-5: No one knows what is kept hidden for them as a reward for their good deeds. (Quran 32:17)

6-3-6: Do not wrong the dead (Delphic Maxim)

6-4-1: Always keep a rubber trout, or the spiritual equivalent on your altar (Black Forest Clan)

6-4-2: All great achievements of science must start from intuitive knowledge. I believe in intuition and inspiration.... At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason (Einstein)

6-4-3: The gods lead them that follows; them that don’t, they drag (Hindu Proverb)

6-4-4: It was beauty killed the beast (King Kong)

6-4-5: I stood naked in a dark and bleak eternity and filled it with my exaltation (Florence Farr)

6-4-6: As above, so below; as within so without; as the universe, so the soul (Hermes Trismegistus)

6-5-1: If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. (Dali Lama)

6-5-2: Love conquers all (Virgil)

6-5-3: Smile, it makes the world wonder what you’re up to (anonymous)

6-5-4: I am the silence unknown. I am the utterance of my name (Thunderer, Perfect Mind)

6-5-5: It is the truest valor to dare to live (Sir Thomas Brown)

6-5-6: I don’t care what you believe. Just believe it. (Derrial Book, Serenity)

6-6-1: Do not go where the path may lead, instead, go where there is no path and leave a  trail (Emerson)

6-6-2: In three words I can sum up all that I’ve learned of life – it goes on (Robert Frost)

6-6-3: So I asked the raven as he passed me by: tell me raven why you made the sky? “the sun and the moon, I threw them high. I needed someplace to be flying (Charles de Lint)

6-6-4: Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought (Matsuo Basho)

6-6-5: I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love (Henry Ward Beecher)

6-6-6: Everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon (Eclipse, Pink Floyd)

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