There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.
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The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? —it is the same the angels breathe.
—Mark Twain, Roughing It, Chapter XXII, 1886 via Great Aviation Quotes http://www.skygod.com/quotes/quotes.html