We’re so enraptured by the universe that we invented that we fail to see the one that is actually here.

— Jeremy Tharp

Science gives us reason for and understanding of our emotions. It makes us take responsibility for our inadequacies, our inconsistencies, and our incongruencies. It’s very spiritual.

— Jeremy Tharp

Life: The fruitless attempt to turn the present into the future as the present consistently, invariably becomes the past.

— Jeremy Tharp

The distinction between animals and humans is quite clear, humans being the only animal that doesn’t know it.

— Jeremy Tharp

God created man with a tremendous imagination, and then, with his infinite wit, created money to thwart it.

— Jeremy Tharp

An irony about life is that the better you are at living it, the more likely you are to die. We should, thus, quickly divert our complete reverence to the pinnacle of living–suicide.

— Jeremy Tharp

Ask any human with a pet to place a value on that pet, and he/she will be
unable to speak a number amply high–until tax time.

— Jeremy Tharp

Enthusiasm far outweighs reason.

— Jeremy Tharp

As long as the expense is more conducive to livelihood than the contrary, it is justified.

— Jeremy Tharp

If I die via some act that is deemed statistically to be the safest act in the world, am I actually the MOST justified in the ending of my life? [and therefore safe from receiving a Darwin award]

— Jeremy Tharp

I am much more interested in where I am going than where I’ve been or, oddly enough, where I am.

— Jeremy Tharp

Truth is the last thing that one should ever expect to be revealed by the democratic process.

— Jeremy Tharp

Time and consciousness do not evolve in tandem. Evolution of the senses and
sense of self are incongruent across time. In other words, I–the current me–could not possibly recognize the old me as me.

— Jeremy Tharp

A wise man is different only in that he is overly conscious of his own mortality.

— Jeremy Tharp

We are never free, because we are constantly subject to–prisoners of or imprisoned by–some pre-existing environmental state. Revolution is the bursting of tolerability’s festering sore.

— Jeremy Tharp

A man is, in theory, his thoughts, but he is only known through his actions. One’s thoughts are brought about strictly in response and reaction to one’s environment, and, in the end, the man is only what the world has remarked.

— Jeremy Tharp

Innate quirks are nature’s poetry.

— Jeremy Tharp

If freedom comes with responsibility, is it not better to be imprisoned and beholden to nothing?

— Jeremy Tharp

As for the moment, I am going to go dream of lilies, boobies, and crocodile monsoons.

— Jeremy Tharp

Freedom is the epitome of this life. Life–where one is censored from information, from exploration, from inquisition in inverse proportion to one’s wealth, geography, or genetics. Therefore, birth alone qualifies the individual for the fickle entertainment of the pursuit of these privileges.

— Jeremy Tharp

Innovation is not explicitly understood and, hopefully, never will be.

— Jeremy Tharp

Love only is. It never was nor ever will be.

— Jeremy Tharp

It’s called foresight. You should look into it.

— Jeremy Tharp

It kills me to think that people might know me well for one of my passions but not at all for the rest of them. I’d almost rather be known for none.

— Jeremy Tharp

It is frustrating not being who one imagined oneself would be and yet still be the one who did the imagining.

— Jeremy Tharp

Humility must be one of the highest forms of arrogance.

— Jeremy Tharp

Genius cannot exist within predefined parameters, although it often serves that context well. It must have a well defined “smooth curve” across parameters. I am not entirely sure it exists at all.

— Jeremy Tharp

Solutions are always obvious. It is problems that are not always so clear. I suppose that is problematic. I really think in my head is the solution. There are at least a few. Ok this paragraph is a bit schizophrenic. Good day.

— Jeremy Tharp

It kind of sucks that the first clothes I wash are the last ones I wore.

— Jeremy Tharp

I am very afraid of forgetting the thoughts I have thought and thus becoming the person I don’t want to be.

— Jeremy Tharp

If it is global, is it necessarily international? And if it is international, when does it become global?

— Jeremy Tharp

Truth: Humans are savage beings and are psychotic (literally and figuratively) for not accepting it. They would benefit greatly in rediscovering themselves in the truths they abandoned in forgetting their nature. All men are not created equal.

— Jeremy Tharp

People want you to be honest, but doing so does not always entail telling the truth.

— Jeremy Tharp

LAW: One cannot “abuse” nature. It only reacts to itself.

— Jeremy Tharp

Ever notice there is just enough shade for all the cows?

— Jeremy Tharp

Manifest of an idiot: I absolve myself from duty. Humans’ only necessity is to live. Greatness is not within, it is without.

— Jeremy Tharp

All humans are entrapped in similar prisons: birth, language, biology, etc. The search for free will must begin between these, so where is that?

— Jeremy Tharp

Why is the mnemonic so much easier to remember?

— Jeremy Tharp

My most useful survival tool is anticipation.

— Jeremy Tharp

It is often that reverence of the words gives philosophical weight to the quandary.

— Jeremy Tharp

To the artist, the profound is innate so it is not amply profound. Generally, he is not in control of the process that renders his genius, only the medium. His genius is most often in the accent with which he speaks, not in his words.

— Jeremy Tharp

If everyone remembered Mozart as a lazy, arrogant bastard who spent all his time frivolously banging on a worthless piece of trash, I guarantee you the last person who would care is Mozart!

— Jeremy Tharp

Life is the giant string you spend your years untangling.

— Jeremy Tharp

Procrastination is our insistence that eternity is on our side.

— Jeremy Tharp

Things are only as you imagine them, because there is nothing else.

— Jeremy Tharp

It’s all a matter of opium.

— Jeremy Tharp

Volume is sound’s biggest enemy.

— Jeremy Tharp

Perfection only ever comes accidentally.

— Jeremy Tharp

Do eggs taste like chicken?

— Jeremy Tharp

At birth we are given a choice of delusions to which we will subscribe. Some choose the delusion that they are able to make that choice.

— Jeremy Tharp

Limitations are the artist’s greatest compatriot.

— Jeremy Tharp

It is our illusions, or our delusion, that keep us sane.

— Jeremy Tharp

Is it just me, or am I confused?

— Jeremy Tharp

A genius is generally equally surprised by his discoveries as the ones who witness them.

— Jeremy Tharp

Ah what the hell … you only die once.

— Jeremy Tharp

Unintuitively, knowing that you’re in the game makes winning the game significantly less intuitive.

— Jeremy Tharp

Repression is 9/10ths of the law.

— Jeremy Tharp

The man who walks out of enemy territory without an increased empathy for his opponent’s point of view has wasted an opportunity.

— Jeremy Tharp

Love is is an advanced level of appreciation. It’s an attachment — a glue whose solvent you cannot fathom.

— Jeremy Tharp

If my horse leads me to the land of milk and honey, you still cannot starve me by killing the horse.

— Jeremy Tharp

Profundity is a vice for the tattered soul. I stand here unscathed.

— Jeremy Tharp

You can attend my funeral, but, personally, I don’t plan on being there.

— Jeremy Tharp

Culture is the air that language breathes.

— Jeremy Tharp

Changing the universe to fit your tastes is a monumental undertaking. Changing your tastes is comparatively effortless.

— Jeremy Tharp

Intelligence is the desire to learn; it is a gift of psychology, not of biology.

— Jeremy Tharp

Refusal to accept the scientific fact of evolution is akin to looking at a phone book with the first half of the pages ripped out and concluding that no person in the world has the last name “Brown.”

— Jeremy Tharp

It is pretty profound, the finality of losing someone. I may not have seen or spoken to someone in 15 years, but news of their death is emotionally gripping. Not seeing them, I guess, was just pausing the movie. Their dying — the end.

— Jeremy Tharp

Criticism makes the artist improve. Praise keeps him motivated. The appropriate mixture unveils his genius.

— Jeremy Tharp

I am in critical need of zen … Warning: may contain violence.

— Jeremy Tharp

There are so many thoughts to be had, so many riddles to be mulled, so many reasons to be fathomed. This must be done, however, encumbered by the drive to make the module that is you cooperate symbiotically with some machine that is the world–an invented world, ironically, devoid of thought, devoid of riddle, and devoid of reason.

— Jeremy Tharp

Break me from this thought cacophony
// It’s the words that I see
// The influences they be
// They’re disappointed in me

— Jeremy Tharp

Relevance is a dish best served, eventually.

— Jeremy Tharp

Existence can be heartbreaking, but non-existence is often heart-stopping.

— Jeremy Tharp

Curiosity is an unquenchable thirst.

— Jeremy Tharp

Enlightening the future often obscures the present because, in our haste, we concede the obsolescence of the past.

— Jeremy Tharp

You arrogantly climb the stairs of my humility in order to demonstrate your dominance, simply ignoring that I blazed the trail.

— Jeremy Tharp

It is infinitely better to die in a moment of honest, intensely violent rage than to wallow in the filthy betrayal of the thousands who pretend to care.

— Jeremy Tharp

Why is it if I want Zen to be on my side I have to chase it down, tackle it, tie it to a chair, and smack it around for a while? Let’s face it … Zen is a sub.

— Jeremy Tharp

The exploration/explanation of the universe is my absolute ambition. Other curiosities I may sample are simply subplots.

— Jeremy Tharp

Can an attribute be notoriously uncharacteristic?

— Jeremy Tharp

I am relatively content to leave this earth as quietly as I seem to have lived, but the notion that someone else is grateful for my having lived is still a psychological delicacy.

— Jeremy Tharp

Even the slightest semblance of community is a gargantuan boost to one’s zeal for life.

— Jeremy Tharp

Regret is akin to failure, and yet it is poignantly optional; it’s the abandoning of the future to commiserate the immediate. In sharp contrast, all that can be functionally begrudged or embraced is the future, because the past and present are invariable. It’s impaired by a gradual nature, but the future projects into the frame of a definite past and is contextualized in the fleeting purview of the moment. Regret intentionally pauses the context so that the lamentable picture may linger.

— Jeremy Tharp

So they put the wrong name on the tombstone … grave mistake.

— Jeremy Tharp

Refuse to take the world seriously, and, in respect, the world will likely return the favor.

— Jeremy Tharp

It’s delicious, the spaghetti of the subconscious.

— Jeremy Tharp

In order to improve the world, you have to become a part of it at a time where it doesn’t quite suit your tastes.

— Jeremy Tharp

A martyr is an isolationist who died for an insufficient cause that rejected him.

— Jeremy Tharp

There is a bit of poetry in all nonsense and a bit of monotony in anything obvious.

— Jeremy Tharp

Nothing belittles the mind worse than the delusion that words can do thoughts justice.

— Jeremy Tharp

Oh such a limited omniscience we’ve been blessed with.

— Jeremy Tharp

The populous of the United States wields its deadliest weapon, the vote, blatantly underprepared for battle. Citizens have a duty to understand the system they are trying to fix/change/improve, and the vast majority is simply not willing to wrap their mind around it.

— Jeremy Tharp

I guess I never really let people get to know me, because I was too busy trying to understand myself.

— Jeremy Tharp

America: Where we vote like there’s an island.

— Jeremy Tharp

This is not a statement?

— Jeremy Tharp

All things considered, our greatness appears only when superimposed on the mediocre. What is wealth without poverty? What is life without death? What is kindness without deceit? Benevolent souls would have to drift and thrive on a sea of wrongdoing, and so a perfect eternity will overflow with imperfection.

— Jeremy Tharp

The human game (aka intelligence): invent a perspective, base your world on it, and summarily deny the possibility of the validity of any other perspective.

— Jeremy Tharp

You can’t have your cake and eat it too. However, you can halve your cake and eat it in two.

— Jeremy Tharp

Parenthood: when the random songs that normally show up in your head begin to blend seamlessly with “Do you know the muffin man” and songs from “The Little Mermaid …”

— Jeremy Tharp

It is the great success of a small business to grow into a big business, but it is ultimately big business that stifle small business. It seems that, in order for all small business to exist sustainably, it must avoid this vertical growth, and expand horizontally. The perfectly refined process, I believe, is what ultimately takes away the edge of the little guy.

— Jeremy Tharp

Water: “I can make this acid potable!” Base: “You’re dilutional.”

— Jeremy Tharp

It begs the question: “What if I’m the center of the reality I purport to elude?”

— Jeremy Tharp

Brevity is akin to levity.

— Jeremy Tharp

Definition: “Poetic apotheosis” Exaltation via presentation, or truth through elegance. The phenomenon or effect that bestows importance, significance, or reason to a concept based purely on the artistry, beauty, or elegance of its presentation. It seems true, so it is so authoritatively. Examples: slogans, sound bites, words that seem to be related strictly because they rhyme, the general intent of hyperbole, humor, etc. Poetic apotheosis is culturally driven, in that it is the recognizable patterns and structures that give weight to the idea. (coined 8-4-11, but, sadly, I wasn’t the first)

— Jeremy Tharp

Realizing a dream: Dream, and be rewarded by success. Dream big, and be rewarded by success or by failure. Dream astronomically, and the world will be rewarded.

— Jeremy Tharp

You can regret not having become some contrived, alternate version of yourself without regretting being the current version. Art is the only outlet for that type of what-if. It allows you to explore without abandoning, and it in turn helps others do the same.

— Jeremy Tharp

As its domain tends toward the infinite, improbability tends toward certainty.

— Jeremy Tharp

Life is simple addition — give and take. For example, every moron needs a lesson.

— Jeremy Tharp

It is necessary to make oneself aware of what one knows outright and what one wants to be true and to make oneself capable of suspending both if one hopes to augment either.

— Jeremy Tharp

Politics: The anomalous domain where success by any other means is worse than failure.

— Jeremy Tharp

So the moral of the story is, every minute you spend listening to stories is a minute you didn’t spend changing the world. (And it has a poopy diaper).

— Jeremy Tharp

Ignorant people have no incentive to be cured. (Maybe “Ignorance is the most stubborn of diseases.”)

— Jeremy Tharp

Fruit flies are little f*king Houdinis …

— Jeremy Tharp

It would be contradictory for one to understand why he/she is good at art. In general, genius can never be well-defined, as its importance lies in its surprise (even to its vehicle).

— Jeremy Tharp

Genius cannot be manufactured, otherwise, it would not be exalted. Through, effectively, random insight, a genius transports genius out of obscurity and subsequently fails to understand how.

— Jeremy Tharp

To demystify the universe as a journey through, uniquely, your own perspective is to eternally vagabond.

— Jeremy Tharp

My value system is relatively pragmatic.

— Jeremy Tharp

It is fortunate that, most often, we make it through life’s difficulties only comprehending said difficulty in retrospect. It is this phenomenon, however, that blurs the path to a future beaten to submission.

— Jeremy Tharp

Life would suck if it weren’t so damned frustrating.

We start as a relatively blank slate, growing and yearning to overcomplicate our lives with perspective. Once that perspective solidifies, we spend the rest of our lives trying to simplify the overly complex world we invented.

— Jeremy Tharp

We have very little control over what we perceive as beauty, and we’ll only recognize it when our hand is forced by social norms.

— Jeremy Tharp

Why didn’t the Greeks have cell phones? Because they kept getting all those Roman charges …

— Jeremy Tharp

I must be delightful when I’m in a bad mood. Why else would people try so fervently to keep me in one?

— Jeremy Tharp

For each of life’s curve balls there are infinite tangents.

— Jeremy Tharp

History shows us poignantly that the past tends to be as obscure as the future. History is exciting, because it clues us in to what perspective we will imminently gain about the past. It’s the quest for the undocumented, unremarked perspective.

— Jeremy Tharp

You can write the music, build the chairs, and gather the group and still be the one without a seat when the music stops.

— Jeremy Tharp

There is no greater barrier to freedom than self interest. The things we want are generally the least flexible aspects of what we will allow to transpire.

It’s ironic how much more versatile one becomes when limitations are imposed.

— Jeremy Tharp

No amount of generosity could ever cure greed.

— Jeremy Tharp

Is ransom money tax deductible?

— Jeremy Tharp

“in a system without economic freedom, the wealthiest are the tyrants who make people’s lives miserable.” … and this differs HOW in a system with economic freedom? Money = power = influence = control, and it doesn’t matter how nobly you earned it. Both extremes suck and you just can’t have a no-holds-barred fight to reach the top. Seriously, if you have infinite economic freedom, what could you hope to gain from it? Advantage over someone/anyone/everyone else — that’s the only thing left.

Keep stacking your right-nows, and you’ll eventually reach forever.

— Jeremy Tharp

Freedom is a just prison with curtains.

— Jeremy Tharp

If you’re not dead, you’re capable.

— Jeremy Tharp

When is the washing machine too full for one more sock?

— Jeremy Tharp

People don’t need perfect, and you’ll never attain it, so just give ’em what you got.

— Jeremy Tharp

Art is rarely singular, because art is rarely conceivable. It is surprising and imperfectable.

— Jeremy Tharp

An anthropologist wanted to freeze a specimen he found, but its clavicle was missing. Now he’s looking for a shoulder to cryo.

— Jeremy Tharp

Men have always been terrible with dates. Adam said to his wife on February 13th “Happy Valentine’s Day Eve!”

— Jeremy Tharp

If people were perfect, we wouldn’t need people.

— Jeremy Tharp

Outlook gauge: If the world were perfect, we wouldn’t have people.

— Jeremy Tharp

A mighty fortress is argon.

— Jeremy Tharp

Obfusconvolscurity is your friend, amigo!

— Jeremy Tharp

The rebellion against knowledge and its pursuit through science is an assault on any merit of human intelligence.

— Jeremy Tharp

I use big words to stir my coffee.

— Jeremy Tharp

I don’t just take what I want. Apparently, likeable people do.

— Jeremy Tharp

Profundity does not always inhabit a majestic house.

— Jeremy Tharp

It’s too easy to get caught up in the art of the process instead of just submitting to the art itself.

— Jeremy Tharp