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Quarry Hill Creative Center in Rochester, VT, founded 1946 by Barbara and Irving Fiske, is Vermont's oldest alternative community and at one time was probably also its largest. In the 60s -80s, as many as 90 people lived here.
It was and is visited each year, often in summer (but in every season, really) by visitors from all over the world.
We welcome interesting and creative people who are peaceful, bring no weapons, don't believe in hitting children or killing animals, and enjoy the beauty of Vermont and of themselves.

Most of us do not adhere to any particular dogma or religion, though many do find Eastern philosophy closest to our own thought (some of us are also members of the Quakers/Society of Friends).
We value the individual, particularly people who are energetic and have a sense of humor.
Visitors are welcome-- and prospective residents, too. There are some places for rent, others for sale. If interested, get in touch!
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"The symbol is the enemy of the reality, and the reality is ever one's true guide, true friend, true companion, and true self." Irving Fiske, 1908-1990

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Quote of the Day: Irving Fiske and related quotes (b. March 5, 1908)

The symbol is the enemy of the reality, and the reality is ever one's true guide, true friend, true companion, and true self. -- Irving Fiske, ca. 1980s

PEOPLE, basically, know what is true and what is not, even if they so often render help to the lie.
They support the lie because the lie has become a crutch for them without which life would not be possible. Therefore, in common human intercourse, the truth, and not the lie, is feared and suspected of being false."  --Wilhelm Reich (This quote, outlined in red, was pinned to Irving's wall for many years in the last part of his life)

"Listen," he (Lincoln Powell, psychic detective)  cried in exaltation. "Listen, normals! You must learn what it is. You must learn how it is. You must tear the barriers down. You must tear the veils away. We see the truth you cannot see... That there is nothing in man but love and faith, courage and kindness, generosity and sacrifice. All else is only the barrier of your blindness. One day we'll all be mind to mind and heart to heart..." The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester, 1951

One of the Fiske family's, and Irving's, favorite books, this poetic quotation from The Demolished Man sums up much of the core of Irving's vision, I believe. We read this book all the time when I was a kid.

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