Favourite quotations #2

“Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus

“Go through the moral demands…one by one and you will find that man could not live up to them; the intention is not that he should become more moral, but that he should feel as sinful as possible. If man had failed to find this feeling pleasant – why should he have engendered such an idea and adhered to it for so long?… Man was by every means to be made sinful and thereby become excited, animated, enlivened in general. To excite, animate, enliven at any price…” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun” – Katharine Hepburn

“Reality is an illusion created by lack of alcohol” – N.F. Simpson

“Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea… and ideas are bulletproof.” – V for Vendetta

“I learned that the richness of life is found in adventure. . . . It develops self-reliance and independence. Life then teems with excitement. There is stagnation only in security” – William Orville Douglas

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson

“The dog that trots about finds a bone.” – Proverb

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” – Katherine Mansfield

“All universal moral principles are idle fancies.” – Marquis de Sade

“Those are my principles, if you don’t like them… I have others.” – Groucho Marx

“Here is my final point. About drugs, about alcohol, about pornography and smoking and everything else. What business is it of yours what I do, read, buy, see, say, think, who I fuck, what I take into my body – as long as I do not harm another human being on this planet?” – Bill Hicks

“We wanted to blast the world free of history…. picture yourself planting radishes and seed potatoes on the fifteenth green of a forgotten golf course. You’ll hunt elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center, and dig clams next to the skeleton of the Space Needle leaning at a forty-five degree angle. We’ll paint the skyscrapers with huge totem faces and goblin tikis, and every evening what’s left of mankind will retreat to empty zoos and lock itself in cages as protection against the bears and big cats and wolves that pace and watch us from outside the cage bars at night” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

“We are creatures of the underworld. We can’t afford to love.” – Moulin Rouge

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” – William Feather

“Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. It is also tiresome. People cannot abide being around you when you are depressed. They might think that they ought to, and they might even try, but you know and they know that you are tedious beyond belief: you are irritable and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding and no reassurance is ever enough. You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re “not at all like yourself but will be soon,” but you know you won’t.” – Kay Redfield Jamison

“That’s because we’re uncool. And while women will always be a problem for us, most of the great art in the world is about that very same problem. Good-looking people don’t have any spine. Their art never lasts. They get the girls, but we’re smarter… Yeah, great art is about conflict and pain and guilt and longing and love disguised as sex, and sex disguised as love… and let’s face it, you got a big head start.” – Almost Famous

“I’m not interested in writing short stories. Anything that doesn’t take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.” – Cormac McCarthy

 

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