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Favourite quotations #7

http://qmed-consulting.com/podcast.html “An artist who in all he undertakes exceeds his powers will nonetheless at last draw the crowd along with him through the spectacle of a mighty struggle he affords: for success is accorded not only to victory but sometimes to the desire for victory too.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Khetia “Active, successful natures act, not according to the dictum ‘know thyself’, but as if there hovered before them the commandment: WILL a self and thou shalt BECOME a self. – Fate seems to have left the choice still up to them; whereas the inactive and contemplative cogitate on what they have already chosen, on one occasion, when they entered into life.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

unproductively “It’s a fiction, not a moral treatise.” – Marquis de Sade, Quills

“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”  – Edgar Allan Poe

“Depression presents itself as a realism regarding the rottenness of the world in general and the rottenness of your life in particular. But the realism is merely a mask for depression’s actual essence, which is an overwhelming estrangement from humanity. The more persuaded you are of your unique access to the rottenness, the more afraid you become of engaging with the world; and the less you engage with the world, the more perfidiously happy-faced the rest of humanity seems for continuing to engage with it.”
― Jonathan Franzen

“He: What’s the matter with you?
Me: Nothing.
Nothing was slowly clotting my arteries. Nothing slowly numbing my soul. Caught by nothing, saying nothing, nothingness becomes me. When I am nothing they will say surprised in the way that they are forever surprised, “but there was nothing the matter with her.”
– Jeanette Winterson – Gut Symmetries

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”  – Ray Bradbury

“One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.” – Oscar Wilde

“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.” – Stephen King

“Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. Truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.” – Neil Gaiman

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.” – Terry Pratchett

“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.” – Anais Nin

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.” – William Butler Yeats

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” – William G.T. Shedd

“True rebels hate their own rebellion. They know by experience that it is not a cool and glamorous lifestyle; it takes a courageous fool to say things that have not been said and to do things that have not been done.” – Criss Jami

“And thus I clothe my naked villany
With odd old ends stol’n out of holy writ,
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.” – Shakespeare, King Richard III

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.” – Anne Lamott

“A man writes because he is tormented, because he doubts. He needs to constantly prove to himself and the others that he’s worth something. And if I know for sure that I’m a genius? Why write then? What the hell for?” – Stalker

“We’re lost in a cloud
With too much rain
We’re trapped in a world
That’s troubled with pain
But as long as a man
Has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly

Deep in my heart there’s a trembling question
Still I am sure that the answer gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle
And while I can think, while I can talk
While I can stand, while I can walk
While I can dream, please let my dream
Come true, right now
Let it come true right now” – Elvis, ‘If I Can Dream’



Favourite quotations #6

“Which of us would dare to call himself a free spirit if he would not wish to pay homage in his own way to those men to whom this name has been applied as an insult by taking on to his own shoulders some of this burden of public disappprobation and revilement? What, however, we may call ourselves (and without being in any way defiant) is ‘free ranging spirits’, because we feel the tug towards freedom as the strongest drive of our spirit and, in antithesis to the fettered and firm-rooted intellects, see our ideal almost in a spiritual nomadism – to employ a modest and almost contemptuous expression.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“You can’t be a proper writer without a touch of madness, can you?” – Madeleine, Quills

“As long as people are still having premarital sex with many anonymous partners while at the same time experimenting with mind-expanding drugs in a consequence free environment, I’ll be sound as a pound!” – Austin Powers

“I desire the things which will destroy me in the end.” – Sylvia Plath

“We all build internal sea walls to keep at bay the sadnesses of life and the often overwhelming forces within our minds. In whatever way we do this–through love, work, family, faith, friends, denial, alcohol, drugs, or medication, we build these walls, stone by stone, over a lifetime. ”
― Kay Redfield Jamison

“Don’t run down dyed hair and painted faces. There is an extraordinary charm in them, sometimes.” – Oscar Wilde

“If you liked being a teenager, there’s something really wrong with you.” – Stephen King

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“There are stories that are true, in which each individual’s tale is unique and tragic, and the worst of the tragedy is that we have heard it before, and we cannot allow ourselves to feel it to deeply. We build a shell around it like an oyster dealing with a painful particle of grit, coating it with smooth pearl layers in order to cope. This is how we walk and talk and function, day in, day out, immune to others’ pain and loss. If it were to touch us it would cripple us or make saints of us; but, for the most part, it does not touch us. We cannot allow it to.
“No man, proclaimed Donne, is an island, and he was wrong. If we were not islands, we would be lost, drowned in each other’s tragedies. We are insulated (a word that means, literally, remember, made into an island) from the tragedy of others, by our island nature and by the repetitive shape and form of the stories. The shape does not change: there was a human being who was born, lived and then by some means or other, died. There. You may fill in the details from your own experience.” – Neil Gaiman, American Gods

“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.” – Terry Pratchett

“Ordinary life does not interest me.” – Anais Nin

“What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is lead in his head, and is known to none but himself. All day long, and every day, the mill of his brain is grinding, and his thoughts, (which are but the mute articulation of his feelings,) not those other things are his history. His acts and his words are merely the visible thin crust of his world, with its scattered snow summits and its vacant wastes of water-and they are so trifling a part of his bulk! a mere skin enveloping it. The mass of him is hidden-it and its volcanic fires that toss and boil, and never rest, night nor day. These are his life, and they are not written, and cannot be written. Everyday would make a whole book of 80,000 words — 365 books a year. Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man — the biography of the man himself cannot be written.” – Mark Twain

“But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” – William Butler Yeats

“I have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life.” – Virginia Woolf

“And for a long time yet, led by some wondrous power, I am fated to journey hand in hand with my strange heroes and to survey the surging immensity of life, to survey it through the laughter that all can see and through the tears unseen and unknown by anyone.” – Nikolai Gogol

“I have immortal longings in me.” – Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” – Carl Sagan

“You see this situation? This isn’t your fault Clay. That’s out of your hands. You’ve got a few choices. You can get angry at this, you can. You can lash out at the world or you can just laugh at it. Crying or laughing, that’s all you got.” – Legit



Favourite quotations #5

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” – Albert Camus

“It is obvious that my head does not stand properly on my shoulders; for it is well known that everyone else knows better than I what I should do and not do: only I, poor rogue, do not know what I should be at. Are we not all like statues with the wrong heads on them? Isn’t that so, dear neighbour? – But no, you, precisely you, are the exception.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Some things belong on paper, others in life. It’s a blessed fool who can’t tell the difference.” – Madeline, Quills

“Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out.” – Anton Chekhov

“If I can’t feel, if I can’t move, if I can’t think, and I can’t care, then what conceivable point is there in living?” – Kay Redfield Jamison

“Don’t let the emptiness of this dull and awful world kill your imagination.” – Lonesome Wyatt

“No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything.” – Oscar Wilde

“If you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.” – Stephen King

“Tell them stories.” – Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass

“Perhaps the only difference between me and other people was that I’ve always demanded more from the sunset; more spectacular colors when the sun hit the horizon. That’s perhaps my only sin.” – Nymphomaniac Vol 1.

“I know it’s crooked, but it’s the only game in town.” – Canada Bill Jones

“All we have to believe with is our senses, the tools we use to perceive the world: our sight, our touch, our memory. If they lie to us, then nothing can be trusted. And even if we do not believe, then still we cannot travel in any other way than the road our senses show us; and we must walk that road to the end.” – Neil Gaiman

“It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.” – Terry Pratchett

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.” – Anais Nin

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” – Cesar A. Cruz

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” ― G.K. Chesterton

“The world has become so serious that humor is a risky profession.” – Bernado Erlich

“How did I go from being full of bluster and cheer to being empty and afraid? Usually a man has to be incarcerated, or see his fellows slaughtered, or lose a child, or…doesn’t he? Normally, in a normal person, yes, I think a blow of some sort would be required to install the fearful void where there had been the hale stand-and-deliver. But a coward may just lose his sheen, as it were, and precipitate into his true state, overnight, or over a few nights, or over some modest period of time, without any sudden cause. The sheen after all was false, a gloss, like the thin wax sprayed on an apple.
The wax wears off. Spots appear, the flesh softens, consumers (friends, lovers) back off, and one is taken from the top shelf, even if just in his mind, and is headed for a bag to be sent to the sauce factory. One defense is a commensurate loss of mind, which will allow the sodden apple to be giddy about the saddening. The commensurate loss of mind can be voluntary, as a tactic of camouflage or diversion, or it may come naturally as a contingent wearing off of essentially the same wax. At any rate the empty, afraid, ex-hale, post-stand-and-deliver fool will not accept at first that his wax is gone and that he is in decline. And then he will.” – Padgett Powell, ‘Losing the Wax’.



Favourite quotations #4

“It never got weird enough for me.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” – Albert Camus

“We think that play and fairytales belong to childhood – how shortsighted that is! As though we would want at any time in our life to live without play and fairytales! We give these things other names, to be sure, and feel differently about them, but precisely this is the evidence that they are the same things, for the child too regards play as his work and fairy tales as his truth. The brevity of life ought to preserve us from a pedantic division of life into different stages – as though each brought something new…” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves” – Andre Gide

“Imagination stimulates pleasure. In these kinds of pleasures the imagination rules everything – it is the real motivation!” – Dolmance, Marquis de Sade

“Sorry, I don’t mean to bore ya, but there’s no such thing as an aura. Reading auras is like reading minds, or tea-leaves, or star-signs, or meridian lines. These people aren’t plying a skill, they’re either lying or mentally ill. Same goes for people who claim to hear God’s demands and spiitiual healers who think they’ve got magic hands. By the way, why do we think it’s okay for people to pretend they can talk to the dead? Isn’t that totally fucked in the head? Lying to some crying woman whose child has died and telling her you’re touch with the other side? I think that’s fundamentally sick. Do we need to clarify here, that there’s no such thing as a psychic? What are we, fucking two? Do we actually think that Horton heard a Who? Do we still believe that Santa bring us gifts? That Michael Jackson didn’t have facelifts? Are we still so stunned by circus tricks that we think the dead would wanna talk to pricks like Jonathan Edward? Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed. Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.” – Tim Minchin

“I understand the concept of optimism. But I think with me what you get is a lack of cynicism.” – Tom Hanks

“The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.” – Woody Allen

“Mine could not be a story about the building of character, but about its erosion, about the slow accumulation of small forces and events that ultimately dries the soul and leaves the heart empty.” – Gonzalo Munévar, The Master Of Fate

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”
― Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

“Perfume was first created to mask the stench of foul and offensive odors… Spices and bold flavorings were created to mask the taste of putrid and rotting meat… What then was music created for? Was it to drown out the voices of others, or the voices within ourselves? I think I know.” – Emilie Autumn

“Don’t try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.”
― Philip K. Dick

“There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why,–when it did not seem worthwhile to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation.”
― Kate Chopin

“But… it’s not what you put in, is it? It’s what you leave out… That’s what you remember. The silly things, the little things… It’s what you leave out. That’s rock and roll.” – Almost Famous

“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” – Oscar Wilde

“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
― William Faulkner

“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear” – Stephen King

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
― Philip Pullman

“There are stories that are true, in which each individual’s tale is unique and tragic, and the worst of the tragedy is that we have heard it before, and we cannot allow ourselves to feel it to deeply. We build a shell around it like an oyster dealing with a painful particle of grit, coating it with smooth pearl layers in order to cope. This is how we walk and talk and function, day in, day out, immune to others’ pain and loss. If it were to touch us it would cripple us or make saints of us; but, for the most part, it does not touch us. We cannot allow it to . . .
. . . No man, proclaimed Donne, is an island, and he was wrong. If we were not islands, we would be lost, drowned in each other’s tragedies. We are insulated (a word that means, literally, remember, made into an island) from the tragedy of others, by our island nature and by the repetitive shape and form of the stories. The shape does not change: there was a human being who was born, lived and then by some means or other, died. There. You may fill in the details from your own experience.”” – Neil Gaiman, American Gods

“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

“Had I not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people’s.” – Anais Nin




Favourite quotations #3

“If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.” – Albert Camus

“…If I continued to harbour any hope for music it lay in the expectation that a musician might come who was sufficiently bold, subtle, malicious, southerly, superhealthy to confront that music and in an immortal fashion take revenge on it.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The only unnatural sex act is that which you cannot perform.” – Alfred Kinsey

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” – Joseph Campbell

“Men know they are sexual exiles. They wander the earth seeking satisfaction, craving and despising, never content. There is nothing in that anguished motion for women to envy.” – Camille Anna Paglia

“When did mediocrity and banality become a good image for your children? I want my children to listen to people who fucking ROCKED! I don’t care if they died in puddles of their own vomit! I want someone who plays from his fucking HEART!” – Bill Hicks

“To laugh is to risk being a fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out to another is to risk involvement. To express feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd is to risk their loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and is nothing. They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love or live. Risks must be taken because, the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. Only a person who risks is free.” – Leo Buscaglia

“In order to be successful, one must project an image of success at all times.” – American Beauty

“Shrug off the restraints that you have allowed others to place upon you. You are limitless. There is nothing you cannot achieve. There is no sadness in life that cannot be reversed.” – Clearwater

“I don’t care if you’re black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Simple as that.” – Robert Michaels MD

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov

“Apathy is a sort of living oblivion.” – Horace Greeley

“Life is not an easy matter… You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.” – Leon Trotsky

“In all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.” – Carl Sagan

“The futility of everything that comes to us from the media is the inescapable consequence of the absolute inability of that particular stage to remain silent. Music, commercial breaks, news flashes, adverts, news broadcasts, movies, presenters—there is no alternative but to fill the screen; otherwise there would be an irremediable void…. That’s why the slightest technical hitch, the slightest slip on the part of the presenter becomes so exciting, for it reveals the depth of the emptiness squinting out at us through this little window.” – Jean Baudrillard

“Show me any guy who ever said he didn’t wanna be popular and I’ll show you a scared guy. I’ve studied the entire history of music. Most of the time, the best stuff is the popular stuff. It’s much safer to say popularity sucks because that allows you to forgive yourself if you suck. And I don’t forgive myself. Do you?” – Almost Famous

“All we have to believe with is our senses, the tools we use to perceive the world: our sight, our touch, our memory. If they lie to us, then nothing can be trusted. And even if we do not believe, then still we cannot travel in any other way than the road our senses show us; and we must walk that road to the end.” – Neil Gaiman

“Imagination, not intelligence, made us human.” – Terry Pratchett



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



Favourite Quotations #1

“Some may never live, but the crazy never die.”  – Hunter S. Thompson

“To know oneself, one should assert oneself.” – Albert Camus

“…lust is only a sweet poison for the weakling, but for those who will with a lion’s heart it is the reverently reserved wine of wines.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way there myself” – Rita Mae Brown

“I would call you a man who pretends to like life more than he does.” The Libertine

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius

“The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.” – Japanese Proverb

“Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That’s how rich I want to be.” – Rita Rudner

“The hippies wanted peace and love. We wanted Ferraris, blondes and switchblades.” -Alice Cooper

“If you don’t know what you want… you end up with a lot you don’t.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

“A large amount of alcohol appears to have been consumed, but that neither excuses nor fully explains your behaviour” – Sheriff Kathrine Mackie to Lord Watson of Invergowrie

“Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be 12 years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors. Well I won’t do that.” – Walt Disney

“Only you have ever understood me … and you got it wrong.” – Hegel (dying words)

“You fail only if you stop writing.” – Ray Bradbury

“I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

“This was the truth at the core of my existence: this yawning emptiness, scantily clad in rage. It had been there all along.” – Hillary Jordan, Mudbound

“A writer lives the sad truth like anyone else. The only difference is, he files a report on it.” – Naked Lunch (the film)

“Because that’s the thing about depression. When I feel it deeply, I don’t want to let it go. It becomes a comfort. I want to cloak myself under its heavy weight and breathe it into my lungs. I want to nurture it, grow it, cultivate it. It’s mine. I want to check out with it, drift asleep wrapped in its arms and not wake up for a long, long time.”
― Stephanie Perkins

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.” – Almost Famous

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemmingway

“This too shall pass.” – Proverb