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  • #1
    Charles Bukowski
    “For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”
    Charles Bukowski


  • #2
    Charles Bukowski
    “An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”
    Charles Bukowski


  • #3
    Charles Bukowski
    “Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.”
    Charles Bukowski


  • #4
    Jack Kerouac
    “A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world.”
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road


  • #5
    Jack Kerouac
    “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry.”
    Jack Kerouac


  • #6
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”
    Hunter S. Thompson


  • #7
    J.D. Salinger
    “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #8
    J.D. Salinger
    “I am always saying "Glad to've met you" to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #9
    Albert Camus
    “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
    Albert Camus


  • #10
    Henry Miller
    “Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”
    Henry Miller


  • #11
    John Steinbeck
    “Don't you love Jesus?' Well, I thought an' I thought an' finally I says, 'No, I don't know nobody name' Jesus. I know a bunch of stories, but I only love people.”
    John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath


  • #12
    Mark Twain
    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
    Mark Twain


  • #13
    Mark Twain
    “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
    Mark Twain


  • #14
    John Steinbeck
    “No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.”
    John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent


  • #15
    John Steinbeck
    “All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal.”
    John Steinbeck


  • #16
    John Steinbeck
    “And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden


  • #17
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment


  • #18
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky


  • #19
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline
    “The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time.”
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night


  • #20
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline
    “I have never voted in my life... I have always known and understood that the idiots are in a majority so it's certain they will win.”
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline


  • #21
    Jean-Paul Sartre
    “This is what I thought: for the most banal even to become an adventure, you must (and this is enough) begin to recount it. This is what fools people: a man is always a teller of tales, he sees everything that happens to him through them; and he tries to live his own life as if he were telling a story.
    But you have to choose: live or tell.”
    Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea


  • #22
    Jean-Paul Sartre
    “We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact. ”
    Jean-Paul Sartre


  • #23
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov


  • #24
    Frank McCourt
    “He says, you have to study and learn so that you can make up your own mind about history and everything else but you can’t make up an empty mind. Stock your mind, stock your mind. You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”
    Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes


  • #25
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald


  • #26
    George Carlin
    “Religion has convinced people that there's an invisible man ... living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.”
    George Carlin


  • #27
    George Carlin
    “That's why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
    George Carlin


  • #28
    David Foster Wallace
    “Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.”
    David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest


  • #29
    Ralph Ellison
    “What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?”
    Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man




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