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  • #1
    Charles Bukowski
    “If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.”
    Charles Bukowski, Factotum

  • #2
    Gloria Steinem
    “We've begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.”
    Gloria Steinem

  • #3
    Gloria Steinem
    “Women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage”
    Gloria Steinem

  • #4
    Junot Díaz
    “And that's when I know it's over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it's the end.”
    Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her

  • #5
    Junot Díaz
    “Then you look at her and smile a smile your dissembling face will remember until the day you die. Baby, you say, baby, this is part of my novel.

    This is how you lose her.”
    Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her

  • #6
    Lawrence Durrell
    “There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature.”
    Lawrence Durrell, The Alexandria Quartet

  • #7
    David Foster Wallace
    “Because here's something else that's weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship—be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles—is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.”
    David Foster Wallace, This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

  • #8
    Frank Zappa
    “Information is not knowledge.
    Knowledge is not wisdom.
    Wisdom is not truth.
    Truth is not beauty.
    Beauty is not love.
    Love is not music.
    Music is THE BEST.”
    Frank Zappa



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