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  • #1
    Charles Bukowski
    “Each person is only given so many evenings and each wasted evening is a gross violation against the natural course of your only life.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #2
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “No matter how much I wanted all those things that I needed money to buy, there was some devilish current pushing me off in another direction -- toward anarchy and poverty and craziness. That maddening delusion that a man can lead a decent life without hiring himself out as a Judas Goat.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

  • #3
    Allen Ginsberg
    “Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don't care who's listening.”
    Allen Ginsberg

  • #4
    Lady Gaga
    “When you make music or write or create, it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you're writing about at the time. ”
    Lady Gaga

  • #5
    Laurell K. Hamilton
    “There comes a point when you either embrace who and what you are, or condemn yourself to be miserable all your days. Other people will try to make you miserable; don't help them by doing the job yourself.”
    Laurell K. Hamilton

  • #6
    Stephen King
    “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, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  • #7
    William Faulkner
    “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”
    William Faulkner

  • #8
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “I will fight for your right to be weird- just as I know you will fight for mine.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #9
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “It never got weird enough for me.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • #10
    Ayn Rand
    “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.”
    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

  • #11
    Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious
    “Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    with your one wild and precious life?”
    Mary Oliver

  • #12
    Keith Richards
    “If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.”
    Keith Richards, Keith Richards: In His Own Words

  • #13
    T.S. Eliot
    “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #14
    Charles Baudelaire
    “Always be a poet, even in prose.”
    Charles Baudelaire

  • #15
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    “Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.”
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Americus, Book I

  • #16
    Walt Whitman
    “Resist much, obey little.”
    Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

  • #17
    E.E. Cummings
    “To be nobody but
    yourself in a world
    which is doing its best day and night to make you like
    everybody else means to fight the hardest battle
    which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”
    E.E. Cummings

  • #18
    E.E. Cummings
    “Unbeing dead isn't being alive.”
    E.E. Cummings

  • #19
    Robert Frost
    “We love the things we love for what they are.”
    Robert Frost

  • #20
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “All that is gold does not glitter,
    Not all those who wander are lost;
    The old that is strong does not wither,
    Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

    From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
    A light from the shadows shall spring;
    Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
    The crownless again shall be king.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #21
    Anne Sexton
    “Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”
    Anne Sexton

  • #22
    Sherman Alexie
    “Poetry = Anger x Imagination”
    Sherman Alexie, One Stick Song

  • #23
    Walt Whitman
    “I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake.”
    Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

  • #24
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.

    This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose...

    ...Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty - describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it. Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. - And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • #25
    Pablo Neruda
    “I want to see thirst
    In the syllables,
    Tough fire
    In the sound;
    Feel through the dark
    For the scream.”
    Pablo Neruda

  • #26
    Jack Kerouac
    “I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another til I drop.”
    Jack Kerouac

  • #27
    E.E. Cummings
    “since the thing perhaps is
    to eat flowers and not to be afraid”
    E.E. Cummings, Complete Poems, 1904-1962

  • #28
    Anne Sexton
    “I am God, la de dah.”
    Anne Sexton, The Complete Poems

  • #29
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “You darkness, that I come from,
    I love you more than all the fires
    that fence in the world,
    for the fire makes
    a circle of light for everyone,
    and then no one outside learns of you.

    But the darkness pulls in everything:
    shapes and fires, animals and myself,
    how easily it gathers them! -
    powers and people -

    and it is possible a great energy
    is moving near me.

    I have faith in nights.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • #30
    Jane Kenyon
    “The poet's job is to put into words those feelings we all have that are so deep, so important, and yet so difficult to name, to tell the truth in such a beautiful way, that people cannot live without it.”
    Jane Kenyon

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