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Let the mind beware, that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious.Jack Kerouac
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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
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The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.Ernest Hemingway
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Jack London
“I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.”
Jack London, The Turtles of Tasman

Karen Armstrong
“Look into your own heart, discover what it is that gives you pain and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else.”
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“No one expected me. Everything awaited me.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids

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“Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.”
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

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“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.”
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