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  • #1
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

  • #2
    Lloyd Alexander
    “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.”
    Lloyd Alexander

  • #3
    Ian Fleming
    “You only live twice:
    Once when you are born
    And once when you look death in the face”
    Ian Fleming, You Only Live Twice

  • #4
    Jules Renard
    “The truly free man is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.”
    Jules Renard, The Journal of Jules Renard

  • #5
    Haruki Murakami
    “In everybody’s life there’s a point of no return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can’t go forward anymore. And when we reach that point, all we can do is quietly accept the fact. That’s how we survive.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #6
    Haruki Murakami
    “By living our lives, we nurture death. True as this might be, it was only one of the truths we had to learn. What I learned from Naoko's death was this: no truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sorrow that comes to us without warning.”
    haruki murakami, Norwegian Wood

  • #7
    Henry David Thoreau
    “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #8
    Jack Kerouac
    “I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.”
    Jack Kerouac

  • #9
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “You have a choice. Live or die.
    Every breath is a choice.
    Every minute is a choice.
    Every time you don't throw yourself down the stairs, that's a choice. Every time you don't crash your car, you re-enlist.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

  • #10
    Mae West
    “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
    Mae West

  • #11
    Stephen King
    “Humor is almost always anger with its make-up on.”
    Stephen King, Bag of Bones

  • #12
    “If you were meant to cure cancer or crack cold fusion and you don't do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children, you hurt me, you hurt the planet. You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite God Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter further along its path back to God.”
    Stephen Pressfield

  • #13
    Steven Pressfield
    “If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
    Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

  • #14
    Ian Fleming
    “A dry martini,' he said. 'One. In a deep champagne goblet.' ...
    Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel. Got it?”
    Ian Fleming, Casino Royale

  • #15
    Raymond Chandler
    “She lowered her lashes until they almost cuddled her cheeks and slowly raised them again, like a theatre curtain. I was to get to know that trick. That was supposed to make me roll over on my back with all four paws in the air.”
    Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

  • #16
    Nick Hornby
    “I remembered what it is I like about sex: what I like about sex is that I can lose myself in it entirely. Sex, in fact, is the most absorbing activity I have discovered in adulthood. When I was a child I used to feel this way about all sorts of things—Legos, The Jungle Book, The Hardy Boys, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Saturday morning cartoons...I could forget where I was, the time of day, who I was with. Sex is the only thing I've found like that as a grown-up, give or take the odd film: books are no longer like that once you're out of your teens, and I've certainly never found it in my work. All the horrible pre-sex self-consciousness drains out of me, and I forget where I am, the time of day...and yes, I forget who I'm with, for the time being.”
    Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

  • #17
    Jean-Paul Sartre
    “If you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company.”
    Jean-Paul Sartre

  • #18
    Franz Kafka
    “I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #19
    Albert Camus
    “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest — whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories — comes afterwards. These are games; one must first answer.”
    Albert Camus
    tags: life

  • #20
    Dale Carnegie
    “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
    Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

  • #21
    Dale Carnegie
    “It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
    Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

  • #22
    Haruki Murakami
    “Time really is one big continuous cloth, no? We habitually cut out pieces of time to fit us, so we tend to fool ourselves into thinking that time is our size, but it really goes on and on.”
    Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase

  • #23
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “A writer - and, I believe, generally all persons - must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.”
    Jorge Luis Borges, Twenty-Four Conversations with Borges: Interviews by Roberto Alifano 1981-1983

  • #24
    Bruce Lee
    “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”
    Bruce Lee

  • #25
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex.”
    Hunter S. Thompson
    tags: sex

  • #26
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. Sane or insane. Saints or sex addicts. Heroes or victims. Letting history tell us how good or bad we are. Letting our past decide our future. Or we can decide for ourselves. And maybe it's our job to invent something better.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

  • #27
    Tom Robbins
    “Just because you're naked doesn't mean you're sexy. Just because you're cynical doesn't mean you're cool.”
    Tom Robbins

  • #28
    Aldous Huxley
    “An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.”
    Aldous Huxley

  • #29
    Ayn Rand
    “Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a person's sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life. Show me the person they sleep with and I will tell you their valuation of themselves. No matter what corruption they're taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act which they cannot perform for any motive but their own enjoyment - just try to think of performing it in a spirit of selfless charity! - an act which is not possible in self-abasement, only in self-exultation, only on the confidence of being desired and being worthy of desire. It is an act that forces them to stand naked in spirit, as well as in body, and accept their real ego as their standard of value. They will always be attracted to the person who reflects their deepest vision of themselves, the person whose surrender permits them to experience - or to fake - a sense of self-esteem .. Love is our response to our highest values - and can be nothing else.”
    Ayn Rand
    tags: sex

  • #30
    Tom Waits
    “This is about all the bad days in the world. I used to have some little bad days, and I kept them in a little box. And one day, I threw them out into the yard. "Oh, it's just a couple little innocent bad days." Well, we had a big rain. I don't know what it was growing in but I think we used to put eggshells out there and coffee grounds, too. Don't plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me. Choke those little bad days. Choke 'em down to nothin'. They're your days. Choke 'em!”
    Tom Waits



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