Life Advice Quotes

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Charlotte Eriksson
“Take a shower. Wash away every trace of yesterday. Of smells. Of weary skin. Get dressed. Make coffee, windows open, the sun shining through. Hold the cup with two hands and notice that you feel the feeling of warmth. 
 You still feel warmth.
Now sit down and get to work. Keep your mind sharp, head on, eyes on the page and if small thoughts of worries fight their ways into your consciousness: threw them off like fires in the night and keep your eyes on the track. Nothing but the task in front of you. 
Get off your chair in the middle of the day. Put on your shoes and take a long walk on open streets around people. Notice how they’re all walking, in a hurry, or slowly. Smiling, laughing, or eyes straight forward, hurried to get to wherever they’re going. And notice how you’re just one of them. Not more, not less. Find comfort in the way you’re just one in the crowd. Your worries: no more, no less.

Go back home. Take the long way just to not pass the liquor store. Don’t buy the cigarettes. Go straight home. Take off your shoes. Wash your hands. Your face. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. It’s still beating. Still fighting. Now get back to work.
Work with your mind sharp and eyes focused and if any thoughts of worries or hate or sadness creep their ways around, shake them off like a runner in the night for you own your mind, and you need to tame it. Focus. Keep it sharp on track, nothing but the task in front of you.
Work until your eyes are tired and head is heavy, and keep working even after that.

Then take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes.
Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more. 
You’re doing just fine.
You’re doing fine.

I’m doing just fine.”
Charlotte Eriksson, You're Doing Just Fine

Phil Lester
“Be yourself. Don't worry about what other people are thinking of you, because they're probably feeling the same kind of scared, horrible feelings that everyone does.”
Phil Lester

Mark Twain
“Plain question and plain answer make the shortest road out of most perplexities.”
Mark Twain

Phil Lester
“The moral of the story is even though that seemed like the end of the world back then, right now I can look back on it and laugh. And if anyone is going through something similar right now just know it will get better.”
Phil Lester

“One of my rules is never to look sideways at what other people are doing but instead, do what I feel is right.”
Annie Bryant, Worst Enemies/Best Friends

Charles Bukowski
“r o l l t h e d i c e

if you’re going to try, go all the
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,
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
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, its
the only good fight
there is.”
Charles Bukowski

Charlotte Eriksson
“I never said it was easy to find your place in this world, but I’m coming to the conclusion that if you seek to please others, you will forever be changing because you will never be yourself, only fragments of someone you could be. You need to belong to yourself, and let others belong to themselves too. You need to be free and detached from things and your surroundings. You need to build your home in your own simple existence, not in friends, lovers, your career or material belongings, because these are things you will lose one day. That’s the natural order of this world. This is called the practice of detachment.”
Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles: in search for The Great Perhaps

J. Aleksandr Wootton
“Live in the moment... but don't be led by the moment, or the people who belong to it.”
J. Aleksandr Wootton, Her Unwelcome Inheritance

Bobby Orr
“Forget about style; worry about results. ”
Bobby Orr

Christopher Isherwood
“They keep telling you, when you’re older, you’ll have experience—and that’s supposed to be so great. What would you say about that, sir? Is it really any use, would you say?"

"What kind of experience?”

“Well—places you’ve been to, people you’ve met. Situations you’ve been through already, so you know how to handle them when they come up again. All that stuff that’s supposed to make you wise, in your later years.”

“Let me tell you something, Kenny. For other people, I can’t speak—but, personally, I haven’t gotten wise on anything. Certainly, I’ve been through this and that; and when it happens again, I say to myself, Here it is again. But that doesn’t seem to help me. In my opinion, I, personally, have gotten steadily sillier and sillier and sillier—and that’s a fact.”

“No kidding, sir? You can’t mean that! You mean, sillier than when you were young?”

“Much, much sillier.”

“I’ll be darned. Then experience is no use at all? You’re saying it might just as well not have happened?”

“No. I’m not saying that. I only mean, you can’t use it. But if you don’t try to—if you just realize it’s there and you’ve got it—then it can be kind of marvelous.”
Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man

Malorie Blackman
“When a chance for real happiness comes by, grab it with both hands and devour it. If it lasts five minutes or five lifetimes, it's still worth it.”
Malorie Blackman, Checkmate

“I'm 19 years old and I've already wasted my entire life”

Betsy Lerner
“Just remember that this relationship is based on mutual trust and respect, so never reveal your true self.”
Betsy Lerner

Susane Colasanti
“You have to be a responsible adult and support yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.”
Susane Colasanti, Take Me There

“Live Daringly! Give Boldly! Leave Love Everywhere You've Been!”
DJ Johnson

Sara Zarr
“If two or three of the most important people in your life are telling you something and you are resisting it with everything you have, there is a distinct possibly [sic] that what they are saying is true.”
Sara Zarr And Tara Altebrando, Roomies

Stephen Mitchell
“Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek. When the gods created mankind, they also created death, and they held back eternal life for themselves alone. Humans are born, they live, then they die, this is the order that the gods have decreed. But until the end comes, enjoy your life, spend it in happiness, not despair. Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, bathe and anoint yourself, wear bright clothes that are sparkling clean, let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand, and give your wife pleasure in your embrace. That is the best way for a man to live.”
Stephen Mitchell, The Epic of Gilgamesh

Christine de Pizan
“What do you care if people talk? Those who talk cannot harm you. Why should you be worried? You should only think about those things that please you. You have only one life in this world: soon you'll reach your eternal rest.”
Christine de Pizan, The Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan

Katherine May
“You need to live a life that you can cope with, not the one that other people want.”
Katherine May, Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

Kevin Kwan
“Doing nothing can sometimes be the most effective form of action,' Sophie remarked. 'If you do nothing, you'll be sending a clear message: that you're stronger than they think you are. Not to mention a lot classier. Think about it.”
Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

“Immerse yourself into yourself.”
Adrienne Posey

Bernardine Evaristo
“She likes to walk barefoot inside the house, even in winter
It’s one of the secretes of her long-lasting mobility, keeping her toes spread and feet grounded, same as all the other beasts of nature
Hooves, that’s what she’s got
Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other

Agnes Repplier
“Things are as they are, and no amount of self-deception makes them otherwise. The friend who is incapable of depression depresses us as surely as the friend who is incapable of boredom bores us. Somewhere in our hearts is a strong, though dimly understood, desire to face realities, and to measure consequences, to have done with the fatigue of pretending. It is not optimism to enjoy the view when one is treed by a bull; it is philosophy. The optimist would say that being treed was a valuable experience. The disciple of gladness would say it was a pleasurable sensation. The Christian Scientist would say there was no bull, though remaining–if he were wise–on the tree-top. The philosopher would make the best of a bad job, and seek what compensation he could find.”
Agnes Repplier, Points of Friction

Mitta Xinindlu
“The first source of advice you should listen to is your instinct. ”
Mitta Xinindlu

Jay Reatard
“It takes ten times longer to get rid of your reputation than it does to make it.”
Jay Reatard

“Turn up the volume in your own life.”
Adrienne Posey

R. Cooper
“You cannot settle and be happy.”
R. Cooper, Dancing Lessons

Harken Headers
“Good things don’t come easy and anything free you have got to ponder the tiny
literature under the big words.”
Harken Headers, Health & Not Screwing It Up

Laura Esquivel
“It appeared that the two of them had forgotten the most elementary rules of good manners, which tell us that at a social gathering one does not bring up the subject of personalities, sad topics or unfortunate facts, religion, or politics".”
Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate

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