Surviving This Waking Life: Quotes

Ah, another week begins…. I’m always a tad down on Sundays. There’s something so final and fatal about it. I know that once the new week begins everything will turn out alright, but I still…

It’s sad to see the weekend slip away.

Here are a few cool quotes to get you back in fighting form:

Bruce Lee

 

“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

“There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level” – Bruce Lee

“Truth has no path. Truth is living and, therefore, changing. Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety; in that state of mind, there is perception. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. Awareness has no frontier; it is giving of your whole being, without exclusion.” – Bruce Lee

“In life, what more can you ask for than to be real? To fulfill one’s potential instead of wasting energy on [attempting to] actualize one’s dissipating image, which is not real and an expenditure of one’s vital energy. We have great work ahead of us, and it needs devotion and much, much energy. To grow, to discover, we need involvement, which is something I experience every day — sometimes good, sometimes frustrating. No matter what, you must let your inner light guide you out of the darkness.” – Bruce Lee

“Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” – Bruce Lee

Hunter S. Thompson 

"Some may never live, but the crazy never die."

“No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.” – Hunter S. Thompson (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” – Hunter S. Thompson

“So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?” – Hunter S. Thompson

“We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and — in spite of True Romance magazines — we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely — at least, not all the time — but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.” – Hunter S. Thompson (The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-67)

“Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives… and to the “good life”, whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.” – Hunter S. Thompson (The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-67)

“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“Like most others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles – a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other – that kept me going.” – Hunter S. Thompson (The Rum Diary)

“The greatest mania of all is passion: and I am a natural slave to passion: the balance between my brain and my soul and my body is as wild and delicate as the skin of a Ming vase.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“I understand that fear is my friend, but not always. Never turn your back on Fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed. My father taught me that, along with a few other things that have kept my life interesting.” – Hunter S. Thompson (Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century)

“When the going gets weird the weird turn professional.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“THE EDGE, there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over” — Hunter S. Thompson

Bob Dylan:

“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” – Bob Dylan

“I am against nature. I don’t dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can’t touch with decay.” – Bob Dylan

“I had ambitions to set out and find, like an odyssey or going home somewhere… set out to find… this home that I’d left a while back and couldn’t remember exactly where it was, but I was on my way there. And encountering what I encountered on the way was how I envisioned it all. I didn’t really have any ambition at all. I was born very far from where I’m supposed to be, and so, I’m on my way home, you know?” – Bob Dylan

“How many roads must a man walk down Before your can call him a man? . . . The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, The answer is blowin’ in the wind.” – Bob Dylan

“People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.” – Bob Dylan

“If the point is sharp, and the arrow is swift, it can pierce through the dust no matter how thick. ” – Bob Dylan

Jack Kerouac

“[…] the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!” – Jack Kerouac (On the Road)

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” — Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums)

“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 (On the Road)

“Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright
forever and forever and forever. Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence
inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, which was taught in immense milky way soft cloud innumerable worlds
long ago and not even at all. It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity. It is perfect. We were never really born, we will never really die.  It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing.
It’s a dream already ended. There’s nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about.” – Jack Kerouac (The Portable Jack Kerouac)

“the details are the life of it, I insist, say everything on your mind, don’t hold back, don’t analyze or anything as you go along, say it out”
— Jack Kerouac (The Subterraneans)

“I want to work in revelations, not just spin silly tales for money. I want to fish as deep down as possible into my own subconscious in the belief that once that far down, everyone will understand because they are the same that far down.” — Jack Kerouac

“Maybe that’s what life is… a wink of the eye and winking stars. ” — Jack Kerouac (Kerouac: Selected Letters: Volume 1 1940-1956)

Miranda July

“What a terrible mistake to let go of something wonderful for something real.” — Miranda July (No One Belongs Here More Than You)

“You always feel like you are the only one in the world, like everyone else is crazy for each other, but it’s not true. Generally, people don’t like each other very much. And that goes for friends, too. ” — Miranda July

“Do you have doubts about life? Are you unsure if it is really worth the trouble? Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person’s face as you pass them on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you. They are as much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing. Stand up and face the east. Now praise the sky and praise the light within each person under the sky. It’s okay to be unsure. But praise, praise, praise.” — Miranda July

“The idea that you might end up in a job that doesn’t allow you to be who you are, over the course of a lifetime, is still one of the most chilling nightmares to me. It’s a good metaphor for fears I have about losing my soul in some accidental, mundane way. So, to me, these jobs that my characters have are very loaded. They immediately suggest a complex character to me, a woman who is, say, a secretary, but also a vigilante on behalf of her own soul.” — Miranda July

“Things usually make sense in time, and even bad decisions have their own kind of correctness.” — Miranda July

“Life is just this way, broken, and I am crazy to hope for something else.”— Miranda July (No One Belongs Here More Than You)

“Don’t wait to be sure. Move, move, move.” — Miranda July (No One Belongs Here More Than You)

Kurt Vonnegut

 

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” — Kurt Vonnegut

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”— Kurt Vonnegut

“Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.” — Kurt Vonnegut

“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you’ve got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies-“God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” — Kurt Vonnegut

“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.” — Kurt Vonnegut (A Man Without a Country)

“Dance Like No One is Watching… Love Like You Have Never Been Hurt Before… Go to Work Like You Don’t Need The Money.” — Kurt Vonnegut

“Many people need desperately to receive this message: ‘I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.” — Kurt Vonnegut (Timequake)

“Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” — Kurt Vonnegut

“Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, and don’t put up with people that are reckless with yours.” — Kurt Vonnegut

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were big things.” — Kurt Vonnegut

“Make love when you can. It’s good for you.” — Kurt Vonnegut (Mother Night)

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