"Where there is a stink of shit there is a smell of being."
J. M. Barrie
"We are all failures—at least, the best of us are."
"What matters an eternity of damnation to someone who has found in one second the infinity of joy?"
"It's strange how the simple things in life go on while we become more difficult."
"Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink."
"Value judgments are destructive to our proper business, which is curiosity and awareness."
"Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY & they meet at the bar."
"I love and treasure individuals as I meet them, I loathe and despise the groups they identify with and belong to."
Arthur C. Clarke
"Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."
"The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal."
"Have no fear of perfection—you'll never reach it."
"As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
"In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day."
"We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality."
"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time."
"You can't write a good song about a whorehouse unless you've been in one."
"To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest."
"My girl works at Hooters, in the kitchen."
"I used to live in a room full of mirrors. All I could see was me."
"If you are living for tomorrow, you will always be one day behind."
"To be weird! That is my goal!"
"We know nothing of man, far too little. His psyche should be studied because we are the origin of all coming evil."
"In the struggle between yourself and the world, side with the world."
"I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted."
"What's really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you'll always be seeking."
"My view of life is 'If you're going to miss Heaven, why miss it by two inches? Miss it!'"
"I'm a major hypochondriac. I won't even masturbate anymore. I'm afraid I might give myself something."
"Days filled with cheap and tarnished moments succeed each other, restless and haunted nights follow in bitter routine . . ."
"We are homesick most for the places we have never known."
H. L. Mencken
"The Christian church, in its attitude toward science, shows the mind of a more of less enlightened man of the 13th Century."
"One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."
"It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms."
"We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are."
"I think that the so-called average person often exhibits a great deal of heroism in getting through an ordinary day . . ."
"We keep passing unseen through little moments of other people's lives."
"What did Christ really do? He hung out with hard-drinking fishermen."
"If I ain't horny, I check to see if my heart's beatin'."
"There was no difference between the behavior of a god and the operations of pure chance."
"I enjoyed my life when I had nothing . . . and kinda like the idea of just being happy with me."
"If you're gonna get wasted, get wasted elegantly."
"Sometimes the most positive thing you can be in a boring society is absolutely negative."
"For a long time the human instinct to understand was thwarted by facile religious explanations."
"To desire immortality is to desire the eternal perpetuation of a great mistake."
Hubert Selby, Jr.
"Writing, like any art, is a continuing process of discovering the infinite possibilities of Life."
"I know that our liberties were not won without suffering, and may be lost again through our cowardice."
"Drugs and sex go hand in hand when you're a rock and roll musician. Whereas if I were a violinist, it might be a little different."
"You were born free, you got fucked out of half of it, and you wave a flag celebrating it."
"Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end?"
Captain Tony Tarracino
"All you need in this life is a tremendous sex drive and a great ego. Brains don't mean a shit."
Hunter S. Thompson
"The Sixties were an era of extreme reality. I miss the smell of tear gas. I miss the fear of getting beaten."
J. R. R. Tolkien
"Not all those who wander are lost."
"Because there is no cosmic point to the life that each of us perceives on this distant bit of dust at galaxy's edge, all the more reason for us to maintain in proper balance what we have here. Because there is nothing else. Nothing. This is it. And quite enough, all in all."
Vincent van Gogh
"There is safety in the midst of danger. What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
"Well, you know, like, I don't really give a fuck what the general public think."
"How nice—to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive."
"Don't you know there ain't no devil, it's just god when he's drunk."
"I never think that people die. They just go to department stores."