Favorite Quotes

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.” ― Napoleon Hill

“Nothing is more perplexing to a man than the mental process of a woman who reasons her emotions.” ― Edith Wharton

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word to paper.” ― E.B. White

“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

“There comes a time in a man’s life when to get where he has to go–if there are no doors or windows–he walks through a wall.” — Bernard Malamud

“The plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone; you don’t need to be a heroin addict or a performance poet to experience extremity. You just have to love someone” — Nick Hornby

“There are no good girls gone wrong – just bad girls found out” — Mae West

“To become a Christian has become a thing of naught, mere tomfoolery, something which everyone is as a matter of course, something one slips into more easily than into the most insignificant trick of dexterity” — Soren Kierkegaard

“It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” — E.M. Forster

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” –Anais Nin

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” — Haruki Murakami

“It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that is must be lived forwards.” — Soren Kierkegaard

“A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.” — Shelby Foote

“I don’t mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual. But what goes with it can be a burden. We are all born sexual creatures, thank God, but it’s a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift. ” — Marilyn Monroe

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right. You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” — Marilyn Monroe

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” — Charlotte Brontë

“I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.” — Nikki Giovanni

“Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.” — Arthur Miller

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.” — D. H. Lawrence

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One Response to Favorite Quotes

  1. Keith Alston says:

    Love your poetry! And these are some great quotes! I may have to appropriate a few.

Thanks for reading.

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