• As I grow older, much older, I will experience many things, and I will hit rock bottom again and again. Again and again I will suffer; again and again I will get back on my feet. I will not be defeated. I won’t let my spirit be destroyed.

“ —Banana Yoshimoto (Kitchen)

  • “I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life. It’s a trip more wonderful than I could have imagined.”

-Kerry Washington

  • "We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us."

-Andrew Ryan

  • "The truth will always find a way to make itself known. The only thing we can do is to fight with the knowledge we hold and everything we have. Erasing the paradoxes one by one… It’s never easy… We claw and scratch for every inch. But we will always eventually reach that one single truth. This I promise you."

-Miles Edgeworth, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All

  • "Only when we let strangers in, can we find new ways to be ourselves."

-Joshua (The World Ends With You)

  • "Men that are trapped by the chains of “maybe” can never reach their dreams!"

-Godot (Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations)

  • "Nine hundred years of time and space, I've never met someone who wasn't important before."

-Doctor Who

  • “I never see the glass half empty because I drink out the bottle”

—ellen degeneres

  • I suppose it is good for the soul to be hurt and perplexed perpetually. I know at least that I miss you damnably: that is a good fixed star. I do, Virginia; and would rather be hurt by that, and have something solid to hold on to, than flounder in a quicksand that never bruises but only smothers.


  • I just thought it was so romantic—the idea that you don’t need to be loved in return in order to love something or someone. Love can come from you. It doesn’t have to be reciprocal. People love their cars. People love all kinds of things, and they really love them. And we don’t really value that kind of love because it’s not a real, reciprocal kind of love, but it’s real love to them…


  • Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through your fingers. So much time you can waste it. But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.


  • I wish I didn’t love you so much. No I don’t though; that’s not true. I am glad I do. I don’t know what to say to you except that it tore the heart out of my body saying goodbye to you.


  • Knowing can be a curse on a person’s life. I’d traded in a pack of lies for a pack of truth, and I didn’t know which one was heavier. Which one took the most strength to carry around? It was a ridiculous question, though, because once you know the truth, you can’t ever go back and pick up your suitcase of lies. Heavier or not, the truth is yours now.


  • I heard somebody define heaven once,” she said, looking at Pearl, “as a place where, when you get there, all the dogs you ever loved run to greet you.


  • What would be the point of living if we didn’t let life change us


  • I hope you miss me, though I could scarcely (even in the cause of vanity) wish you to miss me as much as I miss you, for that hurts too much, but what I do hope is that I’ve left some sort of a little blank which won’t be filled till I come back. I bear you a grudge for spoiling me for everybody’s else companionship, it is too bad.


  • When it comes to being gentle, start with yourself. Don’t get upsest with your imperfections. Being disappointed by failure is understandable, but it shouldn’t turn into bitterness or spite directed at yourself. It’s a great mistake because it leads nowhere—to get angry because you are angry; upset at being upset; disappointed because you are disappointed.


  • If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day.


  • “If you feel like a failure in any area of your life, then you are in need of some self-forgiveness.”

— Yancy Lael, Glowing

  • "That's the best revenge of all: happiness. Nothing drives people crazier than seeing someone have a good fucking life."

-Chuck Palahniuk

  • “If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it.”


  • “Just because something doesn’t last forever, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t meaningful while it did last. It doesn’t mean it wasn’t important.”

—Candace Bushnell, Summer and the City

  • “The thing is you have to fight the whole time. You can’t stop. Otherwise you just end up somewhere, bobbing in the middle of a life you never wanted.”

—Alexander Maksik, You Deserve Nothing

  • “I think it’s so important for this next phase in your life that you clear some of that space that you had reserved just for you, to make room for other people, other ideas, other experiences - that you have NO CONTROL over. Which is fucking punk rock as hell.”

—RuPaul to Henry Rollins

  • “In Hollywood, more often than not, they’re making more kind of traditional films, stories that are understood by people. And the entire story is understood. And they become worried if even for one small moment something happens that is not understood by everyone. But what’s so fantastic is to get down into areas where things are abstract and where things are felt, or understood in an intuitive way that, you can’t, you know, put a microphone to somebody at the theatre and say ‘Did you understand that?’ but they come out with a strange, fantastic feeling and they can carry that, and it opens some little door or something that’s magical and that’s the power that film has.”

—David Lynch

  • "Never apologize for how you feel. No one can control how they feel. The sun doesn’t apologize for being the sun. The rain doesn’t say sorry for falling. Feelings just are."

―Iain S. Thomas, Intentional Dissonance

  • “Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”

-Malachy McCourt

  • "The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable first."

-James A. Garfield

  • “i don’t pay attention to the world ending. it has ended for me

many times and began again in the morning.” — nayyirah waheed

  • “At the bottom of her heart, however, she was waiting for something to happen. Like shipwrecked sailors, she turned despairing eyes upon the solitude of her life, seeking afar off some white sail in the mists of the horizon. She did not know what this chance would be, what wind would bring it her, towards what shore it would drive her, if it would be a shallop or a three-decker, laden with anguish or full of bliss to the portholes. But each morning, as she awoke, she hoped it would come that day; she listened to every sound, sprang up with a start, wondered that it did not come; then at sunset, always more saddened, she longed for the morrow.”

— Gustave Flaubert

  • “No, I’m not ok. But I haven’t been ok since I was 11, maybe 12. I am still here though. I’m still breathing. For me, sometimes, that will have to be enough.”

—Clementine Von Radics

  • "As the years go on, you see changes in yourself, but you’ve got to face that - everyone goes through it… Either you have to face up to it and tell yourself you’re not going to be eighteen all your life, or be prepared for a terrible shock when you see the wrinkles and white hair. Getting older doesn’t frighten me, but I wish I didn’t have to because I like life a lot."

-Audrey Hepburn

  • “When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside.”

— Joel Osteen

  • “One day, you realise that there are some people you’ll never see again. At least, not in the same way.”

—I Wrote This For You

  • “‘no’ might make them angry but it will make you free.”

— if no one has ever told you, your freedom is more important than their anger, nayyirah waheed

  • “I want so much that is not here and do not know where to go.”

—Charles Bukowski

  • "You have to be tougher. You have to learn the way to beat your path through, to make yourself felt, and make yourself necessary."

-Grace Coddington

  • "You should know I disagree with a lot of traditional advice. For instance, they say the best revenge is living well. I say it’s acid in the face—who will love them now?"

-Mindy Kaling

  • When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead


  • Paying attention in a distracted world: It’s like bringing a gun to a knife fight.


  • The only way to have a life is to commit to it like crazy.


  • Nobody knows really what they’re doing and there’s two ways to go with that information. One is to be afraid and the other is to be liberated, and I choose to be liberated by it.


  • Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.


  • If you had a person in your life treating you the way you treat yourself, you would have gotten rid of them a long time ago.


  • I don’t have any time to stay up all night worrying about what someone who doesn’t love me has to say about me.


  • You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.


  • People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It’s not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The Only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.


  • There are those who say that temptation can be barricaded beyond the door. The ones who think that stray desires can be driven out of the heart like the moneychangers from the temple. Maybe they can, if you patrol your weak points day and night, don’t look, don’t smell, don’t dream.


  • There comes a time when we realize that our parents cannot save themselves or save us, that everyone who wades through time eventually gets dragged out to sea by the undertow—that, in short, we are all going.


  • “In the end, everything is a gag.”

Charlie Chaplin

  • Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.

Charlie Chaplin

  • Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.


  • There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do


  • Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.


  • Onwards and upwards, and never give your failures a second thought.


  • “Boys are rarely told that their virginity is a gift, or indeed that their sexuality is about “giving” something to another person – lightly or not. Boys “get laid”, “get lucky”, “get some”. They “take a girl’s virginity”, “take advantage”; if they’re thoughtful, they “take their time”. Boys are not taught to think of themselves or their virginity as something to be offered up, unwrapped and enjoyed.”

—Emily Maguire in ‘Like a Virgin’ for The Monthly

  • “I call myself a feminist. Isn’t that what you call someone who fights for women’s rights?”

—On gender equality and sexism, the Dalai Lama, National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee in 200

  • “Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.”

—Jorge Luis Borges

  • “As long as you look for a Buddha somewhere else, you’ll never see that your own mind is the Buddha.”


  • “The world is not full of Attractive People and Unattractive People. It’s full of people who are attractive to some and not to others. I hear from trolls all the time who complain that they don’t want to be “forced” to find nasty, ugly fat women attractive–which utterly baffles me, since the last thing I want to do is encourage fat-hating dicks to date fat women. You don’t find fat people attractive? Fabulous. Don’t date them. I will find a way to pick myself up and move on without your love. But to assume your lack of sexual interest in fat chicks must be universal–or that the mere existence of self-confident fat people having healthy relationships somehow “forces” you to find fat attractive–is the height of fucking narcissism.”

—Kate Harding

  • “Sometimes the things we hold onto aren’t nearly as important as the things we let go of.”

—(via recovery4me)

  • "Defining a personal hero is a bit like allowing our diaries to be published. Through our choice of heroes, we spell volumes about ourselves. We reveal our individual values and comment on those we perceive to be lacking in the world around us. Our heros represent the best of ourselves, yet being human and therefore flawed, they also allow us to accept our limitations. There are nearly as many questions to be asked as there are heroes themselves. What makes a hero? Why do we need them, assuming we do? How do we choose them? Is yesterday's hero still a hero today? Are heroes still important in this cynical world? Indeed, do they even exist today?"


  • You Don't Have to Be Pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to your children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked "female".


  • "I’m not looking for someone to save me. Life rafts might keep you afloat but they rarely get you anywhere and I’ve got places I want to go."

-Andrea Gibson

  • “I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”

—Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

  • .. almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.


  • The wide world is all about you; you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.


  • Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I’ve had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, you must not forget to laugh.


  • You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.


  • Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.


  • The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.


  • My whole life, I’ve wanted to feel comfortable in my skin. It’s the most liberating thing in the world.


  • The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.


  • Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.


  • "Heaven wheels above you, displaying to you her eternal glories, and still your eyes are on the ground."


  • "You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on."


  • "Events unfold so unpredictably, so unfairly, human happiness does not seem to be included in the design of creation. It is only we, with our capacity to love that give meaning to the indifferent universe. And yet, most human beings seem to have the ability to keep trying and even try to find joy from simple things, like their family, their work, and from the hope that future generations might understand more."


  • "Victory is an elusive whore. She is as easily mine as she is yours."


  • "All the hardest, coldest people you meet were once as soft as water.

And that’s the tragedy of living." -I WROTE THIS FOR YOU

  • "Sometimes the best way to deliver a punch is to step back. But step back too far and you ain’t fighting at all."


  • "A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life."


  • "I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day."


  • "It’s hard to think about growing up when you’re right in the middle of doing it. It’s hard to know what you want. Sometimes there are so many voices in your head it’s difficult to know which of them is yours."


  • "Terrible things happen in the world, and they’re things no one can explain. Good people die in bad, painful ways and leave folks that love them all alone. Cry until it’s out of you again. But see that you get on. That’s your job in a hard world, to keep your love alive and see that you get on, no matter what."


  • "You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream; you’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself."


  • "Becoming good at something takes a lot more than just talent. It takes hard work — pure, unbiased, hard work. Pressing on, day after day. Pulling your hair out in frustration, night after night. It’s definitely much easier to believe in luck, instead of actually having to put hard work, time, and effort into something. I agree with his statement in how some individuals blame themselves for not pursuing a passion they might have considered at some point. They deny themselves the possibility of being great at a craft because once they compare themselves to other people that might have developed themselves more in that particular field, they lose motivation and interest in trying it out themselves."


  • "Excuses are tools of the incompetent. They build bridges that lead to nowhere. Those who indulge in them, seldom accomplish anything at all."

-Jonathan Harris

  • Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.


  • "Do not fall into the trap of pretending everything is fine when you know that it’s not."


  • "Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent."


  • "Evil will always dress better than good."


  • "There is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy."


  • "The world is such a scary place. Sometimes it seems like its nothing but anger, and violence, and hurt. It can be terrifying when you are out there in it, but if you know where to look for it, the world also has warmth, and love, and forgivness. The world has joy in it, and when you find a place that allows you to experenice that joy, when you find people that make you feel safe, and loved, like you belong, you don't walk away from it. You fight for it."

-Myka Bering, Warehouse 13, Season 3, episode 2, "Trials"

  • "The World is such a scary place. The most innocent objects can cause distruction, and maybe a person sees enough of that, and maybe they decide they don't want that much responsibility anymore. A person might think walking away, okay not a person, me. I left. Life or death all the time was too much. But as a wise, and also psychotic woman recently told me, "you can't walk away from your truth," so I'm back. Am I ready? The life or death thing, it never goes away. The world is a scary place. First day back, I guess we'll see."

-Myka Bering, Warehouse 13, Season 3, episode 2, "Trials"

  • "Lisa, if you don’t like your job you don’t strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That’s the American way."


  • "What you love is a sign from your higher self of what you are to do."


  • "I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself."


  • "Most of the time I do feel like I need someone else when I’m alone. But I can still get by with just my own company and that makes me a stronger person."


  • "If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late."


  • "I trust everyone. It’s the devil inside them I don’t trust."


  • "Some of life’s best lessons are learned at the worst times."


  • "Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."


  • "If you’re going to go through hell… I suggest you come back learning something."


  • “The more I sleep the less I have to hang out with everyone”

—Scott Disick

  • "The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson."


  • "The things we have in common will keep us together. But the differences between you and I, that’s what makes life fun."


  • "No matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself."


  • "I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end."


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


  • "Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell."


  • "You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love."


  • "Good things happen to those who hustle."


  • "Sometimes on the way to what’s supposed to happen, something even better happens."


  • "It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."


  • "Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish."


  • "A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing."


  • "I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love."


  • "You can’t help who you love, you’re not supposed to".


  • "Fuck you and the horse you rode in on."


  • “For I conclude that the enemy is not lipstick, but guilt itself; that we deserve lipstick, if we want it, AND free speech; we deserve to be sexual AND serious—or whatever we please; we are entitled to wear cowboy boots to our own revolution.”

—Naomi Wolf

  • "I cannot be an optimist, but I am a prisoner of hope."


  • "To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them."


  • "You cannot save people. You can only love them."


  • "Oh, you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man. By then, it was nothing to me but blinding! The shadows betray you because they belong to me."


  • "Hatred would have been easier. With hatred, I would have known what to do. Hatred is clear, metallic, one-handed, unwavering; unlike love."


  • “People say life ain’t fair…life is very fair. People aren’t fair…people are terrible.”

—Patrice O’Neal

  • "All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naïve. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself."


  • "I’m afraid of time… I mean, I’m afraid of not having enough time. Not enough time to understand people, how they really are, or to be understood myself. I’m afraid of the quick judgements or mistakes everybody makes. You can’t fix them without time."


  • "The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything."


  • "Sometimes only pain can obliterate pain."


  • "You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a teacher anymore or you’re not a painter anymore. It may happen. It has happened. I mean Gauguin decided at a certain point he wasn’t a banker anymore; he was a painter. And so he walked away from banking. I think we have a right to change course. But society is the one that keeps demanding that we fit in and not disturb things. They would like you to fit in right away so that things work now."

—Anaïs Nin

  • "Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere."


  • “And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

—Haruki Murakami

  • It happens to many teenagers—that moment when you feel full of resentment or distrust for those adults you once loved unquestioningly.


  • You might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physically or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. 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.


  • “Once, in a dry season, I wrote in large letters across two pages of a notebook that innocence ends when one is stripped of the delusion that one likes oneself. Although now, some years later, I marvel that a mind on the outs with itself should have nonetheless made painstaking record of its every tremor, I recall with embarrassing clarity the flavor of those particular ashes. It was a matter of misplaced self-respect.”

—Joan Didion, “On Self-Respect”

  • Self-respect is a discipline, a habit of mind that can never be faked but can be developed, trained, coaxed forth.


  • How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.


  • You must have some vision for your life. Even if you don’t know the plan, you have to have a direction in which you choose to go. You want to be in the driver’s seat of your own life because if you are not, life will drive you.


  • If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can’t know better until knowing better is useless.


  • You will find the way, daughter of the forest. Through grief and pain, through many trials, through betrayal and loss, your feet will walk a straight path.


  • Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.


  • I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.


  • “It’s hard to believe that it took so much time and grief for me to figure out one simple fact: I’m not a perverted straight girl, or a lesbian impostor, or any of those cruel terms. There’s a word for what I am. I’m a femme! And I’m not alone.”

—Faithe Wempen

  • “I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

—F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • “I´m not ashamed of what I am—of how I pass through this life. What I am has given me the strength to do it. At my lowest ebb I have never contemplated suicide. I value what is here too much. I have a contribution to make. I am not just take up space in this life. I can add something to the lives I touch. I don´t like everything I know about myself, and I´ll never be satisfied, but nobody´s perfect. I’m not sure where the next years will take me —what they will hold—but I´m open to suggestions.”

-Lauren Bacall

  • "From the very beginning, all of my films have divided the critics. Some have thought them wonderful, and others have found very little good to say. But subsequent critical opinion has always resulted in a very remarkable shift to the favorable. In one instance, the same critic who originally rapped the film has several years later put it on an all-time best list. But of course, the lasting and ultimately most important reputation of a film is not based on reviews, but on what, if anything, people say about it over the years, and on how much affection for it they have."

—Stanley Kubrick

  • “But I don’t want comfort. I want poetry. I want danger. I want freedom. I want goodness. I want sin.”

—Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

  • “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”

—Sigmund Freud

  • “Directing ain’t about drawing a neat little picture and showing it to the cameraman. I didn’t want to go to film school. I didn’t know what the point was. The fact is, you don’t know what directing is until the sun is setting and you’ve got to get five shots and you’re only going to get two.”

— David Fincher

  • "go to a museum. go to a park. fall in love. drink too much. vomit in someone’s hat. eat something new. hug your family. call all your old boyfriends and girlfriends and apologize for anything you did, for everything you did, even if you don’t feel like you did something wrong, because you probably did. face your demons. remember everyone is haunted, even the dalai lama. form opinions. read a book. dream. sin. breathe. think. realize."

— macaulay culkin; from his book “junior”

  • “It takes a lot to accept yourself as you are and truly be happy with you. My advice to anyone who’s struggling with this would be to give it time and try to notice all the great qualities you possess. There are always going to be things you don’t like about yourself or reasons to compare yourself to others, but once you realize that you only get one you, it’s best to just love yourself”

-Naya Rivera

  • "A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet."

-Orson Welles

  • “Many films diminish us. They cheapen us, masturbate our senses, hammer us with shabby thrills, diminish the value of life. Some few films evoke the wonderment of life’s experience, and those I consider a form of prayer. Not prayer “to” anyone or anything, but prayer “about” everyone and everything. I believe prayer that makes requests is pointless. What will be, will be. But I value the kind of prayer when you stand at the edge of the sea, or beneath a tree, or smell a flower, or love someone, or do a good thing. Those prayers validate existence and snatch it away from meaningless routine.”

—Roger Ebert

  • “It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideal which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded. It looks as if they were victims of a conspiracy; for the books they read, ideal by the necessity of selection, and the conversation of their elders, who look back upon the past through a rosy haze of forgetfulness, prepare them for an unreal life. They must discover for themselves that all they have read and all they have been told are lies, lies, lies; and each discovery is another nail driven into the body on the cross of life.”

—W. Somerset Maugham

  • “I’ve learnt that to make dreams come true, you have to be obsessed. truly, utterly obsessed. i think of obsession as passion squared, and if you have passion for something people will see that. if you go through an entire day without doing something towards your dream, you’re not obsessed enough to make it happen. sure, some people get lucky, but we’re not going to wait around to see if that’s us. we need to make things happen for ourselves, because we are the only ones in control of our lives. with enough obsession and work any dream can come true for you. you will be disappointed, sleepless and somedays you will want to give up. but you will be happy, because you are living. I can’t wait to let my children dream the way my parents let me. teach them that as long as they have the love and motivation to work towards their wildest fantasies, they will happen. Never give up on all your loves and dreams, let them out to be loud!”

—nirrimi hakanson

  • “Film-making encompasses everything, from tricking people into investing in it, to putting on the show, to trying to distill down to moments in time, and ape reality but send this other message. It’s got everything. When I was a kid I loved to draw, and I loved my electric football sets, and I painted little things and made sculptures and did matte painting and comic books and illustrated stuff, and took pictures, had a darkroom, loved to tape-record stuff. It’s all of that. It’s not having to grow up. It’s four-dimensional chess, it’s strategy, and it’s being painfully honest, and unbelievably deceitful, and everything in between.”

-David Fincher

  • “I supply my own angels and demons. I exist on a stony beach, which lowers itself in waves toward a protective ocean. A dog barks; a child cries; the day sinks and becomes night. You can never scare me. No human being will be able to scare me ever again. I have a prayer that I repeat to myself in absolute stillness: May a wind come to stir up the ocean and the stifling twilight. May a bird come from water out there and explode the silence with its call.”

—Ingmar Bergman

  • “When you grow up your mother says, ‘Wear rubbers or you’ll catch cold.’ When you become an adult you discover that you have the right not to wear rubbers and to see if you catch cold or not.”

—Diane Arbus

  • “The moment you buy into the idea that you’re above anyone else, is the moment you need to be slapped in the face.”

—Natalie Portman

  • “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

—Mark Twain

  • "Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men. "

-Joseph Conrad

  • "Love will always exist, even after you "offed" yourself."

-Wristcutters: A Love Story

  • “The thing about being irresponsible is it’s only cute till you are about twenty-two or so, then it becomes a liability. One day you wake up under a pizza box, the television blaring in your bedroom, the laundry piled up over what might be a bedside table, and you ask yourself: ‘How did my life get like this? Why don’t people like me? Didn’t I have a cat and what is that smell?’”

—Donald Miller

  • “Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.”

—Nancy Pelosi

  • “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

—Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  • “Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

—Albert Einstein

  • "Pain, you just have to ride it out, hope it goes away on its own, hope the wound that caused it heals. There are no solutions, no easy answers. You just breathe deep and wait for it to subside. Most of the time pain can be managed, but sometimes the pain gets you when you least expect it, hits way below the belt and doesn’t let up. Pain you just have to fight through, because the truth is you can’t outrun it, and life always makes more."

-Meredith Grey.

  • "When I was a teenager and shooting speedballs, I wasn’t thinking, “I want to know God,” but deep down inside, maybe I did. Maybe I wanted to know what that light was all about and was taking the shortcut. That was the story of my life, even going back to my childhood in Michigan, when I’d get home from school by going through a neighbor’s backyard and jumping a fence. It didn’t matter if I got bitten by a dog or I ripped my pants on the fence post or I poked myself in the eye with a tree branch that I was crawling over, it was all about the shortcut. My whole life I took the shortcut, and I ended up lost."


  • "Scars remind us where we've been. They don't have to dictate where we are going"

-Criminal Minds

  • “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”

—Carlos Castaneda

  • “An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

  • “ I have deicded to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."


  • "Loneliness as a situation can be corrected, but as a state of mind it is an incurable illness."

-Vladimir Nabokov

  • "I’m going to sound a little weird here, but I like to spend a lot of time on my own in the woods. I don’t exactly sneak off in the middle of the night, but I like to be in a place where no one can reach me by phone or e-mail."


  • “If someone wants to be apart of your life, they’ll be there. So don’t bother saving a spot for someone who won’t make an effort to stay."

—Michael Cera

  • "I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief"

—Gerry Spence

  • “Masturbation is a meditation on self-love. So many of us are afflicted with self-loathing, bad body images, shame about our body functions, and confusion about sex and pleasure, I recommend an intense love affair with yourself”

—Betty Dodson

  • "If depression is creeping up and must be faced, learn something about the nature of the beast: You may escape without a mauling."

-Dr. R. W. Shepherd

  • "Maybe being good isn’t about getting rid of anything. Maybe being good has to do with living in the mess in the frailty in the failures in the flaws. Maybe what I tried to get rid of is the goodest part of me. Think Passion. Think Age. Think Round. Maybe good is about developing the capacity to live fully inside everything. Our body is our country, the only city, the only village, the only every we will ever know."

-Eve Ensler

  • “I don’t like standard beauty - there is no beauty without strangeness.”

—Karl Lagerfeld

  • "Always act like you’re wearing an invisible crown."

-(via the-beauty-embrace)

  • "I just embrace all people of all lifestyles and I don’t tell them they are bad people. And I say girls are beautiful and girls are sexy and they need to be told that, and if they don’t have anyone to tell them that and mean it, I’m gonna tell them that. But I feel like people always wanna define me and I don’t wanna be defined."

-Nicki Minaj

  • "For west is where all plan to go someday. It is where you go when the land gives out and the old field pines encroach. It is where you go when you get the letter saying ‘flee all is discovered.’ It is where you go when you look down at the blade in your hand and the blood on it. It is where you go when you are told that you are a bubble on the tide of empire."

-“All The King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren

  • “At a time when everybody in our culture is talking about tolerance, it seems that tolerance has the highest premium of any response — “If we just tolerate one another…” But my feeling is: Who wants to be tolerated? People don’t want to be tolerated; they want to be loved.”

—Derek Webb

  • “I think normally people think that they’re afraid to die but I actually think people are more afraid to live. People are more afraid to make the choices that they want because they’re very hard decisions to make in order to be happy. I think a lot of people are really afraid of that. It’s easy to be in a band because you have a lot of things to hide behind so that’s really not always living…that doesn’t always constitute as living life the way you want. But at times you have to make decisions that sometimes hurt others in order to live.”

- Gerard Way

  • "There is noting more badass than being who you are"

-Darren Criss

  • "Some people follow their dreams… others hunt them down and mercilessly beat them into submission"

—Thomas Andrew Felton

  • “Everything starts with a story.”

—Joseph Campbell

  • "Follow your bliss."

—Joseph Campbell

  • “The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules, but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.”


  • “It is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelsome but if that is all we ever were, we would millenniums ago have disappeared from the face of the earth.”

—John Steinbeck

  • “For children, childhood is timeless. It is always the present. Everything is in the present tense. Of course, they have memories. Of course, time shifts a little for them and Christmas comes round in the end. But they don’t feel it. Today is what they feel, and when they say ‘When I grow up,’ there is always an edge of disbelief - how could they ever be other than what they are?”

—Ian McEwan

  • “If you’re afraid of everyone leaving you, what do you do? You leave first, so you don’t have to watch them walk away.”

—Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

  • "The only way to get what you really want, is to know what you really want. And the only way to know what you really want, is to know yourself. And the only way to know yourself, is to be yourself. And the only way to be yourself is to listen to your heart."

-Mike Dooley

  • "Nobody really cares if you’re miserable.. so you might as well be happy."

-Cynthia Nelms

  • "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places."

-Roald Dahl

  • “Fuck getting older, feeling like time is going faster and faster and it’s getting harder and harder to keep up. Fuck that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Fuck staring at a screen for 12 hours a day. Fuck the apathy, self-absorption and sense of entitlement it seems everyone’s chosen to cloak themselves with lately. Fuck toasting to douchebags, assholes and jerkoffs. Fuck despair, fuck the degeneration of the human spirit, fuck the pretty fucked American education system, fuck the completely fucked global ecological system, fuck the totally and utterly fucked idea of putting Snooki in a fucking hamster ball. OH MY GOD WHAT THE FUCK. Fuck fuckety fuck fuck fuck. Fuck a duck in a pick-up truck.”

—Dodal Stewart

  • “That’s what suicide is really about — not having the ability to cope anymore with the amount of pain that you’re feeling. You just can’t deal with it anymore. You feel overwhelmed and hopeless. Lost. You are at the end of your rope and your coping resources have just run out. That leaves you with three choices: commit suicide, reduce your pain, or increase your coping resources.”


  • "I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different."

-Kurt Vonnegut

  • “I mean, is it that your dream is unobtainable or is it that you had the wrong dream?”

—Joaquin Phoenix

  • "I’m afraid of getting old. I am afraid of getting married. Spare me from cooking three meals a day — spare me from the relentless cage of routine and rote. I want to be free — I want, I think, to be omniscient….I think I would like to call myself “The girl who wanted to be God.” Yet if I were not in this body, where would I be — perhaps I am destined to be classified and qualified. But, oh, I cry out against it. I am I — I am powerful — but to what extent? I am I."

-Sylvia Plath

  • “Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.”

-King Whitney Jr.

  • “Only the good die young doesn’t apply to smokers”

—Joseph Gogler

  • “I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”

—Anais Nin

  • "If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it."

-Anaïs Nin

  • "Everyone who has ever built anywhere a “new heaven” first found the power thereto in his own hell."

- Friedrich Nietzsche

  • "To me, fearless is not the absence of fear. It's not being completely unafraid. To me, fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death. Fearless is falling madly in love again, even though you've been hurt before. Fearless is walking into your freshman year of high school at fifteen. Fearless is getting back up and fighting for what you want over and over again...even though every time you've tried before, you've lost. It's fearless to have faith that someday things will change. Fearless is having the courage to say goodbye to someone who only hurts you, even if you can't breathe without them. I think it's fearless to fall in love with your best friend, even though he's in love with someone else. And when someone apologizes to you enough times for things they'll never stop doing, I think it's fearless to stop believing them. It's fearless to say "you're NOT sorry", and walk away. I think loving someone despite what people think is fearless. I think allowing yourself to cry on the bathroom floor is fearless. letting go is fearless. Then, moving on and being alright...that's fearless too. But no matter what love throws at you, you have to believe in it. You have to believe in love stories and prince charmings and happily ever afters."

-Taylor Swift

  • “When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something.”

—Robert Browning

  • “In a strange way, I had fallen in love with my depression. Dr. Sterling was right about that. I loved it because I thought it was all I had. I thought depression was the part of my character that made me worthwhile. I thought so little of myself, felt that I had such scant offerings to give to the world, that the one thing that justified my existence at all was my agony.”

—Elizabeth Wurtzel

  • “Lately I haven’t been trying to understand the world,I just swim a lot, and read and try, um, to be happy. I look at everything as meant to be. And sometimes awful stuff happens, but it’s all … it’s all part of it.”

—Joaquin Phoenix

  • “There is only one conclusion to every story… We all fall down.”


  • "‘I have scars on my hands from touching certain people.’"


  • "I didn’t have any friends at school, didn’t want any. I felt better being alone. I sat on a bench and watched the others play and they looked foolish to me."

-Charles Bukowski

  • “People aren’t gonna recognize this art because of their own stupid, you know, preconceptions. I mean, is it that your dream is unattainable, or is it that you have the wrong dream?”

-Joaquin Phoenix

  • "I've been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing."

-Neil Gaiman (The Kindly Ones)

  • “Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.”

-King Whitney Jr.

  • "I think people who suffer from depression, unless it’s post-traumatic, are probably going to struggle with it for their whole life. I’m not fixed. I probably won’t be for a long time."

-Christina Ricci

  • "My only fear is, I always sabotage myself when I'm on the verge of happiness. In my young life, I've seen that every time I'm about to achieve true happiness, some little piece of me says "you don't deserve this," and another little piece says "I agree".

-Lisa Simpson

  • ” Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with. ”

- Carrie Bradshaw

  • "The more sensitive you are, the more likely you are to be brutalised, develop scabs and never evolve. Never allow yourself to feel anything because you always feel too much."

-Marlon Brando

  • “Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that’s what makes it so boring.”

—Edward Gorey

  • “Anyone who angers you conquers you.”

—Elizabeth Kenny

  • “There are times when those eyes inside your brain stare back at you.”

—Charles Bukowski

  • "You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can't have it."

-Robert Anthony

  • “You have to remain strong. That’s the kind of filmmaker I want to encourage. Orson Welles was the one who said, you know, you can learn anything you need to know about filmmaking— that’s camera, sound, celluloid, video at this point— in four hours. It has nothing to do with anything. It has nothing to do with it… It has to do with what you want to say. If you feel you have something to say, you’ll find that way to get it said, on film, and not let anyone or anything chip away at that or tarnish it, because it’s something special and precious.”

- Martin Scorsese

  • "A genius is not a genius because they have exposed something unique and new, but because they have exposed something that was already there in nature, right under our noses; and made it so that everyone(or at least a lot of people) could enjoy its beauty"

-Grace Harding

  • "I can’t really envision a time when I’m not shooting."

-Martin Scorsese

  • “You are rewarding a teacher poorly if you remain always a pupil.”

—Friedrich Nietzsche

  • "If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain."


  • “The cure for boredom is curiosity.

There is no cure for curiosity.” —Dorothy Parker

  • “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

—Roald Dahl

  • “Life is very, very short, and you can choose to live it how you want. You can choose to dumb yourself down and not express yourself just so you can fit in, just so people won’t dislike you. Or, you can fucking live.”

—Gerard Way

  • “But loving that I’m fat makes me a pillsbury rebellion. I hold protests in my mouth everytime I eat in public. Picket signs wallpaper my willing body when I dance naked in my apartment.”

-Kim Selling

  • "Sexy doesn’t impress me. Smart impresses me, strength of character impresses me. But most of all, I am impressed by kindness. Kindness, I think, comes from learning hard lessons well, from falling and picking yourself up. It comes from surviving failure and loss. It implies an understanding of the human condition, forgives its many flaws and quirks. When I see that in someone, it fills me with admiration."

—Lisa Unger

  • “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”

—Friedrich Nietzsche

  • “Depression is a rather rude house guest; Depression rarely calls ahead to see if it’s a good time, and depression never arrives alone. Depression brings its friends- Despair, Self-Injury, and suicide- wherever it goes, and it doesn’t check in advance to insure that extra beds are made up and waiting, for they will take YOUR bed and leave you lying on the floor you haven’t had the will to scrub in months. Depression doesn’t have it’s valet bring over an extra supply of tea and biscuits in anticipation of its arrival. No, Depression and its friends will barge right into your quiet, cozy home, spill your tea, smash your best teacups, devour all your favorite biscuits, and then vomit them up again because Depression has no appetite. You might think that, without an appetite, Depression and its friends would become weak, shrivel up, and die; you could then pass them out of your body much as you would an early-term miscarriage- something hardly noticed. You may experience some heavy cramping of the abdomen, or perhaps, in this case, the mind or the heart, but then you would see the blood flowing, the blood that serves to pass that which is to be expelled. You see the blood flowing to within an inch of your life, and you think, “Yes, oh god, yes! That which I do not want within me is being washed out, cleansed away, and soon I will belong to myself again!” But there is always something you are not supossed to see- something that gets in the way and dirties things up just a little. Actually, you are supossed to see it, but you’re not really supossed to SEE it. I’m talking, of course, about the remains. Blood and membrane. Tissue. Me. And not me. These are the remnants of Depression and its bedfellows, and the thing is that you have to check yourself, your underthings, your bed sheets, just to make sure they’ve gone. But that’s just it: You have to see them on their way out, and that’s just too much for some people. Some people take so long saying goodbye to depression and its friends that they get used to having them around. They have begun to enjoy cooking for their guests, secretly enjoying the spontaneous (or not so spontaneous) get-togethers, and have completely lost the desire to sleep in their own beds, the floor being quite as comfortable as they feel they deserve, which isn’t very much, as it turns out. So, then, when you feel the blood pouring out of you, and you begging to see things the things you are supposed to look for, you become frightened at being alone. You haven’t had a moment’s peace in months, but now you’re afraid to be alone. Ridiculous, isn’t it? If you don’t spend a Sunday night curled up in a ball and crying on the bathroom floor, what one earth will you do with it? It’s simply too daunting.”

—Emilie Autumn

  • “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And some may see them as the crazy ones, but we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do.”

—Jack Kerouac

  • ”I love food and hate exercise. I don’t have time to work out… I don’t want to be on the cover of Playboy or Vogue. I want to be on the cover of Rolling Stone or Q. I’m not a trend-setter… I’m a singer… I’d rather weigh a ton and make an amazing album then look like Nicole Richie and do a shit album. My aim in life is never to be skinny.”


  • “Write drunk. Edit sober.”

— Ernest Hemingway

  • "If you aren’t selfish, then you aren’t yourself."


  • "None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are."


  • "I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass."


  • "There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours."

-Jean-Paul Sartre

  • "There’s no such thing as simple. Simple is hard."

-Martin Scorsese

  • "James Dean taught me not to speed, River Phoenix taught me not to DO speed, and Marlon Brando taught me to slow down on the cheeseburgers."

-Emile Hirsch

  • "I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling. Ecstacy, even, I felt, with flashes of sudden remembrance, and feeling sweaty and drowsy I felt like sleeping and dreaming in the grass."

-Jack Kerouac

  • “When you feel scared, hold someone’s hand, look into their eyes. When you feel brave, do the same thing. You are here because you’re smart and brave, and if you add to that kindness and the ability to change a tire, you almost make up the perfect person.”

-Amy Poehler


-Charles Bukowski, Factotum

  • "Sometimes you have to do things when sad things happen."

-Mitch Albom (The Five People You Meet in Heaven)

  • "When one man, for whatever reason, hast he opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself."

-Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

  • “When I was young, I asked my priest how you could get to Heaven and still protect yourself from all the evil in the world. He told me what God said to His children, “You are sheep among wolves. Be wise as serpents, yet innocent as doves.”

-Gone Baby Gone

  • “A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.”

—Stanley Kubrick

  • “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

-Willie Nelson

  • “I have dreams of being a producer, being behind a camera, eating seven tacos for every meal, and making movies that affect people the way they affect me. I don’t even need to be in them.”

-Emma Stone

  • “If you have a fucking clue and a passion, people will get out of your way because people want someone to follow.”

- David Fincher

  • “Don’t do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul. When you go to work, work your ass off. When you hate someone, hate them until it hurts.”

—Henry Rollins

  • “I would rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.”

—Billy Joel

  • “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting”

—E. E. Cummings

  • “Kill all my demons, and my angels might die too.”

—Tennessee Williams

jan 12 2011 ∞
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