"My heart is like
A squeezed grape
Only the pip
Only the pip."
J.P. Donleavy, The Ginger Man
"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it."
"What are you doing, growing that beard?"
"I'm not doing a thing; you're shaving every day."
J.P. Donleavy, The Unexpurgated Code
"Vices are like genitals - most are ugly to behold, and yet we find that our own are dear to us." From The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters.
"I am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul."
"Hold me like a baby!" James Warner
"We must remain fools at all cost." Norman Mailer.
"All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind." Aristotle.
"I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work."
"Information is not knowledge." Albert Einstein.
"Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you." Aldous Huxley.
“What makes me depressed? Seeing stupid people happy." Slavoj Zizek.
"There's only three things
That's for sure
Taxes, death and trouble." Marvin Gaye
"All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold."
Shakespeare (Merchant of Venice)
"So much to do, so little point." Adam Buxton
"A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost."
"There are two types of poor people, those who are poor together and those who are poor alone. The first are the true poor, the others are rich people out of luck."
"There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk."
Cat has a bruise on her elbow. "You should put some arnica on it," I say.
"Why, what would that do?" she asks.
"It helps when you've got bruising."
"I thought it was for swelling."
"That's what bruises are."
“I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken - and I'd rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.”
“Five years ago I had a plan to straighten myself out. Here I am, thousands of dollars later with one more insight. That you grow older faster staying in the same place.”