“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that is your own self. So you have to begin there, not outside, not on other people. That comes afterwards, when you have worked on your own corner.”
“I learn a great deal by merely observing you, and letting you talk as long as you please, and taking note of what you do not say.”
“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”
“I have been waiting all my life to be with you. My heart slams against my ribs when I think of the slaughtered nights I spent all over the world waiting to feel your touch.”
“Sometimes a breakdown can be the beginning of a kind of breakthrough, a way of living in advance through a trauma that prepares you for a future of radical transformation.”
There are many out there who have never been on a 7:30 a.m. freeway or punched a timeclock or even had a job and don’t intend to, can’t, won’t, will die first rather than live the common way. In a sense, each of them is a genius in his or her way, fighting against the obvious, swimming upstream, going mad, getting on pot, wine, whiskey, art, suicide, anything but the common equation. It will be some time before they even us out and make us say quits.
When you see that city hall downtown and all those proper precious people, don’t get melancholy. There is a whole tide, a whole race of mad people, starving, drunk, goofy, miraculous. I have seen many of them. I am one of them. There will be more. This city has not been taken. Death before death is sickening.
The strange ones will hold, the war will continue. Thank you.”
“In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.”
stop being a caricature; identities are safe for your ego, but detrimental to your progress as a person.
“I don’t seek solutions—just large spaces between not knowing and not wanting to know.”
“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace”
“the clearest sign of wisdom is persistently good mood”
“At the center of your being, you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want.”