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Mar 15, 2017

Charles Bukowski, my favorite quotes 341


Real loneliness is not necessarily limited to when you are alone.”

Baby," I said, "I'm a genius but nobody knows it but me.”

Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.”

Great art is horseshit, buy tacos.”

Charles Bukowski (1920 – 1994) was a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer.

Mar 8, 2017

Judith Malina, my favorite quotes 340

"Tremble: your whole life is a rehearsal for the moment you are in now."

Judith Malina (1926 – 2015) was a German-born American theater and film actress, writer and director.

Dec 14, 2016

Langston Hughes, my favorite quotes 339

"Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you."

"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."

"Humor is laughing at what you haven't got when you ought to have it."

 Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) was an American poet.

Nov 13, 2016

Leonard Cohen, my favorite quotes 338

Lost my voice in New York City
never heard it again after sixty-seven
Now I talk like you
Now I sing like you
Cigarette and coffee to make me sick
Couple of families to make me think
Going to see my lawyer
Going to read my mail
Lost my voice in New York City
Guess you always knew

Leonard Norman Cohen(1934–2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter and poet.

Oct 3, 2016

Aníbal Troilo, my favorite quotes 337

"De Buenos Aires tendría que decir muchas cosas.. Que es mi vida, que es el tango, que es Gardel, que es la noche..
 Que es la mujer, el amigo.. Tendría que decir muchas cosas y muchas no sabría cómo decirlas..
Pero anote esto: agradezco haber nacido en Buenos Aires."

"Buenos Aires would have to say many things, such as my life, the tango, Carlos Gardel, a night, a woman, a friend...
All would have to say many things and many which I do not know how to say.
 But note this: I appreciate being born in Buenos Aires."

Aníbal Troilo (1914 – 1975 in Buenis Airees) was an Argentine bandoneon player.

Jul 2, 2016

José Mujica, my favorite quotes 336

"I believe that life is a marvelous adventure. And it's worthwhile to start again 20 times over.”

”Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle and always want more and more.”

”A lot of people like a lot of money. They shouldn't go into politics.”

"I’m not the poorest president. The poorest is the one who needs a lot to live. My lifestyle is a consequence of my wounds. I’m the son of my history. There have been years when I would have been happy just to have a mattress.”

José Mujica
(born 1935) is a Uruguayan politician who was the 40th President of Uruguay between 2010 and 2015.

May 27, 2016

Katherine Anne Porter, my favorite quotes 335

The past is never where you think you left it.”

Katherine Anne Porter (1890–1980) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet and author.

May 24, 2016

Anonymous, my favorite quotes 334

"Life is sexually transmitted."


May 19, 2016

Franz Kafka, my favorite quotes 333

I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I can not even explain it to myself.”

I am free and that is why I am lost.”

He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.”

Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was a Jewish, German-language writer.

May 14, 2016

Paolo Sorrentino, my favorite quotes 332

Mick Boyle: You say that emotions are overrated. But that's bullshit. Emotions are all we've got. 
PaleTeenager: When your son says, 'Why weren't you a father to me?' And you say, 'I didn't think I was up to it.'
 At that moment, I understood something really important.
Jimmy Tree: What?
Pale Teenager: That no one in the world feels up to it, so there is no reason to worry.
Screenwriter in Love: You've been watching too many movies, you idiot, you've forgotten what life is about.
Mick Boyle: It doesn't make a difference! Men, artists, animals... plants! We're all just extras.

 (from screenplay 'Youth', written by Paolo Sorrentino)

Paolo Sorrentino (born 1970) is an Italian film director and screenwriter.

May 13, 2016

Carl Jung, my favorite quotes 331

"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."

"The word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."

Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist.

May 10, 2016

Margaret Mead, my favorite quotes 330

"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."

"Many societies have educated their male children on the simple device of teaching them not to be women."

"I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had."

Margaret Mead (1901–1978) was an American cultural anthropologist.

May 7, 2016

William Saroyan、my favorite quotes 329

It takes a lot of rehearsing for a man to be himself.”

"What the hell are they all looking for? A way out. A way to the right way out. A way to leave. A way to go. A way to have had it, to have had enough of it, to be done with it. A decent way to give it all over to the giver of it all."

Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case. ”

William Saroyan (1908–1981) was an Armenian American author. 

May 6, 2016

Philip K. Dick, my favorite quotes 328

Everything is true,” he said. “Everything anybody has ever thought.”

It's the basic condition of life to be required to violate our own identity.”

            ( Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)

Philip Kindred Dick (1928–1982) was an American writer.

May 1, 2016

Ionesco, my favorite quotes 327

"It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question."

"Living is abnormal."

Eugène Ionesco (1909–1994) was a Romanian-French playwright.

Apr 29, 2016

My favorite quotes 37, Peter O'Toole

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"If you can't do something willingly and joyfully, then don't do it."

"Omar Sharif and I spent nine months in the desert, day after day for nine months."

"I quite like being old."

Peter Seamus Lorcan O'Toole (1932-2013) was an Irish actor of stage and screen.

Apr 26, 2016

Mark Rylance, my favorite quotes 326

"But I don't sit down at dinner and have clever ideas."

Mark Rylance (born 1960) is an English actor, theatre director and playwright.

Apr 24, 2016

B.K.S.Iyengar, my favorite quotes 325

One's spiritual realization lies in how one walks among and interacts with one's fellow beings.”

Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar (1918–2014)is considered to be one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world.

Apr 23, 2016

Anonymous, my favorite quotes 324

"Silence is one great art of conversation."


Apr 19, 2016

Roger Zelazny, my favorite quotes 323

"Love is a negative form of hatred.”

"The absence of a monument can, in its own way, be something of a monument also."

"While I had often said that I wanted to die in bed, what I really meant was that in my old age I wanted to be stepped on by an elephant while making love."

Roger Zelazny (1937–1995) was an American poet and writer.

Apr 9, 2016

E. E. Cummings, my favorite quotes 322

“may came home with a smooth round stone as small as a world and as large as alone.”

Edward Estlin Cummings (1894–1962), known as E. E. Cummings was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwrigh

Sei Shōnagon, my favorite quotes 321

"The dawn in spring time.
As the pale light creeps over the edges of  the hills,  the wisps of  faint lavender clouds trail over them."(Opening of The Pillow Book)

Sei Shōnagon (清少納言, 966–1017) was a Japanese author  and a court lady who served the Empress Teishi(定子). Sei is the author of The Pillow Book (枕草子, Makura No Sōshi).

Apr 6, 2016

Erasmus, my favorite quotes 320

"I am a lover of liberty. I will not and I cannot serve a party."

"The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is."
"War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it."
    Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) was a Dutch Renaissance philosopher.

Apr 4, 2016

Anonymous, my favorite quotes 319

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."

"A steady salary is an invitation to mediocrity."

"The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money."


Mar 31, 2016

George Bernard Shaw, my favorite quotes318

"Youth is wasted on the young."

"A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic."

George Bernard Shaw (1856 –1950) was an Irish playwright.

Anonymous, my favorite quotes 317

"A guilty conscience needs no accuser."


Mar 21, 2016

Native American, my favorite quotes 316

"Every animal knows more than you do."

                                   Native American Proverb

Mar 3, 2016

Merleau-Ponty, my favorite quotes 315

To ask for an explanation is to explain the obscure by the more obscure.”

The body is our general medium for having a world.”

Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908–1961) was a French philosopher.

Feb 17, 2016

Saint-Exupéry, my favorite quoyes 314

"L'arbre n'est point semence, puis tige, puis tronc flexible, puis bois mort.
Il ne faut point les diviser pour le connaître. L'arbre c'est cette puissance qui lentement épouse le ciel."

"A tree is not just a seed, then stem, then flexible trunk, and then dead firewood.
You should not divide to understand. A tree is the force to slowly marry the sky."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry(1900 – 1944)

Dec 18, 2015

Thoreau, my favorite quotes 313

Men have become the tools of their tools.

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) was an American author, poet, and philosopher.