Yesterday my family and I visited the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite writers. And it got me thinking about some of his quotes, including one I’ve always appreciated -“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.

So then I started thinking about other writers I love. And now you’re reading a post about writer’s quotes. Haters gonna hate. Quoters gonna quote. Enjoy some of my favorite writers and quotes.

Charles Dickens, from David Copperfield – “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”  Um….deep.

It was at that age that poetry came in search of me” – Pablo Neruda. The man knew how to write a poem.

Andre Breton came up with this nugget – “Let us not mince words.. the marvelous is always beautiful, anything marvelous is beautiful, in fact only the marvelous is beautiful.” He wrote the Surrealist Manifesto. Of course I would love him. He also penned “The man that cannot visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot”.

I bought Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas while traveling in Europe. I opened it and couldn’t put it down. “We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers… and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.” Hunter S. Thompson

I went through a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow phase. Probably because I liked his name. “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” Aaawww.

How brilliant is Mark Twain? Incredibly. “Man is the only animal that blushes – or needs to.

And in closing, “The world itself is the will to power – and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power – and nothing else!

Well put Nietzsche, well put (I minored in Philosophy).

You own a computer. You know how to use google. What are some of your favorite quotes?

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  1. Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.

    —Jim Jarmusch, The Golden Rules of Filming

  2. Probably way too many, but here’s a few I have saved.

    “Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.”-John Muir

    “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel

    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
    — Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

    To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy. It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one’s ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.
    — Bruce McLaren

    One of the greatest discoveries a man can make, one of his greatest surprises, is to find that he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do
    — Henry Ford

    Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world
    — Einstein

    Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets’ towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you —- beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.
    — Edward Abbey

    Life’s too short to worry
    Life’s too long to wait
    Too short not to love everybody
    Life’s too long to hate
    — Todd Snider

    Just lettin’ it roll, lettin’ the high times carry the low…just livin’ my life, easy come, easy go
    — Jerry Jeff Walker

    Music is the bonding factor between pain and happiness
    — Stoney LaRue

  3. Here’s a couple from Twain (my favorite author):

    “‘Classic.’ A book which people praise and don’t read”.

    “God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board”.

    “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself”.

    “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

    -All by Mark Twain. The man was absolutely cutting. To this day, his travelogues remain the funniest books I’ve read.

    A couple more:

    “I think of Indianapolis every day of the year, every hour of the day, and when I sleep, too. Everything I ever wanted in my life, I found inside the walls of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I love it all, from the first to the last day in May. On the morning of the race, if you told me my house had burned down, I’d say, “So what?” The moment that race starts is always the greatest moment of my life, and the day I win that race, it will be as if my life has ended. There is nothing more I could want out of life.”

    -Eddie Sachs

    And lastly, fitting and worthy of Eddie and the 500 in general, I think:

    Come, my friends,
    ‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
    Push off, and sitting well in order smite
    The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
    To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
    Of all the western stars, until I die.

    -“Ulysses”, Alfred Lord Tennyson

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