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“He saw that all the struggles of life were incessant, laborious, painful,

that nothing was done quickly, without labor,

that it had to undergo a thousand fondlings,

revisings,

moldings,

addings,

removings,

graftings,

tearings,

correctings,

smoothings,

rebuildings,

reconsiderings,

nailings,

tackings,

chippings,

hammerings,

hoistings,

connectings

— all the poor fumbling uncertain incompletions of human endeavor.

 

They went on forever and were forever incomplete,

far from perfect,

refined,

or smooth,

full of terrible memories of failure and fears of failure,

 

yet,

in the way of things,

somehow noble,

complete,

and shining in the end.”

 

[ Jack KerouacThe Town and the City ]

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“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

 

 

[ Winston Churchill ]

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“And remember, also,”

added the Princess of Sweet Rhyme,

“that many places you would like to see are just off the map

and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond your reach.

 

But someday you’ll reach them all,

for what you learn today,

for no reason at all,

will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.”

 

[ Norton JusterThe Phantom Tollbooth ]

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“A tragedy is a tragedy, and at the bottom, all tragedies are stupid.

 

Give me a choice and I’ll take A Midsummer Night’s Dream over Hamlet every time.

 

Any fool with steady hands and a working set of lungs can build up a house of cards and then blow it down,

 

but it takes a genius to make people laugh.”

 

[ Stephen King ]

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“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”

[ Bill WattersonCalvin and Hobbes ]

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“I try to avoid having thoughts.

They lead to other thoughts, and – if you’re not careful – those lead to actions.

Actions make you tired.

I have this on rather good authority from someone who once read it in a book.”

[ Brandon Sanderson ]

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“Except for pharmaceutical poison,

there are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates:

 

Caffeine from Monday to Friday

to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society,

 

and alcohol from Friday to Monday

to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.”

 

[ Bill Hicks (on how the drugs used by a society characterize it) ]