Hardly seems worth doing

Anything that doesn’t take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.

~ Cormac McCarthy

What is a cynic?

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.

~ Oscar Wilde

No skin in the game

It’s easy to spot a purist. They’re the ones without any skin in the game.

~ Hugh MacLeod

Long time dead

Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead.

~ Scottish proverb

Sometimes a king

Our soul is sometimes a king, and sometimes a tyrant. A king, by attending to what is honorable, protects the good health of the body in its care, and gives it no base or sordid command. But an uncontrolled, desire-fueled, over-indulged soul is turned from a king into that most feared and detested thing — a tyrant.

~ Seneca

Nobody cares

22. Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.

Everybody is too busy with their own lives to give a damn about your book, painting, screenplay etc, especially if you ahven’t sold it yet. And the ones that aren’t, you don’t want in your life anyway.

~ Jason Korman

The triumph of principles

A political victory, a rise in rents, the recovery of your sick, or return of your absent friend, or some other quite external event, raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you. Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace by the triumph of principles.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

On bad writing

The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering.

~ Tom Waits

Purpose in life

Everyone has a purpose in life. Perhaps yours is watching television.

~ David Letterman