"From now on you need never await temporal attestation to your thought. You think the truth. You do not have the right to eliminate yourself. You do not belong to you. You belong to the Universe. Your significance will remain forever obscure to you, but you may assume that you are fulfilling your role if you apply yourself to converting your experiences to the highest advantage of others"
"Everything looks smarter as a quote."
"If you can't kill nobody or win a championship in a game, it's not for me."
"The only people for me are the mad ones the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars."
"Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether."
"The evolutionary hangover is pretty real, we’re not ready for the nuances of modern society. Shedding light on why we react and respond in certain ways in certain situations will help alleviate those reactions over time."
"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about"
"The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man"
"Everything in moderation, including moderation"
"There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia"
"Falling in love makes smoking pot all day look like the ultimate in restraint"
"We have a tendency to want the other person to be a finished product while we give ourselves the grace to evolve"
"Happiness is reality minus expectations"
"Focusing is about saying no"
"We're even wrong about which mistakes we're making"
"The rare people who do become truly exceptional at something become amazing because they’re obsessed with improvement. And that obsession with improvement comes from an unerring belief that they are, in fact, not that great at all."
“Chase your reality, not just your dreams”
"When the United States of America, which was meant to be a Utopia for all, was less than a century old, Noah Rosewater and a few men like him demonstrated the folly of the founding fathers in one respect: those sadly recent ancestors had not made it the law of the Utopia that the wealth of each citizen should be limited. This oversight was engendered by a weak-kneed sympathy for those who loved expensive things, and by the feeling that the continent was so vast and valuable, and the population so thin and enterprising, that no thief, no matter how fast he stole, could more than mildly inconvenience anyone... Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely innapropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy service of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went *bang* in the noonday sun."
"Deep in the human unconsious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic."