In total this journey will take five flights and fifty-five hours, but in reality it began four decades and two generations ago when my uncle died in Vietnam.
Time is a watchful adversary, who waits enduringly for that merciless hour, hurrying to work the hands of separation.
Memo to extreme partisans: If you can't bring yourselves to love your enemies, can you at least learn to hate your friends?
I started out of course with Hemingway when I learned how to write. Until I realized Hemingway doesn't have a sense of humor. He never has anything funny in his stories.
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Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.
If your joy is derived from what society thinks of you, you're always going to be disappointed.
I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.
The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.
your best men are
drunks and your worst men are
your best men are killers and
your worst men are
We do want our fellow citizens to respect our deeply held conviction that the absence of an afterlife lends a greater, not a lesser, moral importance to our actions on earth.
I'm seventeen and I'm crazy. My uncle says the two always go together. When people ask your age, he said, always say seventeen and insane.
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders.