Critics: They smell life and they cannot stand it.

― Charles Bukowski
I have just now come from a party where I was its life and soul;
witticisms streamed from my lips, everyone laughed and admired me, but I
went away — yes, the dash should be as long as the radius of the
earth's orbit ——————————— and wanted to shoot myself.

― Søren Kierkegaard
The reader lives faster than life, the writer lives slower.

― James Richardson, “Even More Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays from
Vectors 3.0”

― Charles Bukowski
Let me tell you some things I find productive. Positive reinforcement. Negative reinforcement. Honesty. I'll tell you some things I find unproductive. Constantly worrying about where you stand based on inscrutable social clues and then inevitably reframing it all in a reassuring way so that you can get to sleep at night. No I do not believe in that at all. If I invited you to lunch I think you're a winner, if I didn't I don't, but I just met you all. Life is long, opinions change. Winners prove me right. Losers prove me wrong.

― Robert California
Even frequent fliers eventually fly away, never to be seen again.

Kau suka bicara tentang keindahan, Jean. Di mana keindahan suatu kekejaman, Jean?" "Tidak sederhana keterangannya, Minke. Gambar ini bersifat sangat pribadi, bukan untuk umum. Keindahannya ada di dalam kenang-kenangan.

― Pramoedya Ananta Toer
I remember a day in class when he leaned far forward, in his 11 characteristic pose — the pose of a man about to impart a secret — and croaked, "If you don't know how to pronounce a word, say it loud! If you don't know how to pronounce a word, say it loud!" This comical piece of advice struck me as sound at the time, and I still respect it. Why compound ignorance with inaudibility? Why run and hide?

― Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Every day must be a struggle for self-improvement in the service of improvement of the world.

― Alone
Reputation, reputation, reputation! Oh, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.

― William Shakespeare
May you do good and not evil
May you find forgiveness for yourself and forgive others
May you share freely, never taking more than you give.

– SQLite