11 of Hemingway’s Most Badass Lines

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Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest writers of all time, is endlessly quotable. But below we list ten of his most interesting, most daring, and most absolutely bad ass lines of all time.

 

1. “There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.”

Hemingway was a war vet, he drove an ambulance in WWI. So if anyone can write about the hunting of man, and know what’s talking about from first hand experience, it’s this guy. No one captured the life of a soldier or a vet quite the way Hemingway did.

2. “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.”

Only when we are knocked down or defeated, do we learn what it means to be resilient. Sure the world breaks everyone, but it’s during those times that we learn how to truly survive, and face our demons head on. Tough times, when faced with strength, only leave us as better, more capable people.

 

3. “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”

This line really hits you. We all enter and exit the world identically, but their are infinite possibilities of what can happen in between birth and death. And it’s our job to make the most of it. To distinguish ourselves from our peers by doing something remarkable, and following our deepest passions.

 

4. “I drink to make other people more interesting.”

While this behavior is a slippery slope to a dangerous habit, there’s truth to it.  After a few drinks, everyone becomes a lot more appealing and easier to stand. As the night goes on and more alcohol is consumed, it suddenly begins to feel like everyone in the world is your friend. And it’s a great feeling – until the hangover hits like a ton of bricks come morning.

 

5. “When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead.”

This is most certainly a quote to live by. It’s important to ask yourself when you’ve been at a job for a long time, or in a relationship, or just in general, “Am I having fun?” And if the answer is no, change things. When something you once loved becomes tedious work, and stops being enjoyable, then you know it’s time to bow out, and find out the next thing that will make you happy.

 

6. “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

Everyone talks a big game when they’re drunk – because alcohol gives you a feeling of invincibility, inhibitions are lowered. This advice is so spot on – imagine if we had to actually carry out all the things we swore we’d do as drunken idiots. Suddenly we’d stop being such drunken idiots.

 

7. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

Only Hemingway could make writing sound so incredibly hardcore. But this quote makes perfect sense when you read his work. You are transported to his pain, and feel what he felt. It takes an incredible writer to be able to communicate all of that to his audience.

 

8. “To hell with them. Nothing hurts if you don’t let it.”

Only you can determine what affects you. Don’t give anyone the satisfaction of being able to control your emotions. Keep your head held high, ignore the bullshit, the let positive thoughts rush in. No one has the power to affect how you feel, except yourself.

 

9. “Death is like an old whore in a bar–I’ll buy her a drink but I won’t go upstairs with her.”

To flirt with death is to live dangerously. Take chances, gambles, and risks. Odds are if you’re not living a little bit dangerously, you’re not having very much fun.

 

10. “Develop a built-in bullshit detector.”

The world is full of people trying to take your money, take your girlfriend, and take advantage. Be one step ahead. Learn to read the signs of a professional bullshitter, and you’ll be a lot better off.

 

11. “Never sit a table when you can stand at the bar.”

Solid advice. Things happen when you’re at the bar. You can chat up the bartender, lock eyes with strangers, bump into people, get in a fight. It’s a fully alive setting. Sit at a table, and you block yourself of from that world, it discourages people from approaching you. So dive in head first, and stand where the action happens, and order a damn whiskey, neat.hemingway


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9 Quotes That’ll Make You Feel Instantly Nostalgic for Childhood

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1.“Some things can only be understood when you’re in a tree house. With a pile of warm chocolate chip cookies.  And a book.” -Dr. SunWolf

I can smell the cookies now. A tree house is the ultimate haven for a child. There were no rules, no chores, and no parents. When you had a good book with you, it was like you were transported to a whole other world. It’s nice to remember how little it took to feel content and happy when you were a kid. We could all learn a little something from that.

 

2. “…I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.” -Neil Gaiman

Children can always find joy in the small things: catching fireflies, building blanket forts, swinging so high on the swing that it feels like you’re flying. It doesn’t take much for a kid to be thoroughly satisfied with life.  I must admit, getting on a swing as an adult really is just as fun now. Try it.

 

3. “There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.” -Elizabeth Lawrence

It’s true, it’s like your senses are more in tune when you’re a kid. Or maybe kids just slow down long enough to notice things. Whenever I smell fresh cut grass, I feel like a kid again. It reminds me of spending an entire day outside, playing, hiding, running around, jumping through sprinklers – fresh cut grass meant fun.

 

4. “There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” -Marcel Proust

A good book is like an old friend. When you’re young, you get especially attached to the characters and the story. It was hard to leave the story once the book ended, because it became a part of you and felt so real. In fact, sometimes I still find it hard to believe that Hogwarts isn’t out there somewhere.

 

5. “Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.” -Steve Almond

Sure the trick-or-treating part was fun, but the best part was running home and pouring your candy out all over your bedroom floor. I can still hear the sound of it as it hits the carpet. All that candy, all of it for me. It was almost too much to handle.

 

6. “Whatever our bedtime was as kids, we could stay up an extra half hour if we were reading. My parents didn’t care as long as I was under the spell of a Stephen King or a Douglas Adams.” -Nathan Fillion

One thing we certainly don’t get anymore, is a bedtime story. If you were lucky, your parents did the voices of each character differently. This ritual is how most children first fall in love with books. It was the best way to end the day, drifting off to sleep while hearing the stories of Charlotte’s Web, or The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

 

7. “Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present, which very few of us do.” 

-Jean de la Bruyere

When we were kids, taxes and healthcare and paying the bills didn’t even exist to us. We lived in the present because we didn’t have a care in the world. I don’t think there’s any way to hold on to that once adulthood hits, but that feeling of no regrets, or anxiety or worry was incredible while it lasted.

 

8. “The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?” -J. B. Priestley

Most importantly for a kid, the first fall of snow meant the beginning of the season of snow days. The best days of the year. When school was cancelled, and your only responsibility was to play outside for as long as you could possibly stand the cold. Then sip hot cocoa in front of the fire to warm up, before running back outside and doing it all over again.

 

9. “Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.”  -Deb Caletti

Summer meant swimming pools, popsicles, camping, lemonade, riding bikes, and most importantly… no school. When that last bell rang marking the end of the school year, we were truly free. There’s nothing like that invincible feeling of busting out the school doors on the last day. In summer, anything was possible.
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15 of The Most Romantic Lines Of All Time

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1. “I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you… you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences… But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.” Mark Darcy (Bridget Jones’ Diary)romantic 6

Bridget spends a large chunk of the film desperately trying to be a better version of herself to impress Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). And we’ve all been there – acting like the person we think we ought to be to get attention from the opposite sex. So it comes as a great relief when Mark Darcy admits that he likes Bridget just as she is, faults and all.

 

2. “Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together. I knew it the very first time I touched her. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.” Sam Baldwin (Sleepless In Seattle)

When Sam (Tom Hanks) talked about his love for his late wife, the world swooned. This line perfectly exemplifies how simple falling love can be sometimes. It’s not always grand gestures, or professing your love in front of a stadium full of people. Sometimes all it takes is a small, quiet moment to know you’ve got something special.

 

3. “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” Harry Burns (When Harry Met Sally)

There’s nothing quite like falling in love with your best friend. And there’s such an urgency to this line, because when you’re at the start of a new romance, it always feels urgent. Like it’s the most important thing in the entire universe. And maybe it is.

 

4. “Love is too weak a word for what I feel – I luuurve you, you know, I loave you, I luff you, two F’s, yes I have to invent, of course I – I do, don’t you think I do?” Alvy Singer (Annie Hall)

When you’re first falling in love, you feel like you have something that no one’s ever had before. It’s like you’re more in love than anyone else, so the word “love” doesn’t even begin to cover the extent of your feelings! Alvy is in the midst of a brand new relationship, and feeling invincible. An amazing feeling.

 

5. “I could die right now, Clem. I’m just… happy. I’ve never felt that before. I’m just exactly where I want to be.” Joel (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)romantic 4

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was especially poignant because the romantic leads were two unhappy people that, for a moment in time, were able to make each other happy. Often, time stops when you’re love, or, at least, you wish it would.

 

6. “I think technically ‘The Girl Of My Dreams’ would probably have like a really bodacious rack, you know, maybe different hair, she’d probably be a little more into sports. But truthfully, Robyn is better than the girl of my dreams. She’s real.” Paul (500 Days Of Summer)

Such a beautiful quote about finding happiness in reality, instead of being distracted by fantasies that don’t exist. Once you accept that “the perfect person” isn’t out there, life becomes a whole lot easier, and a whole lot happier.

 

7. “I might be the only person on the face of the earth that knows you’re the greatest woman on earth. I might be the only one who appreciates how amazing you are in every single thing that you do, and how you say what you mean, and how you almost always mean something that’s all about being straight and good. I think most people miss that about you, and I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive.” Melvin Udall (As Good As It Gets)

True love often comes when you feel like someone really sees you and understands you. Melvin’s profession of love is so incredible because he’s telling Carol (Helen Hunt) that he really gets her and appreciates every little thing that she does. And there is no greater feeling than that, it’s a true connection.

 

8. “Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me… it brought me to you. And I’m thankful for that, Rose. I’m thankful. You must do me this honor. Promise me you’ll survive. That you won’t give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise.” Jack Dawson (Titanic)romantic 9

This is an amazing story of truly selfless love. Jack sacrificed his own life, on the promise that Rose would live hers to the fullest. And she did.

 

9. “Our love is like the wind… I can’t see it, but I sure can feel it.” Landon Carter (A Walk to Remember)

Nicholas Sparks makes the list again, reminding us that no matter what happens to those we care about, their love is always around us.

 

10. “The only way you can beat my crazy was by doing something crazy yourself. Thank you. I love you. I knew it the minute I met you. I’m sorry it took so long for me to catch up. I just got stuck.” Pat (Silver Linings Playbook)

It’s so satisfying when two dysfunctional people end up together. When their craziest qualities complement one another’s. And it’s nice to think that, no matter what our faults are, there’s someone out there for everyone.

 

11. “I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” Baby (Dirty Dancing)romantic 1

Taking a leap with the person you love can be a gamble. Your family may not approve, everyone may be rooting against you, but when you feel that once-in-a-lifetime feeling, you have to go after it.

 

12. “For now let me say, – without hope or agenda, – just because it’s Christmas – and at Christmas you tell the truth) – to me, you are perfect.” Mark (Love Actually)

From the iconic scene when Mark comes to Juliet’s (Keira Knightley) door and holds up a series of signs, admitting his love for her, without “hope or agenda”. It’s a brave choice – you could be shot down, rejected, slapped in the face – but sometimes, it just feels good to get all of your true feelings out there.

 

13. “Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.” Mac Macguff (Juno)

You’ve got something great when you’ve found someone who loves you even on your worst days. This straight forward quote from Juno’s dad is a much needed reminder that if you have to act like anyone but yourself, then rethink the relationship.

 

14. “My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)

There’s nothing more satisfying than two characters whocan’t even be in the same room as one another at the beginning of the story, realizing that they want to spend the rest of their lives together by the end of it. It’s the tried and true formula for most romantic films, but Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet were especially cold to one another when they first met. This makes the profession of love at the end that much more sweet.

 

15. “I am no one special. Just a common man with common thoughts. I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but in one respect I’ve succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul and for me that has always been enough.” Duke (The Notebook)romantic 15

When we think of Notebook quotes ‘If you’re a bird, I’m a bird,” comes to mind, but this quote is up there as one of the best in film, too. Noah’s undying devotion to his wife is admirable. From the very beginning, when he hung from a ferris wheel until Allie agreed to go out with him, to the end, when he read to her every day, despite that fact that her Alzheimer’s prevented her from recognizing them. Anyone who dedicates their life to loving another person completely has accomplished an amazing thing.


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10 Disney Quotes To Brighten Your Day

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Having a bad day? Need a little inspiration? Just and spoonful of sugar and these fifteen Disney quotes are sure to give you the cheerful boost you need.

Some are inspiring, some funny, and a few are just plain wise. Read on…

 

1. “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” Gusteau (Ratatouille)disney 1

Ah, Gusteau. If you’ve seen Ratatouille, chances are you read this quote in the unforgettable deep, French drawl of masterchef Gusteau. He acts as a guide to Remy, who is navigating the difficulties of following his true passion, even when his family disapproves. If you’re chasing a dream, and feeling that no one believes in you, let Gusteau be your guide, too.

 

2. “Who says that my dreams have to just stay my dreams?” Ariel (The Little Mermaid)disney 2

You tell ‘em Ariel! If anyone says your dreams have to stay your dreams – they’re wrong. Just don’t let an evil undersea witch take away your voice in order to get them… In other words, don’t sell your soul!!Chase your dreams without sacrificing any dignity or happiness.

3. “I just needed to get out on my own, live my own life. And I did, and it’s great.” Simba (The Lion King)disney 3

We’ve all been stuck. We’ve all been teenagers who want to live anywhere but under our parents’ roof. Okay, fine, we haven’t all been lion cubs who’s father died right in front of us , but still, we can relate to Simba’s celebration of his independence. It feels so good to be out on your own, in charge of your own fate!

4. “Your talent makes you who you are. You should be proud of it.” Tinkerbell (Peter Pan)disney 5

This Tink quote is like a mantra. We should all recite this to ourselves in the mirror each morning. Especially on those days where we feel like outsiders, or too different to fit in. But those differences are the key to our successes!!

5. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all.” Emperor (Mulan)disney 10

This almost sounds like a proverb. Inspiring, simple, and beautiful. The Emperor should definitely get a twitter.

6. “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. “ Christopher Robin (Winnie The Pooh)disney 11

Christopher Robin, so wise. Sometimes just a simple sentence like this can provide a nice little confidence boost. Wonder what Christopher Robin is up to these days. Probably brightening everyone’s day somewhere in the Hundred Acre Wood.

7. “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” — Edna Mode (The Incredibles)disney 15

This must be read in Edna’s voice…. daaahling. Edna stands about three feet tall, but her confidence makes her seem like the largest presence in any room she occupies. She’s spot on with this line – we can’t change the past, or predict the future, so why not just focus on the present?

8. “Oh, yes the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” Rafiki (The Lion King)disney 4

When he’s not running around like a mad man and painting on young Simba’s face, Rafiki’s lines were almost exclusively brilliant, philosophical statements. A quote like this can make us feel less alone. We’ve all been through tough stuff in the past, and this wise little baboon reminds us that the best way to heal, is to face our problems head on.

9. “You’re mad. Bonkers. Off your head… but I’ll tell you a secret… all of the best people are.” The Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland)disney 16

It feels good when our strange oddities are celebrated. Like all weird people are special and part of an elite group. If this line doesn’t make you want to run outside and yell something crazy at the top of your lungs, then I don’t know what will.

10. “If watching is all you’re going to do, then you’re going to watch your life go by without you.” – Laverne (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)disney 13

Sometimes we need to hear this. At times when all we need is a little push. It’s easy to get into a rut, and fall into routine that we don’t want to be in. Be assertive and active, and don’t let your life go by without doing the things you set out to do.


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12 of The Most Notorious Film Quotes Ever

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Quotes come from many sources, but none are more prolific than those that come from the silver screen. We spend plenty of our time watching movies, both old and new, and love nothing more than a good quote. So here is the definitive list of the twelve most notorious film quotes ever, and why we love them!

“Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?”

From the movie What a Girl Wants, this quote really does appeal to everyone. We could all stand to ask ourselves this question every once in a while, and we may just be surprised by the answer!

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”

Take a leaf out of Rhett Butler’s book; if he didn’t care in Gone with the Wind, why should you?

“Oh yes, the past can hurt, but you can either run from it, or learn from it”

Disney’s The Lion King is iconic in so many ways, but the beauty of this film really does lie in the script. When you can learn something from a painful situation, it gives it meaning.

“May the Force be with you”

The most notorious Star Wars quote in the galaxy is poignant, inspiring and just a little bit charming. If we all wished each other good will like this every day, the world would be a happier place!

“There’s no place like home”

Who can deny the hook line “there’s no place like home”? The Wizard of Oz showed us all that no matter where you find beauty, love and friendship in the world, your home will always be your home.

“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary”

If ever there was a movie quote to live by, this is it! The Dead Poets Society couldn’t have said it better, seize the day and make the most of every moment!

“May the odds be ever in your favor”

The people of the districts in The Hunger Games are wished luck to each other by way of this very dramatic statement. It became the motto of a generation, and a quote that holds so much meaning to its fans.

“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”

Who could forget Forrest Gump’s innocence as he said one of the most notorious movie quotes ever. The variety of life might keep us guessing, but it sure is sweet!

I’m king of the world!

Poor boy Jack had the time of his life on board the ill fated Titanic, if ever there was a quote to tell you to live for the moment, this is it!

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends”

Arguably one of the wisest men in film history, Harry Potter’s Dumbledore hit the nail on the head; sometimes you have to stick to what you believe in even if your own friends think you’re in the wrong.

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”

Casablanca tells the world that love will find you, no matter where you are.

“I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw. I’m scared of what I did, of who I am…. and most of all, I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.”

Dirty Dancing proves that life can throw you through a loop sometimes, but what doesn’t kill you will always make you stronger. Live for yourself, for the moment and no matter what, love the way it makes you feel!


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Let Shakespeare Be Your Guide! 7 Famous Play Write Quotes to Live By

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Some of the most famous quotes in the world hail from ElizabethanEngland and the ultimate play write himself, Mr William Shakespeare. You may be familiar with his more notorious quotations, “To be, or not to be? That is the question”, but some of Shakespearian literature’s most inspiring sayings have sadly fallen by the wayside. Let’s take a look at seven lesser known, but no less famous Shakespearian quotes that could well improve our lives, if only we took the time to listen to them! Let the Bard be your guide and lose yourself in some truly inspiring lines.

 

“Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.”

 

After all, actions speak louder than words! You can make somebody happy by saying nice things, but a true deed will always lie within an action. So next time you have the choice between saying and doing something good, do it!

 

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves”

 

We have all fallen victim to the belief that our destiny is predetermined by the universe and have let life changing opportunities pass us by because of it. Instead of trusting our own logic and instincts, we sometimes take a back seat and simply trust that things will happen if they are meant to be. Well, stop letting the responsibility of the big decisions fall to the stars and bear Shakespeare in mind when an opportunity arises instead! Remember that YOU have the ability to determine your own future, if you just listen to your heart.

 

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin”

 

If only more people made this Shakespearian quote one to live by! As basic human beings we are often astounded by the simplicity and beauty of nature, but spend our lives both creating and using things that work to destroy it. If we just take the time to heed the wise words of William, we can realise that we’d all be much more united if we kept the world green, in every sense of the word.

 

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”

 

How many times have you sat there and spent time worrying about something someone said, or going over every detail of a conversation that didn’t exactly go how you’d planned? So many you’ve lost count? Me too! Sometimes, our own perception makes something seem either good or bad, when in reality it was neither. Stop fussing over every little detail, accept situations for what they are and move on. Dwelling on words that can’t be changed won’t change them, no matter what you think!

 

“This above all: to thine own self be true”

 

This is one of Shakespeare’s most widely used quotes and it’s not hard to see why. If you make each decision in your life for yourself, you can’t fail! Being true to yourself will always be the best thing that you can do.

 

“No legacy is so rich as honesty”

 

Honesty will empower you, teach you and give you the room that you need to grow; what other lifelong endeavour can offer you more than that?

 

“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt”

 

This is the most important play write quote to live by! If you let go of doubt, you will be open to success. After all, doubt only stops you from trying and if you don’t try, you can’t win!

 

 

 

Charles Bukowski’s Top 10 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life

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Looking for some pointers on how to live an awesome life? Take it from Charles Bukowski, an American author, poet, short story writer, and novelist who shared his unfiltered views and opinions with the world on everything from art to death. He was a renowned and prolific writer, often depicting the experiences of the downtrodden and depraved people of American urban life, and he provided plenty of great tips on how to spend your days. But don’t just take my word for it, soak up the wisdom with this valuable advice from some his most well-known quotes.

1. Don’t settle.

“I wanted the whole world or nothing.”

You shouldn’t settle for anything less than what you absolutely deserve or desire. Strive for the best and don’t accept anything except for what will make you entirely happy. There’s no point in giving up on your goals simply to settle for a sub-par result that will forever leave you wishing for more in regret.

2. Love yourself.                        

I never met another man I’d rather be. And even if that’s a delusion, it’s a lucky one.

No one’s perfect, that’s for sure, but there’s also no point in beating yourself up about it. Stop criticizing every minute thing about yourself that you wish you could change and show yourself some love. That’s not to say to never work on self-improvement, but be your own biggest fan while you’re at it, no matter what.

3. Live life to its fullest.

“What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don’t live up until their death.”

“Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live.”

Want to go skydiving but have never done it? Take the leap. Dying to get that degree in art-history but don’t know how you’ll use it? It’s time to enroll. You only have one life so you might as well live it to its absolute fullest capacity – right now. Why wait until it’s too late?

4. Don’t fear pain, without it, you can’t experience happiness.

“You have to die a few times before you can really live.”

Pain, sadness, anger, frustration, anxiety – negative feelings like that can be miserable and even downright painful sometimes. But you can’t fully appreciate the good emotions that life has to offer without experiencing the hurtful ones. So when you think you’ve hit rock bottom, remember it can only go up from there, and the pain you’re experiencing in the moment will only make the happiness taste so much sweeter later on.

5. Be your own unique self and shamelessly express it in all you do.

It’s better to do a dull thing with style than a dangerous thing without it.

Don’t be afraid to be yourself – Charles Bukowski certainly didn’t hesitate to. Always show your true colors and express your own fantastic personality. It’s better to live your life being your whole self than trying to pretend to be something you’re not, simply for the approval others. Who cares what they think anyways?

6. You’re stronger than you think.

Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside…remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.

Life is full of trials and hardships – you know it, you’ve likely experienced it many times. Yet, no matter what, you always make it through these difficulties in one piece. Always remember that you’re stronger than you may think, and you have it in you to get through the toughest of days.

7. Don’t fear death.

I carry death in my left pocket. Sometimes I take it out and talk to it: “Hello, baby, how you doing? When you coming for me? I’ll be ready.

“There’s nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower.”

Death is unavoidable, so why spend your life worrying about it? Instead of obsessing about when you’ll finally go, take advantage of the life you were given. It’s much more worthwhile to celebrate life instead of fearing death, and you’ll likely be much happier because of it.

8. Have confidence in yourself.

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts.”

You are awesome, and all you have to do to let your true talents shine is believe that fact. Have complete confidence in yourself and you might be surprised with all you can achieve.

9. There are much worse things than loneliness.

“There are worse things than being alone but it often takes decades to realize this and most often when you do it’s too late and there’s nothing worse than too late.”

I wasn’t a misanthrope and I wasn’t a misogynist but I liked being alone. It felt good to sit alone in a small space and smoke and drink. I had always been good company for myself.

It’s easy to fear being alone, and the company of others can often act as some form of a safety blanket. But there are much worse things than loneliness, and there’s no point in getting caught up in being alone when that time can be spent on so many more fulfilling and joyful things. Learn to appreciate yourself without others, and value your time alone.

10. Life happens, don’t always take it so seriously.

“Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink.” 

Unexpected, even crazy things are bound to happen in life, and sometimes you just have to go with it. Don’t get caught up in perfection and make sure to lighten up sometimes. There’s no point in taking everything seriously, and sometimes you just need to have some fun.


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