On Life, Death and the Universe
"People don’t do what they believe in, they just do what’s most convenient, then they repent."
"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."
"Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in."
"All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why."
"Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying."
Simone de Beauvoir
"I could dance with you until the cows come home. On second thought I'd rather dance with the cows until you come home."
"Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone."
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened."
"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?"
"The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason."
"Don't get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life."
"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."
H. L. Mencken
"The most revolutionary thing one can do is always to proclaim loudly what is happening."
"They say I shot a man named Grey and took his wife to Italy. She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me. I can't help it if I'm lucky."
"Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact."
"Marry me, and you'll be farting through silk."
Robert Mitchum after Ezra Pound
"Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing."
"As for me, I'm going back into the closet, where women are women, and men are empty overcoats."