It’s possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard. And vice versa.

— Hermann Hesse

It’s possible to commit no mistakes and still lose.

— Jean-Luc Picard
some nerdy TV show

The purpose of a rose is to be a rose. Your purpose is to be yourself. You don’t have to run anywhere to become someone else. You are wonderful just as you are.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

You’re a legend.

— David
(some classmate I had last semester who’d always say this to the professor. He’s an example of what I call a “cinnamon roll.” He got really excited talking about Mario one time and then apologized for seeming “too happy.” I miss him, and I find myself saying this a lot now. Shine on, David, you crazy legend. If you know any such cinnamon rolls, I’d love to hear about them – please tell me about them in my guestbook.)

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

— Mary Schmich
Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young

There’s a lot to unpack here, but maybe we should just go ahead and burn the whole briefcase.

— Thomas
(I’m aware they were probably just quoting something they read online but, when they said this in senior year health class, I laughed so hard I cried, and had to write it down. Thank you Thomas)

New does not always mean better, sometimes old things remind us that there was a different path, and there still can be again.

— Melon King
Melon’s Manifesto v1.0

If you need any purpose at all to make art, here it is: because it might bring you joy.

— Newt
Art is Not a Talent, and You Should Make Art

Sans toi, les émotions d’aujourd’hui ne seraient que la peau morte des émotions d’autrefois.

— Hipolito

Each animal knows way more than you do.

— A Koyukon hunter
Understanding Eskimo Science, Richard Nelson

Too much useless info is making it harder for all of us to cope with everyday hassles. We’re overfull with inconsequential information that does nothing good for us.

— Adam Gnade
Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty

idk if this song about is buttstuff or what

in response to Meatloaf’s “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”

I absolutely loathe hydrangeas.


Find out who you are, then do it on purpose.

— Dolly Parton

I’ve never suffered, and don’t intend to suffer.

Miles Davis

If he’s going to be a jerk to me, then he can find his own way to the bowling alley.

— some Disney-obsessed girl I went to high school with.
(What happened was, me and my boyfriend were walking through town and I saw an old acquaintance walking across the street. I waved and said hello, and she crossed the street to talk to me. I prepped myself for some awkward small talk and was ready to introduce her to my partner, but as soon as I asked “how are you,” she immediately started talking to me about how tired she is of her boyfriend and how she’s ready to dump him once and for all. She hit me with a deluge of complaints, and I was almost breathless. I just nodded and kept saying, “Yeah, sounds bad, sounds like your heart’s not in it, you don’t need him,” but she just kept going and going, even though my boyfriend, a complete stranger to her, was standing right there, listening to all of this for several minutes It culminated in her saying she was going to go to a party at the bowling alley tomorrow, but she’s not going to give him a ride. “If he’s going to be a jerk to me, I’ll be one back. He can find his own way to the bowling alley.” She said it multiple times. Then, we simmered in an awkward moment of silence. Finally, I introduced her to my boyfriend, and I said we had to get going. We held in our laughter until we had walked another block. Also, she has a Brooklyn accent, so she pronounced it “joik.” 09/11/22)

Being useful for me is the primary use case for this space on the internet. It’s not that I don’t care about you, but this is for me. It’s here so I can record what I think and know and preserve it in time and space. It’s my garden, but I’m happy for you to hang around and eat tomatos with me.

— Joel Hooks
Stop Giving af and Start Writing More

Where the myth fails, human love begins. Then we love a human being, not our dream, but a human being with flaws.

— Anaïs Nin

Mae West: For a long time, I was ashamed of the way I lived.
Man: You mean to say you’ve reformed?
Mae West: No, I got over being ashamed.

Goin’ to Town (1935)

only the truest things always are true because they can’t be true

— e. e. cummings

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

(It’s not original, but he made it his own. He has a way of saying the right thing at the right time. 01/06/22)

I can normally tell how intelligent a man is by how stupid he thinks I am.

— Cormac McCarthy
All the Pretty Horses

I have avoided explaining these lyrics for over 25 years. I am not going to start doing it now.

— Seal
on the lyrics to his hit song “Kiss from a Rose”

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.

— Sophia Loren

The purpose of poetry is to remind us
how difficult it is to remain just one person

— Czesław Miłosz

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