There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.
We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.
Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.
If you're reading this... Congratulations, you're alive. If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.
The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.
The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
People aren't either wicked or noble. They're like chef's salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.
My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you're lucky.