Hunter Thompson on Jail

And I realized at that point that, even though I was absolutely right, if I persisted with my righteous complaint, I would probably wind up in jail.

~ Hunter Thompson / Kingdom of Fear

Gay Talese on Life

What does it all mean? It comes down to this: How well did you do your work? How did you treat people?

~ Gay Talese

Garry Wills on Serenity

Preserve serenity. That’s what people really treasure—when somebody shows a real peace with themselves and with others. To keep that serenity through all of life’s hard blows sets a person apart.

~ Garry Wills

Lucinda Williams on Romanticism

If you’re a dreamer and a romantic, you’re going to have a hard time in the world. That’s all there is to it. Because it’s just a rough, hard world. I try to find bits of joy where I can. I’m trying to find a way to find some peace. I’m almost desperate. I don’t want to be miserable the rest of my life, you know.

~ Lucinda Williams

J.K. Galbraith on Money

For any sensible person, money is two things: a major liberating force and a great convenience. It’s devastating to those who have in mind nothing else.

~ J.K. Galbraith

David Hockney on Money

I’ve always had enough money to do what I want to do, for the last 55 years, even when I didn’t have much. And that’s all I’m interested in.

~ David Hockney

Christopher Walken on Caution

I remember once, years ago, I was walking out a door — I’d been having a conversation and I was walking out the door, and this guy said to me, “Chris,” and I stopped and I turned, and he said, “Be careful.” And I never forgot that. And it comes back to me often: Be careful. That was good advice.

~ Christopher Walken

Gary Oldman On Love

“I wanted to play Dracula because I wanted to say: ‘I’ve crossed oceans of time to find you.’ It was worth playing the role just to say that line.

We all look for that other half, that partner. I mean, wouldn’t it be great to say that line to someone and mean it?”

~ Gary Oldman / Esquire, December 16th 2011

John Waters on Karma

“So many great people are dead, and so many assholes I know are still alive. Karma’s bullshit. I wish it was true, but it ain’t.”

~ John Waters

Cicero on Slander

“As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.”

~ Cicero

Cicero on Glory

“We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.”

~ Cicero

Cicero on Wealth

“Who is there who would wish to be surrounded by all the riches in the world and enjoy every abundance in life and yet not love or be loved by anyone?”

~ Cicero

Plato on Trifling

“Nothing is more unworthy of a wise man, or ought to trouble him more, than to have allowed more time for trifling and useless things than they deserve.”

~ Plato

Plato on Widsom

“Just as bees make honey from thyme, the strongest and driest of herbs, so do the wise profit from the most difficult of experiences.”

~ Plato

Chrysippus on Want

“Wise people are in want of nothing and yet need many things. On the other hand, nothing is needed by fools, for they do not understand how to use anything but are in want of everything.”

~ Chrysippus

Jeremy Clarkson on Mid-Life

“But he’ll stick with her, they’ll get married and for his 60th birthday, when he should be settling down with a book on fly-fishing, he’ll get as a present a new baby.”

~ Jeremy Clarkson / The Times, January 21st, 2018

Epictetus on Over-Reaching

“If you undertake a role which is beyond your powers, you both disgrace yourself in that one, and at the same time neglect the role which you might have filled with success.”

~ Epictetus