The one thing we can never get enough of is love.
And the one thing we never give enough is love.
The real leader has no need to lead – he is content to point the way.
Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.
Our diseases are our attachments.
The aim of life is to live,
and to live means to be aware,
joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.
Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.
Everyone has his own reality in which, if one is not too cautious, timid, or frightened, one swims. This is the only reality there is.
No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.
True strength lies in submission which permits one to
dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.
The moment that one gives close attention to anything,
even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious and awesome,
indescribably magnificent world in itself.
- Kurt Vonnegut American Novelist
- Gore Vidal American Novelist
- Elizabeth Gilbert American Novelist, Memoirist
- William S. Burroughs American Novelist
- Anita Loos American Actor, Novelist
- David Foster Wallace American Novelist
- Nelson Algren American Novelist
- Willa Cather American Novelist
- John Steinbeck American Novelist
- James A. Michener American Novelist