Some words I have been fortunate enough to encounter — true, false, inspirational, wise, compelling, honest, for better, for worse, or otherwise.

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“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” – Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

“You can’t blame a writer for what the characters say.” – Truman Capote

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” – Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories

“That was when Leonard realized something crucial about depression. The smarter you were, the worse it was. The sharper your brain, the more it cut you up.” – Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

“The answer is good things only happen to you if you’re good. Good? Honest is more what I mean… Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a whore: I’d rather have cancer than a dishonest heart.” – Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

“I am not young enough to know everything.” – Oscar Wilde

“Holly: You know the days when you get the mean reds?
Narrator: The mean reds. You mean like the blues?
Holly: No. The blues are because you’re getting fat, and maybe it’s been raining too long. You’re just sad, that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid, and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?” – Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” – Oscar Wilde

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” – Oscar Wilde

“As thoughts come, let them go.” – yoga mantra