You don’t have to be anything you don’t want to be. You don’t have to live up to anyone’s expectations. There’s no need to strive for a kind of perfection that’s not very interesting to you. You don’t have to believe in ideas that make you sad or tormented, and you don’t have to feel emotions that others try to manipulate you into feeling.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature. . . . Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Life is not a dress rehearsal.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life.
If you want to work on your art, work on your life.
If writers were good businessmen, they’d have too much sense to be writers.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.