“Even if it’s just to see the sun come up to break a depression, interact with the world, because that’s what you’re here to do.”

— Leslie Sternbergh Alexander (RIP)

“People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.”

— Seneca

80's Wisdom


From the 1986 film Space Camp, of all things.

“My philosophy is: sleep late, drive fast, and not take any of this shit seriously.”

“Why do you want to please anybody but yourself?”

“What’s the worst thing that can happen? We’ll all die, right?”

“I hit 50 and realized I’m probably past the 50-yard-line, and I started to think that time is all we’re given in this life, the hours and what we do with them. It sounds simple, but it’s true, and it makes you realize that you have to pick the areas in your life that cause time to stop, that make you feel the fullness of the moment.”

— Richard Linklater (via)

“Somebody may beat me, but they’re going to have to bleed to do it.”

— Prefontaine

“This is what makes life a story. Getting a precious thing and holding on to that thing until I die isn’t a very good story. A good story is you’re up, and then you’re down, and then you’re up, and it really looks like you’re going to win this time, and then you’re down and it really looks like you’re gonna lose, and then you win.”

“I think the incorrect way to think, for some people, is you can do a show for awhile and then it ends and it’s like, "Ugh. Back to the drawing board.” And it’s not back to the drawing board because you have that much more experience, you have that much more knowledge, you have that much more exposure, and you have, ultimately, that much more appreciation for what you were doing. You’re infinitely better off than you were a year ago.“

— Pete Holmes, on the cancellation of his talk show

“We all have inside ourselves a woman who walks alone on the road. In all women there is something in revolt that is not expressed.”

— Agnès Varda (RIP)

“I don’t want to use my imagination anymore; I’m tired of that. I have the pleasure of seeing things all around me. I don’t have to make anything up. For the time being, that pleases me.”

— Maira Kalman