After all, what is happiness? Love, they tell me.
But love doesn’t bring and never has brought happiness.
On the contrary, it’s a constant state of anxiety, a battlefield;
it’s sleepless nights, asking ourselves all the time
if we’re doing the right thing.
Real love is composed of ecstasy and agony.
The Witch of Portobello // Paulo Coelho
So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself:
who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived
or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?
// Hunter S. Thompson
i’ve spent all my life
flirting with disaster and
trying not to drown
3AM Thoughts // AKA “Haiku 135.”
it was you, standing
at the edge of the world and
begging me to jump
3AM Thoughts // AKA “Haiku 131.”
In this way, we end up spending (as Thoreau put it) “the best part of one’s life earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it.”
We’d love to drop all and explore the world outside, we tell ourselves, but the time never seems right. Thus, given an unlimited amount of choices, we make none. Settling into our lives, we get so obsessed with holding on to our domestic certainties that we forget why we desired them in the first place.
Vagabonding // Rolf Potts
I have led a toothless life…
I have never bitten into anything.
I was waiting.
I was reserving myself for later on-
and I have just noticed that my teeth have gone.
L’Age de Raison // Jean-Paul Sartre
Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?
The Sun Also Rises // Ernest Hemingway
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Normality is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.
// Vincent Van Gogh
The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.
Invisible Monsters // Chuck Palahniuk