(1778 – 1830) ― William Hazlitt
“The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.”
― John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.”
― Frazer Hines
― Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde
“This is what I think. Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. Something bigger. Call it transcendence if you want, but it’s a fucked-up way, like a rat in a maze. We all want the same thing. We all have this hole. The thing you want offers relief, but it’s a trap.”
― Tess Callahan, April & Oliver
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
― Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary
“I changed my mind. I don’t want to be an investigative journalist anymore. I want to be a professional rum drinker.”
“There are people who do that,” Duff said. He’d barely sipped his rum.
“Really? What do you call them?”
― Libba Bray, Beauty Queens