We are always the same age inside. ”

― Gertrude Stein


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“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. Oh! The places you’ll go!”

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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“And so, onwards… along a path of wisdom, with a hearty tread, a hearty confidence.. however you may be, be your own source of experience. Throw off your discontent about your nature. Forgive yourself your own self. You have it in your power to merge everything you have lived through- false starts, errors, delusions, passions, your loves and your hopes- into your goal, with nothing left over.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human

He told me about his slow realization that when one person in a family was sick, the whole family was sick. In Jason’s case, the sick person was his father, who was nice enough when he was sober, but mean as a snake when he was drunk.”

― Lauren Myracle, Shine

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“(Nicholas)”Am I dead?”
An odd question, but then she remembered her mourning attire. “No sir, you are not.”
He relaxed a moment, then turned his head slightly as if searching for other passengers. His brows dived in a scowl.
Am I married?”
She wasn’t sure how to answer. His kid gloves hid any evidence of his matrimonial state, but his expression of instantaneous alarm and regret suggested he was referring specifically to her.
No sir, we are not.”

― Donna MacMeans, The Education of Mrs. Brimley

But I think the moral is that children pay for the sins of their parent. Ask anybody who hates to go home after school.


Ask the girl whose mother is a drunk
and a whore. Ask the boy whose dad
is doing twenty-five to life.”
― Ron Koertge, Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

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The Drunken Poem :

Starkle, starkle, little twink,
Who the hell are you I think.
I’m not under what you call
The alcofluence of incohol.
I’m just a little slort of sheep,
I’m not drunk like thinkle peep.
I don’t know who is me yet,
But the drunker I stand here the longer I get.
So just give me one more fink to drill my cup,
‘Cause I got all day undrunk to Sunday up. 😈

Enter alcohol, exit words.


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“I don’t know many rules to live by,’ he’d said. ‘But here’s one. It’s simple. Don’t put anything unnecessary into yourself. No poisons or chemicals, no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles–drug or tattoo–and…no inessential penises either.’

‘Inessential penises?’ Karou had repeated, delighted with the phrase in spite of her grief. ‘Is there any such thing as an essential one?’

‘When an essential one comes along, you’ll know,’ he’d replied.”

― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

A drug is that substance which, when injected into a rat, will produce a scientific report

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“The question is frequently asked: Why does a man become a drug addict?
The answer is that he usually does not intend to become an addict. You don’t wake up one morning and decide to be a drug addict. It takes at least three months’ shooting twice a day to get any habit at all. And you don’t really know what junk sickness is until you have had several habits. It took me almost six months to get my first habit, and then the withdrawal symptoms were mild. I think it no exaggeration to say it takes about a year and several hundred injections to make an addict.
The questions, of course, could be asked: Why did you ever try narcotics? Why did you continue using it long enough to become an addict? You become a narcotics addict because you do not have strong motivations in the other direction. Junk wins by default. I tried it as a matter of curiosity. I drifted along taking shots when I could score. I ended up hooked. Most addicts I have talked to report a similar experience. They did not start using drugs for any reason they can remember. They just drifted along until they got hooked. If you have never been addicted, you can have no clear idea what it means to need junk with the addict’s special need. You don’t decide to be an addict. One morning you wake up sick and you’re an addict. (Junky, Prologue, p. xxxviii)”
― William S. Burroughs, Junky

We seldom stop to think how many people’s lives are entwined with our own. It is a form of selfishness to imagine that every individual can operate on his own or can pull out of the general stream and not be missed.

Ivy Baker Priest

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“if I see myself only in terms of myself, I am always going to be wrong. To fully understand who I am and what I am capable of, I need to always see myself in terms of a community.”

― John Hunter, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements

There’s no rage like old lady rage, just as there’s no tenderness like old lady tenderness.”

― Tina Howe, Pride’s Crossing

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You know she’s waiting
Just anticipating
For things that she’ll never never never never possess, yeah yeah
But while she’s there waiting, without them
Try a little tenderness (that’s all you gotta do)

Sometimes God dillies and dallies, and sometimes he just points at you and tells you to hang up your jock.”

― Stephen King, Pet Sematary

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My old man said,’Follow the van, Don’t dilly-dally on the way!’ Off went the cart with the home packed in it, I walked behind with my old cock linnet. But I dillied and dallied, dallied and dillied, Lost the van and don’t know where to roam. You can’t trust the’specials’ like the old time ‘coppers’ When you can’t find your way home.- Charles Collins
  ‘Don’t Dilly-Dally on the Way’ (with Fred Leigh).