I can’t imagine what I was thinking when I came up with this list of fave quotes. Just go with it.

“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.”

– Chuck Palahniuk (1999), Invisible Monsters

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

– Mark Twain (1935), Mark Twain’s notebook

 “Experience is a brutal teacher…but you learn. My God you learn.”

– “Jack” (C. S. Lewis), Shadowlands (1963, film)

 “I have never liked working. To me a job is an invasion of privacy.”

– Danny McGoorty, unsourced

 “Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it.”

– attributed to Harry S. Truman (1884-1972)

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Mary Schmich

(similar versions by Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962),

Jane Adams and Mark Toby

“I have spent most of my life worrying about things that never happened.”

– Mark Twain

“Don’t think, feel…it is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory!”

– Bruce Lee (1973), Enter the Dragon

“But who prays for Satan?

Who, in 18 centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it the most?”

– Mark Twain, unsourced

 “The first draft of anything is shit.”

– Ernest Hemingway, unsourced

“I am the ME I choose to be.”

– Sidney Poitier, unsourced

“Embrace the glorious mess that you are.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert (2014), facebook page

 “The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector.

This is the writer’s radar and all great writers have had it.”

– Ernest Hemingway (1958) Paris Review interview

“One must have a chaos inside oneself to give birth to a dancing star.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche (1883), Thus Spake Zarathustra

 “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

– Albert Camus, Notebook IV in Notebooks: 1942-1951

“Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.”

– Ray Bradbury (1947), The Meadow

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt (1960), Catholic Digest August

“What you think of me is none of my business.”

– Terry Cole Whitaker

Experto credite. (“Believe one who has tried it.”)

– Virgil, Aeneid (29-19 B.C.)

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