‘My philosophy is it’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am, and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.’
‘Relish everything that’s inside of you, the imperfections, the darkness, the richness and light and everything. And that makes for a full life.’
‘We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap.’
‘I think the healthy way to live is to make friends with the beast inside oneself, and that means not the beast but the shadow. The dark side of one’s nature. Have fun with it and you, is to accept everything about ourselves.’
‘For me, time is the greatest mystery of all. The fact is that we’re dreaming all the time. That’s what really gets me. We have a fathomless lake of unconsciousness just beneath our skulls.’
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What I’m reading – I am currently reading Paper Towns by John Green. I thoroughly enjoyed the film so I thought I would pick up the novel. The story is about a girl named Margo Roth Spiegelman and her neighbour Quentin Jacobsen. The blurb reads as follows: ‘Quentin Jacobsen has always loved Margo from afar. So when she climbs through his window to summon him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow. But the next morning, Q turns up at school and Margo doesn’t. She’s left clues to her disappearance, like a trail of breadcrumbs for Q to follow’.
What I’m watching – With the university year finished, an abundance of time and very little to do, I have taken to watching a lot of TV. Currently I am watching Friends, 3rd Rock from the Sun and The Big Bang Theory. All three I would recommend, especially if what you’re after is a light watch which you don’t have to put a lot of energy or concentration into.
What I’m listening to – Plastic by Nina Karolidou, Like I Would by Zayn, My Demons by Starset, Bulletproof by Young Guns, Give Up by Once Upon a Dead Man and MFT80s by Chris Bourne. Further proof of my very eclectic music taste…
What I’m eating – STIR FRY. I think I’m obsessed with Stir Fry… is that weird? At least it’s healthy and easy to make. I make stir fry with cabbage, pepper, onion, broccoli and carrots with either rice noodles, cous cous or rice. I’m a vegetarian so I don’t add meat.
What I’m quoting – ‘In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.’ -Nikos Kazantzakis
‘The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.’
‘I think you end up doing the stuff you were supposed to do at the time you were supposed to do it.’
‘I don’t drink these days. I am allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs.’
‘There is unpanned gold in every soul you run into, no matter what walk of life they are from.’
‘It was so nice to go into this fake courtroom. I immediately went up into the judge’s chair. Nice view. A preferable perspective.’
‘All these years, my favourite thing to do in life was to be laughing until the tears well up. Now I’ve found that humour is something as valuable as an Aqua-Lung is to divers.’
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‘I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.’
‘I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.’
‘I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.’
‘There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It’s always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means.’
‘I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living on.’
‘I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture that I was living in. It just seemed like a challenge to move it a little bit towards the way I thought it might be interesting to go.’
‘What I do is I write mainly about very personal and rather lonely feelings, and I explore them in a different way each time. You know, what I do is not terribly intellectual. I’m a pop singer for Christ’s sake. As a person, I’m fairly uncomplicated.’
‘I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.’
Rest in Peace, David Bowie.
‘With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.’
‘You must do the things you think you cannot do.’
‘You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’
‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.’
‘We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.’
‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.’
‘Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.’
‘It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.’
‘It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.’
‘Friendship with one’s self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.’
‘It’s the ultimate goal every day you wake up, to be happy. At the end of the week, you want to be happy. Happy in love, happy in work, happy in life, happy with yourself. It’s pretty simple.’
‘Together we are stronger, our voices louder, and the synergy of our actions more powerful. Together we can prevail on the Navy to put common sense safeguards in place, like requiring its ships to avoid the most sensitive marine mammal habitats and to stop their training exercises during peak migrations.’
‘I love the ukulele. It’s got a beautiful, melodic tone to it. There’s something innocent and romantic, and it’s just a grand instrument to play.’
‘Be good to people, be kind to people, show up, read the lines, hit the mark, and go home.’
‘We owe it to our children to be better stewards of the environment. The alternative? – a world without whales. It’s too terrible to imagine.’
‘When people don’t believe in you, you have to believe in yourself.’
‘Some age, other mature’.
‘Perhaps I’m not a good actor, but I would be even worse at doing anything else’.
‘Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile’.
‘Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith. For without fear of the devil there is no need for God’.
‘I like women. I don’t understand them, but I like them’.
‘I left Scotland when I was 16 because I had no qualifications for anything but the Navy, having left school at 13’.
‘I haven’t found anywhere in the world where I want to be all the time. The best of my life is the moving. I look forward to going’.
‘There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man’.
‘There’s one major difference between James Bond and me. He is able to sort out problems!’
‘I think you make the best with what you’ve got, you know? Sometimes you have very little. And you just always try to rise to higher ground, because you’re going to suffer one way or the other, so you just hope that you have strength and perseverance and good friends and faith, some kind of faith, to endure and move on to greener pastures.’
‘You can get totally messed up trying to please everyone with what you do, but ultimately, you have to please yourself.’
‘James Bond is one of those heroes that all guys feel they could actually be like.’
‘People should be allowed to marry, and gay marriage should be out there. If a man or a woman has a good partner and they love each other with their heart and soul, let them marry. I am very much for gay marriage.’
‘Love means that everything is right with the world. Love and only love. Love means that you are content within your own heart and in the presence of the person that you love, who fills your day and makes you stronger and wiser, and gives you the confidence to go out into the world. Love is just the most beautiful, joyous feeling.’
‘I realise how precious life is, probably because I’ve seen how it can be taken away.’
‘I’ve only ever trusted my gut on everything. I don’t trust my head, I don’t trust my heart, I trust my gut.’
‘There’s a saying, ‘It’s easy to write songs, but very difficult to write great songs.’ I’m going through that right now.’
‘I like the idea of helping people help people.’
‘I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I’d seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it.’
‘I’ve never been enamoured by the idea of being a celebrity.’
‘I watch everybody every night, from sitting down to being on their feet at the end, and I feel a sense of reinvention, of caring, presenting these songs in their purest form.’
‘I always just wanted to be the singer or the bass player in the band. I’d love to have a band, where I was obviously the singer, but where it wasn’t me, it wasn’t my name.’
‘I like to be able to present myself in two or three different ways because I’ve never really wanted to rest on my laurels and be something that people expected. ‘
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‘There’s no regret. You can’t regret. I mean, I’ve felt regret but I’ve also refused to allow regret to sow a seed and live in me because I don’t believe it. You feel it, it’s like guilt, it’s like jealousy, it’s like all those horrible things. You’ve just got to snip them and get them out, because they’re no good.’
‘We all have times when we go home at night and pull out our hair and feel misunderstood and lonely and like we’re falling. I think the brain is such that there is always going to be something missing.’
‘I was an optimist, a great champion of the human spirit. And I lost that for a time. I feel like I’ve regained a bit of that in the last few years but there was a period of my life in which I had a very low opinion of people in general.’
‘I’m only wanted by directors for the image I give off, and it makes me angry. I always wanted to be an actor and not a beauty pageant winner.’
‘I sometimes shy away because I don’t want to be too ‘showy-offy’ but the older I get I think, ‘You have a handkerchief, put it in your pocket.’’
‘I’m kind of ashamed to be a celebrity. I don’t understand wanting to read about other people’s dirty laundry. I think celebrity is the biggest red herring society has ever pulled on itself.’
‘I would never know how to sell myself as a sex symbol. That’s not how I’m programmed.’