My favorite quotes of all time.

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Our love is all we have.

— Wilco, Jesus Etc.

Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.

— J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

I don’t know where I am, I don’t know where I been, but I know where I want to go.

— Bright Eyes, First Day of My Life

Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.

— Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye

When I was deep in poverty you taught me how to give.

— Bob Dylan, Wedding Song

if the damned gave you a road map then you’d know which way to go

— Modest Mouse, Spitting Venom

Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine.

— Patti Smith, Gloria

I thought of that old joke, y’know, the, this, this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Doc, uh, my brother’s crazy. He thinks he’s a chicken.” And, uh, the doctor says, “Well, why don’t you turn him in?” And the guy says, “I would, but I need the eggs.” Well, I guess that’s pretty much how I feel about relationships. Y’know, they’re totally irrational and crazy and absurd and, but, uh, I guess we keep going through it because, uh, most of us need the eggs.

— Woody Allen, Annie Hall

Which is worse, hell or nothing? Only if we’re caught and punished can we be saved. ‘Burn the Louvre,’ the mechanic says, ‘and wipe your ass with the Mona Lisa. This way at least, God would know our names.’

— Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

My heart was aching, and my belief is that when things are bad, it’s better to make them worse.

— Emma Forrest, Thin Skin

I love you as the plant that never blooms, but carries within itself the light of hidden flowers. Thanks to your love, a certain solid fragrance, risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

— Pablo Neruda, XVII

You, me, and everything caught in the fire.

— Radiohead, You

You know, at one time, I used to break into pet shops to liberate the canaries. But I decided that was an idea way before its time. Zoos are full, prisons are overflowing… oh my, how the world still dearly loves a cage.

— Harold & Maude

There’s nothing like unrequited love to take all the flavor out of a peanut butter sandwich.

— Charlie Brown

There are too many ideas and too many people. And too many directions to go. I was starting to believe that the reason it matters to care passionately about something, is that is whittles the world down to a more manageable size.

— Adaptation

Judith looked all wrong. Her hair was pulled back tightly; she was wearing some cheap polka-dotted dress she’d bought at a thrift shop. Our meeting was all full of false starts. What’s going on at school? How is your painting? What did you do over spring break? What music are you listening to? Then it got into harder stuff. I took her hands. I grabbed at them greedily and held them in my lap. Why wasn’t I good enough? I asked. Why couldn’t I be closer to her than I was? What was I doing wrong? Why was I so bad at human commerce when it was the thing I wanted more than anything?

— Rick Moody, The Brightest Ring of Angels Around Heaven

She felt heightened in her own eyes, while knowing this sensation was not different from drunkenness, and that it would vanish like the ecstasies of drink, leaving her the next day even more shaky, even weaker at the core, deflated, possessing nothing within herself.

— Anaïs Nin, A Spy in the House of Love

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

— Anaïs Nin

That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.

— Charles Bukowski

In a dream you are never eighty.

— Anne Sexton

We are the dead. Short days ago, We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie, here in Flanders Fields.

— John McCrae, In Flanders Fields

i love dogs better than anything else on earth, next to cigarettes & a couple of people.

— Jo Ann Beards, The Boys of My Youth

i wanted this one to be different. i wanted to think i would have liked her, in another time and place, another life. But i could see already that i wouldn’t have liked her, nor she me.

— Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Practice- that’s all it took. All a guy needed was a chance. Somebody was always controlling who got a chance, & who didn’t.

— Charles Bukowski, Ham On Rye

I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me, and my inquiry is as to their working, and my problem is their subjugation and victory, downthrow and upheaval, and my effort is their self expression.

— Dylan Thomas

It don’t mean nothing, drive on.

— Johnny Cash, Drive On

I’d love to wear a rainbow everyday, & tell the world that everything’s okay. But until we start to make a move to make a few things right, you’ll never see me wear a suit of white.

— Johnny Cash, Man in Black

I am just a dreamer, but you are just a dream.
You could have been anyone to me.

— Neil Young, Like A Hurricane

I have seen the future, brother, it is murder.

— Leonard Cohen, The Future

So may the sunrise bring hope where it once was forgotten.
Sons are like birds, flying always over the mountain.

— Iron & Wine, Upward Over The Mountain
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