There’s a direct correlation b/t how content I am, and happy, and how early I have to get up for work.

with thanks/apologies to Slaughterhouse 90210

“This is what I thought: for the most banal even to become an adventure, you must (and this is enough) begin to recount it.”

— Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea

“So now he used loud angry rock music as a replacement for real feelings, rather than as an expression of them, and he didn’t even mind very much. What good were real feelings anyway?”
— Nick Hornby, About a Boy

“What passes for hip cynical transcendence of sentiment is really some kind of fear of being really human, since to be really human … is probably to be unavoidably sentimental and naïve and goo-prone and generally pathetic.”
— David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“They tried to be too clever—and that was their undoing.”
— Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles

“You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.” 
— Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird (smoked catfish spread)

 “His affection—that gravitational mass of love, fear, longing, desire, and lust that he directed at any and every girl in the vicinity without regard to looks, age, or availability—broke his heart each and every day.”  —   Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

“When you live alone, your furnishings, your possessions, are always confronting you with the thinness of your existence.”
— Zoë Heller, What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal    (that’s a box of bullets)

“When there is pleasure, there is often abandon, and mistakes are made.”
— Dave Eggers, What Is the What (that’s an oyster, tequila…lime juice…Blenheim’s and skrimp)

“”Ah,” she cried, “you look so cool.”
Their eyes met, and they stared together at each other, alone in space. With an effort she glanced down at the table.
“You always look so cool,” she repeated.”

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“He was dressed as if everything he wore had come from different stores or from a rummage sale, except that the crease in his trousers was sharp and his shoes were shined.”
— Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby, Age 8

“The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.”
— Albert Camus, The Plague

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.  ~Voltaire

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.  ~C.S. Lewis

When you can’t do something truly useful, you tend to vent the pent up energy in something useless but available, like snappy dressing.  ~Lois McMaster Bujold

Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.  ~W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer’s Notebook, 1949

“One should never turn one’s back on a vivid imagination.” 
— Lorrie Moore,  Birds of America

“I wouldn’t want a boy to think I was pretty unless he was the kind of boy who thought I was pretty.”
— Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

“He created his own Kool Aid reality and was able to illuminate himself by it.”
— Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America

Thank God for dirty dishes,
they have a tale to tell;
while others may go hungry,
we’re eating very well.
~Author Unknown


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One Response to “There’s a direct correlation b/t how content I am, and happy, and how early I have to get up for work.”

  1. Elorrum Says:

    Thank God for dirty dishes,
    they have a tale to tell;
    while others may go hungry,
    we’re eating very well.
    With home and health and happiness,
    We shouldn’t want to fuss.
    For by this stack of evidence,
    God’s very good to us.

    You are my hero today. Beverly Cleary, Richard Brautigan, and my childhood kitchen spoon rest. A quote trifecta, with bonus for the spoon rest. And many other good quotes as well. I feel like I’ve spent the afternoon at a backyard party in a couple of minutes.

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