I work a lot, do a lot of different things, but I think in some ways I’m overcompensating for the inner, hidden knowledge that somewhere deep inside me there’s a lazy hippie waiting to get out, that if I’m given the opportunity, I’d lay down on the couch, turn on Adventure Time or The Simpsons, smoke a joint, and lay there for the next six months. — Anthony Bourdain on his work ethic (via sickeningliberal)

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[M]odern liberalism’s aims are to ‘emancipate individuals from the fear of hunger, unemployment, ill health, and a miserable old age,’ and to ‘help members of modern industrial societies flourish’ … The progressive maintains that change is a way of life, that society must work to ensure this change is for the better, and that government is the most important means of doing so. — "The Future Progressive" by Jeff Madrick (via fortunenglory)
Control in modern times requires more than force, more than law. It requires that a population dangerously concentrated in cities and factories, whose lives are filled with cause for rebellion, be taught that all is right as it is. And so, the schools, the churches, the popular literature taught that to be rich was a sign of superiority, to be poor a sign of personal failure, and that the only way upward for a poor person was to climb into the ranks of the rich by extraordinary effort and extraordinary luck. — Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States (via fortunenglory)
We only said goodbye with words. I died a hundred times. You back to her and I go back to black — Back to Black by Beyonce (via xoxthamarxox)
There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind. — C.S. Lewis (via justanotherfras)
I am amazed to think of the number of people who must have screamed and died on battlefields in order to fulfill the ambitions of presidents and emperors. Or of the aggregation into the hands of some large groups of people, like the United States of America, great reserves of wealth and power, denied to most others. And yet, despite all this, there seemed to have been good and kind men and women. And many of them happy. — Walter Tevis, Mockingbird (via fortunenglory)
I’ve had a sign over my typewriter for over 25 years now, which reads “Don’t think!” You must never think at the typewriter — you must feel. Your intellect is always buried in that feeling anyway. — For Ray Bradbury's birthday today, a lovely 1974 interview. (via explore-blog)

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If men are honest, everything they do and everywhere they go is for a chance to see women. There were points in my life where I felt oddly irresistible to women. I’m not in that state now and that makes me sad. But I also believe that a lot of the improvements in my character have come through ageing and the diminishing of powers. It’s all a balancing act; you just have to get used to the ride. — Jack Nicholson on honestly, women, and aging (source). (via rowthree)

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Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility. — Katherine Paterson, The Spying Heart (1989)