Words I Live by


On Travel

“In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.”
-Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

“I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness.”
-Maya Angelou

“When people decry civilian deaths caused by the U.S government, they’re aiding propaganda efforts. In sharp contrast, when civilian deaths are caused by bombers who hate America, the perpetrators are evil and those deaths are tragedies. When they put bombs in cars and kill people, they’re uncivilized killers. When we put bombs on missiles and kill people, we’re upholding civilized values. When they kill, they’re terrorists. When we kill, we’re striking against terror.”
– Norman Solomon

“While traveling you meet people that gave up their ‘old’ life and started traveling, to leave a world they have lived in, into an unknown world on the road. Some for a few months, some for a year and some for the time being. All I know for now is that there is a different world out there that I would like to meet, feel, experience and most of all to learn from. Who knows how my life will look like in 10 or 20 years from now. I just have the feeling that I have to find out if I really like this different world instead of keeping the dream inside me.”

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it solely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
– Mark Twain

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”
– St. Augustine

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries”
– Aldous Huxley

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” 
– Mohammed

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
-Einstein

“Let the World Change you & You can change the World”
-Che Guevara

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
-Dr. Seuss

“I believe in following your wanderlust to your bliss and living life to the fullest; every aspect of my life seems to flow from that basic ambition. My yen for travel is a metaphor for my quest for knowledge. I sing in the key of freedom, and that has definite implications for my love life. I want to see too much of the planet and its peoples to be anything but a nomad.”

 

Jack Kerouac of the Beatnik Generation – My favorite Wanderlust
“…see the whole thing is a world full of rucksack wanderers, Dharma Bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume production and therefore have to work for the privilege of consuming, all that crap they didn’t really want anyway such as refrigerators, TV sets, cars, …all of them imprisoned in a system of work, produce, consume, work, produce, consume, I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of ‘em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures.”
– Kerouac (The Dharma Bums) 1958

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”
– Kerouac

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
-Kerouac

“I want to work in revelations, not just spin silly tales for money. I want to fish as deep down as possible into my own subconscious in the belief that once that far down, everyone will understand because they are the same that far down.”
-Kerouac


On Living Life


“Be Happy for this moment. This moment is your Life.”

“Don’t live today as if it were your last. Live today as if it were your first. Go into the day looking for things to see, to feel and to taste, as if you’re seeing, feeling and tasting them for the first time. Make your life a mission, not an intermission. Don’t fear that the end is near …fear more that you never began.”
“Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature, be better than anyone here.”

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.”

“It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” -Rocky

“Some people went around interviewing dying patients and not one person said they regretted not making more money or working harder, they all seemed to say their regrets were not spending more time with the people they love, and not traveling more and not relating more… to the world”
– From the 1 Giant Leap Album.

“The bad things in life open your eyes to the good things you weren’t paying attention to before.”
-Good Will Hunting

“Fall in love or fall in hate. Get inspired or be depressed. Make babies or make art. Speak the truth or lie and cheat. Dance on tables or sit in the corner. Life is divine chaos. Embrace it. Forgive yourself. Breathe. And enjoy the ride.”

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
– Think Different, Steve Jobs

“So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.”

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind. “
“If by a liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a liberal, then I’m proud to say I’m a liberal.”
-John F. Kennedy

“It’s a way of looking at that wave and saying, “Hey bud, let’s party!”
-Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High

“And the turtles, of course… All the turtles are free- As turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.”


“The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, [and] the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die.”
– Aleister Crowley


“We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities.”

“Poverty stimulates one’s wisdom.”

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained”

“You know the great thing, though, is that change can be so constant you don’t even feel the difference until there is one. It can be so slow that you don’t even notice that your life is better or worse, until it is. Or it can just blow you away, make you something different in an instant. It happened to me.”

“When you find you can go neither backward nor forward, when you discover that you are no longer able to stand, sit or lie down, when your children have died of malnutrition and your aged parents have been sent to the poorhouse or the gas chamber, when you realize that you can neither write nor not write, when you are convinced that all the exits are blocked, either you take to believing in miracles or you stand still like the hummingbird. The miracle is that the honey is always there, right under your nose, only you were too busy searching elsewhere to realize it. The worst is not death but being blind, blind to the fact that everything about life is in the nature of the miraculous”
–Henry Miller “Stand Still like the Hummingbird”

“Where words fail, Music Speaks.”

“The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A Death. What’s that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch and you go to work. You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities. You become a little baby, you go back into the womb, spend your last nine months floating ….and you finish off as an orgasm!”
-George Carlin

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!”
-Bob Marley

“We were meant to live for so much more… have we lost ourselves?”
-Switchfoot

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do. And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
-Dr. Seuss

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
-Dr. Seuss

Zhuang Zi:
‘All existing things are really one. We regard those that are beautiful and rare as valuable, and those that are ugly as foul and rotten. The foul and rotten may come to be transformed into what is rare and valuable, and the rare and valuable into what is foul and rotten.’

‘We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.’

‘Men claim that Mao and Lady Li were beautiful, but if fish saw them they would dive to the bottom of the stream; if birds saw them they would fly away, and if deer saw them they would break into a run. Of these four, who knows how to fix the standard of beauty in the world?’
One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
-Bob Marley

“None but ourselves can free our minds.” -Bob Marley

“God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact.”
– Tyler Durden, Fight Club

“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.”
– Tyler Durden, Fight Club

“I say let me never be complete. I say let me never be content. I say deliver me from Swedish furniture. I say deliver me from clever art. I say deliver me from clear skin and perfect teeth. I say you have to give up. I say evolve and let the chips fall where they may.”
– Narrator, Fight Club


Poetry

“The Paradox of Our Age”
by The Dalai Lama

We have bigger houses but smaller families;
More conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
More knowledge, but less judgment;
More experts, but more problems; More medicines, but less healthiness;
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever but have less communication.
We have become long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods but slow digestion;
Tall man but short character; Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It’s a time when there is much in the window, but nothing in the room.


“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
-Shel Silverstein

“This bridge will only take you halfway there, to those mysterious lands you long to see. Through gypsy camps and swirling Arab fair, and moonlit woods where unicorns run free. So come and walk awhile with me and share the twisting trails and wonderous worlds Ive known. But this bridge will only take you halfway there. The last few steps you have to take alone.”
-Shel Silverstein

“You get up,
You go to work,
You find a way to Live.”

-my Hero Anthony Bourdain