Here are some of my favorite quotes:
"the great essentials for happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for."
"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."
"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 that 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 everyone goes "Awww!""
-jack kerouac (from on the road)
"I am a weirdo...thank god"
"life is much to important to be taken seriously"
"do today what your instincts tell you could wait until tomorrow"
-sir john major
"there is no one you need to impress more than yourself."
"ever self-conscious even obsessive about my place in the world"
"to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."
"I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health"
"inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work"
"so bring [your kids] up believing in god and they'll be good and law-abiding. It's a perfect system. Well, nearly. 75% of Americans are god-fearing Christians; 75% of prisoners are god-fearing Christians. 10% of Americans are atheists; 0.2% of prisoners are atheists."
"john cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. his advice: begin anywhere"
"i must learn to love the fool in me - the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It along protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom i also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool."