Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.
— Hunter S. Thompson
Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.
— James Dean
If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.
— Sir Ken Robinson
I would rather try and fail a million times than never try at all.
You have to be strong.
You have to be in shape.
You have to be willing to be uncomfortable.
That doesn’t give you extra credit in this world.
That’s just the entry fee.
— Dave Hahn on Mountaineering
Made some mistakes and I’ll probably make more
Just how it happens when you’re try to go forward
— Classified
For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
— Charles Bukowski
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks, and invents.
— Ludwig von Beethoven
I love the life I live.
My laughter and my tears.
I don’t know where its going,
But I like it like it is.
— Brother Ali
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
— "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver
Taking a trip for six months to get in the rhythm of it. It feels like you can go on forever doing that. Climbing Everest is the ultimate and the opposite of that. Because you get these high powered plastic surgeons and CEO’s, they pay $80,000 and have sherpas put the ladders in place and 8000 feet of fixed ropes and you get to the camp and you don’t even have to lay out your sleeping bag. It’s already laid out with a chocolate mint on the top. The whole purpose of planning something like Everest is to effect some sort of spiritual and physical gain and if you compromise the process, you’re an asshole when you start out and you’re an asshole when you get back.
— Yvon Chouinard