quotable quotes

Read this great quote today on Turn the Record Over:

There are so many hammocks to catch you if you fall, so many laws to keep you from experience. All these cities I have been in, in the last few weeks make me fully understand the cozy, stifling state in which most people pass through life.

I don’t want to pass through life like a smooth plane ride. All you do is get to breathe and copulate and finally die. I don’t want to go with the smooth skin and the calm brow. I hope I end up a blithering idiot cursing the sun – hallucinating, screaming, giving obscene and inane lectures on street corners and public parks.

People will walk by and say, “Look at that drooling idiot. What a basket case.” I will turn and say to them “It is you who are the basket case. For every moment you hated your job, cursed your wife and sold yourself to a dream that you didn’t even conceive. For the times your soul screamed yes and you said no. For all of that. For your self-torture, I see the glowing eyes of the sun.

~ Henry Rollins

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  1. That’s pretty hardcore. Not exactly the way I want to live my life, but then, I’m not Henry Rollins.

  2. I love the last line in the second paragraph. I can totally see that.

  3. kelly

    Interesting quote but another one of those holier than thou judgmental things of how others may choose to live.

  4. You’ve definitely derived a different meaning from it. In no way do I see it as judgmental.

    Rollins may have meant this literally, but I’m taking it as “have no regrets” or more so – I’d rather live to regret the things I did, than those I didn’t.

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