“When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 pm. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such repetition for so long — six months to a year — requires a good amount of mental and physical strength. In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.”
“The important task of literature is to free man, not to censor him”
“All the things you probably hate about travelling -the recycled air, the artificial lighting, the digital juice dispensers, the cheap sushi- are warm reminders that I’m home.”
— Ryan Bingham (Up In The Air)
“If you can’t determine right from wrong then you lack empathy, not religion.”
“Socializing is as exhausting as giving blood. People assume we loners are misanthropes, just sitting thinking, ‘Oh, people are such a bunch of assholes,’ but it’s really not like that. We just have a smaller tolerance for what it takes to be with others. It means having to perform. I get so tired of communicating.”
“Today we need compassion for the human predicament we are all caught in to some degree. This earthly life is a world of pain and sorrow, and there is no way to escape this karma, no one does. Yet through suffering comes wisdom, and through wisdom comes love, and through love comes the sense of Oneness. The next time you have a tendency to be angry with someone, remind yourself that deep down they are already suffering in a way you might never know about. So we need compassion first. Later we might know why, or we might not. You can never go wrong with compassion either way.”
“Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms.”
— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in The Greek Interpreter.
“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
Why would you want to limit the spectrum of beauty to an “ideal” when you, as a popular womens magazine, have the opportunity to expand it? I don’t think any woman should have to feel as if she needs to shove herself into an “ideal” to be beautiful. Beauty should be something that is celebrated and something that is enjoyable, not something that people should feel uncomfortable about achieving. Most of the women, and certainly most of the adolescent girls, in the United States do not feel completely secure with themselves, especially with their appearance; is insecurity something you want to advocate? As American women, we don’t need discouragement, but inspiration.
Los Angeles, CA
— This is a letter the actress wrote to Vogue magazine when she was 17 years old.