We often look to those who might have experienced some portion of our circumstances.If you find yourself 100% in agreement with Bukowski then something is awry. Still for independent heterosexual men his thoughts do resonate.
Memorable aphorisms are attributed to many. Pithy comments are a yearning for literary immortality without much effort!
The hardly devine Bette Midler may have said something meaningful once to her pet or personal assistant but typically she is only self-absorbed when she said . “The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you”
WOW! Deep! huh? She shows sagacity slightly shorter than Solomon!
More memorably quotes……
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” Marcus Aurelius
Easier for you Aurelius! It was quieter back then.
“My God a moment of bliss. Why isn’t that enough for a whole lifetime?” Dostoyevsky
The writer and future name-drop asks for little.
Obscurity and a competence—that is the life that is best worth living.” Mark Twain.
Not so sure Sam hid away from fame.
We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.
Denis Diderot. Denis is being serious again!
If evil be said of thee and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it.
Tough! but it saves time!
He who sedulously attends, pointedly asks, calmly speaks, coolly answers and ceases when he has no more to say is in possession of some of the best requisites of man.
Johann Casper Lavater
This guy Lavater and Rud Kipling set a high bar
A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only our silence; which costs us nothing.
It requires less character to discover the faults of others than is does to tolerate them.
J. Petit Senn
Possibly but someone ought to do it now and again JPS!
And even more sustaining….
“Ester asked why people are sad.
“That’s simple,” says the old man. “They are the prisoners of their personal history. Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people’s ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.” Coelho
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”