He considers me also a little fragile because artistic. I need to be cared for, like a potted plant.
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The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.
An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.
Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.
There is something powerful in the whispering of obscenities, about those in power. There's something delightful about it, something naughty, secretive, forbidden, thrilling. It's like a spell, of sorts. It deflates them, reduces them to the common denominator where they can be dealt.
They all disowned their parents long ago, the way you are supposed to
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So then you have to say to yourself: Do I want to be rich, or do I want to do good work?
I made my first complete song when I was 9.
Actions are always more complex and nuanced than they seem. We have to be willing to wrestle with paradox in pursuing understanding.