Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people — and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice and like the gifts.
7 Mistakes You’re Making with Olive Oil
Shampooing your dog with it.
Pouring it on Lord Denethor and lighting him on fire.
Trying to use it as currency.
Carrying it in a gallon freezer bag and telling people it’s your nephew Walt.
Freezing it in the shape of olives.
Dressing like Popeye and trying to have sex with it.
Using it as a metaphor to describe Johnny Fontaine’s hair to Tom Hagen.
- Me: But I have about fifty books at home I haven't read, there's no reason for me to buy these.
- My brain: Okay, but consider this: more books.
Do not listen to those who say there is nothing you can do to the very large and very real social and environmental problems that beset our world.
I needed to accept what was put before me—be it a watery grave in Ireland’s only fjord, or a return to the city and its grayer intensities, or a wordless exile in some steaming Cambodian swamp hole, or poems or no poems, or children or not, lovers or not, illness or otherwise, success or its absence. I would accept all that was put in my way, from here on through until I breathed my last.