Based in scenic Oakland, California, he currently works as Creative Director for an asset management firm in downtown San Francisco.
Only three or four things are worth living for; the rest is manure.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón—The Shadow of the Wind
You won’t understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are—not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving—and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to try to listen to them when they tell you something about yourself, no matter how bad—or good—it might be, and to trust them, which is the hardest thing of all. But the best, as well.
Hanya Yanagihara — A Little Life
Are two types of jokes. One sort goes on being funny forever. Other sort is funny once. Second time it’s dull. This joke is second sort. Use it once, you’re a wit. Use twice, you’re a halfwit
Robert Heinlein—The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
To physically overcome death—is that not the goal?—we must think unthinkable thoughts and ask unanswerable questions. Yet we must not lose ourselves in abstract vapors of philosophy. Death has his concrete allies, we must enlist ours. Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer.
Tom Robbins—Jitterbug Perfume
Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.
Margaret Atwood—The Blind Assassin
The single biggest act of bravery or madness anyone can do is the act of change. I was something. And now I am something else.
Matt Haig—The Humans
If I have learned one thing from experience, it is this: never underestimate how extraordinarily difficult it is to understand a situation from another person’s point of view.
Eleanor Catton—The Luminaries
Almost nobody’s competent, Paul. It’s enough to make you cry to see how bad most people are at their jobs. If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you’re a one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.—Player Piano