"Sadness is a gift
we choose to open in our blood
It will make you sing, at first a stream
but soon a flood"
— Derrick Brown, excerpt from Not to be Reproduced
"You have to be odd to be number one."
"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."
"There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one."
"Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough."
"Immature people falling in love destroy each other’s freedom, create a bondage, make a prison. Mature persons in love help each other to be free; they help each other to destroy all sorts of bondages. And when love flows with freedom there is beauty. When love flows with dependence there is ugliness."
"Comparing yourself to others is an act of violence against your authentic self."