This is the latest installment of quotes and words that move me for the weekend of 3/9/13 (Volume 29). I hope you enjoy them too.
I saw the movie Silver Linings Playbook this week–it was phenomenal! Jennifer Lawrence was very deserving of her Oscar. Of course, the book was still better, but I really really loved the movie. Go see it (but read the book first–it’s a quick read)! Silver Linings Playbook helped inspire this week’s theme… Enjoy, and have a wonderful week!
P.S.- Spot had a happy, healthy and energetic week (and so did I)! She had her second chemo treatment and seems to be managing very well. Thanks everyone for the thoughts, prayers and healing energy. Oh, we also have two new additions to our “zoo”! I can’t wait to introduce you to them later this week!
There was something so pleasant about that place.
Even your emotions had an echo
In so much space,
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn’t because I didn’t know enough
I just knew too much…”
~ Ray Lamontagne, “Crazy”, available HERE, video link HERE. (Ray does a totally revamped cover version of Gnarls Barkley’s original, HERE. I also love this live cover by Cat Power HERE–she really draws the crazy out with trumpets and a chorus change “Maybe I’m crazy, I don’t give a f*ck…”)
“Sometimes days are so hard to survive, oh yeah, a million ways to bury you alive, hey
The sun goes down like a bad bad dream
You’re wound up tight, gotta let off steam
They say they can break you again and again, if life is a radio, turn it up to ten
These are crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy nights
These are crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy nights…”
“Life is hard, and children have to be told how hard life can be… So they will be sympathetic to others. So they will understand that some people have it harder than they do and that a trip through this world can be a wildly different experience, depending on what chemicals are raging through one’s mind.” ~ Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“She looks sad. She looks angry. She looks different from everyone else I know—she cannot put on that happy face others wear when they know they are being watched. She doesn’t put on a face for me, which makes me trust her somehow.” ~ Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from a mental illness. Look at your 3 best friends. If they’re ok, then it’s you.” ~ Rita Mae Brown
“THE EDGE, there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson
“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Tales and Poems
“And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure. And your friends will be properly astonished to see you laughing as you look up at the sky! Then you will say to them, ‘Yes, the stars always make me laugh!’ And they will think you are crazy. It will be a very shabby trick that I shall have played on you…” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
“Was I ever crazy? Maybe. Or maybe life is… Crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me amplified. If you ever told a lie and enjoyed it. If you ever wished you could be a child forever. They were not perfect, but they were my friends.” ~ Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted
“Taking crazy things seriously is a serious waste of time.” ~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“Here’s what I think, Mr. Wind-Up Bird,” said May Kasahara. “Everybody’s born with some different thing at the core of their existence. And that thing, whatever it is, becomes like a heat source that runs each person from the inside. I have one too, of course. Like everybody else. But sometimes it gets out of hand. It swells or shrinks inside me, and it shakes me up. What I’d really like to do is find a way to communicate that feeling to another person. But I can’t seem to do it. They just don’t get it. Of course, the problem could be that I’m not explaining it very well, but I think it’s because they’re not listening very well. They pretend to be listening, but they’re not, really. So I get worked up sometimes, and I do some crazy things.” ~ Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
“I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. And so, Ron, in short, get out of Salton City and hit the Road. I guarantee you will be very glad you did. But I fear that you will ignore my advice. You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life. But for some reason incomprehensible to me you wanted nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover.
Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.
You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.
My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.” ~ Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
“I’ve always been different with one foot over the line
Winding up somewhere one step ahead or behind
It ain’t been so easy but I guess I shouldn’t complain
I’ve always been crazy but it’s kept me from going insane…”
“Matilda said, “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable…” ~ Roald Dahl, Matilda
“If one day I could get out of here, I would allow myself to be crazy. Everyone is indeed crazy, but the craziest are the ones who don’t know they’re crazy; they just keep repeating what others tell them to.” ~ Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die
“You’re right. I am crazy. But you know what else? I don’t give a fuck.” ~ Tupac Shakur
“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” ~ Charles Bukowski
they say that hell is crowded, yet,
when you’re in hell,
you always seem to be alone.
& you can’t tell anyone when you’re in hell
or they’ll think you’re crazy
& being crazy is being in hell
& being sane is hellish too.
those who escape hell, however,
never talk about it
& nothing much bothers them after that.
I mean, things like missing a meal,
going to jail, wrecking your car,
or even the idea of death itself.
when you ask them,
“how are things?”
they’ll always answer, “fine, just fine…”
once you’ve been to hell and back,
it’s the greatest satisfaction known to man.
once you’ve been to hell and back,
you don’t look behind you when the floor creaks
and the sun is always up at midnight
and things like the eyes of mice
or an abandoned tire in a vacant lot
can make you smile
once you’ve been to hell and back.
Charles Bukowski, Lost, from Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame
* BONUS SONG : Actually more like bonus songS. I thought this was such a cool video–a complete montage of songs with “Crazy” in the title. There were even a few songs I’d never heard. A few of my other favorites included are Pink Floyd’s “Shine on Crazy Diamond“, Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” and Heart’s “Crazy on You.”
Do you have a favorite “Crazy” song?