I don’t say I always apply the lessons I’ve learned to my own life, but at least I know them. They may not work for everyone, but seems to me that what I record here is right for me at least, and possibly for many others too.
#4 Buy a house with an open fireplace
#28 In a game of bullshit, escalate. Don’t be the first to back off.
#70 Know the pleasures of the quickie. The kitchen bench, the car, Christ, somebody’s front garden. Man, got to be spontaneous. Give it life.
#54 Don’t speed in wet weather.
#126 If you have to settle for second best, go without.
#139 Thick and thin. If you cheer your team along in the good times you’ve got to stick with them in the bad. Same with people. No point being gone when they need you most. That’s the rule.
#173 There are two kinds of problems in the world: those you can do something about, and those you cant. No point worrying about what you can’t change, but act on what you can change.
#180 I’m a man and I write as a man. I have learnt certain things as a man and could be many of them apply to both sexes equally. This I say to men at least, my son, for them to remember when they feel that flutter in their heart. You see that woman you might like is like a bird in a tree. You stand below, you admire the beauty of the bird, and it’s song. The bird knows you’re there. It sings for you, for the attention if nothing more. You want that bird nestled safely in your hands. Often you think about that moment. Nothing seems finer, greater. Do not grasp for the bird. Do not scare the lovely bird away. You must earn its trust. Remain still and true. Try and coax it to you, but know it is the bird’s decision to leave the branch. Be there, earn its trust, let it flutter down to you of it’s own accord, because that is where it wants to be. Then you’ll know that feeling you dreamt of.
#241 As a philosophy I believe each man exerts free will. The course of his life is a direct consequence of his actions. Do not believe in fate or destiny; nothing is meant to be. It is not God that steers your way through life, but yourself.