Esquire magazine has conducted more than 300 interviews with artists, athletes, celebrities, entrepreneurs, musicians, politicians, scientists and writers. They have since published a series of articles called What I’ve Learned, which are comprised of interesting quotes these people say. They have also published a “Meaning of Life” issue which included more in-depth interviews.
Here are some of my favourite lines:
You don’t accidentally become an asshole. It takes a bit of work.
Depression is a luxury I still can’t afford.
Natural beauty takes at least two hours in front of a mirror.
My definition of peace is having no noise in my head.
No matter what you do or where you are, you’re going to be missing out on something.
My life is so bizarre, it’s just easier to be honest.
You have to view things in the context of your life expectancy.
-Francis Ford Coppola
I don’t think anybody’s necessarily ready for death. You can only hope that when it approaches, you feel like you’ve said what you wanted to say. Nobody wants to go out in mid-sentence.
Nobody knows what anticipation is anymore. Everything is so immediate. No more standing outside Tower Records in a long line.
To me, success is simply the opposite of failure.
I’ve never felt like I had very much to say. Maybe that’ll come later in life.
They say that the human smile is in fact one of those primordial things — that in fact it’s a showing of teeth, that it’s a warning. That when we smile, in a primeval way it has to do with fear.
People don’t know the real you unless you tell them.
Courage is a mindless thing. People say, “Wow! How could you do that?” And you say, “How could I not do that?”
The remote has saved my sanity.
I’ve never been disappointed, because I’ve never given somebody I liked that much power.
Smoke like a chimney, work like a horse, eat without thinking, go for a walk only in really pleasant company.
You practice and you get better. It’s very simple.
A big part of life is realizing what you’re good at.
Children teach you that you can still be humbled by life, that you learn something new all the time. That’s the secret to life, really — never stop learning. It’s the secret to career. I’m still working because I learn something new all the time. It’s the secret to relationships. Never think you’ve got it all.
– Clint Eastwood
A friend is someone who will tell you when you’re bullshitting, when you’ve overstepped a mark, or when you’re being an idiot.
The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It’s doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile. I think of my strawberry souffle. I did that at least twenty-eight times before I finally conquered it.
In the end, winning is sleeping better.