Did you ever light a paper in a dark room? The fire burns and then starts going out as the paper is fully burnt – the room getting darker. Well, that is the symbolic flame of your life watching it dies out. We don’t usually get ‘do overs’ in life, but we can try and grasp onto something joyful and bask in it for awhile. Life comes with many downs, but trust me, many many more ups!

Don’t waste a single minute (that’s the main purpose).

Meeting writers is always so disappointing. I got over wanting to meet live writers quite a long time ago. There is this terrific book that has changed your life, and then you meet the author, and he has shifty eyes and funny shoes and he won’t talk about anything except the injustice of the United States income tax structure toward people with fluctuating income, or how to breed Black Angus cows, or something.

This, according to the fellows who saw me as fit for a Service career, put me ahead of the curve, to understand this truth at an age when most guys are starting only to suspect the basics of adulthood–that life owes you nothing; that suffering takes many forms; that no one will ever care for you as your mother did; that the human heart is a chump.

The love between a man and a woman acts like a mousetrap to lure a man towards a woman enticing him like a pure cheese, but is secretly tied with a strap.

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