darkly inspiring…

If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise don’t even start.

This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, jobs, and maybe your mind.

It could mean not eating for three or four days.
It could mean freezing on a park bench.
It could mean jail. It could mean derision.
It could mean mockery, isolation.

Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance.
Of how much you really want to do it.

And you’ll do it, despite rejection in the worst odds.
And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.

If you’re going to try, go all the way.

There is no other feeling like that.
You will be alone with the gods. And the nights will flame with fire.

You will ride life straight to perfect laughter.

It’s the only good fight there is.

Henry Charles Bukowski
1920 – 1994

3 thoughts on “darkly inspiring…”

  1. Your image called out to me to take a closer look. But the Bukowski quote spoke to me, resonating much stronger than the image… from which of his writings is this a passage???
    Thank you!

    1. Yes, it was my pic – fiona, Im actually not sure where that passage is from, I just saw it as a quote and was moved by it. I am actually thinking of printing it out along with that image, and hanging it above my desk for inspiration

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