Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses
Charles Bukowski | Acrylics on canvas | 100x140cm
“I’ve never been lonely. I’ve been in a room — I’ve felt suicidal. I’ve been depressed. I’ve felt awful — awful beyond all — but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me…or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I’ve never been bothered with because I’ve always had this terrible itch for solitude. It’s being at a party, or at a stadium full of people cheering for something, that I might feel loneliness. I’ll quote Ibsen, “The strongest men are the most alone.” I’ve never thought, “Well, some beautiful blonde will come in here and give me a fuck-job, rub my balls, and I’ll feel good.” No, that won’t help. You know the typical crowd, “Wow, it’s Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there?” Well, yeah. Because there’s nothing out there. It’s stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I’ve never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. I hid in bars, because I didn’t want to hide in factories. That’s all. Sorry for all the millions, but I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have. Let’s drink more wine!”
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No one has to know if you cry or laugh yourself to sleep.
Let your pillow be the only one to glimpse your thoughts.
Be a child again and pull a blanket over yourself to protect yourself from the monsters all around.
Sometimes, life will crush your dreams.
Matter can neither be created nor destroyed.
Learn how to put the pieces back together again.
One day will be the worst possible day of your life.
Things can only go up from there.
Keep your chin up and your hopes high.
Spend every day sightseeing.
Never let your eyes falter.
You don’t know what you could be missing out on.
The world is your stage.
Don’t be afraid to act out your own scenes.
Only you can write your script.
Your life is yours to live.
See it through all the peaks and valleys.
Just never stop.
“I´m not ashamed of what I am—of how I pass through this life. What I am has given me the strength to do it. At my lowest ebb I have never contemplated suicide. I value what is here too much. I have a contribution to make. I am not just take up space in this life. I can add something to the lives I touch. I don´t like everything I know about myself, and I´ll never be satisfied, but nobody´s perfect. I’m not sure where the next years will take me —what they will hold—but I´m open to suggestions.”
Lauren Bacall (September 16, 1924 ~ August 12, 2014)