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California has historically teemed with inspired and prolific writers keen on conveying a sense of reality and humanity. These introspective writers have much to say that applies to the universal human condition. Here are some words of wisdom, inspiration, and humor by the California greats.
‘Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.’ – Charles Bukowski
‘I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.’ – Jack London
‘In the time of your life, live — so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.’ – William Saroyan
‘I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy permanent planet.’ – Jack London.
‘The world is a beautiful place to be born into if you don’t mind some people dying all the time or maybe only starving some of the time which isn’t half so bad if it isn’t you.’ – Lawrence Ferlinghetti
‘A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.’ – John Steinbeck
‘Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.’ – John Steinbeck
‘Happiness consists in realising it is all a great strange dream.’ – Jack Kerouac
‘It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.’ – Upton Sinclair
‘Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.’ – Philip K. Dick