Hi! I’m trying to find some quotes that are reassuring to those of us who have been labeled by society with words like weird, different, or crazy. Or if you have personal insight on this matter, that’s great too.
For example: “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” -Steve Jobs
These are a couple of my favorites:
it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally
dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television
shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it
seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an
outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic
existences. For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day”
and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden
things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think
deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the
elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who
walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows
what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a
stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your
life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find
the others.” – Timothy Leary
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really hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those
who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are
so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has
been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle
or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not
in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal
only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect
adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental
sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without
fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought
not to be adjusted.” – Aldous Huxley
I always love this passage by Osho (if you haven’t heard of Osho you should check him out as most of the things he says are brilliant). Hope you like it as much as I do. I really related to it when I was working in a ‘safe’ job in London but I really wanted to leave to move away and start a business. I questioned whether I was doing the right thing and whether I should follow my creative dreams (which, of course, you always should). I was giving up a good wage and career progression, and I felt like being unable to be creative on a daily basis was really burdening me… But then I said fuck it; I want to feel alive not sit in an office all day staring out at the fresh air like a caged animal wishing I was free!!
“Now, if you choose the comfortable, the convenient, then you will never be able to live intensely. The comfortable, the convenient, the conventional, which the society approves, means that you are ready to become a psychological slave. That’s why all this convenience… The society will give you everything, if you give your freedom to it. It will give you respectability, it will give you great posts in the hierarchy, in the bureaucracy – but you have to drop one thing: your freedom, your individuality. You have to become a number in the crowd. The crowd hates the person who is not part of it. The crowd becomes very tense seeing a stranger amongst it, because the stranger becomes a question mark.
You have been living a certain life, a certain style, a certain religion, a certain politics. You have been following the way of the mob, and you were very comfortable, cozy, because those surrounding you were all people just like you. What you were doing, they were doing. Everybody else was doing the same; that gave the feeling that you were doing the right thing. So many people could not be wrong. And in gratitude that you are following them, they give you respectability, honour. Your ego is fulfilled. Life is convenient, but it is flat. You live horizontally – a very thin slice of life, just like a slice of bread cut very thin. In a linear way you live.
To live dangerously means to live vertically.
Each moment then has a depth and a height. It touches the highest star and the deepest bottom. It knows nothing of the horizontal line. But then you are a stranger in the crowd, then you are behaving differently from everybody else. And this creates an unease in people, for the simple reason that they are not enjoying their life, they have not lived their life, they have not taken the responsibility to live it, they have not risked anything to have it – but because everybody else was also like them, the question was not arising.
But this stranger comes who lives in a different way, behaves in a different way, and suddenly something is stirred in them. Their repressed life, which is like a spring, forcibly repressed, suddenly starts stirring, starts creating questions that this way too is possible. And this man seems to be having a different shine to his eyes, a different joy around him. He walks, sits, stands, not like everybody else. Something is unique about him. But the most impressive thing about him is he seems to be utterly contented, blissful – as if he has arrived.
Living dangerously means whenever there are alternatives, beware: don’t choose the convenient, the comfortable, the respectable, the socially acceptable, the honourable. Choose something that rings a bell in your heart. Choose something that you would like to do in spite of any consequences. Then whatever happens is welcome. You will never regret.
Living dangerously means: don’t put stupid conditions between you and life – comfort, convenience, respectability. Drop all these things, and allow life to happen to you, and go with it without bothering whether you are on the highway or not, without bothering where you are going to end.”
This one of my all time favorite quotes by Louis-Ferdinand Celine :The worst part is wondering how you’ll find the strength tomorrow to go on doing what you did today and have been doing for much too long, where you’ll find the strength for all that stupid running around, those projects that come to nothing, those attempts to escape from crushing necessity, which always founder and serve only to convince you one more time that destiny is implacable, that every night will find you down and out, crushed by the dread of more and more sordid and insecure tomorrows.
And maybe it’s treacherous old age coming on, threatening the worst. Not much music left inside us for life to dance to. Our youth has gone to the ends of the earth to die in the silence of the truth. And where, I ask you, can a man escape to, when he hasn’t enough madness left inside him? The truth is an endless death agony. The truth is death. You have to choose: death or lies. I’ve never been able to kill myself.”