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My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.

My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.


         

I get tired of talking when I want to be silent.

I get tired of talking when I want to be silent.


         


So, one way or another, I found myself in a few movies. I take it seriously when I'm on the set, but I don't take myself seriously as an actor.

So, one way or another, I found myself in a few movies. I take it seriously when I'm on the set, but I don't take myself seriously as an actor.


         

When life hands you a lemon, say, 'Oh yeah, I like lemons! What else ya got?

When life hands you a lemon, say, 'Oh yeah, I like lemons! What else ya got?


         


Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated.

Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated.


         

Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor.

Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor.


         

Now and then, someone is able to look at an empty space, conclude it would be a great place to start a revolution, and bravely go forward.

Now and then, someone is able to look at an empty space, conclude it would be a great place to start a revolution, and bravely go forward.


         

To anger female voters in America is to tread on the tiger's tail. Women turn out in huge numbers, and they are well aware of how their bodies work and what they need.

To anger female voters in America is to tread on the tiger's tail. Women turn out in huge numbers, and they are well aware of how their bodies work and what they need.


         

I don't have talent, I have tenacity.

I don't have talent, I have tenacity.


         

Enough Americans saw fit to give president Obama a second term. I don't think there will be many people keeping their Romney/Ryan bumper stickers on their cars.

Enough Americans saw fit to give president Obama a second term. I don't think there will be many people keeping their Romney/Ryan bumper stickers on their cars.


         

Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.

Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.


         


Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but i feel more lonely in a crowded room with boring people then i feel on my owm.

Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but i feel more lonely in a crowded room with boring people then i feel on my owm.


         

I still have dreams about CBGB's. I still miss the place.

I still have dreams about CBGB's. I still miss the place.


         

I am a veteran of the War on Christmas. I am just emerging from a battlefield strewn with dead trees and torn shreds of brightly colored wrapping paper.

I am a veteran of the War on Christmas. I am just emerging from a battlefield strewn with dead trees and torn shreds of brightly colored wrapping paper.


         

I am an optimist because I want to change things for the better and I know that blood has to be spilled and disharmony and cruelty are necessary to do that.

I am an optimist because I want to change things for the better and I know that blood has to be spilled and disharmony and cruelty are necessary to do that.


         

I think self-reliance and self-responsibility and self-accountability will help you as a parent, a teacher, as a citizen as a friend.

I think self-reliance and self-responsibility and self-accountability will help you as a parent, a teacher, as a citizen as a friend.


         

I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.

I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.


         

As a teen, I heard the second Velvet Underground album, 'White Light/White Heat, ' and it was too much for my limited scope of appreciation. It was intense, but I didn't get it.

As a teen, I heard the second Velvet Underground album, 'White Light/White Heat, ' and it was too much for my limited scope of appreciation. It was intense, but I didn't get it.


         

Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but I feel more lonely in a crowed room with boring people than I feel on my own.

Yes, I guess you could say I am a loner, but I feel more lonely in a crowed room with boring people than I feel on my own.


         

War is very sad and small life is pathetically fragile at times.

War is very sad and small life is pathetically fragile at times.


         

I think to myself: I don't want to survive this oneI want to burn up in the wreckage

I think to myself: I don't want to survive this oneI want to burn up in the wreckage


         

The history of apartheid-era South Africa is incredibly sad and at times infuriatingly incomprehensible.

The history of apartheid-era South Africa is incredibly sad and at times infuriatingly incomprehensible.


         

She lit my soul and inhaled deeplyFlicking my ashes occasionally.

She lit my soul and inhaled deeplyFlicking my ashes occasionally.


         

So I'm more at home with my backpack, sleeping in a hotel room or on a bus or on an airplane, than I am necessarily on a bed. It's weird being here. It feels like I'm standing next to my real life.

So I'm more at home with my backpack, sleeping in a hotel room or on a bus or on an airplane, than I am necessarily on a bed. It's weird being here. It feels like I'm standing next to my real life.


         

I think more tolerance, more people having more access to a chance to be literate, and a chance to stay healthy makes for a more peaceful planet.

I think more tolerance, more people having more access to a chance to be literate, and a chance to stay healthy makes for a more peaceful planet.


         

I just travel the world with my backpack and my cameras and a bunch of Clif bars.

I just travel the world with my backpack and my cameras and a bunch of Clif bars.


         

A lot of Americans don't have a passport, never will have a passport. Not only will they not travel, they don't want to travel.

A lot of Americans don't have a passport, never will have a passport. Not only will they not travel, they don't want to travel.


         

The Bad Seeds are a band I will travel a great distance to see whenever possible.

The Bad Seeds are a band I will travel a great distance to see whenever possible.


         

I think marriage is a boring and fault-ridden contractual obligation.

I think marriage is a boring and fault-ridden contractual obligation.


         

I don't mind The Boss. I think he's an honest guy. I have some of his records, not all of them. I've met a couple of the E-Street guys, and they seem really cool.

I don't mind The Boss. I think he's an honest guy. I have some of his records, not all of them. I've met a couple of the E-Street guys, and they seem really cool.


         

America was cool with Saddam Hussein when he was killing Iranians.

America was cool with Saddam Hussein when he was killing Iranians.


         

Most Americans are very cool people.

Most Americans are very cool people.


         

With any advent in technology, any technological innovation, there is the good and the bad.

With any advent in technology, any technological innovation, there is the good and the bad.


         

I get along with Australians really well. Everyone's usually really cool, and it's always a drag to leave.

I get along with Australians really well. Everyone's usually really cool, and it's always a drag to leave.


         

Imagine a 15-year-old kid saying, 'I have two moms - it's cool.' I don't fear that at all.

Imagine a 15-year-old kid saying, 'I have two moms - it's cool.' I don't fear that at all.


         

It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.

It's sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.


         

Everything you do makes my body scream with loneliness. When I see you, the room swallows me. I find myself at the bottom of the pool.

Everything you do makes my body scream with loneliness. When I see you, the room swallows me. I find myself at the bottom of the pool.


         

A rose trapped inside a fist.

A rose trapped inside a fist.


         

For many years, I tried to make New Year's resolutions. I made lists and shot for great heights: I would show altruism and exert moral strength, patience and all those other great attributes.

For many years, I tried to make New Year's resolutions. I made lists and shot for great heights: I would show altruism and exert moral strength, patience and all those other great attributes.


         

I'll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.

I'll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.


         

I find it takes a lot of strength to endure myself.

I find it takes a lot of strength to endure myself.


         

Musicians should not play music. Music should play musicians.

Musicians should not play music. Music should play musicians.


         

I don't hate the government. I don't think the Second Amendment is being infringed upon.

I don't hate the government. I don't think the Second Amendment is being infringed upon.


         

In my world there would be as many public libraries as there are Starbucks.

In my world there would be as many public libraries as there are Starbucks.


         

I am ready for whatever's coming. I expect nothing but to be let down or turned away. I am alone. Goddamn. The shit hurts sometimes, but I realize what I am, what I have become.

I am ready for whatever's coming. I expect nothing but to be let down or turned away. I am alone. Goddamn. The shit hurts sometimes, but I realize what I am, what I have become.


         

I think about the meaning of pain. Pain is personal. It really belongs to the one feeling it. Probably the only thing that is your own. I like mine.

I think about the meaning of pain. Pain is personal. It really belongs to the one feeling it. Probably the only thing that is your own. I like mine.


         

I see walking bombs on the streetHearts not beating, but ticking

I see walking bombs on the streetHearts not beating, but ticking


         

Every year, August lashes out in volcanic fury, rising with the din of morning traffic, its great metallic wings smashing against the ground, heating the air with ever-increasing intensity.

Every year, August lashes out in volcanic fury, rising with the din of morning traffic, its great metallic wings smashing against the ground, heating the air with ever-increasing intensity.


         

Life will not break your heart. It'll crush it.

Life will not break your heart. It'll crush it.


         

Those who seek to profit by division don't stand a chance.

Those who seek to profit by division don't stand a chance.