"Youth shouldn't be clouded by any chemical or anything. Somebody my age can easily know that too, but youth is too wonderful a thing to mess with while you've got it."
"I used drugs to escape, and they worked pretty well when I was younger. But they devastated me physically and emotionally—and spiritually."
"You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space."
"My first marriage was in trouble when I lived in California, and I have to take blame for that—because no woman can live with a man who's strung out on amphetamines."
"There's no way around grief and loss: You can dodge all you want, but sooner or later you just have to go into it, through it and, hopefully, come out the other side. The world you find there will never be the same as the world you left."
"Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money."
"We get old and get used to each other ... But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You're the object of my desire, the number one earthly reason for my existence."
"There is that beast there in me. And I got to keep him caged, or he'll eat me alive."
"I took the easy way, and to an extent I regret that. Still, though, the way we did it was honest. We played it and sang it the way we felt it, and there's a lot to be said for that."
"I was scared to come down here and talk to you this morning. I'm very shy really. I spend a lot of time in my room alone reading or writing or watching television."
Valentines is fine.
But you being mine
is more fine."
"I'm not being brave either. I'm not brave at all."
"I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It's still my symbol of rebellion—against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas."
"There is a spiritual side to me that goes real deep, but I confess right up front that I'm the biggest sinner of them all."
"I'm not bitter. Why should I be bitter? I'm thrilled to death with life."
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