By Accident or Design

Tales of a Twenty something

Life advice from Louis C.K.

…My rule is that if you have someone or something that gets 70 percent approval, you just do it. ‘Cause here’s what happens. The fact that other options go away immediately brings your choice to 80. Because the pain of deciding is over.

And…when you get to 80 percent, you work. You apply your knowledge, and that gets you to 85 percent! And the thing itself, especially if it’s a human being, will always reveal itself—100 percent of the time!—to be more than you thought. And that will get you to 90 percent. After that, you’re stuck at 90, but who the fuck do you think you are, a god? You got to 90 percent? It’s incredible!

Always learn poems by heart. They have to become the marrow in your bones. Like fluoride in the water, they’ll make your soul impervious to the world’s soft decay.

—Janet Fitch, White Oleander (via louveseul)

(via thankyouthankyouthankyou)

It’s invariably easier to do the “less than right thing.” The irony of doing the tougher “right thing” is that it’s an illusion. It only seems like the right thing to do is tougher.

As it turns out, doing the wrong thing ultimately makes life tougher and doing the right thing always makes you feel better in the end.

—My wonderful father.