"There is a problem with writers. If what a writer wrote was published and sold many, many copies, the writer thought he was great. If what a writer wrote was published and sold a medium number of copies, the writer thought he was great. If what a writer wrote was published and sold very few copies, the writer thought he was great. If what the writer wrote never was published and he didn’t have enough the money to publish it himself, then he thought he was truly great. The truth, however, was there was very little greatness. It was almost nonexistent, invisible. But you could be sure that the worst writers had the most confidence, the least self-doubt. Anyway, writers were to be avoided, and I tried to avoid them, but it was almost impossible. They hoped for some sort of brotherhood, some kind of togetherness. None of it had anything to do with writing, none of it helped at the typewriter."
— Charles Bukowski, Women
"You know the cliché: You’re out on the town, you’re doing drugs, you’re drinking, you’re running on the walls, you’re pissing on the fireplace. It’s a cliché. Often you run into artists who live that life—and at one point, you find out that they’re not actually producing that much art. They’re living the life of the artist without the work."
— Dorthe Nors
"Being rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t mean having tattoos on your arms, earrings, or a bandana on your head. It means being free. You can live the rock ‘n’ roll life even if you are a doctor, or a cleaner. I never give too much importance to criticism; I just follow my heart and my passions. And this is something anyone can do, really."
— Paul Stanley
"Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape."
— William S. Burroughs
"… people hold what you’re good at against you. I was a very good producer when I was on the radio, and I’d write comedy for the guys I worked with. And because I was very good at it, the general managers at radio stations I worked at told me I was a behind-the-scenes guy, and I shouldn’t be on the microphone. I should be behind the scenes, supporting the guys on the mic. And, y’know, I wind up hosting a network television show. And I remind those guys of that every time I see them, as much as I possibly can."
— Jimmy Kimmel
"A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure."
— Charlie Chaplin
"There’s only one thing worse than waking up in the wee hours reminded of what an idiot you can be, and that’s having nothing at all to trouble you, just the smooth satisfaction of success."
— Gary Greenberg