La Vie Bohème

I was once a teenager who relied on quotations to motivate me. I loved the advice I got from dead sages, musicians, politicans – so much that I posted their advice on posters instead of actually following it.

In memory of that girl I once was, here are two quotations, courtesy of Václav Havel, that captured my attention today.

The truth is not simply what you think it is; it is also the circumstances in which it is said, and to whom, why and how it is said.

Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.

Point of interest: Mr. Havel earned a brief mention in Rent just alongside the Sex Pistols. It takes creative genius to juxtapose a humanitarian Czech writer, dramatist, and politician and an English punk band. To apathy, to entropy, to empathy, ecstasy – I raise my glass.


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