“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. It could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery or isolation.

Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance of how much you really want to do it. And you’ll do it despite rejection and the worst odd. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.

If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
-Charles Bukowski