Sunday, September 26, 2010

A kind of second childhood falls on so many men. They trade their violence for the promise of a small increase of life span, in effect, the head of the house becomes the youngest child. And I have searched myself for this possibility with a kind of horror. For I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I've lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment. I did not want to surrender fierceness for a small gain in yardage.

-John Steinbeck

9 comments:

The Freewheelin' said...

fuck yeah man, travels with Charlie. Steinbeck rules.

Nixon said...

"I had seen so many begin to pack their lives in cotton wool, smother their impulses, hood their passions, and gradually retire from their manhood into a kind of spiritual and physical semi-invalidism. In this they are encouraged by wives and relatives, and it's such a sweet trap."
- John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley

Mitch said...

Yeah! That's exactly what I've been trying to say all along. Some people just have a gift with words and know how to say it.

Mitch said...

"According to Thom Steinbeck, the author's oldest son, the real reason for the trip was that Steinbeck knew he was dying and wanted to see his country one last time."

Hey Guess what? we're all dying. It's funny that it takes some kind of mortality slap in the face for some of us to realize that we need to get on with whatever it is we need to get on with.

WisconsinWillard said...

Wow. Intense.

caferacers66 said...

precise and true to the last word. To live wholly w passion even in this there is a balance that is sustainable, freedom is always unruly and unsafe that is why it is so enjoyable.

Future Primitive said...

smoke weed.

Livingston Montreux said...

Ditto

Mike
www.folkdevilsmc.blogspot.com

Livingston Montreux said...

Ditto

Mike
www.folkdevilsmc.blogspot.com