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Meanwhile in my head, I'm undergoing open-heart surgery - Anne Sexton
"Most people are dumb; most people are lazy. Ease is desired. It is also terribly overrated. I like a fight. I like a struggle. Struggles make you stronger and they create better work. Everything means more and achieves more when it is sought, desired, battled. I cannot bear those who take the easy way. We have a desire to do something. Great. Now comes the responsibility, and I think we should exhaust ourselves and give everything of ourselves to achieve our dreams. I used to have a sort of motto: Work, when you love it, is happiness, life at its best. Well, work when you love it, and you can’t get it, and you can’t do it with good people is misery, hell at its purest. I’m in a bit of a hell these days. I don’t like it. I’m fighting it. I don’t settle. We began at some point to idealize innocence and the dream, the desire. The dream eclipses the waking reality. It all starts from dreaming but unless you struggle for it there is really no starting point. What is worst is that you are absolutely content with your scattered dreams. You indulge in the “non-achievable” without trying in the first place. Well, excuse me but I don’t care about your dream if your work stinks. I think if your work stinks, you should get the hell out of the way, out of the business, and go dream another dream. Who, past the age of five or so, cares if they are liked? I always wanted to be respected, and I worked hard and well to be respected and to make things happen for me to be at peace with myself. I was born old and good and determined, and that is just no longer valuable."
- Bette Davis, Phone Interview, 1986
Posted: 1 year ago on Apr 9,2013 at 11:17 PM
Notes: 490
Tags: #bette davis  #quotes  #dreams  #struggle  #ouch bette!  #oneself  #courage  #fulfillment  #innocence  #purpose 
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