„All the people that were rooting for me to fail… at the end of the day, tomorrow they have to wake up and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. … They got the same personal problems they had today. And I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things I want to do.“
— LeBron James American basketball player 1984
James not bothered by those rooting for him to fail, Steve Ginsburg, Reuters, June 13, 2011 http://ca.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idCATRE75C0T420110613,
James addressing fans after losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals.
„I don't think we have a future. I know we do. I want to marry you and have kids and be a stay-at-home writer dad while you take Boston journalism by storm. I want to wake up beside you every day for the rest of my life.“
— Shannon Stacey american writer 1972
Source: Exclusively Yours
„Result of self-consciousness: audience and actor are the same. I live my life as a spectacle for myself, for my own edification. I live my life but I don't live in it. The hoarding instinct in human relations.“
— Susan Sontag American writer and filmmaker, professor, and activist 1933 - 2004
Source: Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963
„I'm sorry you don't get it, Mom. Sometimes I don't get why I do the things I do. I just know I wake up every morning and wish I was dead.“
— Julie Anne Peters American writer 1952
Source: By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead
„Being gay isn't a choice, just like being black isn't a choice…I don't stop. I do not give up. I do not take America's 'no' to my identity for an answer.“
— Saeed Jones American poet 1985
On being Black and gay in the United States in “'We're All Struggling': Writer Saeed Jones Reflects On Identity And Acceptance” https://www.npr.org/2019/11/06/776747102/we-re-all-struggling-writer-saeed-jones-reflects-on-identity-and-acceptance in NPR (2019 Nov 6)
„I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.“
— Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991
„My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.“
— Miles Davis American jazz musician 1926 - 1991
— Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015
Final lines of his Richard Dimbleby lecture Shaking Hands With Death on euthanasia and assisted suicide, quoted in "Terry Pratchett: my case for a euthanasia tribunal" in The Guardian (2 February 2010) http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/feb/02/terry-pratchett-assisted-suicide-tribunal
Context: I dare say that quite a few people have contemplated death for reasons that much later seemed to them to be quite minor. If we are to live in a world where a socially acceptable "early death" can be allowed, it must be allowed as a result of careful consideration.
Let us consider me as a test case. As I have said, I would like to die peacefully with Thomas Tallis on my iPod before the disease takes me over and I hope that will not be for quite some time to come, because if I knew that I could die at any time I wanted, then suddenly every day would be as precious as a million pounds. If I knew that I could die, I would live. My life, my death, my choice.
„This is my life. No one has the right to tell me how to live it or to question what I do. When you grow up, you will make your own choices. It will be your life and you it your way. I will never interfere. It must be awful for these people to have such boring lives that all they can do make them interesting is to talk about somebody else’s life. I am glad I provided with them with timepass conversation.“
— Protima Bedi Indian model and dancer 1948 - 1998
In reply to her daughter when she had streaked and her daughter who was five years old was upset knowing about to in the school when she was told that her mother :’All the children in my school say that their mummies said that you ran nanga’ (‘nanga’ in Hindi means “naked”) in "Timepass" pp. viii-ix
With his arms round her, with the sudden new sweetness of his face against hers, she was filled with an exultant richness of living.
Death Comes as the End (1945)
„You do not come
On this moonless night.
I wake wanting you.
My breasts heave and blaze.
My heart burns up.“
— Ono no Komachi Japanese poet 825 - 900
Source: Kenneth Rexroth's translations, One Hundred More Poems from the Japanese (1976), p. 34
„I have a rule that I don't drink in New York because I don't want to wake up with a hangover and not be able to work.“
— Colm Tóibín Irish novelist and writer 1955
World of Colm Tóibín, writer http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/authorinterviews/9108553/World-of-Colm-Toibin-writer.html, The Daily Telegraph (27 February 2012)
„I do not know how to distinguish between waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?“
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
„You don't even realize you're living in a before until you wake up one day and find yourself in an after.“
— Robin Wasserman American writer of speculative fiction for young people 1978
Source: The Book of Blood and Shadow