“I think the great underestimation about life is that life is manageable, or it’s supposed to be easy, or good people persevere. I’d rather go a little bit deeper and look at life through the ideal of the never-ending, really difficult obstacle course.”
—Robert Downey Jr., Esquire (US) cover interview, May 2012.
“Even if you cannot shape your life as you want it,
at least try this
as much as you can; do not debase it
in excessive contact with the world,
in the excessive movements and talk.
Do not debase it by taking it,
dragging it often and exposing it
to the daily folly
of relationships and associations,
until it becomes burdensome as an alien life.”