04 May 2021

17 of 180 QUOTES by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous in ALL DRINKING ASIDE (Chapters 41 - 50, Part Five of Nine)

 Chapter 41 Safely Crazed

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth." - Umberto Eco

*****

The UNIVERSE does not wish me any particular harm and is essentially indifferent, as Umberto Eco implies here. It's the LOVE & HATE (& other emotions) of mere MORTALS I'm on the lookout for.

*****

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ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Umberto Eco (pictured) opens Chapter 41 (Safely Crazed) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 42 Optimal Delusions

"Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small steps." - David Lloyd George

*****

D.L.G. reminds me of leaps of faith here. To tell the truth, I think most of my epiphanies are the hopscotch of inductive and deductive reasoning jumping out of the airplane in hopes of a working parachute.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by David Lloyd George (pictured) opens Chapter 42 (Optimal Delusions) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



"You desire to know the art of living, my friend...  ? Make use of suffering." - Henry F. Amiel

*****

Best as I can tell, the Human Condition could be retitled as The Joy of Suffering, making Cognitive Use of the Dissonance in my midst.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Henri Frederic Amiel (pictured) closes Chapter 42 (Optimal Delusions) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 43 My Battle, My Bottle, My Brain

"The child is father to the man." - Gerald Manley Hopkins

*****

Reminiscent of "Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps," this Gerald Manly Hopkins quote means deeply so much more to me than that. 

The Child I was Became an Addict and 30 years later, I was physically a man, yet a Boy-Child was dormant inside of me. I had no bootstraps to pull myself up by. No boots, no nothing. And I could not, would not become Adult alone. 

Most all of my Growing Up Sober was with much help from others who had done the same. Not all live to tell the Tale. Humility and Gratitude marked the Trail I learned to walk upon. Truly, this Child was the Father to this Man.

*****

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Gerald Manley Hopkins (pictured) opens Chapter 43 (My Battle, My Bottle, My Brain) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



"One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things." - Henry Miller

*****

A DRINK was Behind, in Front of, Next to & Inside of Everything I Did, Felt & Thought when I first got SOBER. It took me years in Recovery to Realize that Recovery is Possible, Doable, Irreplaceable.

*****

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ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Henry Miller (pictured) closes Chapter 43 (My Battle, My Bottle, My Brain) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 44 Sweet Oblivion, Pretty Poison 05/07/21

"Humor is just another defense against the universe." - Mel Brooks

*****

My BEST & WORST Self-Made Joke: I like corn because it makes me smile EAR-to-EAR!

*****

Immerse yourself in my Descent into Addiction and eventual Recovery in this Autobiographical Fiction. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Mel Brooks (pictured) opens Chapter 44 (Sweet Oblivion, Pretty Poison) of All Drinking Aside

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 45 Albino Grubs

"Fear is an emotion indispensable for survival." Hannah Arendt

*****

I was AFRAID I could not survive WITHOUT ALCOHOL because I had a growing dependence upon it. My instinct for survival felt hijacked. Things could stop me from drinking, sure, like a gun to the head saying "drink that and you're dead." That could stop me from drinking, yes, but remove that impediment and I was off to the races. Whatever might stop me from drinking would have to be removed, whatever the consequences. NOW & MORE were my OPERATIVE WORDS.

*****

Immerse yourself in my Descent into Addiction and eventual Recovery in this Autobiographical Fiction. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Hannah Arendt (pictured) opens Chapter 45 (Albino Grubs) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without also helping himself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

*****

"Lost in a Lost World" is a song title. It's alright if you've never heard it. I'm using the phrase here to describe how I felt in the deepest part of my addiction. The profound truth of this Emerson quote could not have sunk into my thick skull back then, but I embrace it today as I embrace you with my words.

*****

Immerse yourself in my Descent into Addiction and eventual Recovery in this Autobiographical Fiction. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson (pictured) closes Chapter 45 (Albino Grubs) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 46 Implosions

"The way to love anything is to realize it might be lost." - G.K. Chesterton

*****

Everything is Transitory. That's why some say that Life is Suffering. I had inklings of it before I began my Drinking Career. "The Sadness of a Happy Time," sophomoric as it may have been, was this youth's knowledge that nothing can, will or should last forever. "Lost in a Lost World" (here we go again).

*****

Immerse yourself in my Descent into Addiction and eventual Recovery in this Autobiographical Fiction. Emerge more fully whole.

ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by G.K. Chesterton (pictured) opens Chapter 46 (Implosions) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.



Chapter 47 Alcoholic Bonsai Bastard

"Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

*****

Some I know (perhaps myself at times) include Intentions in their Image of Self. Intentions may start as Promises, but they become Lies when not Fulfilled (see almost every page of my book).

OLD JOKE: How can you tell when an Alcoholic is Lying? When they open their mouth.

*****

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ALL DRINKING ASIDE: The Destruction, Deconstruction & Reconstruction of an Alcoholic Animal  

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All Drinking Aside bookends each of its 90 Chapters with Quotes by the Famous, Infamous & Anonymous.

This Quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (pictured) opens Chapter 47 (Alcoholic Bonsai Bastard) of All Drinking Aside.

Resolve to read it. Explore your own mind within its pages. Check out the 5 Star Reviews on the Amazon page while you're there: http://amzn.to/1bX6JyO Enjoy.


"A tough lesson in life that one has to learn is that not everybody wishes you well." - Dan Rather


Chapter 48 This Pickle Must Change

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau



"What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes." - Samuel Beckett



Chapter 49 My Hiroshima, My Nagasaki

"A mind stretched by a new idea never shrinks back to its original dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes



"I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line." - Lucille Ball



Chapter 50 Safety In Numbers

"It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated." - Alec Bourne



"I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money." - Pablo Picasso



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