Your One Wild and Precious Life

Screen shots from Harold Lloyd's 1923 film, "Safety Last"

Screen shots from Harold Lloyd's 1923 film, "Safety Last"

• “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat.” —William Sloane Coffin (later quoted by Lily Tomlin)

Art attributed to Banksy

Art attributed to Banksy

• “23 and 69 Are the Happiest Ages”  —headline from London School of Economics 2013

• “The individual's right to pursue his own vision of the best ratio of pleasure to pain (is) utterly sacrosanct.” —David Foster Wallace

Cartoon by Ian Stevenson

Cartoon by Ian Stevenson

• “Just choose a dead-end and chill out till you die.” —Homer Simpson’s career advice to Lisa on "The Simpsons" by Matt Groening

• Below: Mary Oliver reads her short poem that includes the animated phrase above:

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• "Society drives people crazy with lust and calls it advertising." — John Lahr

• "News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising." — Lord Northcliffe

• "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks." —  Jeff Hammerbacher 

Cartoon above by the late, great B. Kliban

• Cartoon above by the late, great B. Kliban

• Watch hilarious video above using heartfelt stock images assembled into one seamless piece of corporate blather, with great narration (

• "I saw a subliminal advertising executive, but only for a second." — Steven Wright

• Grazie to Todd Walton for sharing the Norman Douglas quote.

Happiness by Oscar Wilde

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• Off to a lucky start in 1854, Oscar Wilde was born to a wealthy, eccentric Dublin family, learning the art of embellishing a good story from his mother, a flamboyant poet and hostess.

• A true celebrity of his day — a witty, wildly popular and highly controversial writer, poet, playwright and satirist who found an overripe target in Victorian stuffiness.

• Toured the U.S. in 1882, delivering over 140 lectures in 260 days

• Married (to a woman, how quaint) and the father of two sons, he was imprisoned for two years for "gross indecency" as a result of a conflict with his gay lover’s father.

• Having lost his good health, family and creative spirit, he wandered through Europe for several years before succumbing to meningitis in 1900, just short of 46.


• Wilde fans will enjoy the video above of his younger years.  e.g., "You must come home and meet my mother. We have founded a society for the suppression of virtue” (as he told a college friend).