Augusten Burroughs: Genius, Madness, All In-Between


“I’m lonely. And I’m lonely in some horribly deep way and for a flash of an instant, I can see just how lonely, and how deep this feeling runs. And it scares the shit out of me to be this lonely because it seems catastrophic.” ― Augusten BurroughsDry

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“I know exactly how that is. To love somebody who doesn’t deserve it. Because they are all you have. Because any attention is better than no attention. For exactly the same reason, it is sometimes satisfying to cut yourself and bleed. On those gray days where eight in the morning looks no different from noon and nothing has happened and nothing is going to happen and you are washing a glass in the sink and it breaks-accidentally-and punctures your skin. And then there is this shocking red, the brightest thing in the day, so vibrant it buzzes, this blood of yours. That is okay sometimes because at least you know you’re alive.” ― Augusten BurroughsRunning with Scissors

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“The truth is that nobody is owed an apology for anything. Apologies are lovely when they happen. But they change nothing. They do not reverse actions or correct damage. They are merely nice to hear.”
― Augusten BurroughsThis Is How: 

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“The past does not haunt us. We haunt the past. We allow our minds to focus in that direction. We open memories and examine them. We re-experience emotions we felt during the painful events we experienced because we are recalling them in as much detail as we can.”
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“Any damage that’s been done, you have to fix yourself because it needs fixing and there is nobody else to do the work. Blame may well be justified, but it’s not going to move you forward in your life.”
― Augusten BurroughsThis Is How

“Maybe you feel pressure to be positive because so many people rely on your good, fake-positive energy? If that’s the case, screw everybody else. You’re not a bottle of Valium.” ― Augusten BurroughsThis Is How

“Self-pity is the bestiality of emotions: it absolutely disgusts people. When you’re feeling pity for yourself, and somebody says to you ‘You think maybe it’s time for the pity party to be over? You should stop feeling sorry for yourself and try to think positive,’ it makes you wish you could saw their head off.”
― Augusten BurroughsThis Is How:

There is no shame in being hungry for another person. There is no shame in wanting very much to share your life with somebody.”
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One Response to Augusten Burroughs: Genius, Madness, All In-Between

  1. missjennym says:

    I love himmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm and his writing

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