If you’re going to try

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If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.

― Charles Bukowski, Factotum

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15 thoughts on “If you’re going to try

  1. For some reasons, every time I see a Bukowski quote in the summary I get as an e-mail, I know – I just know – that I’ll see some genius shot. 😀
    I know the initial shot itself was nothing short of great, but might I add – what fabulous, mindblowing, fantastic post-processing!

    • Thanks for a lovely comment Kriti-ji. I’m flattered and Mr Bukowski would have been to (though he most likely would have pretended not to care).
      On this and a couple of other photos I’ve been playing with some new post processing techniques (new to me that is). I’m glad that you like the result.

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