January 15, 2012

Pearls of Wisdom from "The Other Guys"

I find inspiration in everything -- music, food, art, literature, meditation, and oftentimes, people. In the January issue of Esquire, the magazine imparts a refreshing twist on its monthly feature, The Meaning of Life - What I've Learned, and interviews "The Other Guys," a collection of 15 slightly unexpected people (yes, women too) who share some mighty fine pearls of wisdom and interesting personal anecdotes. 

So inspired by some of the quotes by these "other guys" I thought it was worthy of sharing them here.  In no particular order, here are some of my favorites:
  • "A lazy man works twice as hard. . . . If you're writing an essay, keep it in the lines and in the margins so you don't have to do it over." - Gary Oldman, Actor, 53
  • "It seems to me that at nineteen or twenty, a young man is burning to be great at something.  I was.  You have a vision that's beyond the neighborhood.  You want to make a mark while you're alive.  You don't know exactly your future, but you want to be great at it.  And greatness is an important word.  And you dare not tell anybody how extreme and how burning are your visions, because you don't want anybody to mess with them." - Art Garfunkel, Singer, 70

  • "You don't order an egg-salad sandwich at a Chinese restaurant.  And you don't order the chicken piccata at Jerry's Deli." - Jon Cryer, Actor, 46
  •  "The secret of life is to be surrounded by people who get you -- just the people who get you." - Jeffrey Tambor, Actor, 67
  •  "People don't know the real you unless you tell them" and "I really don't have a problem with age, because there's nothing we can do about it." Vanna White, Game-show hostess, 54 

  •  "To say we weren't spoiled as kids would be asinine, right? But we were spoiled in ways that are probably beneficial to an individual's growth.  We were very well traveled.  We spoke multiple languages.  We were around fascinating people who were making history.  We got to experience things that other people didn't experience.  But we were never spoiled financially.  That kept us out of a lot of trouble." - Donald Trump, Jr., Businessman, 33
  • "It's not something you can find.  There's a moment you arrive at -- there's no words for it.  A bunch of people come together at this place where a note hits your heart and your brain tells your finger where to go.  It's an otherworldly thing, like when a painter gets the right combination of colors together. - Slash, Guitarist, 46
  • "My dad used to say, 'You know you're a success when you look at your kids and realize they turned out better than you." - Joe Biden, Vice President, 69
All photos from Esquire.com.

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