Man at His Best

The Wisest Quotes Of 2016

Highlights from Esquire's 'What I've Learned' series.

BY Editors | Dec 14, 2016 | Culture


Each month, Esquire sits down with a different cultural icon and attempts to drain them of all their worldly wisdom.

Which makes it sound very violent, but really we just ask a couple of questions. Since the feature's inception in 1998, we've been taught invaluable life lessons by the likes of David Bowie and Jack Nicholson, amongst hundreds of other legends.

Here are just some of the brilliant quotes we've gathered over the past 12 months...

Ray Liotta

He had an expression, my old man. 'What it mean to me?'. One of his stores was broken into a lot. It was happening like once or twice a month - calls in the middle of the night. I went with him once and I said, 'Dad, doesn't this get you upset? Aren't you tired of this?' He said: 'what it mean to me? What am I going to do? This is where my store is, I like the store being here. Things happen'. He meant: 'don't sweat the small stuff'. I try not to.

Don Delillo

I like to imagine things, and do as little research as I can possibly manage. I don't want to learn too much, I want to be free to invent.

Sir Antony Gormley

The extraordinary thing about being an artist is that you decide, from moment to moment, how to use the most precious resource you have, which is time.

Tom Ford

Delete most of the emails you get. Don't even open the ones you get from people you don't know, or ones you don't need to reply to.

Sacha Baron Cohen

Honesty is great, but I'd prefer it if someone was funny.

John Lydon

People are basically the same all over—we all want an easy life with minimal effort. Some disguise themselves in religion, others in business.

Morgan Freeman

Providence is going to somehow guide you in the direction you need to go. You have to find out what it is you want to do.

Bill Bailey

For young men, the speed of change can be baffling. It's difficult to navigate parity, and identity, sexuality, and whether you actually feel like a bloke or not. But it's progress, and it's good.

Jeff Bridges

I'm 66. I cannot believe it, man. I cannot believe it. They tell you this your whole life, and it's really true—how fast it goes. And it picks up speed. I've got these two voices in my head. One is saying, "Man, you're 66. You're not going to live forever. You got a lot of stuff you wanna do, so get on it, because it's gonna be over in a little while. There's not much time left. And the other guy in my head says, "Will you please relax? You don't want to spend the rest of your life in the middle of some homework assignment, doing all this achieving. Why don't you just take it easy?"

Wolfgang Puck

When you are young, you don't have enough experience so you always think, 'My way or the highway.' And life's not like that.

Jeff Goldblum

The best way to get things moving is to accept where you are. Ride the horse in the direction in which it's going.

Mo Farah

My mum always stressed the importance of being adaptable. You shouldn't expect people to work around you, that is something I try to remember.

Irvine Welsh

Every time I've tried to do something for money—I'm talking about everything in life—it's never really worked out for me. I have never really enjoyed myself and, usually, I've not really made the kind of money that I want.

Sam Neill

I've got a duck that I'm very fond of called Charlie Pickering. There used to be three of them but someone flattened the others with an SUV. I do laps around my lake in the summer and Charlie swims around it with me. Look for friendship wherever you can find it, even if it is in a humble duck.

 

From: Esquire UK


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