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Dec 27 2010

Esquire’s What I’ve Learned

Every month, when I get my Esquire, I flip straight to the What I’ve Learned column. It’s my version of eating dessert first. In January they do an entire What I’ve Learned issue, and these are my favorite moments of insight from this year’s issue with links to the full interviews:

“Some people understand what it is to create something special, and others are thinking what they can get out of it.” -Al Pacino

“There was an incredible power that was against me. And that power, I hope I was able to use it to do something good. Power is power. It’s energy. And if you get big, big energy, you can use that in a good way.” -Yoko Ono

“People don’t remember who the critics were.” -Robert Redford

“Running from something and running to something are the same thing.”

“There’s always going to be someone smarter, prettier, nicer. It’s better to appreciate it instead of being threatened by it or defending yourself against it.” -Mary Louise Parker

I think you ought to treat your spouse like you treat your friends. You clean your house for your friends, you make sure they’re taken care of, and a spouse comes second. I think you oughtta treat him like a friend.” -Barbara Bush

My woman is smarter than me, stronger than me, and within six months would be just fine without me. A motherfucker’s got to pay attention to his relationship.” -Esquire reader, Russell Bryan Love

“I don’t look ahead. I’m right here with you. It’s a good way to be.”

“If you’re going to have kids, there’s only one way to go. They have to know they’re th emost important things in your life, and once you’re doing that, there’s no way that you could not learn from them, because they just give you stuff constantly.” -Danny DeVito

“I don’t want to impress people I wouldn’t cross the road to talk to. I want there to be a strict door policy at my club. I want to go, “You can’t come in. You won’t like this. And I don’t want you to like it.” -Ricky Gervais

“Could you imagine people eating a painting — if they could introduce a painting into their bodies? It’s probably the artist’s dream, and we have the opportunity to do so.”

“I dedicate more than double the time most people do. Thus, at the same level of talent, I have an advantage.” -Ferran Adrià

“In the history of the earth, there’s never been more people writing. Everyone’s a writer. Everybody spends time trying to let people know who they are. Twitter.” -James L. Brooks

10 Responses to “Esquire’s What I’ve Learned”

  • misstraceynolan Says:

    Every once in a while Barbara Bush surprises me. Thanks for sharing Maggie. Esquire’s the best.

  • kate Says:

    Those are great! Makes me wonder why I stopped subscribing to Esquire…

  • kelsey Says:

    Russell Bryan Love’s quote is fabulous!

  • Helen Jane Says:

    I LOVE that Yoko Ono quote. How inspiring.
    For some reason it’s letting me be braver.

  • Julie Carpenter Says:

    Ditto to Kelsey’s comment. There is much wisdom in this post, but a motherfucker’s got to pay attention to his relationship.

  • Katie Says:

    Oh, I love this! :) Especially Al’s.

  • Miranda Says:

    I love these!

  • Kelly Says:

    Great post. I love the quotes. And thanks for the links too. I’m having fun reading the interviews!

  • Michelle Says:

    Have you agree that Russell Bryan Love’s quote is the best. How wonderous a man he must be, or have the capacity to be. Thank you for sharing the list.

  • Angelle321 Says:

    I love Mary-Louise Parker!