It seems people are more willing to let other people control their minds now and recreational drug use doesn't seem to have that same renegade sense of adventure that it once did.— Marc Maron
The most attractive Marc Maron quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
I'm not for everyone. I'm barely for me.
Maybe depression is the most reasonable response to all the crap around us.
Maybe it's the happy people who need medication.
That’s the big challenge of life—to chisel disappointment into wisdom so people respect you and you don’t annoy your friends with your whining.
We’re built to deal with death, disease, failure, struggle, heartbreak, problems. It’s what separates us from the animals and why we envy and love animals so much. We’re aware of it all and have to process it. The way we each handle being human is where all the good stories, jokes, art, wisdom, revelations, and bullshit come from.
You can't avoid pain in life. It's how you handle pain, that's what defines you.
I feel bad for people who have never been addicted to anything, because they're the real losers. You want to know why? Because they don't know what it's like to really want something - and then get it again and again and again.
We need the children of Indonesia and the Philippines to manufacture our freedom of choice.
That's an animal fable about humility.
If you survive your mistake, you must learn from it. Accept that you're fragile, vulnerable, and sometimes stupid. Realize that you're not immortal and you've got to take care of yourself. And then laugh it off and fly away.
I'm not completely sure we aren't all living in a hallucination now.
For my next trick I will make everyone understand me.
It's not all about love. That's half of it... The other half is about that moment you have with yourself when you're looking in the mirror, and you just go, 'Oh man. I'm going to compromise my dreams, get fat, sick, old and die someday. I kind of want to have someone around for that.'
If you can't afford the good food or if you can't afford health care or if you don't have a job or if your car is dangerous because you can't get it fixed and you DIE, you just lost the game-bzzzzz-thanks for playing extreme capitalism.
Left wing, right wing, I am wingless and tired of trying to fly. Here comes the ground.
It amazes me that we are all on Twitter and Facebook.
By "we" I mean adults. We're adults, right? But emotionally we're a culture of seven-year-olds. Have you ever had that moment when are you updating your status and you realize that every status update is just a variation on a single request: "Would someone please acknowledge me?
The truth is, I can’t read anything with any distance.
Every book is a self-help book to me. Just having them makes me feel better.
Jerusalem Syndrome is actually a rare psychological condition that occurs to some visitors to the Middle East. They get to Israel and just snap.
When I was a young kid I loved Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett and Jackie Vernon.
The Internet has usurped the collective unconscious and access to cosmic consciousness has become difficult and almost primitive.
Everyone is a little bitter. We're born bitter. The personality itself is really just a very complex defense mechanism. A reaction to the first time someone said, "No you can't.
Your insecurity and neediness is what makes you a big neurotic ball of comedy genius.
What comics sacrifice and what lives they live - I know that most of their lives, their adult lives, they're sitting around or walking around with notebooks, writing things down. Usually they're fairly sensitive. Usually they're very bright. And that makes them poets.
Most of my comedy writing happens through improvisation on stage; doing it in the moment.
We live in an age where people are like, "I'd love to catch up.
Maybe text me later? But don't call because I don't really listen to my messages. But if you text me..." We've displaced interaction into sound bites and untethered phrases and sentences that come up on the phone as Twitter feed.
In the sixties and seventies you could probably name all the great comics. It was still special.
It's easy to maintain your integrity when no one is offering to buy it out.
You know when you make popcorn there are always those fluffy white kernels that are fun and good to eat but there are also always those burnt, black kernels that don’t pop. You know why they don’t pop? Because they have integrity.
Once I learned how to talk, personally, by myself to any number of people, which means do radio without talking to anyone in particular on the air - I just found that my brain became very free to engage in a sort of stream-of-consciousness style of doing what I do.
I think the reason Jesus is so popular, just on a celebrity level, is that he died at the peak of his career.
I think that standup has always been an acquired taste and there was always only a handful of performers that were really inspired.
When you commit your life to something and it doesn't work out, it is a tough place to be. Suicide can be the spiritual reprieve of a faithless person. I knew I could always just end it, and there was solace in that.
Surveillance induced morality: relics of cultural retardation.
On some level any appearance on Television can be seen as a product endorsement.
I'm not a narcissist, but I definitely have gotten enough explosive narcissistic shrapnel from my father. I'm sort of wired that way, but I don't feel that I'm pathological, so all I can pull from is my own existence and my knowledge.
Comedy is obviously a matter of personal taste and the world always needs a clown and some people have no taste at all and any clown will do.
I've become less angry and a little more humble by age and by experience and by going through the ups and downs of life.
Conversation is a beautiful thing. When I was a younger guy, just wandering around talking to people was what kept me connected to the world.
I didn't know that people compared Bill Hicks and I but certainly I'm flattered if they do. I knew Bill a bit. We had dinner a couple of times and played guitar together once. I really tried to keep my distance from him professionally.
My favorite part is being engaged with somebody's story and life, and getting a laugh with people I have a tremendous amount of respect for or not, and being challenged by the immediacy of conversation.
I think seeing Pryor's first movie, Live In Concert, when I was in high school changed my life. Pryor really put the heart in darkness for me.
How complicated can ice cream flavors be? How much can you put in there? I mean, when the flavor's something like banana ice cream with caramel, fudge chunks, cheddar goldfish and pennies - you've got to draw a line there.
For 15 years of my life I smoked, I drank, I used to do drugs.
.. but during that time, I never once thought I was going to die. But the second I set foot on a stairmaster -the second- I am sure my heart is gonna explode and blood is gonna spray out of my nose.
I look at every book as a self-help book.
As a performer you are being used to keep people watching so the commercial endorsements that support the network can be seen by as many people as possible.
I'm sad to see the passing of the great drug warriors.
I certainly did my part in that battle and I don't regret any of it.
There's nothing more horrifying than the possibility or the idea that you will just fade away into obscurity.
I'm just looking for authentic engagement of some kind, and usually, after an hour or more, you get that. Some people talk at you. Some people just want to answer questions, but a lot of times, all of a sudden you drift away, and you don't remember you're on the mic, and you're in something real.
I'm not a moron, but science fiction to me requires a suspension of disbelief and honest curiosity or fascination in that kind of bullshit. I've just never been able to make that jump, really. I like things to be more organic.
People who have babies tell me I will know a love that is beyond anything I can imagine, and a joy that is indescribable. Love and joy? That sounds horrifying. I have no way of knowing whether I can handle either of those. I'm much better with need and fear. They are what ground me.
I remember seeing Richard Pryor's first movie;
it was a midnight movie when I was in high school. I must have been about fifteen. It was one of the most cathartic experiences of my life. I'd never laughed that much.