"I know that since life is our most precious gift, and as far as we can be absolutely certain it’s given to us to live but once, let us so live we will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity and ignorance; and in our last moments we can say, “All my life, all my conscious energies have been dedicated to the most noble cause in the world: the liberation of the human mind and spirit, beginning with my own."
"Well, I think you get to a place where you realize you have nothing to lose. Nothing at all. Then you have no reason to bind yourself. I had no reason to hold on. I found it stupid to hold on, to close myself up and hold within me nothing. So I decided to try everything, to keep myself wide open to human beings, all human beings — seeing them as I understand them to be, not as they wish they were, but as I understand them to be. Very truthfully — not idealistically, but realistically. And seeing that if this person knew better he would do better. That doesn’t mean that I don’t protect myself from his actions, you know."