Whatever you think of his personal life, the comedian Woody Allen has some incisive takes on life that I think help us re-frame both life and personal not to mention internal conflict better. If nothing else, to handle life and conflict with a sense of humor. So I thought I would construct one of our Top Ten Conflict Tips based on his quips and don’t be so serious:
- ‘What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.’
- ‘My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.’
- Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go, it’s pretty damn good’.
- ‘Groucho Marx. Willie Mays. The second movement of the Jupiter Symphony. Louis Armstrong’s recording of Potato Head Blues. Swedish movies. Sentimental Education by Flaubert . Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra. Those incredible apples and pears by Cézanne. The crabs at Sam Wo’s . . . and, uh, Tracy’s face.
- ‘There’s an old joke . . . two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of ’em says “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.” The other one says, “Yeah, I know; and such small portions.” Well, that’s essentially how I feel about life.’
- ‘I had a great evening; it was like the Nuremberg Trials.’
- ‘I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it by not dying.’
- ‘The important thing, I think, is not to be bitter. You know, if it turns out that there is a God, I don’t think that he’s evil. I think that the worst you can say about him is that basically he’s an underachiever’.
- I can’t listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.’
- ‘Eighty per cent of success is showing up’.
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woody_Allen
Woody with Mariel Hemingway (Tracy):