“For I have always …

“For I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I’ve lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley: In Search of America

You may not always agree with (or admit) every sentiment Steinbeck would like to leave you with from this passage, but I don’t see how you can deny the fact that it literally blows your hair back and leaves you gasping for breath as your mind reels from the connections it makes.