"I live in constant fear of being fired or dropped for that dark part of my work I can't control."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."Lynda Barry on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."Lynda Barry on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."Lynda Barry on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."Lynda Barry on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."Lynda Barry on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"I need to be cheered up a lot. I think funny people are people who need to be cheered up."
"I listen like mad to any conversation taking place next to me just trying to hear why this is funny. Women's restrooms are especially great. I wash my hands twice waiting for people to come in and start talking."
"If I didn't try to eavesdrop on every bus ride I take or look for the humor when I go for a walk, I would just be depressed all the time."
"Humor is such a wonderful thing, helping you realize what a fool you are but how beautiful that is at the same time."
"I do love to eavesdrop. It's inspirational, not only for subject matter but for actual dialogue, the way people talk."