a link to the Esquire.com feature: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/rules-of-tolerance-1213
The fullness of one’s schedule is not always the best indicator of the fullness of one’s life.
When you tell the truth consistently it’s easier to remember what you said.
The other human beings in our personal dramedies never perform exactly the way we might expect or fantasize, and neither do we.
A ticket to the writing game is a box seat in a stadium of self doubt.
With homeownership comes people with leaf blowers.
You gotta keep your pimp hand strong to survive.
Theory of Originals: Strive to be number one in a class of one. Don’t compete; form your own line.
If you’re not your own best editor, someone else will come along with a dull blade.
Leftovers never taste the same.
In Hollywood, if you aren’t going to be the richest or most famous or most powerful person in the room, it pays to be a little Zelig-like—not so strongly one thing or another, a version of yourself that reflects the prevailing sentiments held by the richest or most famous or most powerful person in the room.
When you reach high, you can fall hard. The great ones learn how to bounce.
Success is like standing in a field watching a sunset—it’s the most beautiful time of day, but it’s also the time of day when all the bugs come out.
Sometimes you have to tell a woman what she wants. Sometimes they hate it when you do that.
Why must some Mexican citizens be smuggled across the desert into America by coyotes when others can just drive across the border to shop in La Jolla?
Heartbreak is the opposite of love, just as decay is the opposite of life. With one you always have the other.
Shit ain’t fair or unfair. It just is.
Hard work, well enjoyed, builds a man, makes life, day by day.
What did people do before they spent all their time on their personal communications devices?
Always have something to fall back on besides your keister.
Like it or not, life’s best course is usually adaptation.
When peoples’ stories don’t add up, when it doesn’t seem plausible something happened a certain way… chances are it didn’t.
Just Kidding: Universally the most insincere phrase uttered in polite company, usually meaning the exact opposite—I’m not kidding at all.
You can’t grow inside a box.
You feel better one day at a time. Except on the days you don’t.
Go the extra twenty-five feet.
You can’t know things before you know them.
Luck comes more quickly when you’re doing instead of waiting. At the very least, it makes the time go faster.
A great ass is the best revenge.
The hard part is making it look easy.
Sooner or later, shit will splat in your face. Some might get in your mouth. You may not deserve it but there it is. It’s how you cope that takes your measure.
The above was gleaned from Mike Sager’s new novel, High Tolerance, available now on Amazon.