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Quotes of the day: Harvey Pekar

Published Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 7:39 PM EDT
Jul 11 2014

Harvey Lawrence Pekar (October 8, 1939 - July 12, 2010) was an American underground comic book writer, music critic and media personality, best known for his autobiographical American Splendor comic series. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Although a security guard is ostensibly there to provide security, his actual role is to give the illusion of safety to suburban women.

Every day is a brand new deal, right? Just keep on working and something's bound to turn up.

Everybody's like everybody else, and everybody's different from everybody else.

Happy workers are much more productive workers and hence contribute to profit, but no organization is formed for the idea of pleasing its employees.

I think that the so-called average person often exhibits a great deal of heroism in getting through an ordinary day, and yet the reading public takes this heroism for granted.

I think you can find all the elements that you can find in great literature in mundane experiences.

I try and write the way things happen. I don't try and fulfill people's wishes.

I'm from Cleveland. We don't drink sparkling water in Cleveland.

It makes you feel good to know that there's other people afflicted like you.

Life is a war of attrition. You have to stay active on all fronts. It's one thing after another. I've tried to control a chaotic universe. And it's a losing battle. But I can't let go. I've tried, but I can't.

Misery loves company. There's a lot to that.

Money is a terrible barometer of a person's worth.

Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.

Superman doesn't get upset at the people who shoot bullets at him. I get why, now. (On his relationship with his mother and grandparents)

The most influential things that happen to virtually all of us are the things that happen on a daily basis. Not the traumas.

There’s not too many people you see who are reading James Joyce’s stuff, just for kicks.

You do not pursue potential conflict unless you hold power over your foe.

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