Define Your Character

“Go without a coat when it’s cold; find out what cold is. Go hungry; keep your existence lean. Wear away the fat, get down to the lean tissue and see what it’s all about. The only time you define your character is when you go without. In times of hardship, you find out what you’re made of and what you’re capable of. If you’re never tested, you’ll never define you character.”

~ Henry Rollins – Musician, February 13, 1961-

2 replies on “Define Your Character”

  1. It’s nine degrees in Austin, Texas, and the electricity has been off for nine hours, and I’m wrapped in blankets, and complaining, and I have no character at all because all I want to do is stick my feet in the fireplace, in which we’re burning scrap pine from Home Depot because nobody thought it would really do this. And I don’t care that I’m a rotten person, I just want the heat and the microwave back on.


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