Rod McKuen Quotes.
If you love somebody, tell them.
I felt that some of my work was OK. If I could do it over, I’d do better.
I have never known a cat that couldn’t quiet me down just by walking slowly past my chair.
Cats have it all – admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.
May your hand be full for always if only with another hand. May your heart be empty only long enough to give you cause to fill it up again with love. May your soul be lost by you only to be found by God.
Do not ask the definition of a friend. He/She is that one without whose company death and dying set in earlier and living is made more pleasurable.
We come into the world alone. We go away the same. We’re meant to spend the interlude between in closeness or so we tell ourselves. But it’s a long way from the morning to the evening.
I can’t understand people who give up and commit suicide. If I have a bad day, I figure tomorrow will be better. And even if it isn’t, at least it isn’t any worse.
I am not a joiner. Somewhere I once said that people join clubs now for the very reason they once carried them, a need for security. Maybe I’m alone more often than I should be, because I try to find security within myself.
I chose the shadows; they did not choose me. I stay here securely not just because I feel plain, but because disappearance is by now the easy way. The habit. The worn path that I can trod knowingly and be assured safe passage home.
Even when you feel you’ve reached the end or edge of life, hold on. Life itself will ultimately take care of you.
The journey back is always longer than the forward run.
Unless you call attention to your presence who will know you’re there? Even a country has to weave and wave a flag as proof of its existence.
People are not born bastards. They have to work at it.
No map to help us find the tranquil flat lands, clearings calm, fields without mean fences. Rolling down the other side of life our compass is the sureness of ourselves. Time may make us rugged, ragged round the edges, but know and understand that love is still the safest place to land.
I’ve been going a long time now along the way I’ve learned some things. You have to make the good times yourself take the little times and make them into big times and save the times that are all right for the ones that aren’t so good.
It’s nice sometimes to open up the heart a little and let some hurt come in. It proves you’re still alive.
I was tired. I peaked. I left when I was on top. One year, I did 280 concerts.
For many people, I was a phase, a part of the period of growing up. People ask me why I connected. It was presumptuous of me to say, but I’m Everyman. The difference is I put my thoughts into words.
Extending your hand is extending yourself.
Be gentle with me, new love. Treat me tenderly. I need the gentle touch, the soft voice, the candlelight after nine. There’s been so many who didn’t understand so give me all the love I see in your timid eyes but give it gently Please.
The gifts that one receives for giving are so immeasurable that it is almost an injustice to accept them.
If I could do it over, I’d do better.
I try not to put messages in my songs. My only message is man’s communication with his fellow man. I want to narrow the gap of strangeness and alienation.
I am not convinced the truth can make men free, but I believe it a beginning.