"Find what you love and let it kill you"

Saw this on a quote investigator website

Kinky Friedman was profiled by the paper because he had branched out into a new field. Friedman had recently authored his first mystery novel, and while discussing his colorful career he employed the adage. Interestingly, the expression contained the word “like” instead of “love”. Boldface has been added to excerpts:

“I did it on my own, without AA or Jesus; but, then, I think we all have to find the Jesus of our choosing. I’ve always said: Find what you like, and let it kill you.

The saying with the word “love” has been credited to Charles Bukowski in recent years, but QI has located no substantive evidence to support this ascription.

Here are additional selected citations in chronological order.

In 1991 a collection of interviews titled “Songwriters On Songwriting” was published, and one of the interviewees was the composer Van Dyke Parks who was a friend of Kinky Friedman. Parks reported that Friedman used a version of the jocular injunction with the word “like”:

Interviewer: So songwriting for you is a daily activity?

Van Dyke Parks: There are months that go by that I don’t write songs. I go out and take care of the garden; I take care of the realities. I get the house reroofed and painted and stuff. Pick the kid up from school—both kids, if I’m lucky. And in the meantime I stay plastered to the news.

Interviewer: So to connect with those realities beyond everyday life you stay aware of this reality.

Van Dyke Parks: Yes. I find something that moves me. Kinky Friedman said, “Find what you like and let it kill you.”[Laughs]​
 
Maybe we should all make an image with the quote, quote it to the appropriate source and spread it around the web with the hastags #notbukowski #bukowskididntsaythis

That'll work, right?
 
I saw this quote & it inspired me to read Bukowski, I've finished all of his novels & have been steadily working through poetry, it's all changed my life for sure. It makes me laugh to find out the quote that led to me reading all of this wasn't actually his, oh well, I'm glad is was incorrectly attributed & led me here with you fine folks.
 
I did wonder that too. I am all for reading "inspirational" quotes / memes but I would much rather they just say "unknown" than attributing the message to someone whose body of work can be searched easily or has been researched / followed as intensely as Bukowski.
They'll be saying it was in a letter from Shakespeare next.
 
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I saw this quote & it inspired me to read Bukowski, I've finished all of his novels & have been steadily working through poetry, it's all changed my life for sure. It makes me laugh to find out the quote that led to me reading all of this wasn't actually his, oh well, I'm glad is was incorrectly attributed & led me here with you fine folks.
There's a little good in everything.
 
I just found this quote in one of NIETZSCHE's notebooks from 1873:

"... stecke Dir selber Ziele, hohe und edle Ziele und gehe an ihnen zu Grunde!"
(KSA 7,651 / Notizbuch Sommer-Herbst 1873: 29[54])
which would translate like:
"... find yourself high and noble aims and let them destroy you."

of course I've quoted out of context and translated a bit deliberate, but still...


another thing:
[...] Bombay Gin [...]
[...] Slouching Toward Nirvana [...]
are these different from the poem in 'Whoreson Dog #1' (1993)?
because in the database they're listed seperately.
 
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mjp

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I don't have whore son dog #1 so I don't know. Not sure why it's a separate entry...
 

mjp

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A "letterpress print" on eBay. Just so you know that the world never forgets once it "knows" something.

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