Charles Bukowski. And Tom Waits. I know!
When Charles Bukowski writes "the gods will offer you chances" and then Tom Waits reads it out loud, well, you best believe that shit. "The Laughing Heart" has always reminded me of the passage in Walden about living deep and sucking the marrow out of life. Each piece is a call to action. For Thoreau, it's about driving life into a corner and reducing it to its lowest terms. For Bukowski, it's about recognizing and taking the chances that life provides.
These guys couldn't be possibly be any more different. But their advice game is on point.
The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski