John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC


Stop acting so small. 

You are the universe 

in ecstatic motion. 


Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers. - 


A man should

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”  Goethe

My life goal


No Time To Say Goodbye: A Memoir of Life in Foster Care: Why I love Film

No Time To Say Goodbye: A Memoir of Life in Foster Care: Why I love Film: Excerpt from “No Time to Say Goodbye: Memoirs of a life in Foster Care.”  By John William Tuohy   On those days when i...

Get happy

"Happiness depends upon ourselves." — Aristotle

"There's nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons." — Stephen Chbosky

"Happiness is a warm puppy." — Charles M. Schulz

"Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get." — W.P. Kinsella

"The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up." — Mark Twain

"It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will." — L.M. Montgomery

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." — Mahatma Gandhi

"We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same." — Anne Frank

"We're all golden sunflowers inside." — Allen Ginsberg

"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." — Groucho Marx

"The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself." — Benjamin Franklin

"Happiness is not a goal; it is a byproduct." — Eleanor Roosevelt

"Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness." — Carl Jung

"Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing." — William Butler Yeats

Louis L’amour

“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.”   



 All you need is passion. If you have a passion for something, you’ll create the talent. - 

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”  

Larry L. King

 “The best kind of writing, and the biggest thrill in writing,
 is to suddenly read a line from your typewriter that you didn’t know was in you.”   

Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism,..............

“Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives… and to the ‘good life’, whatever it is and wherever it happens to be.” Hunter S. Thompson

Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write

“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.

This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose...

...Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty - describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place. And even if you found yourself in some prison, whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds – wouldn’t you still have your childhood, that jewel beyond all price, that treasure house of memories? Turn your attentions to it.  Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past; your personality will grow stronger, your solitude will expand and become a place where you can live in the twilight, where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance. - And if out of this turning-within, out of this immersion in your own world, poems come, then you will not think of asking anyone whether they are good or not. Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works: for you will see them as your dear natural possession, a piece of your life, a voice from it. A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.”

                                                                                                  ― Rainer Maria Rilke