Here I have decided to list some of my favorite quotes. I am kind of a quote strumpet. Quotes that inspire me and quotes that help me make it through the days. Words are a powerful tool. Put the right words, in the right order and they may just live throughout history. Which quotes throughout history speak to you the most?
“The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one. Inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself.” -Joan Didion
“Keepers of private notebooks are a different breed altogether, lonely and resistant re-arrangers of things, anxious malcontents, children afflicted apparently at birth with some presentiment of loss.” -Joan Didion
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou
“Ah, but Dennis! You do. You must. It is all around you. It supports you through fatigue, it carries you through the dark. Poetry, no matter the language in which it appears, is the queen of our language, the essence of expression between human beings, the result of communion between man and his God.” Ferrol Sams, Ephiphany
“Self-Knowledge is like lost innocence. However unsettling you find it, it can never be unthought or unknown.” Harvard Professor
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” Brene Brown
“Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.” Nick Carraway-The Great Gatsby
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” Morrie- Tuesdays with Morrie
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” Marcus Aurelius
“You have power over your mind–not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” Marcus Aurelius
“He who has loved often,” answered Glaucus, “has loved never. There is but one Eros, though there are many counterfeits of him.” Glaucus-The Last Days of Pompeii
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”- Margaret Mead
“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.” Albus Dumbledore
And they don’t know how to react so they stare or whisper or peek out from living room curtains because anyone or anything with such confidence and flair and blatant unapologetic disreguard for trying to conform to tradition and convention makes them wonder if maybe they’re witnessing some kind of revolution or evolution or
She: You’re not sentimental?
He: No, I’m romantic, a sentimental person thinks things will last, a romantic person hopes against hope that they won’t. Sentiment is emotional.
“The tremulous blue plays across her. Her features seem resigned. He takes her by the arms. She turns her face to the light. He is her executioner, she says. The word thrills him. His knees tremble. He puts her to bed in her warm pajamas. She is innocent, he decides. She smiles softly, the calm of a long convalescence in her face. Finally he turns to go, but at the door her voice stops him. Yes? Turn out the light, she says. He does. Like Lucifer, he creates darkness and he descends.”
-A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” -Tyrion Lannister
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” CS Lewis- The Four Loves
“An artist is someone who can hold two opposing viewpoints and still remain fully functional”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald.