“Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting.”~ John Green
I use quotes quite liberally in my posts.
“A quotation is the repetition of a sentence, phrase, or passage from speech or text that someone has said or written. In oral speech, it is the representation of an utterance (i.e. of something that a speaker actually said) that is introduced by a quotative marker, such as a verb of saying. Quotations in oral speech are also signaled by special prosody in addition to quotative markers. In written text, quotations are signaled by quotation marks. Quotations are also used to present well-known statement parts that are explicitly attributed by citation to their original source; such statements are marked with (punctuated with) quotation marks.
Quotations are often used as a literary device to represent someone’s point of view. They are also widely used in spoken language when an interlocutor wishes to present a proposition that they have come to know via hearsay.
Quotations are used for a variety of reasons: to illuminate the meaning or to support the arguments of the work in which it is being quoted, to provide direct information about the work being quoted (whether in order to discuss it, positively or negatively), to pay homage to the original work or author, to make the user of the quotation seem well-read, and/or to comply with copyright law. Quotations are also commonly printed as a means of inspiration and to invoke philosophical thoughts from the reader. Pragmatically speaking, quotations can also be used as language games (in the Wittgensteinian sense of the term) to manipulate social order and the structure of society.”
I’m presenting 45 quotes relevant to me through this past year.
To being with – a few are my own words from past articles and posts. The rest are from other literature I’ve encountered elsewhere.
They are powerful and simple, articulate, and complex, and just like a hard-hitting song is linked to a specific memory, these quotes have specific incidents and lessons attributed to them. They are relevant because the wounds are deep and still leaking life… and the victories are still good enough to comfort and evoke a smile. The past year tested my resilience and patience. It raised hell and took its toll. Life ensured that I haven’t forgotten lessons learnt or grown complacent.
“Quotes can remind us that we aren’t alone in what we feel and think and someone else has also already been there and done that. They’ve seen it, thought it, felt it, and articulated it. So, we’re not alone. We aren’t unique or special. Puts it all into perspective. Perhaps, very little can overwhelm us when we remember that almost all experiences in life (perceived as personal) – are quite universal.” ~ The Crimson Stroke.
This, in turn, paves the way to my other quotes (from other Posts and Articles) –
“Everyone lives – everyone experiences, falls, gets up, fails, wins… and then dies. No surprise there. Time is limited – the end is certain – so get outta your own head and live fearlessly – while you still can. Sooner the better but always better late than never”
“The heart beats and bleeds and it’s meant to be broken. Not protected and coddled. It can be reassembled and shattered again and the scars are the mark of a life well-lived.”
“It used to be great and liberating to say, “I lived on my terms and no regrets”, but the truth is I have a ton of regrets. It would be hard to admit if I gave a f@#k about what others thought, but – I’d do a lot of things differently given a chance to redo life. The fact is there’s no second chance. Once you realize that – clean up your act, think it through and live as though you were redoing already lived mistakes.”
“It’s difficult to be kind when you’re always in pain and angry. But that’s never an excuse to be an a$$#@!&+*.”
“With great exuberance, passion, hope & caution… We strive to live Life. Until ‘Life’ itself – kills us.”
“A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.”
~ The Crimson Stroke
“If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.” ~ Albert Einstein
“I’m very good at the past. It’s the present I can’t understand.” ~ Nick Hornby, High Fidelity
“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” ~ Albert Einstein
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ~ Anaïs Nin
“He asked, What makes a man a writer? Well, I said, it’s simple. You either get it down on paper or jump off a bridge.” ~ Charles Bukowski
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
“Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ~ Bernard M. Baruch
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde
“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, obstacles, dangers, and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality” ~ Winston Churchill
“No, the opposite of happiness is hopelessness, an endless gray horizon of resignation and indifference. It’s the belief that everything is fucked, so why do anything at all?” ~ Mark Manson
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” ~ Lao Tzu
“…the problem is that giving too many fucks is bad for your mental health.” ~ Mark Manson
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl
“Ever notice that sometimes when you care less about something, you do better at it? Notice how it’s often the person who is the least invested in the success of something that actually ends up achieving it? Notice how sometimes when you stop giving a fuck, everything seems to fall into place? What’s with that?” ~ Mark Manson
“I know you can fight, but it’s our wits that make us men.” ~ Malcolm Wallace
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
“There is a difference between being a good man and being good at being a man.” ~ Jack Donovan
“This is the test of your manhood: How much is there left in you after you have lost everything outside of yourself?” ~ Orison Swett Marden
“If you’re losing your soul and you know it, then you’ve still got a soul left to lose” ~ Charles Bukowski
“The truth knocks on the door and you say, ‘Go away, I’m looking for the truth,’ and so it goes away. Puzzling.” ~ Robert M. Pirsig
“Our scars have the power to remind us that the past was real” ~ Hannibal Lecter “Are you looking for sympathy? You’ll find it in the dictionary between shit and syphilis.”
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” ~ Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum
“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk, Diary
“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” ~ J.K. Rowling.
“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
“Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.” ~ Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down
“Everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience. Any attempt to escape the negative, to avoid it or quash it or silence it, only backfires. The avoidance of suffering is a form of suffering. The avoidance of struggle is a struggle. The denial of failure is a failure. Hiding what is shameful is itself a form of shame.
Pain is an inextricable thread in the fabric of life, and to tear it out is not only impossible, but destructive: attempting to tear it out unravels everything else with it. To try to avoid pain is to give too many fucks about pain. In contrast, if you’re able to not give a fuck about the pain, you become unstoppable.” ~ Mark Manson”
“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” ~ Michael Cunningham, The Hours
“You too are going to die, and that’s because you too were fortunate enough to have lived. You may not feel this. But go stand on a cliff sometime, and maybe you will.” ~ Mark Manson
“If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you.” ~ Paul Newman
“If there really is no reason to do anything, then there is also no reason to not do anything” ~ Mark Manson
“Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.” ~ Slaughterhouse-Five.
“We accept the love we think we deserve.” ~ Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“Of all sad words of mouth or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been.” ~ John Greenleaf Whittier
“I miss her, with a never-ending ache that I did not think was possible, that crowds out any other feeling and certainly all my reason, and any good sense.” ~ We Love You, Charlie Freeman: A Novel
“Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.” ~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“You’re fucked. You thought you were going to be someone, but now it’s obvious you’re nobody. You haven’t got as much talent as you thought you had, and there was no Plan B, and you got no skills and no education, and now you’re looking at forty or fifty years of nothing. Less than nothing, probably. That’s pretty heavy. That’s worse than having the brain thing because what you got now will take a lot longer to kill you. You’ve got the choice of a slow, painful death, or a quick, merciful one.” ~ Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down
“But the truth is far less interesting than any of these explanations. The truth is, I thought I wanted something, but it turns out I didn’t. End of story. I wanted the reward and not the struggle. I wanted the result and not the process. I was in love with not the fight but only the victory.” ~ Mark Manson
“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” ~ J.K. Rowling
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time” ~ Thomas Edison ~ “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” ~ Gabriel Garcia marquez
“Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” ~ Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.