What are your favorite adages, phrases, and quotes? To be honest I haven't studied past historical and artistic figures and writers. I've always been a writer but lack the historic knowledge and base of phenomenal writers and authors.
I know, I need to read more of his stuff, he's basically the only poet besides Poe that I remember reading in school. I remembered these two because I loved them, but it's been too long. Thank you froggy:)
I thought it was: "He who dies with the most toys wins"?
*but thinks that might be funnier with a 'She'... girls like toys too ;-)*
Lol at G|M's quote!
Nazishnasim: that quote always reminds me of the movie Velvet Goldmine... lot of good quotes in that movie: "Make a wish, and see yourself on stage, inside out. A tangle of garlands in your hair... I will mangle your mind"
When I read something I endeavor to remember the general idea of the book or passage, but I have never been big on quotes. In school when we wrote research papers we had to quote people, but in my personal reading I really do not feel compelled to do so. Many people have a quote from their favorite author on their website, and I guess I am just missing out because I have never read anything that I felt inspired enough to quote that often. Quotes are fun to read though, I just do not collect them myself.
Thank you for being honest Sweetie Pie. I'm on the same wavelength as you too, I thought I was the only one. I've never taken away a single quote (except for the socially monotonous ones) from anything, but similar to what you stated, I too remember a general part of the story. I don't know why that is but I felt compelled to learn more quotes since most people use them. But now that I'm finding evidence of the contrary, I'm okay with the fact that I can't quote another writer. Thanks for sharing this with me, it really has opened my eyes. You helped me see that I'm not under-educated or 'beneath' another writer because I cannot exactly quote Shakespeare. Hugs
“When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed.” Ayn Rand
This quote is rather poignant to me at the moment and sticks in my mind. The engineering start up I am involved in has to shut down due to lack of Venture Capital investment at this point in the economy.
other quotes I like are
"If we had some eggs we could have eggs and ham, if we had some ham."
"Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find it out."
"I'm sorry this letter is so long, I didn't have time to make it shorter."
I was told decades ago that the quote was by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)but have since noted that it also was attributed to George Bernard Shaw and to Blaise Pascal.
Secondly: Before I took up Shakespeare in high school I was so taken by Hamlet's "To Be Or Not To Be" soliloquy that I memorized the entire passage, which I could recite at any time -- although my fading memory is dubious these days.
“You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You'll never remember class time, but you'll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don't have. Drink 'til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does..."”-Tom Petty
I love the line in Antony and Cleopatra, when Cleopatra's servant says, "..madam, I sing but after you", and she replies, "My salad days, when I was green in judgment, cold in blood, to say as I said then".
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