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.
Enlighten me with your favorites please.........
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on" Robert Frost - Poet
Time held me green and dying, though I sang in my chains like the sea.
"You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Dr. Johnson
And the whole of Corinthians Chapter I:
1: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2: And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3: And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4: Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5: Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6: Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7: Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8: Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9: For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10: But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11: When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12: For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
"If at first you don't succeed skydiving wasn't for you."
"If at first you do succeed, try not to look too astonished."
"live and let live others."
"He who find diamonds, must grappel in mud and mire because diamonds are not found in polished stones.They are made********"
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"
Cap'n Jack Sparrow is such a fitting icon for you, matey.
"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth" - Oscar Wilde
You can't beat old Oscar Wilde, well ya can but the old bugger would have only enjoyed it.
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
"A man should try everything once, except folk-dancing and incest"
Amen to this one! I don't know if I'd go bungy-jumping, but I'll try any food once...lol...does that say anything about me...lol
Thank you for making me laugh, but it's good in a serious way also:)
This is my all time favorite qoute that my mother has told me!
Before you find you handsome Prince you will have to kiss a lot of Toads to get there!
“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."
Here is mine.
Never let a fool kiss you or a kiss fool you.
very short sentence but requires a deep thought.
I have two favorite quotes. First is this one:
"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.
"It's better to burn out than to fade away..." Neil Young.
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?
If England were what England seems,
And not the England of our dreams,
But only putty, brass and paint,
'Ow quick we' d drop her....,
But she ain't.
("But what should they know of England,
Who only England know?")
I believe in humanity;
We can heal our brutality..
Monkey kill monkey,
Ape be-gat the gun.
And ever since
Love's been on the run.
Close your eyes,
Walk through your aspirations.
Thank your inspirations!
"What you do to the Other, you do to the Self; What you do to the Self, you do to the Other." Joseph Campbell
"An empty vessel can quench no thirst, not yours, nor another's"
“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
Three quotes-not sure where they come from-they are either Chinese or Japanese, I got them off of the internet one day
"It is easy to kill someone with the slash of a sword. It is hard to be impossible to be cut down by others."
"It is the very mind that leads the mind astray; of the mind, do not be mindless."
"Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself."
Hope you like them!
"God even feeds the sparrows....but it has to get it's little ass off the branch to get a worm" My Dad.
It's a lot easier for me to remember lines from songs than quotes from literature, the Bible, poetry, films.
Here's two of my favorites, both from Maya Angelou:
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
You did what you knew how to do, and when you knew better you did better. (Love that one -- helps me to stop beating myself up for past failures, foibles, sins and indescretions...
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. Life is about dancing in the rain.
don't know who came up with it.
There ain't no answer.
There ain't gonna be any answer.
There never has been an answer.
THAT'S the answer.
- Gertrude Stein.
"AH feelin' like ah cent shave ice"
(translation from Trini..I'm not feeling too well today (usually said after consuming lots of alchohol or when you are coming down with the flu))
note: 'shave ice' is a snow cone.
If you see someone without a smile, give him one of yours.
Even if it isn't a true quote and has been made up it is still funny:
"The bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey"
As allegedly said in cricket commentary by Brian Johnston.
A few of my favorites
When the power of lover overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. Jimmy Hendrix
Work like you don't need the money
Dance like no one is watching and
Love like you've never been hurt.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, but today is a gift,that is why it is called the present!
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change." -- Charles Darwin
I like to shout "NUTBUNNIES!" but that's just me. I got it from a cartoon I usedta watch. It throws people for a loop.
How about "COWABUNGA!" that was embossed on my lil bro's fave shirt when were were growing up.
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".
(From memory, so might not be quite right)
Do not pass go
Do not collect $200
Go Straight to Jail
( say it like it is) lol
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