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Collection of 100 Rare Quotes

Updated on January 24, 2016
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A lover of the written word Colleen has a Master's degree in English literature and enjoys finding unique and poignant quotes

Quote by Joseph Roux, born 19 April 1834 died February 1905 was a famous author and poet
Quote by Joseph Roux, born 19 April 1834 died February 1905 was a famous author and poet | Source

Introduction

It can prove both fun and intriguing to come upon nuggets of wisdom in unusual places. Many authors, though not world renowned, have written thoughts and experiences ranging from the lighthearted to the poignant. We offer them here, as a walk on a beach where one might find small shells and sea-washed pebbles, along with the occasional bit of driftwood brought to the shore by the waves.

Misguided concepts

♥ My wife has no real cause to feel jealous. It’s true I’ve had a lot of affairs, but never one real girlfriend. George Burns

  • In describing her childhood, S. Hanala Stadner writes with delightful irony:

♥ Mom and Dad are out working hard to make money so that one day they can afford to send me to a therapist, where I can talk about how they were never there. There’s no place like home, thank God.

Take ownership of your guilt

The only substitute for revenge is acknowledgement. Acknowledgment is more than regret; it is accepting responsibility. It’s when you own your guilt. ... The power of acknowledgment should not be underestimated. It establishes a new reality. Prof. Hanoch Yerushalmi: psychologist at Hebrew university sourced from the book: Revenge: A Story of Hope by Laura Blumenfeld

 Quote by Stephen John Fry was born 24 August 1957 and is a satirist, author, and television personality
Quote by Stephen John Fry was born 24 August 1957 and is a satirist, author, and television personality | Source

Grateful courtesy

Recently, while food shopping with my husband, an elderly lady touched my arm and asked if I minded if she requested my husband to reach an item on a high shelf. I did not mind in the least, and my husband was happy to help. Then she thanked us both with genuine grace. Afterwards, I thought how nice it was, in this age where many people tend to barge into wherever, to find such gentle dignity in a fellow shop customer. Pauline Miles

George Gordon Byron known as Lord Byron, born 22 January 1788 died 19 April 1824 was a famous and influential romantic poet
George Gordon Byron known as Lord Byron, born 22 January 1788 died 19 April 1824 was a famous and influential romantic poet | Source

Beauty can take a variety of forms

♥ One grows accustomed to beauty, but not to stupidity. King Louis XIV of France

♥ There are things that are always beautiful and held dear to humankind and there are things that must be loved to become beautiful. Nita Lowell

♥ Beauty is expression that speaks to the mind and feared by the narrow-minded. Ben Heckerman

♥ The seed, the vine, the grape, the wine; this is the beautiful journey. June Teller

♥ Just as ecstasy is tinged with pain beauty casts a shadow. Malcolm McLaren

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A Mother's cruelty

The so-called “silent treatment” is one of the cruelest ways one human being can convey displeasure to another. This proves especially true when this silence is inflicted upon a small child by a mother for an unspecified offense: The following quote is by S. Hanala Stadner

“It’s bad when Ma yells, but not as bad as when she stops yelling. The lips disappear, and she skewers me with her eyes and then the eyes turn away. That’s when the begging begins, “Please, Mommy, I’m sorry. I’ll never do it again. I don’t know what I did, but I swear I’ll NEVER do it again. ... Hit me, but don’t not talk to me.”

T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot, born 26 September 1888 died 4 January 1965 was a renowned poet and playwright
T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot, born 26 September 1888 died 4 January 1965 was a renowned poet and playwright | Source

Greatness often stems from the need to surmount hurdles

♥ Referring to the sense of individuality flaunted by most of those living or even passing through New York City, a hotel manager recounts: In New York City, it didn't matter where you came from, or what kind of person you originally thought you had to be. Here, you could be a pill junkie, drag queen, singer-songwriter, hip-hop head–painter, anything. What kind of person are you really? Just point at your head and say, “This person” Source: Jacob Tomsky

♥ No man is born prodigious; it is his overcoming of non-chosen challenges that make him a great man. Edgar Meredith Compton

David Foster Wallace, born 21 February 1962 died 12 September 2008 was a famous author and story writer
David Foster Wallace, born 21 February 1962 died 12 September 2008 was a famous author and story writer | Source

Arrogance based on education

An acquaintance, having graduated from a topnotch university, let no opportunity pass to allude to this fact. As an after-dinner speaker at one event, he glanced at a note card, then read a quotation from “William Congreve, whoever the hell he was“, then Later, a quote from “Constance Garnett, whoever the hell she was.” Hearing this, I felt annoyed and disgusted. Apparently, while deeming the words of these people worth borrowing to bolster the major points of his talk, they were beneath his sacrifice of five minutes finding out a bit about the contributions these two people made to our world’s store of knowledge and understanding. Colleen Swan

  • Note: William Congreve was born 24 January 1670 and died 19 January 1729 and was a renowned English poet and playwright, and Constance Garnett was born 19 December 1861 and died 17 December 1946 and was a famous translator of Russian literature into English.

Frederic Ogden Nash was born August 19 1902 died May 19 1971 was a celebrated poet and writer of humor
Frederic Ogden Nash was born August 19 1902 died May 19 1971 was a celebrated poet and writer of humor | Source

One thing means another

♥ When politicians announce a pragmatic solution is the only way forward you can be sure you have something to lose. Dudley Melrose

♥ During a conflict between Native Americans and white persons, one satirist wrote: Coalition leaders are permitted to mention established facts only 22 per cent of the time. The rest of the time, they must spew a smoke screen of vulgarities in order to conceal the specific problems of Native Americans in the city. Unknown

♥ City administration members are allowed to speak as many platitudes as they desire. They must not, however, under any circumstances, say anything that would lead the populace to believe they have any constructive ideas for alleviating the problem. Unknown

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Disparagement often ends in jubilation

♥ Pay a liar in his own coin. A rational reply is wasted on him. If he flies to high, don’t lose your temper. Fly a little higher. L A Fontaine

♥ They put every obstacle in my path, yet they could not match my power of parody. Thus, my voice and message was heard and more importantly, recalled and repeated. Source: David Tynan O'Mahony. Born 6 July 1936 died 10 March 2005 known as Dave Allen, a controversial and renowned Irish comedian.

Forever is beyond our control and those that control us

♥ Deep in the heart of the judges of destiny is the desire to end ours with theirs. Imelda Yukon

  • A blind woman travelling with her sighted partner recounts:

♥ Over the days, several real arguments occur in quick succession over trivial things, inconsequential matters previously laughed off. When they start, Bernard goes quiet on me. Everything then spirals out of control, as the silent treatment shuts me off from everything, as the flow of information ceases. After the first time it happens he explains that, for him, the least said the soonest mended. But this does not help me. Feeling isolated, helpless and alone, it only amplifies my own anger and emotion. Source: Touching the world: A Blind Woman Two Wheels 25,000 Miles by Cathy Birchall and Bernard Smith

Quote by John Kilian Houston Brunner, born 24 September 1934 died 26 August 1995 was a famous author specializing in science fiction
Quote by John Kilian Houston Brunner, born 24 September 1934 died 26 August 1995 was a famous author specializing in science fiction | Source

Anticipation often ends in disappointment

♥ For cupids yolk I lower my head. Will love be mine again? Will my dull heart dare once more to burn, or am I too old for love. Maurice Ayton

♥ Fulfillment once savored pleasures one less than the yearning and discovery. Matt Braithwaite

♥ Too many plans become a delusion; they lead to indecision and confusion, tis better to have but one and be sure it is steadfast. James Whitman

The last flight

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Where is my soul

  • Extract from “Living Forever” by Joseph Des Hilary

My heart pumps harder as I walk towards my metal body, to climb and sink into the cockpit. I am joined with this magnificent machine. Fire up the engine, spin the prop, open the throttle, and play in the clouds. Bullets dig patterns into my wings; I twist and turn, dive, rise, returning the punch. I am gone, falling into bliss. My heart pumps harder as I walk…

Cyril Vernon Connolly, born 10 September 1903 died 26 November 1974 was an author and respected critic
Cyril Vernon Connolly, born 10 September 1903 died 26 November 1974 was an author and respected critic | Source

Enmity drives one into extraordinary actions

♥ This concoction is blessed with my request for your death and contains the dust and stuff and bits of spiders spat upon and kissed by vipers. Anton LaVey

♥ I am a great salesman but I hate pretending to like everyone I meet. John Ratner

Voltaire, real name François Marie Arouet, born 21 November 1694 died 30 May 1778 was an author, historian and satirist
Voltaire, real name François Marie Arouet, born 21 November 1694 died 30 May 1778 was an author, historian and satirist | Source

The price of choices

During my childbearing years, aside from the occasional twinge, I felt no wish to have children. Now that this option has passed, I find my nightly dreams increasingly focused on various aspects of childbirth. The most recent of these, some few nights ago, centered once again on pregnancy. Its vividness was such that I felt, having placed my hand on my womb area, the actual shape of a small leg and foot. This dream, having stayed with me, has made me sad, though not wholly regretful. I suppose whatever life choices we make leaves a residue of wonder as to its alternative. Every choice involves sacrifice. Amy Erickson

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, born 15 October 1844 died 25 August 1900 was a renowned scholar and, philosopher
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, born 15 October 1844 died 25 August 1900 was a renowned scholar and, philosopher | Source

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Envy mutes the compliment that accompanies success

♥ Before you share the joy of your discovery you must first discard the ridicule and scorn of critics. Brandon Dewar

♥ Kick away the negatives of yesterday, and start each day afresh like the hummingbird that does not remember the words to its song. Jeffrey Mendoza

♥ It took me years to understand the reason, before and after high school graduation, my dearest friend began to say mean things, like razor shafts in my most fragile places. What could have happened? It took her twenty years or more to tell me getting the leading role in our school play meant more to her than anything thus far. When on the week that play was scheduled, she had to go home due to German measles. I volunteered to play her part; if I had not, it could have been postponed. How could I do that? My only answer was, I was eighteen, too self-involved to weigh the feelings even of her, my closest and most long-term friend against my own desire to perform. At over forty, I asked her to forgive me. Colleen Swan

George Bernard Shaw, born 26 July 1856 died 2 November 1950 was a journalist and author
George Bernard Shaw, born 26 July 1856 died 2 November 1950 was a journalist and author | Source

The promotion of the incompetent can be a condition of wealth

♥ It is when the stupid are educated beyond their level of ability and then enter politics that the suffering of mankind is assured. Perry Elton

♥ I only drink champagne, and I never wait. Jacob Tomsky

Donald Robert Perry Marquis, born July 29 1878 died December 29 1937 was an author of humor poetry and drama
Donald Robert Perry Marquis, born July 29 1878 died December 29 1937 was an author of humor poetry and drama | Source

Latent prejudice: I am not saying… and I am not against… what I mean is

♥ A good politician can persuade people to appear conciliatory by first disclaiming their bigotries. Kenneth Keane

  • A hotel manager offers the following warning to potential guests:

♥ A coin tip gets left right outside your door, for you to find on your way out, supposedly working on that “You need it more than I do, you cheap ...”

Source

We once believed the world was flat

♥ I hate parades of eloquence, what we want is common sense, but if either came to the fore I know not which I would loathe more. Terence D Housman

♥ A fanatic can wrap the torrid truth in bindings of self-delusion and cluck-cluck as would a turkey destined for the banquet. James R Minion

♥ The workings of a bruised brain go by chance; that two facts cannot be the same, for it is destiny that controls the game. Ciaran P Melrose

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Contentment is internal and individual

♥ Let happy lovers meander if they will, let one be to the others thought a world of beauty never twice the same, each all in all to each. Veronica Gascoigne

♥ If to be happy, one must needs be chaste, dull and neglected, middle-class and kind, surrounded by a garden and four walls, croquet and a tennis court behind, surely one would choose then to be sad. Daphne du Maurier

♥ Of all the passions in man’s breast, fear is by far the liveliest. It can overwhelm both love and detestation. Jorgen Ibsen

♥ The first tears are the uninvited guests that oil the locks. Terence Campbell

Mark Twain born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, November 30 1835 died April 21 1910 was a world renowned author
Mark Twain born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, November 30 1835 died April 21 1910 was a world renowned author | Source

There is always something more the poor must give

Two Englishmen, visiting an impoverished country, decided to take a photo of an especially gorgeous sunset. At one point, a passing driver opened his window and shouted something which, when translated was, “You (epithet) westerners, you’ve stolen everything from us; now you want our sunset too.” Source: The boy in the river by Richard Hoskins

The final quote

Isaac D'Israeli, born 11 May 1766 died 19 January 1848 was a celebrated scholar whose son was Benjamin Disraeli
Isaac D'Israeli, born 11 May 1766 died 19 January 1848 was a celebrated scholar whose son was Benjamin Disraeli | Source

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Thank you Manatita for your lovely comment. I find when I get started on quotes more and more come to mind and I want to include them all.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Extremely well done. Marginally long for me, but I did finish. Great quotes and worth pondering upon. Nicely laid out and presented.

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Thank you Jodah, glad you enjoyed these. I like your choices. I think the second one is suggesting that the pilots memory of the flight and the battle is so strong that it lives forever somewhere; that being his soul.

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Thank you again for looking in. I am starting to run out of titles for quote pages. Something will come to mind. Glad you enjoyed these.

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Thank you for your kind words. I am always book marking or taking notes of quotes and extracts. It often provides ideas for stories etc.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 2 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      You compiled another excellent selection of quotes, Colleen.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Colleen, I so enjoyed this hub. A few years ago, I started keeping a notebook of my favorite quotes. I only wish I had thought of doing this

      when I was young. But, our visions and perceptions change as we age,

      don't they?

      Thank you for publishing this lovely read. I think I will visit this hub

      quite often.

      DJ.

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Thank you Jay for looking in. I don't know what Nyt means other than the newspaper. Hope you enjoyed reading my hub.

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      Jay Wyne 2 years ago from America

      Nyt hub

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      Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

      Thanks for looking in and the share, glad you enjoyed. It is a shame Dave Allen is no longer with us, but there are some great youtube clips that have his best preserved.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Fantastic hub! I suppose we all know a few little quotes that we use occasionally but this list is phenomenal. Such wisdom in them too! I loved listening to Dave Allen; his wit hit home and I think that's why he was so controversial. These days he would be so non-PC.

      We have some from friends that we use often, one of which (about hoarding) is 'It'll come in useful even if I never use it.'

      Up++ and shared.

      Ann