Do you have a favorite quote by a favorite writer?
Do you have a favorite quote by a favorite writer that you sometimes look to for inspiration, or enlightenment when you are feeling discouraged?
Here's one, "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude". Don't complain.
- Maya Angelou
It's like a prayer I learned as a child through my Dad,
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
I have quotes, but not from "writers", per say.
Quote 1: "You can wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which gets filled first" - Grumpy Old Men
Quote 2: "I brought you in this world, I can take you out" - Bill Cosby
Quote 3: "Believe in the promise of this day" - author unknown
Quote 4: "We must be the change we wish to see" - Gandhi (shortened)
Quote 5: "My heart beats I love you" - my son
"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest"
- joshua 1:9
Oh I have lots! The wall behind my computer is covered with printouts of many of my favorite quotes. Here are a few:
"When cracks appear in your life, you have to do something about them; if you don't, they are apt to widen and sooner or later everything would fall in." (Stephen King, Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales)
"There is no stage you understand better than the one you just left." (John Knowles, A Separate Peace)
"When one only has one's own inclination to consult, it is easy to procrastinate." (Sylvia Plath)
"The tragedy of life is not that a man died; the tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives." (Albert Schweitzer)
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." (George Elliot)
"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." (Thomas Jefferson)
"Problems cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness that created them." (Albert Einstein)
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." (Eleanor Roosevelt)
"Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself!" (George Bernard Shaw)
“Let them call me rebel, and welcome; I feel no concern from it. For I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.” Thomain Paine - The Crisis
"In wildness is the preservation of the world." Thoreau
"She is like all of us. She wants a man that is a man." from The Virginian by Owen Wister
"You need not be afraid, God." from The Book of Hours by Rainer Maria Rilke
'all nothing is only our hugest home;the more who die the more we live" last line of "what if a much of a which of a wind" by e e cummings
"You never yet met a pet I bet as wet as they let this wet pet get." from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Here is a line from the Lord of the Rings.
"Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give that to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends." - By J.R.R. Tolkien
Lines like this make one think more carefully about life and death and the choices we make. A truly remarkable tale, a timeless masterpiece.
"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever is left, however improbable, must be the truth." -Sherlock Holmes- Written by: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
A writer should say to himself, not, How can I get more money?, but How can I reach more readers (without lowering standards)?
- Brian Aldiss
My favorite changes with the circumstances. Quite often it is, "The secret of life isn't what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you." - Norman Vincent Peale
"There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person."
-G. K. Chesterton
"They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint".
Love this verse
my favorite quote now is from a NYT article I read last year of an exonerated 50ish man who was training for his first (and only) boxing debut after being accused of murder and spending 26 years in lockup.
"Don’t let fear determine who you are and never let where you come from determine where you’re going." I couldn't find the source of the sentence quoted in his interview but it is as inspiring all the same.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/nyreg … debut.html
"Warm affections, without knowledge, can rise no higher than superstition; and that knowledge which does not influence the heart and affection, will only make a hypocrite"
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