Friday, June 10, 2011

My Collection

A few favorite quotes I'd like to share with you, Dear Reader:

"A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching."
- Sivananda

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
— C.S. Lewis

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
— Maya Angelou

"The most interesting information come from children, for they tell all they know and then stop."
— Mark Twain

"Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors."
— Khaled Hosseini

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square hole. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
— Apple Computer Inc.

"People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spot blues. Murky darkness. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them."
— Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)

"A wall is just a wall
and nothing more at all.
It can be broken down."
- Assatta Shakur

"Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty."
— Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

"You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will."
— Stephen King (On Writing)

"There's no bitch on earth like a mother frightened for her kids."
— Stephen King

"Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist."
— Michael Levine

"Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul
and sings the tune without the words
and never stops at all"
- Emily Dickinson

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
— George Bernard Shaw

"Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course. Piracy, for example, is a tradition that has been carried on for hundreds of years, but that doesn't mean we should all attack ships and steal their gold."
— Lemony Snicket (Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid)

"You see, you closed your eyes. That was the difference. Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel."
- Mitch Album

"Never trust people who smile constantly. They're either selling something or not very bright.
— Laurell K. Hamilton (Burnt Offerings)

"It takes two people to make a lie work: the person who tells it, and the one who believes it."
— Jodi Picoult (Vanishing Acts)

"Love is not a because, it's a no matter what."
— Jodi Picoult (Second Glance)

"Loving someone is helping them when they get into trouble, and looking after them, and telling them the truth."
- Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime)

"Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find."
— William Shakespeare

"Every man dies. Not every man really lives."
- William Wallace

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
- Buddha

"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."
- Abraham Lincoln

"You do not wake up one morning a bad person. It happens by a thousand tiny surrenders of self-respect to self-interest."
- Robert Brault

"It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Sometimes, to do the right thing, we must keep a promise we never made."
- Robert Brault

"Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking."
- Jackson Browne

"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Be polite to all, but intimate with few."
- Thomas Jefferson

"All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move."
- Benjamin Franklin


  1. Quite a few of those are in my own quote list.

  2. Awe inspiring words to live by! Had to come back and re-read them. Particularly love the Apple Computer and Stephen King quote - never heard them before.

  3. Many of these are really good and new to me. Thanks for sharing.

  4. ".....the greatest freedom human beings have is the freedom to choose their attitude under any circumstance...."
    Bruno Bettleheim "Coercion Under Extreme Circumstances" from his book, "The Informed Heart."
    Dr. Bettleheim was incarcerated in a concentration camp during WWII. He did what he had been trained to do-observe human behavior. He wondered why, given incarcerated individuals who arrived at the camp in basically the same physical condition resulted in some surviving, some giving up and dying. He noted that even the slightest act of autonomy-such as deciding when to take a shit-was a portent to those who retained the will to live....
    It's a brutal read-but a compelling one IMO. Post WWII, he emigrated, became a world-renowned child psychiatrist. He committed suicide in his later years. My understanding is he had been diagnosed with a terminal condition. It's hard to know people's lives, their choices, their dreams,'s impossible to terminate the will to survive if just for the next few minutes if the awareness of the freedom to choose one's attitude is front and center of their existence.