I thought I would share some of my favorite quotations in this page. I refer to them as they help me pause the life, appreciate the beauty of simple verses, and offer a wise perspective. As I heard somewhere, “Stories never end, books only pretend they do”, this is an attempt to treasure and cherish those verses that touched my heart. Its a sheer joy to collect beautifully expressed thoughts and its a sin if I tuck them away in memory unshared. Hope you will enjoy too!
From Richard Bach
The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in awhile, and watch your answers change.
The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
We’re the bridge across forever, arching above the sea, adventuring for our pleasure, living mysteries for the fun of it, choosing disasters triumphs challenges impossible odds, testing ourselves over and again, learning love and love and LOVE!
That’s what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we’ve changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.
We wait all these years to find someone who understands us, I thought, someone who accepts us as we are, someone with a wizard’s power to melt stone to sunlight, who can bring us happiness in spite of trials, who can face our dragons in the night, who can transform us into the soul we choose to be. Just yesterday I found that magical Someone is the face we see in the mirror: It’s us and our homemade masks.
From Abraham Lincoln
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
From Lord Byron, (George Gordon)
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”
From J.K. Rowling
If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
It is my belief… that the truth is generally preferable to lies.
People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.
It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.
There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business in deed..
From Mark Twain
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist but you have ceased to live.
When in doubt tell the truth. It will confound your enemies and astound your friends.
For all the talk you hear about knowledge being such a wonderful thing, instinct is worth forty of it for real unerringness.
From Ayn Rand
To say ‘I love you’ one must first know how to say the ‘I’.
The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.
I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.
From Theodore Roosevelt
It is not the critic who counts,
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs and comes short again and again;
who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those timid souls
who know neither victory nor defeat.
From Helen Keller
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
To know the history of philosophy is to know that the highest thinkers of the ages, the seers of the tribes and the nations, have been optimists. The growth of philosophy is the story of man’s spiritual life.
From Neil Gaiman
Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.
Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.
Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses. You build up a whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life… You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ or ‘how very perceptive’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. Nothing should be able to do that. Especially not love. I hate love.
From Shantaram By David Gregory Roberts
Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with everything except tears. In the end that’s all there is: love and its duty, sorrow and its truth. In the end that’s all we have – to hold on tight until the dawn.
Some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. Some things are so sad that only your soul can do the crying for them.
Loves are like that. You heart starts to feel like an overcrowded lifeboat. You throw your pride out to keep it afloat, and your self-respect and independence. After a while, you started throwing people out – your friends and everyone you used to know. And it’s still not enough. The lifeboat is still sinking, and you know it’s going to take down with it. I’ve seen that happen to a lot of girls. That’s why I’m sick of Love.
Sometimes you have to surrender before you win.
If fate doesn’t make you laugh, then you just don’t get the joke.
I take everything personally- that’s what being a person is all about.
Luck is what happens to you when fate gets tired of waiting.
Be true to love where ever you find it, and be true to yourself and everything that you really are.
From Khalil Gibran
A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?
Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
From Lao Tzu
To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’
From Charlotte Bronte
“The human heart has hidden treasures,
In secret kept, in silence sealed;
The thoughts, the hopes,the dreams, the pleasures,
Whose charms were broken if revealed”
Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.
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