Recently while looking through my stuff, I came upon a few old notebooks of mine filled with numerous quotes that I have jotted down over the years. I sat there, reading my messy cursive handwriting (I now know why you always scolded me for my writing, mom) for hours. While a lot of these quotes were cliched and overused, I felt glad and rejuvenated when I finally finished. This little activity gave me an idea. Why not create a new updated list of my favourite quotes? And why now turn that list into a blog post?
So here are a few quotes that I fell in love with:
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” – Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.” – Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre)
“Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.” – Haruki Murakami (Kafka On the Shore)
“She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.” – Neil Gaiman (Stardust)
“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” – Herman Melville (Moby Dick)
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)
“Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.” – Jhumpa Lahiri (Interpreter of Maladies)
“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” – John Steinbeck, (East of Eden)
“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.” – Charles Bukowski (The Captain Is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship)
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” – Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird)
“You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.” – M.L. Stedman (Light Between Oceans)
“The wide world is all around you: you can fence yourself in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.” – J.R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring)
“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” – Virginia Woolf (A Room of One’s Own)
“I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” – Charles Dickens (Great Expectations)
“I have got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.” Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)
“The moon lives in the lining of your skin.” – Pablo Neruda (The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems)
“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” –
“And when all the wars are done, a butterfly will still be beautiful.” –
“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” –
“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” –
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” –
“Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.” –
“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” –
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” –