Every once and a while I like to go back and look over some of my favourite quotes. I find my favourite quotes to be motivating, for the most part. There are some exceptions, of course. Like my first quote below.
“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.” (Stephen King)
This one is a bit sad, isn’t it? It seems lonely. It’s also the opening line to one of my favourite stories, “The Body”. This is the novella that the movie Stand By Me is based on. The thing is, I know this feeling. I know this feeling inside and out, having been there so many, many times. I think if you’re a particularly sensitive type, you’ve probably been there, too.
Next we have
Let go or be dragged.” (Zen proverb)
I really like this one because I have trouble letting go of the past. I hang on and I hang on and I hang on. It makes life very difficult. When I came across this quote it really spoke to me. I have most certainly been dragged into moments kicking & screaming. I need to learn how to let go.
I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things (John Green)
This comes from “The Fault In Our Stars”, a great book which I recommend you read, but that’s besides the point. Why do I like this quote? Because it is very much who I am. I am very honest and blunt in my feelings. I tell people how I feel about them. Very few people will go to the grave not knowing what I think of them, or how I feel about them. And if you don’t know it’s because I can’t be arsed to tell you.
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing (Arundhati Roy)
Optimism at its best, wouldn’t you say? That’s why I like this one. In times like these where it seems everyone is dying and the world is crumbling, I need quotes like this to keep me going, to keep my head above water, so to speak.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly (Richard Bach)
Once one of my favourite authors, Richard Bach explores spirituality throughout his books. This one is from “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah”. It reminds me that nothing is the end of the world, that endings can lead to beautiful beginnings, and that disaster is a matter of perspective.
…and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. (Nietzsche)
A famous quote, which I have loved for ages. It helps to remind me that sometimes I’m the only one who hears the music, the only one dancing, and that’s ok. I am my own person and I don’t need to care about what anyone else thinks,
“Stop looking for happiness in the same place where you lost it.” (unknown)
The first time I read this quote it was like I had an epiphany. It stunned me. It sounds so simple doesn’t it? But it’s something that I have done over and over. Mostly with people. I kept waiting for people who hurt me or made me sad to be better, and then I would be happy. Except it doesn’t usually work that way. Situations and people sometimes need to be left behind if they aren’t making you happy.
Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly (Neil Gaiman)
I like this one so much I got the last bit tattooed on my arm. It is spoken by the Sandman to someone about falling in your dreams. But it is also a good metaphor for life. Like the caterpillar thinking it’s the end of the world, this reminds me that not all falling is bad. Sometimes it can lead to amazing things.
What are your favourite quotes? Tell me in the comments!