I had a page of quotes on my old blog and I’ve missed it, so I’m starting it up again. Newest additions are at the top. This is a constant work-in-progress! I pick up quotes as I read blogs, books, and have conversations. They may be deep or just too darn amusing not to share. Feel free to share some of your own favorites in the comments.
There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds. Ignore the complications and just go for it. ~ Judith McNaught
Logic takes you from A to B. Imagination takes you everywhere. ~ Albert Einstein
We’re simply not made for logging big miles on the streets. Granted, you will see some marvelous injuries as the result of trail running mishaps, but those trail injuries are typically of the more exciting flesh-wound category. It’s so much more impressive to finish a trial race covered with dirt and dried streams of blood from skinned knees of elbows than it is to drop out of a road race because of an overworked iliotibial band or shinsplint flare-up. ~ Adam W. Chase, All-American Trail Running Association
It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot
Goodness is about what you do. Not what you pray to. ~ Miss Beedle, in Terry Pratchett’s Snuff
I am very tired of this Government, which I have never seen, and which is always insisting that I must do disagreeable things, and does no good to anybody. ~ Temeraire, in Naomi Novik’s Throne of Jade
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, Fellowship of the Ring
I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives. ~ Anne Elliot, in Jane Austen’s Persuasion
So much paperwork to read! So much paperwork to push away! So much paperwork to pretend he hadn’t received and that might have been eaten by gargoyles. ~ regarding Sam Vimes’ desk, Terry Pratchett in Snuff
But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Eowyn I am, Eomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him. ~ Eowyn, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Return of the King
Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. ~ Terry Pratchett
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, Fellowship of the Ring
A room without books is like a body without a soul. ~Cicero
Always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual. ~ Terry Pratchett, in Jingo
Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. ~ Ralph Ellison, in Invisible Man
You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you. ~ Captain Wentworth, in Jane Austen’s Persuasion
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go… ~ Dr. Suess, in Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. ~ Helen Keller
“The bolt of Tash falls from above!” “Does it ever get caught on a hook halfway?” ~ dialogue between Prince Rabadash and Prince Corin in The Horse and His Boy, by C.S. Lewis
“There are no safe paths in this part of the world.” ~ Gandalf, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. ~ Mark Twain
Perhaps, after all, love did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music; perhaps…perhaps… love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath. ~ from Anne of Avonlea, by L.M. Montgomery
“Tell me…do you not feel a spirit stirring within you that longs to know, to do, and to dare, to hold converse with the great world of thought, and hold before you some high and noble object to which the vigor of your mind and the strength of your arm may be given? Do you not have longings like these, which you breathe to no one, and which you feel must be heeded, or you will pass through life unsatisfied and regretful? I am sure you have them, and they will forever cling round your heart till you obey their mandate. They are the voices of that nature which God has given you, and which, when obeyed, will bless you and your fellow men.” ~ James A. Garfield, in a letter to a friend
“I know your disposition, Lizzy. I know that you could be neither happy nor respectable unless you truly esteemed your husband – unless you looked up to him as a superior.” ~ Mr. Bennet to Lizzy, in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
“Oh, why can’t boys be just sensible!” ~ Anne of the Island
“I do know my own mind. The trouble is, my mind changes and then I have to get acquainted with it all over again.” ~ Anne of the Island
I am tired, Beloved,
of chafing my heart against
the want of you;
of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
And posting it.
~Amy Lowell, “The Letter”
Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated. ~Lamartine
No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth. ~Robert Southey
Days of absence, sad and dreary,
Clothed in sorrow’s dark array, –
Days of absence, I am weary;
She I love is far away.
I stand in Minas Anor, the Tower of the Sun, and behold! the Shadow has departed! I will be a shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying. I will be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren. ~Eowyn
One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter. ~ James Earl Jones
The one who loves you will make you weep. ~ Argentine proverb
It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is the most painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let the person know how you feel.
There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick. ~Robert A. Heinlein
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. ~ George Washington
Someone asked me to name the time our friendship stopped and love began. Oh, my darling, that’s the secret. Our friendship never stopped. ~ Lois Wyse
Laugh and the world laughs with you,
Weep, and you weep alone;
For this brave old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Posterity: You will never know how much it cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. ~John Quincy Adams
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. ~~Douglas Adams
I like deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they rush by. ~Douglas Adams
The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. ~ John Vance Cheney
I can’t help but fly up on the wings of anticipation. It almost pays for the thud. ~Anne Shirley, Anne of Avonlea
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them. ~Alfred Adler
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~Anatole France
Hands are for holding. LIPS are for kissing. ~Lyn, commenting on the custom of kissing a lady’s hand
Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either. ~Golda Meir
Tearless grief bleeds inwardly. ~Christian Nevell Bovee
To be a cult figure in one’s own lifetime is most unpleasant. ~ Tolkien
“Writers are vacuum cleaners who suck up other people’s lives and weave them into stories like a sparrow builds a nest from scraps.” ~Garrison Heillor