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What is your favorite quote? And why?

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  • Another one of my favorites...

    “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for the one who believes.” -Mark 9:23
  • "Fairytales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairytales tell children that dragons can be slain." - G.K. Chesterton

  • I'm always quick to come up with quotes - may it be from films or books. I like words that transport a message and that make people think. There have always been quotes taking precedence in different periods of my life. At the moment I quote Aristotle all the time: “Happiness depends upon ourselves.”

    There are so many unhappy people around, that complain and moan but don't do anything to change the circumstances of their unhappiness. Or there are people who alienate others by miscommunication, or passive aggressive attitudes and then snivel about being “misunderstood” and “alone”. It should be obvious that we are part of everything that goes on. We have to make our own stand, have the will to act, see the positive even if bad things happen to us and sometimes have to think about what we are doing and how we treat others. All of that influences our lives and are important for our own happiness.

    Sure there are circumstances we can't influence, but we can decide how we deal with or live with them.

    I may, revisit this question, sometime. Like I said: A quote for every period of life. ^^
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  • From Thornton Wilder's play 'The Matchmaker',
    Malachi Stack: You surprised that I want to get rid of this money so quickly? Well, I'll explain it to you: There was a time in my life that my chief interest was picking up money that didn't belong to me. Now, stealin's a weakness. There's some people who say you shouldn't have no weaknesses at all... no vices. But, if a man has no vices he's in great danger of making vices out of his virtues. That's a spectacle. We've all seen 'em. No... no... Nurse one vice to your bosom. Give it the attention that it deserves and let your virtues spring up modestly around it. I took to whiskey - whiskey took to me. Then I discovered one important rule that I'm going to pass on to you...”Never support two weaknesses at the same time." It's your 'combination sinners' that dishonor the vices and bring them into bad repute. There's nothing worse than for a man to be a drunkard AND a thief. So, now you know why I want to get rid of this money. I want to keep my mind free to do credit to the whiskey that it deserves. And my last word to you is this: One vice at a time.
  • From the words of Terry Goodkind, "Wizard's First Rule.  People are stupid."

    It's true.

    The quote is actually goes on to elaborate that people will believe what they want to believe, and that the tiniest bit of fear or uncertainty can make them believe things they might not have otherwise believed.

    Second place to Garth Nix's Sabriel series.  "Does the path choose the walker or the walker the path?"
  • What is it, is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s? - Friedrick Nietzsche

    I'm an Atheist and former Catholic, my uncle who is also an Atheist had shared his thoughts on why he has given up his belief in God. After reading some of Nietzsche's works I had found the sense in what my uncle was talking about. The absurdity and dogmatism in believing something that other people want me to believe and coning it into me at a young age so that when I grow old I wouldn't doubt it since it is something I am used to and have been instilled in me. This is just my beliefs, don't get angry at me for what is my opinion. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I believe you should respect that. I am not telling you to stop believing and god or am I mocking you, I'm just sharing my opinion, that's all.
  • Concern to people how you would want that people concerned to you! I live by this principle.
  • The only thing that's saving me is my age. Because I don't care. I've been up, I've been down. I've been fired, I've been hired. I've been broke. What are you gonna to do me? Not like me? I don't give a damn. ~Joan Rivers

    There is a lot of wisdom in that.  Everyone has been up, they've been down, they've been hired and fired and broke and at the end of it, the only person still left who can approve of you is you.  So if someone doesn't like her for being the same as everybody else, who the fuck needs them?

    I also enjoy a quote by Tom Waits he told his kids when they questioned why he didn't have a job like every other kids' father did.  In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, "Look at me...I'm tall, and I'm straight, and I'm handsome. Look at you...you're all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you." And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, "Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest." So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.  ~Tom Waits

    Essentially, diversity is what makes the world go 'round.  Not always is the person who is straight and narrow and always does what they're "supposed to do" the way to make it farther in this world.  Sometimes by doing things that aren't what is expected and what others say you should, you live longer and happier than you would have.  Then again, it also says that not everyone was meant to be straight and narrow.  Some of us are just born a little bit off the beaten path. 
  • "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." This is a quote that has stuck me since childhood. Roald Dahl. The author or James and the giant peach, charlie and the chocolate factory, the witches, matilda..... It;s always eant a lot to me. it was a framed quote on my wall thru middle school and high school. If you don't believe that is is possible, it never will be possible. Simple as that. If you believe youe match is out there; you will find him. I did.
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