The other day at work I was doing research on a project. I was looking for quotes from various authors for a display. I really loved a lot of them but couldn't use them for the display for various reasons -- too long, not relevant to what I was trying to do, etc. Rather than forget them completely, or have to try to hunt them down again, I decided that I should gather them all in one place. Why yes, that place would be here.
There's literally nothing more to this post. It's just going to be a bunch of quotes that struck a chord with me and I wanted to save them for later. Maybe you would enjoy reading them as well. Maybe not. Feel free to skip out now if this just isn't your thing.
(Bonus question: can you figure out what all of these people have in common other than being authors? Give yourself a prize if you can...something nice. Pretend it's from me for being super proud of you. )
"The hell of it is, I know the answer. The answer is that you never, ever, rely on another person for your peace of mind. If you do, you're screwed but good. Not right away, maybe, but sooner or later. You have to -- I don't know -- you have to learn to live with yourself. You have to learn to turn back your own sheets and set a table for one without feeling pathetic. You have to be strong and confident and pleased with yourself and never give the slightest impression that you can't hack it without that certain goddamn someone.You have to fake the hell out of it." -- Armistead Maupin
"Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them." -- Joseph Heller
"Feelings of longing seemed to burst from her heart; they ran in all directions, like streams of blood, seeking out paths to all the places in the wide landscape where she had lived, to all her sons roaming through the world, to all her dead lying under the earth." -- Sigrid Undset
"Credo quia absurdum -- I believe because it is absurd." -- Robert Ludlum
"Loneliness becomes a lover, solitude a darling sin." -- Ian Fleming
"We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be." -- May Sarton
"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction." -- Rachel Carson
"There are always some lunatics about. It would be a dull world without them." -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent." -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"This is what you should do: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take your hat off to nothing known or unknown to any man or number of men...re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss what insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem." -- Walt Whitman
"I know you think that when you're 35, 45, 55, you'll be different. But I'm going to let you in on a bit of a secret. You're going to look different, and your life is going to be different, but in your head you'll always be that 16-year-old girl." -- Francine Pascal