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What are some famous quotes that have had a profound impact on you?

Asked by Unclepepsi (898 points ) September 20th, 2012

With my obscure word question out of the way, I want to know what are some famous quotes that left an impact on your life, or were profound in some way. Did a particular saying touch you?

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gailcalled's avatar

The last two lines of Mary Oliver’s poem, The Summer Day,

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?.

zenvelo's avatar

“Insanity is repetition of an action with the expectation of a different outcome.” -A Einstein

cyborg1939's avatar

” Some problems have no solutions.”

Kayak8's avatar

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it
—From the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

I was a teen when I first read the Rubaiyat and I had read this poem not too long before my Dad died (I was 18) and this poem has always stuck with me in the many times I have worked through grief. Curiously, my mother told me many years later that my Dad had a favorite poem and she proceeded to recite the one above. I joined in and we both said the poem together, both knowing it by heart.

cyborg1939's avatar

Gorlick’s Law: ” Optimal therapy is predicated on Correct diagnosis.”

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bkcunningham's avatar

“We don’t devote enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.”
Bill Watterson

chyna's avatar

This too shall pass.

josie's avatar

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy

-Desiderata, Max Ehrmann

Adagio's avatar

“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.” Anaïs Nin

JHUstudent's avatar

We two alone will sing like birds i’ the cage…/ …so we’ll live,/ And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh/ At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues/ Talk of court news; and we’ll talk with them too,/ Who loses and who wins; who’s in, who’s out;/ And take upon ‘s the mystery of things

majorrich's avatar

Experience and treachery shall always defeat youth and enthusiasm.

gailcalled's avatar

@JHUstudent: Lovely, but do mention that it’s from King Lear.

zensky's avatar

Everything in moderation.

blueiiznh's avatar

Every day, man is making bigger and better fool-proof things, and every day, nature is making bigger and better fools. So far, I think nature is winning.
~Albert Einstein

rojo's avatar

Moderation in all things, especially moderation.

When the need arises,and it does, you must be able to shoot your own dog. Don’t farm it out, that doesn’t make it nicer, it makes it worse.

gm_pansa1's avatar

the one i love the most would be “Be the change that you want to see in the world” – unknown

blueiiznh's avatar

“Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions.
Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character.
Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.”
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Andreina's avatar

” Finding things that make you happy shouldn’t be so hard. I know you’ll face pain, suffering, hard choices, but you can’t let the weight of it choke the joy out of your life. No matter what, you have to find the things that love you. Run to them. There’s an old saying, ‘That what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger’ I don’t believe that. I think the things that try to kill you make you angry and sad. Strength comes from the good things – your family, your friends, the satisfaction of hard work. Those are the things that’ll keep you whole. Those are the things to hold on to when you’re broken.”

Jax Teller, SOA

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