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What is your favorite quote?

Asked by live_rose (1223points) April 29th, 2009

I collect quotes . . .kind of a useless hobby but I like to keep a word document filled with quotes I like. i was wondering if any of you flutheridians had some quotes that youd be willing to tell. can be from any where about anything I dont mind

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ru2bz46's avatar

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche

“No good deed goes unpunished.”

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
—Mahatma Gandhi

“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of justice.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.”

”Доверяй, но проверяй – Trust, but verify”
—Russian proverb

augustlan's avatar

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

“May the conscience and the common sense of the peoples be awakened, so that we may reach a new stage in the life of nations, where people will look back on war as an incomprehensible aberration of their forefathers!” – Albert Einstein

“Do the right thing.” – Spike Lee

shrubbery's avatar

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” – Shakespeare (Hamlet)

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Baba Ram Dass

“To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.” – William Blake

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.” – Helen Keller

“The trouble was that he was talking in philosophy, but they were listening in gibberish.” – Terry Pratchett (Small Gods)

“It is better to have lived one day as a tiger than one thousand years as a sheep” – anonymous

“It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.” – Terry Pratchett

“We will say Ni again to you if you do not please us… We want a shrubbery. One that looks nice. And not too expensive.” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail

oratio's avatar

I like “If you never give up, you will never lose”. I don’t know who said that, but there is sense in that. You should never give up on your dreams.

However, it stops being true when she gets a restraining order.

qashqai's avatar

My favourite quote changes depending on my mood. Here you have my current ones:

‘The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.’

‘The price of excellence is discipline.The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.’

‘Men never plan to be failures; they simply fail to plan to be successful.’

All the above quotes from William Arthur Ward

Staalesen's avatar

TANSTAAFL – There are no such ting as a free lunch
Robert A. Heinlein

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

It is better to be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

hearkat's avatar

These are a handful of my favorites:

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“Happiness is not something ready made…
It comes from your own actions.”
~~Dalai Lama

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“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing at someone else
– you are the one who gets burned.”

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“Forgiveness is the fragrance
the violet sheds
on the heel that has crushed it.”
~~Mark Twain

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“Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb,
a lovely garden in a seed,
and a giant oak in an acorn.”
~~William Arthur Ward

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“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.”
~~Thomas Edison

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“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time;
it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”
~~Sydney Harris

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“Don’t cry because it’s over.
Smile because it happened.”
~~Dr. Seuss

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“Man has always sacrificed truth
to his vanity, comfort and advantage.
He lives… by make-believe.”
~~W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up

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“The greatest friend of truth is time,
her greatest enemy is prejudice,
and her constant companion humility.”
~~Charles Caleb Colton

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“This above all: to thine own self be true;
and it must follow, as the night the day,
that thou canst not then be false to any man.”
~~William Shakespeare, Hamlet

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“Resolve to be thyself;
and know that he who finds himself,
loses his misery.”
~~Matthew Arnold

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“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.”

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“When we allow ourselves to become vulnerable,
to take chances, and to risk our pride,
that is when we find our own glory.”
~~Richard Corman

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Triiiple's avatar

“You see what power is – holding someone else’s fear in your hand and showing it to them!” – Amy Tan

syz's avatar

(Mine tend to be more humorousl)

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

God is Santa Claus for gown ups. -Unknown graffiti artist

Jack79's avatar

I got tonnes. Here’s one:

“A legend is someone remembered for what they used to do. I’m still doing it” Miles Davis

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knitfroggy's avatar

All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.
Abraham Lincoln

redstripe11's avatar

“Tragedy is when you prick your finger,
comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die”
– Mel Brooks

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

“A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.”

”Доверяй, но проверяй – Trust, but verify”
_Russian proverb

“One good hit can heal ten misses”

“Know your three P’s”

exitnirvana's avatar

“This too, shall pass.”—Something my grandmother always says.

“Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.”—Anais Nin

“Every now and then say, ‘What the f**k.’ ‘What the f**k’ gives you freedom. Freedom brings opportunity. Opportunity makes your future.”—Curtis Armstrong (Miles) in Risky Business, 1983.

“I follow where my mind goes.”—The Psychadelic Furs, Love My Way, 1982.

ratboy's avatar

“Go fuck yourself.”
—Dick Cheney

aarhpigplease's avatar

“Shaddup you face” -Joe Dolce.

cyndyh's avatar

“The best place for an investment is in someone else’s stomach.”—I don’t know who said this one, but I always liked it.

“Marijuana is a gateway drug. It leads to sweatpants and Cheetos.”—Jared Followill

“I just got shot by a physicist.”—Horace from Lost

brettvdb's avatar

Mine would be:

So if I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you’d probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can’t tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You’re a tough kid. And I’d ask you about war, you’d probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, “once more unto the breach dear friends.” But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I’d ask you about love, you’d probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn’t know what it’s like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn’t know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms “visiting hours” don’t apply to you. You don’t know about real loss, ‘cause it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much. And look at you… I don’t see an intelligent, confident man… I see a cocky, scared shitless kid. But you’re a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine, and you ripped my fucking life apart. You’re an orphan right? You think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally… I don’t give a shit about all that, because you know what, I can’t learn anything from you, I can’t read in some fuckin’ book. Unless you want to talk about you, who you are. Then I’m fascinated. I’m in. But you don’t want to do that do you sport? You’re terrified of what you might say. Your move, chief.

-Good Will Hunting

captainshalfunit's avatar

Carpe diem…(do it and mean it) (seize the day)

Nothing is going to happen to me today that God and I together cannot handle.

What will be, will be.

It is what it is.

Sing like no one is listening, Dance like no one is watching, Love like you have never been hurt, Live like it is Heaven on earth.

If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it is yours to keep. If it doesn’t come back, it was never yours in the first place.

evegrimm's avatar

Dunno if you’re still collecting, but here are a few of my faves:

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”—Oscar Wilde

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”—Peter F. Drucker

“The human language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out a tune for a dancing bear, when we hope with our music to move the stars.
”—Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

“Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.”
—Dennis Wholey

“Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.”—Isaac Newton

Yaay quotes! I collect quotes, too.

hearkat's avatar

I recently heard rhis one, and it sums up my beliefs perfectly:
“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”
~~Albert Einstein

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