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What is your favorite quote of all time?

Asked by Jferrato7 (195points) September 17th, 2009

I want to know what everyone has as a favorite quote? Mine is by Oscar Wilde – “We are all lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking up at the stars” To me that quote speaks so many truths and its been my favorite quote for years. I want to hear a quote that resonates in your mind, something that means something to you or has had a profound effect on your life. Give a little description as to why as well just so everyone can see where your coming from!

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SpatzieLover's avatar

“What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, ‘This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!’ Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, ‘Never have I heard anything more divine’?”
~Friedrich Nietzsche

jamielynn2328's avatar

“All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost” -J.R.R. Tolkien

“Who, being loved, is poor?” -Oscar Wilde

“Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.” -Stephen King

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

“I’m not a snob, at least not to anyone that matters”

- Simon LeBon.

syz's avatar

“I just don’t trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn’t die.” – Mr. Garrison

hex's avatar

“The future masters of technology will have to be light-hearted and intelligent. The machine easily masters the grim and the dumb.”

Marshall McLuhan (1969)

J0E's avatar

“Why So Serious?” – The Joker

It sums up my outlook on life and how I try to live.

jrpowell's avatar

“Give me a one-armed economist!” – President Harry S. Truman.

bhec10's avatar

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.
It doesn’t matter if you are a lion or a gazelle.
When the sun comes up, you better start running.”

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ”

JLeslie's avatar

“Don’t write anything down you don’t want others to know.” My mom when I wanted to buy a diary in the 6th grade.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@JLeslie My grandma, “Never sign your name to anything you don’t want to have bite you in the butt later”

Jferrato7's avatar

@SpatzieLover Awesome quote by Nietzsche

Jferrato7's avatar

@J0E Very nice…that does have alot of meaning to it

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Jferrato7 I read it when I was about 13 in Reader’s Digest of all places…cut it out and tried to remind myself of it daily

Jferrato7's avatar

Heres another one by Oscar Wilde I love. – “Most peope are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation” – So true

Jferrato7's avatar

@SpatzieLover Haha a readers digest huh? If they were all like that I would start reading them more often!

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

“Passion, Expression, Precision, Perfection”

lercio's avatar

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. ”
Douglas Adams

Lightlyseared's avatar

“What is real? How do you define real? If you’re talking about what you can hear, what you can smell, taste and feel, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.” – Morpheus

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Jferrato7 I have another fav from one of their mags…It was from a 4 yr old taking his mom breakfast in bed. He set down the tray of breakfast, his mom grabbed the mug of what she thought would be coffee…shocked she said “What’s this?” Her son said “The best part of waking up is SOLDIERS in your cup!” Makes me smile everytime I think of it!

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

@Lightlyseared: Morpheus? formerly known as Cowboy Curtis?

Jferrato7's avatar

@SpatzieLover Haha that did make me laugh

Sampson's avatar

“The right to swing your fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.”
—Oliver Wendall Holmes II

It is the basis of most, if not all of my beliefs.

Skippy's avatar

If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.

Life isn’t like a box of chocolates. It’s more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow.

- Larry the Cable Guy

Jferrato7's avatar

I must love Oscar Wilde…“There are many things that we would throw away, if we were not afraid others would pick them up”

Jferrato7's avatar

@Skippy Haha I didnt know Larry the Cable Guy was so deep. I like that last one

Skippy's avatar

@Jferrato7 got 20+ in an email several weeks ago all attributed to Larry…the latter is my ab/fab

kevbo's avatar

“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms from the people who work with joy.” -Khalil Gibran

“This is water.” -David Foster Wallace

kruger_d's avatar

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.”
-Ursula Guin

ShanEnri's avatar

I have a few but I use this one more often than any others:
Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional!

Skippy's avatar

Football is like life—it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
Vince Lombardi

There are so many taped to the walls in my office, to pick the Favorite? Tough job

perplexism's avatar

“Not all who wander are lost.”

CMaz's avatar

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.”

- Kurt Vonnegut

benjaminlevi's avatar

“Wise man say forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.”

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

“It’s better to be pissed off than pissed on.”

Aethelwine's avatar

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. ~Frederick Keonig

autumn43's avatar

I don’t know who originated this saying, but I say it a lot…to my children, and others.

‘Watch where you are going, not where you have been.’

Jferrato7's avatar

“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

ESV's avatar

“I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.”
– Martin Luther

seventeen123's avatar

“Life is either an adventure, or nothing” – Hellen Keller
-Looking back on my life, my best memories come from when I took risks. Times where I worried what others thought, or let other things hinder my wishes, were the times that didn’t mean much. This quote tells me to just take that risk & have an adventure as a result!

irocktheworld's avatar

“Nothing is impossible”, (True)
“Have some confidence” (Helps alot)
“Live your life and jus hae fun!”

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Wanna fly, gotta give up the shit that weighs you down ~Maya Angelou

Lightlyseared's avatar

We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further – Richard Dawkins

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

“Get on your knees and bow! Or learn a lesson in violence!” -Exodus

tinyfaery's avatar

“All I know is that I know nothing.” Socrates

rooeytoo's avatar

“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

“I didn’t cause it, I can’t control it and I can’t cure it.”

Jferrato7's avatar

@tinyfaery Classic quote! Love it

dpworkin's avatar

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


There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity

Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

Supacase's avatar

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Actually, I quite like quotes and have a difficult time choosing just one or even a few. Many favorite quotes come from Emerson.

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

Say “auf Widersehen” to your Nazi balls!

hearkat's avatar

@bvdshec17 and @ABoyNamedBoobs03: To whom are your quotes attributed?

I have too many to choose from, as well… and will be adding to my lost from this post! There also have been a few posts like this in the past, if anyone chooses to explore the Fluther Archives.

Adagio's avatar

We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.
~ Anaïs Nin

This quote has been floating around in my life for several years now and seems truer every time I read it.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

“You can sleep when you’re dead”- my grandmother loved this, don’t know where she got it though.

Hobosnake's avatar

Make it idiot-proof and someone will make a better idiot

lisa16's avatar

May god have mercy on my enemies, because I won’t. General George Patton

Zen's avatar

I liked the quote that makes me think about controlling anger and temper, and ultimately its consequenses – which are never good – unless you are hunting a wooly mammoth, or have to fight the next tribe with a spear. Pride? It’s important to feel proud, but though related, methinks pride is a negative thing.

Anger will only get you in trouble. Pride will keep you there.

dannyc's avatar

Do not think of what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country…JFK.. It resonated here in Canada.

idleVOID's avatar

“God is light, we are told, and Hell is outer darkness. But look at a desert mountain stripped bare by the sun, and you learn only geography. Watch darkness claim it, and for a moment you may grasp why God had to create Satan—or man to create both.”

KatawaGrey's avatar

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.” Alice Walker

I used to have a boyfriend who would say this one thing that I always thought was hilarious, and absolutely true: “There is no such thing as a stupid question but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.”

XOIIO's avatar

This is a quote I often follow and tell people:

Life sucks, get used to it.

Dr_C's avatar

“Great spirits have always encountered violent oppostion from mediocre minds.”
— Albert Einstein

and of course:

“Kids, you tried your best and failed miserably. The lesson is: Never try”
— Homer J. Simpson

ratboy's avatar

God may not play dice with the universe, but something strange is going on with the prime numbers.

—Paul Erdos

AC's avatar

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”

— George Bernard Shaw

XOIIO's avatar

Here’s another one:

Were not what we think we are, but what we think, we are.

sakura's avatar

It takes both sun and rain to make life’s rainbows

You only live once, but if you live life right, once is enough!

fathippo's avatar

‘if you’re edged cos i’m weasin’ on your grindage, just chill, cos, if i had the whole brady bunch thing happen at my pad, i’d go grind over there, so don’t tax my gig so hardcore cruster…’
especially in his voice, it made me laugh =P

(stoney from california man)

sdeutsch's avatar

I have way too many favorite quotes to choose from, but here’s one of my very favorites:

“If you want to build a boat, do not instruct the men to saw wood, stitch the sails, prepare the tools and organize the work, but make them long for setting sail and travel to distant lands.” ~ Antoine de Saint Exupery

prasad's avatar

All of your wishes will be done! ;)

valdasta's avatar

Only by pride cometh contention… Proverbs 13:10 Bible (KJV)

Jferrato7's avatar

The definition of Insanity – Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Albert Einstien….

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

@Jferrato7 did you know eintstein wasn’t the first to say that one?

sjmc1989's avatar

“I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong, to measure yourself at least once,...” -Primo Levi

SpatzieLover's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence I know that Katherine Hepburn stated that similarly…but can’t find the quote on the Net…She rarely slept over 4hrs a night

SpatzieLover's avatar

“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.”

“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.”

“I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex.”

Katharine Hepburn

Pat_thebear89's avatar

“Tell a joke, hum a song, pass a little joy along, and if someone should come your way who doesn’t share your joy today, to hell with’em”

-my coffee mug

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

You can achieve your goals BEEFCAKE!!

- Eric Cartman.

Jferrato7's avatar

@ABoyNamedBoobs03 Actually I did not know that…who did might I ask? Ill have to look into that. Interesting

empower's avatar

Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken!

Dr_C's avatar

@benjaminlevi could it have been Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier (founders of cirq du soleil)?

benjaminlevi's avatar

@Dr_C It seemed like something someone who read a lot of Taoist things would say.
oh haha i just got what you said

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

“How do I make myself throw up?”

- xshortiex

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

@Noel_S_Leitmotiv Ha that was a good day…

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

Sure was @teh_kvlt_liberal. god i miss Airow

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

I’m tearing up just thinking about that place

Aethelwine's avatar

“It depends on what the meaning of the words ‘is’ is.” –Bill Clinton

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

LOLs @jonsblond: that was so lame of him.

Aethelwine's avatar

@Noel_S_Leitmotiv Lame…yes. At least he has more class than Kanye. ;)

XOIIO's avatar

Another great one:

“Almost every creature has an irrational fear of the dark, but it’s not irrational. It’s the Vashta Nerada

-The Doctor

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

‘Behold my Patrick Duffy leg!!


ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

@Jferrato7 Ben franklin, he worded it a little different though in Poor Richard’s Almanac.

MrBr00ks's avatar

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

MrBr00ks's avatar

“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” -H. Jackson Brown Jr.

MrBr00ks's avatar

“Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.”

“People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy… and I keep it in a jar on my desk.”

“The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there… and still on your feet. ” -Stephen King

MrBr00ks's avatar

I have the first 2 on cards on my desk.

Shegrin's avatar

I have 2 favorite quotes:
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture – S. Martin
Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse. – Unknown

valdasta's avatar

Are you happy? Well, you might want to inform your face.
a friend

J0E's avatar

@valdasta That is an awesome quote, I’m like that too where my “default expression” always looks mad at the world.

Link's avatar

“She would of been a good woman,” the Misfit said, “if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.”

-From “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor

dpworkin's avatar

That was one tough motherfuckin’ Catholic short story, @Link

Link's avatar

It’s awesome isn’t it?

dpworkin's avatar

I try to read it once a year or so, to remind me how we should live, and what the meaning of Grace is, though I am not religious.

Kraigmo's avatar

“Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right”

by Robert Hunter / Grateful Dead

five99one's avatar

There are two quotes I really like, both by Oscar Wilde (he has a lot of great quotes):
“True friends stab you in the front,” and “Life is far too important to be taken seriously.”

I like the first one because it really is true. True friends will be honest with you, even if it hurts; they won’t go behind your back or lie to you. They won’t stab you in the back. And the second one I like because it’s very carpe diem and playful.

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

Understandably jumping on the Oscar Wilde bandwagon:

‘One should never give a woman anything she can’t wear in the evening’.

ShanEnri's avatar

I almost forgot this one:
Talk is cheap, and you look like you have a lot to say!
I don’t remember who said it, but I saw it on a T-shirt and loved it instantly!

saraaaaaa's avatar

“Why is the Rum gone?”

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

Where’s your warrant?

benjaminlevi's avatar

@saraaaaaa “Why is the rum always gone!?”

saraaaaaa's avatar

@benjaminlevi Mmmmmm…Rummmmmmmm!

XOIIO's avatar

@saraaaaaa it’s “why is the rum always gone?”

valdasta's avatar

We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well…and live. [from the movie Ben Hur]

chicadelplaya's avatar

“Drink wine. This is life eternal. This is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses, and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” -Omar Khayyam (Rubaiyat)

sakura's avatar

The purpose of life is not to wait until the storm has passed but to dance in the puddles!

running4ever5's avatar


bunnygrl's avatar

here are some favourites of mine:

“Any idiot can face a crisis… it’s the day to day
living that can wear you out.”
Anton Checkov

“Keep away from those who try to belittle your
ambitions. Small people always do that but the
really great make you believe that you too
can become great.”
Mark Twain

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes
courage is the quiet voice at the end of the
day saying “I will try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher

Always aim for the moon…. even if you
miss you’ll land among the stars :-)

“We are all of us in the gutter….
but some of us are looking at the stars…”
Oscar Wilde

and I’m not sure where this one came from but it’s always made me giggle:

“Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons,
for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.”

wonder if it’s from Terry Pratchett? speaking of whom…..

“Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind.
It might not take you anywhere but it tones
up the muscles that can.”
Terry Pratchett

hugs xx

empower's avatar

” Some People Are Like Slinkies, They Are Really Good For Nothing But Still Bring A Smile To Your Face When You Push Them Down A Flight Of Stairs”

Corporate_Avenger's avatar

“I don’t make the rules, Sunshine. I just occasionally get to bitch-slap a retard like you with them, for your education…and my enjoyment.” – Dana Solomon
“When the going gets tough, the smart get lost.” – Dana Solomon
“Embrace the Suck” – Anyone who’s been there

Ghost_in_the_system's avatar

“Pride, the never-failing vice of fools.”- Alexander Pope

tamkli3's avatar

“Ignorance is bliss… ‘Tis folly to be wise”


“The power of a realtionship lies in the hands of the person who cares less”

Adagio's avatar

Better to be silent and thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

AC's avatar

Another one I like: When it all seems too much just remember that today’s ‘trauma’ is tomorrow’s after dinner anecdote.

Hobosnake's avatar

Your subject verb agreement are always very good.

-My AP Euro Teacher. Never gets old.

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