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Hit me with your favorite quote!

Asked by SublimeLover (204points) June 27th, 2010

Mine is from Emerson, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

“Burnt Norton” V
by T.S. Eliot

Words move, music moves
Only in time; but that which is only living
Can only die. Words, after speech, reach
Into the silence. Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness.

eden2eve's avatar

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will.”—Mahatma Gandhi

Seaofclouds's avatar

“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” – Les Brown

Vunessuh's avatar

Come to the edge.
We might fall.
Come to the edge.
It’s too high!
Come to the edge!
And they came,
and he pushed,
And they flew.

- Christopher Logue.

TexasDude's avatar

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

—Theodore Roosevelt

Jude's avatar

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin

ladyv900's avatar

I think “What goes around, comes around”. I only say that because when many vulgar girls used to mess with me in school and after school, one time they jumped me reckless but only because they viewed me as an oreo, stuck up, and of course jealousy.But suprisingly they got what came back to bite them times worse. :-) I’m a really good,friendly,and sometimes the quiet student who gets straight excellence in school,and unfortunately dress with upscale things but again I’m not snotty like they expect me to be. Oh yeah, some of them got left back so many times too.

Aethelwine's avatar

“I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe- I believe what I believe is right.”- George W. Bush

I have this quote on my refrigerator. It makes me giggle every time I look at it.

KhiaKarma's avatar

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten. i dunno who said it

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

“Women grow up to be like their mothers. That’s their problem. Men never do. That’s theirs.” Oscar Wilde.

Gokey's avatar

I would never belong to a club that would have someone like me for a member.

rebbel's avatar

“Wal-mart… do they like make walls there?” – Paris Hilton.

No man is happy who does not think himself so. – Publilius Syrus

fightfightfight's avatar

I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.

ragingloli's avatar

“Hey idiots! You have some rat poison lying around? Put it in the tea! Put it in the tea! They’ll drink it, put the rat poison in the te-”

rangerr's avatar

You can’t stop change any more than you can stop the suns from setting.
-Shimi Skywalker.

john65pennington's avatar

“To Be Or Not To Be, that is the question”. no information.

john65pennington's avatar

Famous very last holiday quote from a WalMart worker: “Merry Christmas”.

shego's avatar

“If you live to be one hundred, I want to live to be one hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you”
Winnie the Pooh

ragingloli's avatar

“Wait. Why is there a child sized helmet and goggles in the cockpit?”

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I like most Mark Twain quotes.Today this one hits home with me.
“The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
– Letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888

chels's avatar

I have two.

“The longer you wait for the future, the shorter it will be.”

“According to greek mythology, humans were originally created with 4 arms, 4 legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.”

JLeslie's avatar

Do what you want to do while you can do it – my grandmother.

ragingloli's avatar

”‘Star Wars : The Phantom Menace’ was the most disappointing thing since my son. I mean how much more could you possibly fuck up the entire back story to ‘Star Wars’? And while my son eventually hanged himself in the bathroom of a gas station, the unfortunate reality of the ‘Star Wars’ prequels is that they’ll be around. Forever. They will never go away. It can never be undone.”

KhiaKarma's avatar

@ragingloli that’s pretty intense. What’s that from?

mhl12's avatar

”…if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into you morality, and into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them… A man must constantly exceed his level.” -Bruce Lee

Berserker's avatar

Whatever doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger.

I’m not sure who actually said that though, it might have been Conan the barbarian.

Also; I think the only sane people left are the ones who were crazy to begin with.

Stinger, from Shadow Madness. The gameplay sucks, but its characters, plot and mythos beat the shit out of Final Fantasy any day.

ragingloli's avatar

@KhiaKarma
It is from Redlettermedia’s review of ‘The Phantom Menace’.

ipso's avatar

A handful:
– “Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.” -William Butler Yeats
– “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” -Mick Jagger
– “Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.” -Benjamin Franklin
– “So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.” -Bertrand Russell
– “Everybody has a plan, ‘till they get hit.” -Mike Tyson

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

“Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for his lifetime.” – Author Unknown

“Drinking decaf coffee is like feeding a starving dog a rubber bone.”

earthduzt's avatar

“The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky”

Dr. Carl Sagan

Adagio's avatar

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. Anais Nin

fightfightfight's avatar

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, feed that man to a fish and you go to jail.

ragingloli's avatar

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you first have to invent the universe”

tranquilsea's avatar

“If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to serve as a horrible warning.” Katherine Baird

“The sun shone having no alternative on the nothing new.” Samuel Beckett

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” Mark Twain

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” Oscar Wilde

serenityNOW's avatar

“I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.”

-Kurt Vonnegut

eden2eve's avatar

Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every bush is burning, but only he who sees takes off his shoes.—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

Those in possession of absolute power cannot only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.—Eric Hoffer

Every time I hear the word “exercise”, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

Andreas's avatar

“Put your finger in your ear and go ting-aling-aloo.” The Late Benny Hill, British comedian.

sofia2010's avatar

“While faith make all things possible , it is love that make all things easy”

Pandora's avatar

Tomorrrow is another day.
Always loved that one the most. It means tomorrow is a fresh start. It always helps be through rough days.

Unexpected_Rain's avatar

Not sure I can choose a favorite, but i’ve always liked this one:

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. – Oscar Wilde

BluRhino's avatar

“If I had money, I would spend some on wine and women, and waste the rest”..Oscar WIlde

..Seen at a car show – “Praise the Lowered”

knitfroggy's avatar

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. — Theodor Seuss Geisel

knitfroggy's avatar

@SublimeLover That’s probably my favorite quote ever, because it’s exactly how I feel. I also like: All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.—Abraham Lincoln

austinlad_is_back's avatar

“What I wouldn’t give for a large sock filled with horse manure.”

Alvie Singer (Woody Allen) in “Annie Hall”

I use this all the time and it always gets a laugh.

tranquilsea's avatar

“When people ask me why I’m not yet married I say, ‘I haven’t been able to bring myself to say those three little words: Yes, you’ll do”.”

ipso's avatar

That reminds me of Charley Sheen in the movie Wall Street. James Spader asks ”What ever happened to that pretty girlfriend of yours?” A: ”She asked the wrong question – ‘What are you thinking?’”

ragingloli's avatar

“Life is getting tough – means God is afraid of your progress.” – C. Wolf.

rebbel's avatar

@tranquilsea and @ipso
Which reminds me of a Dutch stand up comedian when asked about him being single still:
“My parents-in-law couldn’t get children.”

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

I’ve got a few:

“Never judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. Because then you’ll be a mile away and you’ll have his shoes.” – I dunno

“In 1878 Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. Jerk.” – Read it in a magazine

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” – Henry David Thoreau

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

“Pain hurts.” – Lucy Van Pelt

thekoukoureport's avatar

ok ok it’s my dads and I have never heard anyone use this soooooo. I get writers credit if used deal? ok “you got to piss with the pecker you got”

ipso's avatar

A friend’s dad would gleefully say (regarding his huge beer gut): “Yeah, but at midnight it all turns to cock.”

ragingloli's avatar

Anyone want to help me milk my cat? It’s time for breakfast.

Jude's avatar

”‘Speaking of livers,’ the unicorn said. ‘Real magic can never be made by offering up someone else’s liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back. The true witches know that.’” – Peter S. Beagle

flutherother's avatar

“Without inwardness there can be no external world, and without imagination there can be no reality.”

Franz Werfel

I have lots of favourite quotes.

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