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A Quotable March

Most of you will know that I collect quotes. Some of you will know that about a year ago I've started collecting them by month. It's usually just a random selection of quotes I've come across during that month. This March it's been different - I kept coming across quotes that felt like they spoke to me personally. So I thought I'd post some here.

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"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."
-- e e cummings



"Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come."
-- Robert H. Schuller


"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back -- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


"It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


"There is no escape. You can't be a vagabond and an artist and still be a solid citizen, a wholesome, upstanding man. You want to get drunk, so you have to accept the hangover. You say yes to the sunlight and your pure fantasies, so you have to say yes to the filth and the nausea. Everything is within you, gold and mud, happiness and pain, the laughter of childhood and the apprehension of death. Say yes to everything, shirk nothing, don't try to lie to yourself. You are not a solid citizen, you are not a Greek, you are not harmonious, or a master of yourself, you are a bird in the storm. Let it storm! Let it drive you! How much you have lied! A thousand times, even in your poems and books, you have played the harmonious man, the wise man, the happy, the enlightened man. In the same way, men attacking in war have played heroes, while their bowels twitched. My God, what a poor ape, what a fencer in the mirror, man is--particularly the artist--particularly the poet--particularly myself!"
-- Hermann Hesse


"In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it."
-- John Ruskin


"I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen."
-- Frank Lloyd Wright


"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."
-- Albert Einstein


"It's not that I'm so smart; it's just that I stay with problems longer."
-- Albert Einstein


"You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else."
-- Albert Einstein


"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."
-- Dale Carnegie


"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."
-- Dr. Seuss


"Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. And intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way."
—- Janet Fitch


"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
-- Herm Albright


"Everything that I did that I found that I loved doing and had meaning, I stumbled into."
-- Jules Feiffer


"Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, “This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!”
This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for."
-- Douglas Adams


"It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence."
-– Mahatma Ghandi


"Love me when I least deserve it; that's when I need it most."
-- Swedish proverb


"The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize"
-- Robert Hughes.


"Home is not where you live but where they understand you."
-- Christian Morgenstern


"There is, indeed, something inexpressibly pleasing, in the annual renovation of the world, and the new display of the treasures of nature."
-- Samuel Johnson


"Truth is, everyone’s going to hurt you.
You just have to find the ones worth suffering for."
-- Bob Marley


"All skill is in vain when an angel pees in the touchhole of your musket."
-- German Proverb


"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work."
-- Gustave Flaubert


"You can't make your own life a work of art if you're not working with a clean canvas."
-- Rochelle Myers

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thedinster
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
Wow... they are all amazing. I am particularly touched by the first two.
cosmic_elephant
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
I'm glad these are meaningful to you.
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