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My Favourite Quotes
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"Where there is no truth there can be no faith." - from The Princess and Curdie by George Macdonald
"For each of us comes a time when we must be more than what we are." - from The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander
"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance." - from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
"The heart has it's reasons, of which the mind knows nothing." - Pascal
Jon sits in the living room, having a beer with one of the painters. I am in the kitchen, slamming around the pots.
"What's with her?" says the painter.
"She's mad because she's a woman," Jon says. This is something I haven't heard for years, not since high school. Once it was a shaming thing to say, and crushing to have it said about you, by a man. It implied oddness, deformity, sexual malfunction.
I go to the living room doorway. "I'm not mad because I'm a woman," I say. "I'm mad because you're an asshole."
- from Cat's Eye (Chapter 61) by Margaret Atwood
"Without you [the reader], I am lightning flickering in the eyeless void. A story unread is a zen conundrum, a shout in an empty universe. Unread, unheard, a writer is a dying thing." - from The Writer's Child by Tad Williams
"Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage" - To Althea, From Prison by Richard Lovelace
'Listening to the news! Again?'
'Well, it changes every day, you see,' said Harry.
- from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter 1) by J.K.Rowling
"Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success." - Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism (1881)
"Not all who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien
"But earthlier happy is the rose distill'd
Than that which withering on the virgin thorn
Grows, lives and dies in single blessedness." - A Midsummer Night's Dream
"As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods;
They kill us for their sport." - Act 4, Scene 1 King Lear
"People who hang on to their individuality always come to a bad end." - from Rhinocerous by Eugene Ionesco
Brick: You know what I like to hear most?
Big Daddy: What?
Brick: Solid quiet. Perfect unbroken quiet.
Big Daddy: Why?
Brick: Because it's more peaceful.
Big Daddy: Man, you'll hear a lot of that in the grave.
- from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
"The truth is rarely pure and never simple." - Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest Act I
"In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." - Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan
"There is no problem that cannot be solved by chocolate." - Buffy on (surprise! surprise!) Buffy the Vampire Slayer
"We predict the future. And the best way to predict the future is to invent it." - The X-Files
"There's more than one way to skin a cat and I happen to know that's factually true." - Mayor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
"Mulder. It's not just me. No-one in their right mind will ever believe that story." - Scully, The X-Files
"That explains a lot of things that I wish weren't explained." - Riley, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
"Life was a lot simpler when there were no sides, merely angles." - Auger, Earth: Final Conflict
"And the thing about the dance is, you never get to stop. Every day you wake up, it's the same bloody question that haunts you: is today the day I die? Death is on your heels, baby, and sooner or later it's gonna catch you. And part of you wants it... not only to stop the fear and uncertainty, but because you're just a little bit in love with it. Death is your art. You make it with your hands, day after day. That final gasp. That look of peace. Part of you is desperate to know: What's it like? Where does it lead you? And now you see, that's the secret. Not the punch you didn't throw or the kicks you didn't land. Every Slayer... has a death wish. Even you." - Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I've watched that episode so many friggin' times)
MAX: You're evil.
PIERCE: I'm evil? I'm risking my life to save my country, my planet from being colonized by alien life--by you.
Quality care or your autopsy is free
-from The Simpsons
"The hardest thing in this world is to live in it." - from Buffy
Buffy: We fight. We die. Wishing doesn't change that.
Giles: I have to believe in a better world.
Buffy: Go ahead. I have to live in this one.
-Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "The Wish"
"I'll have you know that Superman was *laced* with metaphor, subtext layered upon subtext." - Trip Tucker on Enterprise
"I don't want to do good things. I want to do great things." - Lex Luthor, Smallville, Hourglass
"The cheese will not save you." - The Cheese Guy on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
"But if I read you another story you'll want another and then another then I'll be reading and learning with you all the time and daddy won't have time for television." - Dinosaurs
"A man should never live long enough to see his children or his work destroyed." - Well Manicured Man in The X-Files Movie
"On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero." - Fight Club
"It comes in pints? I'm getting one." - Pippin, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." - American Beauty
"If you wake up at a different time in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?" - Fight Club
To see myself, to set the darkness echoing."
-from Personal Helicon by Seamus Heaney
"Were all stars to disappear or die,
I should learn to look at an empty sky
And feel its total dark sublime,
Though this might take me a little time."
- excerpt from W.H. Audenís The More Loving One
"Do I contradict myself. Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes)" - Walt Whitman
Misc Famous Types Quoted
"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster." - Frederich Nietzsche
"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you." - Carl Gustav Jung
"The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become." - Charles DuBois
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A poem is never finished, only abandoned." - Paul Valery
"A director is someone who presides over a series of accidents." - Orson Welles
"The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes but in liking what one does." - JM Barrie
"Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow." - Plato
"A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery: it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another." - Mao Tse-Tung
"Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love." - Albert Einstein
"I know the colour of that blood; it is arterial blood; I cannot be deceived in the colour; that drop of blood is my death-warrant - I must die." - John Keats in 1821 on examining a drop of blood that fell from his mouth as he lay dying from tuberculosis
"I have been near the gates of death & have returned very weak & an Old Man Feeble & tottering, but not in Spirit & Life, not in The Real Man The Imagination which Liveth for Ever. In that I am stronger & stronger as this Foolish Body decays." - William Blake
"I shall be like that tree; I shall die from the top." - Jonathon Swift
"Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar." - Shelley
"... the vilest scramble for loot that ever disfigured the history of human conscience." - Joseph Conrad on the quest for ivory in the Congo
"Her wounds came from the same source as her power." - Adrienne Rich on Marie Curie
"To every reason an equal reason can be opposed." - Emblazoned on the domed ceiling of Michel de Montaigne's library
"People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them." - Eric Hoffer
"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force." - Dorothy Parker
"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln
"The key to happiness is accepting one unpleasant reality every day." - Bertrand Russell
"Evil is easy, and has infinite forms." - Pascal
"Love is all we know of heaven, and all we need of hell." - Emily Dickinson
"If you are ruled by mind you are a king; if by body, a slave." - Cato, Roman statesman and historian (234BC - 149BC)
"Why are you unhappy?
Because 99.9 of what you think,
And everything that you do,
Is for your self.
And there isn't one."
- Wu Wei Wu
"By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired." - Nikos Kazantzakis
"The art of living is the art of knowing how to believe lies." - Cesare Pavese
"Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge." - Paul Gauguin
"Freedom only stretches as far as the limits of our consciousness." - Carl Jung
"I'm not a star. A star is nothing but a ball of gas." - Elijah Wood
its not just my tongue thats bad. my spleen once stole 100 dollars from a 7/11 - Dominic Monaghan in a Billy Boyd.Net chat event
David Greenwalt: "The next episode of Angel has ballet. Cause the show wasn't gay enough."
David Boreanaz: " Angel is not gay."
David Greenwalt: "You wear the clothes. You tell me."
- Talking about the episode Waiting in the Wings
"She'll call me and put this guilt trip on me. 'I think you don't love me anymore.' It's like, 'Grandma, it's only been a week. I work 15 hours a day. I love you.' " - Michael Rosenbaum
"I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them." - Jane Austen
"Respect your curses, for they are the instruments of your destiny." - Joseph Campbell
"Love your enemies, for they determine who you are." - Joseph Campbell
"The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil." - Hannah Arendt
"People become what they expect themselves to become" - Mahatma Ghandi
"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese." - G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)
"Not only can I not recall my experiences in my previous lives, sometimes I can't even remember what I did yesterday." - Dalai Lama
"Don't talk to me about Naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash." - Winston Churchill
"A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it." - Oscar Wilde
"Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live." - Oscar Wilde
"No man is rich enough to buy back his past." - Oscar Wilde
"Nearly every black man faces an unacceptable level of violence in this society. I'm not different. Money can shield you; it can protect you. But it doesn't make you white." - Sean Combs
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein
"There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line." - Oscar Levant (1906 - 1972)
"Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers." - Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance." - George Bernard Shaw
"If you build a man a fire you keep him warm for a night. If you set a man on fire you keep him warm for the rest of his life." -- Terry Pratchett
Boreanaz does have a suggestion on how the series should end. :"I think Angel should just become human and go walk outside into the sun and then get hit by a bus. That'd be funny, but I don't think it'd go over too well." "
"Being edited is like falling face down into a threshing machine." - Margaret Atwood
"A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people." -- Thomas Mann
"Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it." - Truman Capote
"There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." - W. Somerset Maugham
"Writing is easy. You just sit down at the typewriter and open a vein." - Red Smith
"Somebody gets into trouble, gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get tired of it." - Kurt Vonnegut
"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection." - Anais Nin
"A classic is a book everyone wants to have read but nobody wants to read." - Mark Twain
"It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by then I was too famous." - Robert Benchley
"The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense." - Tom Clancy
"Anyone could write a novel given six weeks, pen paper, and no telephone or wife." - Evelyn Waugh
"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards." - Robert Heinlein
"In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is." - Geoffrey Cottrell
"I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit. " - P.G. Wodehouse
"Nothing you write is sacred; everything can be revised. Write passionately. Edit like the frozen tundra." - Pam Hart
"First sentences are doors to worlds." - Ursula K. Le Guin
"I try to leave out the parts that people skip." - Elmore Leonard
"If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly." -- G.K.Chesterton
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog...well, it's just too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
"I'm not being negative, I'm being edgy." - Daria
"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman." - Virginia Woolf
"Am I GAY? Am I STRAIGHT? Then I realized--I'm just slutty." - Margaret Cho
"Does fashion matter? Always - though not quite as much after death." - Joan Rivers
"Do you have to create this artificially saturated space in order to deal with sexuality, or can you deal with it in the real world? Can you come out and simply say, "I have a difficult question to ask you: I'd really like to take you back and tie you up and leave small red marks just between your third and fourth vertebrae," and not to be absolutely crushed if you get the somewhat common negative response?" - samuel r. delany
"An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex." - Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)
"The worst that can be said about pornography is that it leads not to anti-social acts but to the reading of more pornography" -Gore Vidal
"It's the most fun I've ever had - at least without a water based lubricant." - Stephen Fry on his first time directing a film.
"[I]tís not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers." - Judy Blume
"the world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms..." - george santayana
"For me it is nothing. New millennium or new century or new year. For me it is another day, another night. The sun, the moon, the stars remain the same." - The Dalai Lama
"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." - Mark Twain
"Fashion passes, style remains." - Coco Chanel
"Glamour is what makes a man ask for your telephone number. But it also is what makes a woman ask for the name of your dressmaker." - Lilly Dache
"All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time." - Ernest Hemingway