For those that don’t know, I have a pocket book, which I carry everywhere, but I don’t show to anyone. No, I don’t write there the names of the men I have slept with with some notes along (as in all of the cheesy movies we’ve seen). I’m a bit nerdy, so I write quotes. Obviously, quotes from novels I have read or quotes I have found inspirationalY. So far, I have accumulated quite a few of them and I decided it was time to share a bit of my so-called wisdom. Before closing the window with the idea that these are trivial quotes we all know and we all have read a million of times, I have to warn you, this is not the case. Indeed, some of them you might have heard, but I tend to like more unpopular ones, which meaning hasn’t been lost because of endless repetition. In fact, I intend to make this a regular section of the blog, so here come Words of Wisdom Volume 1.
As a matter of fact, I tend to re-read them every time I feel the urge or need to do so. After careful investigation, I discovered I have a quote for almost every problem/issue/situation in life. I don’t even have to think about what to say to my friends and relatives when they are having a hard time. I just open the pocket book and read them something. Unfortunately, most of them take it quite harsh, usually with the words “This is fiction. I am talking about real life problems here.” I already expressed my opinion in a recent argument that literature as an art is NOT meaningless and pointless. I won’t try to prove anything here. I will let you enjoy some of these quotes I have gathered and then think whether literature indeed can help you in some practical and tangible way.
“Time is the longest distance between two places.”
“Prime numbers is what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you can never work out the rules even if you spend all of your time thinking about them.”
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
“Money is only a too. It will take you wherever you wish but it will not replace you as the driver.”
“You must never give yourself a chance to fall apart because when you do, it becomes a tendency and it happens over and over again. You must practice staying strong instead.”
“We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.”
“Our words are giants when they do us injury and dwarfs when they do us service.”
The Woman in White – Willkie Collins.
“Women can resist a man’s love, a man’s fame, a man’s personal appearance, and a man’s money but they cannot resist a man’s tongue, when he knows how to talk to them.”
The Woman in White – Willkie Collins.
“In most of these universes, the conditions would not be right for the development of complicated organisms; only in the few universes that are like ours would intelligent beings develop and ask the question:’Why is the universe the way we see it?’ The answer is then simple: if it had been different, we would not be there.”
A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
“If you loved someone, you loved him. And when you had nothing else to give, you still gave him love.”
1984 – George Orwell
“All men fear death. It is a natural fear that consumes us all. We fear death because we feel we haven’t loved well enough or loved at all, which ultimately are one and the same. However, when you make love with a truly great woman, one that deserves the utmost respect in this world and one that makes you feel truly powerful, that fear of death completely disappears. Because when you are sharing your body and heart with a great woman, the world fades away. You two are the only ones in the entire universe. You conquer what most lesser men have never conquered before you, you have conquered a great woman’s heart, the most vulnerable thing she can offer to another. Death no longer lingers in the mind. Fear no longer clouds your heart. Only passion for living and loving becomes your sole reality. This is not easy task for it takes insurmountable courage. But remember this, for that moment when you are making love with a woman of true greatness, you will feel immortal.”
“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time fr reading or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
“My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”
“Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your value.”
“I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”
“The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love.”
Love in the Times of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Enough for now. Take whatever you need from this but don’t get overexcited. To end with a quote, as Oscar Wilde said it: Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”