Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Quotations I like that used to be in my facebook profile

But I cleared out my profile in order to keep Facebook's massively privacy-invading policies from putting everything out there. So, here they are.

"Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things you need to believe in the most. That people are basically good--that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything, that power and money, money and power, mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and love... true love never dies. You remember that, boy, you remember that. Doesn't matter if they're true or not, y'see, because a man should believe in those things because those are the things worth believing *in.* "

--Uncle Hub, Secondhand Lions.

"So everything that doesn't fit into some stupid idea of what you think God wants you just try to hide or fix or get rid of? It's just all too much to live up to. No one fits in one hundred percent of the time. Not even you."

--Mary, Saved

"As someone had pointed out, when man first dreamed of flying he had seen himself rising on his own silver wings into the blue empyrean, but it hadn't turned out at all like that. First he was trundled to a field, then he was shut in a box, then he was terrified, then he was sick, then he was in Paris."

--Josephine Tey, The Singing Sands

"Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interferences, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness -- all of them due to the offenders' ignorance of what is good or evil. But for my part I have long perceived the nature of good and its nobility, the nature of evil and its meanness, and also the nature of the culprit himself, who is my brother (not in the physical sense, but as a fellow-creature similarly endowed with reason and a share of the divine); therefore none of those things can injure me, for nobody can implicate me in what is degrading. Neither can I be angry with my brother or fall foul of him; for he and I were born to work together, like a man's two hands, feet, or eyelids, or like the upper and lower rows of his teeth. To obstruct each other is against Nature's law -- and what is irritation or aversion but a form of obstruction? "

--Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

"You may say you won't interfere with another person's soul, but you do--merely by existing. The snag about it is the practical difficulty, so to speak, of not existing. I mean, here we all are, you know, and what are we to do about it?"

--Lord Peter Wimsey (Dorothy Sayers, Gaudy Night)

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