Sunday, April 3, 2011

By Special Request

For those other quote collectors out there, here are a few of my favorites (though my favorites do change according to my mood).  What are some of yours?  

Note:  I may have had trouble choosing just a few.

"There is a language older by far and deeper than words. It is the language of bodies, of body on body, wind on snow, rain on trees, wave on stone. It is the language of dream, gesture, symbol, memory. We have forgotten this language. We do not even remember that it exists."
--A Language Older Than Words by Derrick Jensen 

“Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes”
--Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being."
-- Memories, Dreams, Reflections, 1962, Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep”
-- Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost

“Some people are just born with tragedy in their blood”
--Donnie Darko

“We are all strangers in a strange land, longing for home, but not quite knowing what or where home is. We glimpse it sometimes in our dreams, or as we turn a corner, and suddenly there is a strange, sweet familiarity that vanishes almost as soon as it comes”
--Madeline L'Engle, The Rock That is Higher: Story as Truth (1993)

“When women let their hair down, it means either sexiness or craziness or death, the three by Victorian times having become virtually synonymous”
--Margaret Atwood

“What surprises me about humanity is that in the end such a narrow range of plights defines our moral lives.”
--Douglas Coupland

“If the whole human race lay in one grave, the epitaph on the headstone might well be: ‘It seemed a good idea at the time.’”
   -- Rebecca West

“If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood
and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for
the endless immensity of the sea.”
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I love that place where you get in running where you're just never out of breath and you just feel like you could go forever. I love that. I love feeling strong. 
Ann Bancroft, polar explorer 



  1. my fav

    "Be confident in your abilities and toughen enough to follow through"

  2. Love quotes. Love the Donnie Darko quote.

    "When you're on your horse, you can see forever" Victor Hugo Vidal

  3. I never seem to be able to remember noteworthy quotes....makes me feel like a literary turd sometimes. I really like the West quote you included.