The all-new quote thread

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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Credo Buffa » Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:31 pm

I found this one on the paper flag of a tea bag (is there a name for those?) awhile back, and it has since become one of my favorites:

"Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content."

- Paul Valéry
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Saturn » Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:06 pm

The optimists are incapable of understanding what it means to adore the impossible.

Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.

I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.

I think it is always a tremendously good formula in any art form to admit the limitations of the form.

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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Lolita.Spanky » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:30 pm

"The world turns and the world changes, but one thing does not change. However you disguise it, this thing does not change: the perpetual struggle of Good and Evil."
T.S.Elliot.

Cue Harry Potter. xD
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Brave Archer » Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:38 am

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.

Dostoevsky
Why don't you really tell me how you feel!
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Artsy8 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:38 am

Hello all, since I'm new here I figured I contribute to this thread... :D


" O Me! O Life!

O ME! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless--of cities fill'd with the foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light--of the objects mean--of the struggle ever renew'd;
Of the poor results of all--of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;
Of the empty and useless years of the rest--with the rest me intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring--What good amid these, O me, O life?
Answer.
That you are here--that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse. "

~ Walt Whitman

Also, one of my favorite Quotes from Goethe...

"Nature is the only book that teems with meaning on every page"
"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby BrokenLyre » Sun Jan 03, 2010 4:11 am

Nice. And nicely quoted by Robin Williams in the movie "Dead Poets Society"... A wonderful movie.
"Come... dry your eyes, for you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly. Dry your eyes... and let's go home."
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Raphael » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:04 pm

I've seen it but not for a long time now- was our dear Junkets ever mentioned in it?
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Saturn » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:07 pm

I think he's mentioned in passing, but Robin Williams' character is coincidentally [purposely?] named Mr Keating...
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby BrokenLyre » Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:01 pm

I fully concur with Saturn. Keats is not quoted in the movie (though I always felt he should have been) but the teacher is Mr. Keating, which I am sure is an oblique reference to Keats. His name might get a passing referecne in the movie - I'll have to check next time I see it.
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Raphael » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:32 pm

He should have been mentioned and the first poet to be admired at that!
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Saturn » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:57 pm

In honour of the late J.D. Salinger:

"Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry."
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Saturn » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:44 am

"I have provd the world and I feel disappointed the hollow pretending calld friendships have deadend my feelings and broken my confidence and left me nothing and perhaps the fault is not in the world but in me every friendship I made grew into a vain attachment I was in earnest always or I was nothing and I believd every thing that was uttered came from the heart as mine did"
-John Clare
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Raphael » Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:59 pm

How sad and poignant. I suppose I will come across this quote in the bio.
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Saturn » Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:32 pm

It pretty much reflects my own experience of life too, really strikes a chord in me.
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby steffen » Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:54 pm

". . . for axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses. We read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the author."

Keats' letter to John Hamilton Reynolds, 3 May, 1818
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