This thread is not about any funny quotes you or your friends might have said sometime. It's about any quote that you find beautiful and that inspires you. It may be from a famous person, a book, a friend of yours or yourself or anyone and anything, really. Just keep in mind to not offend anyone with your quotes! Feel free to post as many as you want! But don't forget to give credit to the one who has said or written that quote.
With the abolition of private property, then, we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism. Nobody will waste his life in accumulating things, and the symbols of things. One will live. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.
The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is.
The note of the perfect personality is not rebellion, but peace.
Starvation, and not sin, is the parent of modern crime.
~Oscar Wilde (The Soul of Man under Socialism)
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.
The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.
Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.
~C. S. Lewis
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
Power, true power, comes from the belief in true things, and the willingness to stand behind that belief, even if the universe itself conspires to thwart your plans. Chaos may settle; flames may die; worlds may rise and fall. But true things will remain so, and will never fail to guide you to your goals.
Blueberries is one of the great forces o'good in the world.
~James A. Owen (Here, There Be Dragons)
That isn't a desperate act. That's a PLAN.
Life is so unfair, because it is you whose visions is too small. Mistakes may become opportunities; accidents may become a chance for redemption. What seems unbalanced in a moment may become level over time, if only the canvas upon which your lives are painted is large enough.
"It was everything a magic city was supposed to be. And it could only have been created by children, for there was no board or brick of it that would have been imagined by an adult - and when adults saw it, it was not with grown-up eyes, but with the eyes of the children they had once been. We call it Haven.
To live, a man must have food, water, air, and shelter. Everyone knew that. But not everyone knew - or if they knew, believed - that it was also necessary to have spirit.
"The adults tell us those stories to frighten us into behaving, so that we'll value their protection. But we don't listen, because we know the one thing that grown-ups forget…All stories are true. But some of them never happened.
All things grow. All things change. And eventually, all things must pass. It is the way of life. To stay young is to remove oneself from the motion of the world. But to grow up is to take hold of that motion, and use it, and shape the world for those who come after. It is not a choice. It is a responsibility.
You can't stay a child forever. To choose to speak into Echo's Well, to become a child again, is to choose illusion. To choose to avoid the responsibilities of being an adult. The real trick - the real choice - is to keep the best of the child you were, without forgetting when you grow up. It is the best of both worlds. Being a child is to believe in magic everywhere…but even Peter Pan had to grow up one day.
~James A. Owen (The Search for the Red Dragon)
Don't ascribe to evil what can be attributed to well-intentioned stupidity.
Interesting doesn't always equal practical, but being practical is always less interesting.
~James A. Owen (The Shadow Dragons)
A choice with no consequences has no value. Making a choice knowing there will be consequences, and being willing to bear them, is what distinguishes the right choices from the wrong ones.
If everything in the past has value, then there’s no reason for regret, ever.
I believe that every one of us has something that's very unique to us specifically. Something unique enough that no one else might really ever understand it — not our parents, or teachers, or best friends, or siblings.
It’s our point of view.
Our point of view is what makes us unique, because no one else — no one else — has your particular combination of thoughts, and dreams, and hopes, and desires, and ambitions and memories, and experiences. No one. And I believe that every once in a while, the Universe opens itself up to you and you alone, and shows you something that no one else is going to understand. And you have to decide in that moment how much you believe in what you have seen — even if everyone else in the world tells you you're wrong.
Live deliberately. Decide: are you the kind of person things happen to, or the kind of person who makes things happen?
If you really want to do something, no one can stop you. But if you really don’t want to do something, no one can help you.
Always, always ask for what you want. Because the Universe might surprise you — and give it to you.
Never, ever, sacrifice what you want the most, for what you want the most at that moment.
Bad things can happen, and often do--but they only take up a few pages of your story; and anyone can survive a few pages.
~James A. Owen (Drawing Out The Dragons and The Barbizon Diaries)
There are sooo many more quotes, but I think even these are way too much. *sigh*