Friday, March 2, 2012

i've never had the words to say, but i can quote them all

[day seven: your favorite quote]

favorite quote? as in, i have to pick one quote among the three thousand seven hundred and fifty one quotes i've collected that i like more than any other? yeah right. instead, here is a random selection of quotes that i like, in no particular order.

And perhaps you have thought that because I use simple words, I am an idiot savant who does not understand bigger ones, but I've experienced such limerance from a simple dulcet daliance with complexity that I've come to believe that such things almost always destroys a decent dénouement, which as I previously stated, is what I'm here for.
~ i wrote this for you

God, but life is loneliness, despite all the opiates, despite the shrill tinsel gaiety of "parties" with no purpose, despite the false grinning faces we all wear. And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter - they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long. Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship - but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.
~ Sylvia Plath

I was told that whistling wasn't ladylike, but I knew even then that women were simply not supposed to be that happy.
~Anonymous, quoted in Kindling the Spirit by Lois P. Frankel

In Madeleine's face was a stupidity Mitchell had never seen before. It was the stupidity of all normal people. It was the stupidity of the fortunate and beautiful, of everybody who got what they wanted in life and so remained unremarkable.
~ The Marriage Plot

Frankie Landau-Banks is an off-roader. She might, in fact, go crazy, as has happened to a lot of people who break rules. Not the people who play at rebellion but really only solidify their already dominant positions in society - as did Matthew and most of the other Bassets - but those who take some larger action that disrupts the social order. Who try to push through the doors that are usually closed to them. They do sometimes go crazy, these people, because the world is telling them not to want the things they want. It can seem saner to give up - but then one goes insane from giving up.
~  The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it is not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of the other person - without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other.
~ Osho

All of us failed to match our dream of perfection.  So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.  In my opinion, if I could write all of my work again, I am convinced that I would do it better, which is the healthiest condition for an artist.  That’s why he keeps on working, trying again; he believes each time that this time he will do it, bring it off.  Of course he won’t, which is why this condition is healthy.  Once he did it, once he matched the work to the image, the dream, nothing would remain but to cut his throat, and jump off the other side of that pinnacle of perfection into suicide.
~ William Faulkner

I feel that I have important things to do, and important things to say, and I want to share them with all Creation, I just don't know what they are exactly. But I can feel something. My true calling is buried deep inside me, I know it is! I just don't know how to get at it. Can you tell me? Can you help me understand my true role in existence? Can you tell me what I'm doing here?
~ Death: A Life

I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody. I'm sick of myself and everybody else that wants to make some kind of a splash.
~ J.D. Salinger

It’s true, I am afraid of dying. I am afraid of the world moving forward without me, of my absence going unnoticed, or worse, being some natural force propelling life on. Is it selfish? Am I such a bad person for dreaming of a world that ends when I do? I don’t mean the world ending with respect to me, but every set of eyes closing with mine.
~ Everything is Illuminated

Because being quiet can sometimes
Be more powerful than being right.
You could try it.
We can argue all that you like,
We can argue until we fight,
But the loser may have been right.
~ Julian Casablancas

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want- oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! It seems to you that mainly what you want is to get away; get away from the same old tedious things you're so used to seeing and so tired of.
~ Huck Finn in Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them - words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.
~ Stephen King

*Puppets - Motionless in White (i don't like this song, but i felt this lyric was perfect.)


  1. anonymous hippopotamusMarch 3, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    too many quotes. lol i couldn't read them all...i got bored :D i eventually will though..i think..maybe...we'll see

  2. haha this is after i cut a couple. i can sit and read quotes for hours, so i wasn't sure how many a normal person could/would read.