Favorite Quotes

The quotes below tell you a lot about me–and that’s a little bit frightening. They are quotes that make me smile, laugh, cry, remember, think. Some silly.  Some profound. Many useless to the unknowing reader, but they are Words that touch my heart. After all, isn’t that what words are for?

I’ll start not with a quote, but with one of those godawful memes that means a lot to me because it stars my favorite actor–Sir Patrick!



“I wanna be in the room where it happens.” (Lin Manuel MirandaHamilton)

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” (Henry Chinasky, Barfly)

“It’s not just work, it’s your life. And it’s a human need to be told stories. The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible. Or, what’s impossible? What’s fantasy?”  (Alan Rickman)

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends.” (Charles William Eliot)

“For evil to flourish it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

“It’s easier to know who you’re not than who you are.” (Nora Roberts)

“There is nothing in this world more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

“Every now and again if you are an adult you want something surprising, savory, sharp, unusual, cosmopolitan, alien, challenging, complex, ambiguous, possibly even slightly disturbing and wrong. You want to try those things because that’s what being adult means.”  (Stephen Fry)

“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.” (Jack Kerouac)

“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage – to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.” (Alex Haley, Roots)

“There are two great days in a person’s life–the day we are born and the day we discover why.” (William Barclay)

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” (Ernest Hemingway)

“This is a world where everybody’s gotta DO something. Y’know, somebody laid down this rule that everybody’s gotta do something, they gotta BE something. Y’know, a dentist, a glider pilot, a narc, a janitor, a preacher all that. . . . Sometimes I just get tired of thinking of all the things that I don’t wanna do. All the things that I don’t wanna be. Places I don’t wanna go, like India, like getting my teeth cleaned. Save the whale, all that. I don’t understand that.” (Henry Chinasky, Barfly)

“Where there is no love, put love, and you will find love.” (John of the Cross)

“Somewhere out there is a village I deprived of its idiot.” (Harry Dresden, Summer Knight by Jim Butcher)

“In the end only three things matter: how much you loved; how gently you loved; and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” (Buddha)

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” (Jimi)

“With love, honor and respect 4 every living thing in the universe separation ceases and we all become one being singing one song.” (Prince)

“To believe in yourself as a writer is, for many people, a leap of faith. You never know if what you’re going to say or what you have said has any meaning for anyone but you. And yet you feel compelled to say it; you need to say it. That need pushes you and pushes you until you begin to write or you begin to die. So you see, just by beginning to write you save one life. And isn’t that enough to ask of these humble things called words? Can we not approach every day of writing as a form of celebration?” (attributed to Karen Gettert Shoemaker though she doesn’t remember writing it)

” . . . every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

“To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.” (Chinese Proverb)



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