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14th-Dec-2004 07:51 am
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I woke up this morning thinking of one of my favorite Oscar Wilde quotes from The Picture of Dorian Grey: "We are all of us in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." Such a bleak and hopeful sentiment. And I loved hearing Chrissy Hynde use it in Middle of the Road.

I love hearing good quotes, especially with some background. So here is what I was thinking... What are some of other people's favorite quotes? Add a comment with a favorite quotation, and maybe a brief note about it. (If you want to make this a meme, go post that quote in your own journal and ask for your friends to post their favorite quotes, but that's not really the point.)
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14th-Dec-2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
I hated it when I was a kid and my mother used it on me all the time, but ultimately she was right.

"Get over it, or die with a problem."

It's harsh, and it does gloss over the "fix it"/"make it better" possibility, but in instances where you can't fix something or make it better, what other options do you really have? :)

I find that I like the old adages that are painful, but true... poignant... "that which doesn't kill me...", etc... but I like this one the most, because it forces you to accept things outside of your control and just deal with them.
14th-Dec-2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
Oh... if you were looking for something directly attributable to an individual, then I'd have to go with Henry Higgins, in the Audrey Hepburn version of My Fair Lady...

"Why can't a woman be more like a man?!"

;)
14th-Dec-2004 06:04 pm (UTC)
Fine, since you insist... LOL

This is my favorite:

"Live as if you were going to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were going to live forever."
--Mahatma Gandhi

I also agree with this one:

"Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children."
--Pablo Picasso
14th-Dec-2004 07:52 pm (UTC) - I could go on forever
One of my favorite passtimes is to search through my 2666 page quote book and find ones that I like. Here are a few:

Better an End with fear, then fear without End.

Distance is on love as wind is on fire, blows out the candle, but fuels the flame.

The greatest admiration gives rise, not to words, but to silence.
14th-Dec-2004 08:08 pm (UTC) - Re: I could go on forever
The greatest admiration gives rise, not to words, but to silence.

I like that one a lot.
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