Saturday, November 17, 2007


I'm not really sure when quotes became a big deal to me. When I was in sorority, we would have greetings that the pledges needed to say to us when they ran into us on campus, I generally had a quote in mine each year, they were usually song lyrics- I remember one time I had Be a "Fool in the Rain" from the Led Zepplin song as I love the song and to run in the rain.

In the past few months I've been finding quotes in lots of places, exchanging them with a couple of friends. I think I use quotes to help me remember some important concepts that I struggle with- puts it in a succinct format- like a picture for me to remember.

I find quotes in lots of places; songs, movies, or just something someone wise once said...

Yesterday a friend sent me this one:

Benito Suarez: “life is a comedy, ... and it’s foolish to make it into a drama"

Some others I've come across recently:

From The Matchmaker: Sean Kelly: "Sometimes the easy way out is the right way out."

Dan Millman: "Peaceful warriors have the patience to wait until the mud settles and the waters clear. They remain unmoving until the right time, so the right action arises by itself. They do not seek fulfillment, but wait with open arms to welcome all things."

This one I found in a book I was reading with Sunshine and it felt really poignant the time: "You can be happy and sad at the same time, you know. It just happens that way sometimes." from The Hello, Goodbye Window

Both of these are from The Upside of Anger

Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: "People don't know how to love. They bite rather than kiss. They slap rather than stroke. Maybe it's because they recognize how easy it is for love to go bad, to become suddenly impossible... unworkable, an exercise of futility. So they avoid it and seek solace in angst, and fear, and aggression, which are always there and readily available. Or maybe sometimes... they just don't have all the facts."

Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: "Anger and resentment can stop you in your tracks. That's what I know now. It needs nothing to burn but the air and the life that it swallows and smothers. It's real, though - the fury, even when it isn't. It can change you... turn you... mold you and shape you into something you're not. The only upside to anger, then... is the person you become. Hopefully someone that wakes up one day and realizes they're not afraid to take the journey, someone that knows that the truth is, at best, a partially told story. That anger, like growth, comes in spurts and fits, and in its wake, leaves a new chance at acceptance, and the promise of calm. Then again, what do I know?"

I think similarly, that's why I become attached to a song for a while, maybe its not a specific lyric, but rather a concept put into a little package for me.

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