I am obsessed with quotes. I am. I waste hours searching for the perfect quote to put in a photo book, on a birthday card or in a review. Quotes speak to me.
So today, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites. (I am, of course, hoping that you will then post your favorites and that I will discover still more cool quotes.)
I am exceedingly fond of the words of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965). That man had better quips than almost anyone in 20th century politics. Here are some of his better bon mots:
“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”
“A modest man, who has much to be modest about.” (On Clement Atlee)
“Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened.”
I love to travel and, when back at home, almost always make a photo book documenting my wanderings. I like to put a quote about travel on the back of each book. Here are a few I’ve used recently:
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” St. Augustine.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” Martin Buber.
“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” Helaire Belloc
My husband and I occasionally, just for the romance of it, send each other cards. I often use the words of others to express my feelings for him. I’ve sent him all of these quotes at one time or another:
“[Marriage] …the deep, deep peace of the double-bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-longue.” Mrs. Patrick Campbell
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” Mignon McLaughlin
“Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.” Robert Browning
“A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.” Honore de Balzac
“Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.” Goethe
There are quotes that I love simply for the wisdom, the rightness, of their words.
“Not on one strand are all life’s jewels strung.” William Morris
“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” Emily Dickinson
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” Wayne Gretzky
“Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.” André Gide
And then there are, possibly nearest and dearest to my heart, Buffy quotes.
Cordelia Chase: “Embrace the pain, spank your inner moppet, whatever, but get over it.”
Buffy: “I told one lie, I had one drink.” Giles: “Yes, and you were very nearly devoured by a giant demon snake. The words “let that be a lesson” are a tad redundant at this juncture.”
Angelus: “Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping…waiting…and though unwanted…unbidden…it will stir…open its jaws, and howl. It speaks to us…guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love…the clarity of hatred…and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we’d truly be dead.”
Oz: “Nobody deserves a mime, Buffy.”
Buffy: “Dawn, the hardest thing in this world… is to live in it.”
Willow: “Carpe diem. You told me that once.”
Buffy: “Fish of the day?”