Quiet Thoughts - Quotes
I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it: we must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it, anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and soul. It may be that we are doomed, that there is no hope for us, any of us, but if that is so then let us set up a last agonizing, bloodcurdling howl, a screech of defiance, a war whoop! Away with lamentation! Away with elegies and dirges! Away with biographies and histories, and libraries and museums! Let the dead eat the dead. Let us living ones dance about the rim of the crater, a last expiring dance. But a dance!
Tropic of Cancer
Perhaps I have not lined his portrait too clearly. But if he exists, if only for the reason that I have imagined him to be. He came from the blue and returns to the blue. He has not perished, he is not lost. Neither will he be forgotten.
The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder
We are all guilty of crime the great crime of not living life to the full.
But we are all potentially free.
We can stop thinking of what we have failed to do and do whatever lies within our power.
What those powers that are in us may be no one has truly dared to imagine.
That they are infinite we will realize the day we admit to ourselves that imagination is everything.
Imagination is the voice of daring.
Lend and borrow to the maximum-of both books and money. But especially books, for books represent infinitely more than money. A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.
The Books in My Life
I understand now.
I want to be written about. This is different from, or, in fact, irrelevant to wanting a story of one's own life. When I say 'story', I had meant 'to be written' and seen apart.
Life would always be life if you lived it through the way you want to. It's only fascinating when you cannot choose your elements, chronology, climaxes and ending. I want to fascinate people so that I fascinate myself. Or perhaps, the only way I feel life lived, is when I feel fascinated with my story. How could I if I could predict the next act?
A protagonist would never be able to read his own story the way 'its' readers read him or her. I am the actor and the writer, that makes a biography or a memoir, doesn't it? Hello, we are looking for a story here, right? S.T.O.R.Y.
It's always more fascinating inviting God to fade into you.
I have often wondered how anyone who does not read, by which I mean daily, having some book going all the time, can make it through life. Indeed if I were required to make a sharp division in the very nature of people, I would be tempted to make it there: readers and nonreaders of books… It is astonishing how the presence or absence of this habit so consistently characterizes an individual in other respects; it is as though it were a kind of barometer of temperament, of personality, even of character. Aside from that, for me it constituted something like sanity insurance.
The Last Ship
And the end of all our searching shall be to return to the place where we started and know it for the first time.
There are words I have never really understoood, such as "sin". Yet I believe these men have never sinned against lfe. For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implaceble grandeur of this life.
Summer in Algiers, The Myth of Sisyphus
Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even get the first idea that there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock? A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand! And then another hundred lives until we began to learn that there is such a thing as perfection, and another hundred again to get the idea that our purpose for living is to find that perfection and show it forth... we choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome...
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
There is no such thing as an average person, but on the same token there are distinctive similarities between people: air breathing, food eating, ten fingered people. I guess I am one of them, somewhat average, however I am not the one to be discounted. Nor am I the one to be celebrated for that matter. Who knows what they are worth or are capable of, I suppose it's a good thing that we don't.
One of the sources of pride in being a human being is the ability to bear present frustrations in the interests of longer purposes.
There are people, who, when meet their happy rival, are ready to turn their back to all the good that is in him, and to see only bad things; but still there are people who, in contrary, most of all are willing to find all that good qualities by which he concured them, and with a pain in a heart they are searching only for the good.
Eternity takes back its own, Our bodies stirred these waters briefly, danced with a certain intoxication before the love of life and self, dealt with a few strange ideas, then submitted to the instruments of Time. What can we say of this? I occurred. I am not... yet, I occurred.
[But] you don't do it. Because guys like us, Red, we know there's a third choice. An alternative to staying simon-pure or bathing in the filth and the slime. It's the alternative that grown-ups all over the world pick. You balance off your walk through the hog-wallow against what it gains you. You choose the lesser of two evils and try to keep your good intentions in front of you. And I guess you judge how well you're doing by how well you sleep at night... and what your dreams are like.
The Shawshank Redemption
I have the world's largest collection of seashells. I keep them on all the beaches of the world. Perhaps you've seen it.
Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go, it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science cripped. Thought and speculation at a standstill. They are engines of change, windows on the world, lighthouses erected in a sea of time.
Four things are destroyed by the other fours: kindness by ingratitude, strength (of government) by crime, power by power and human love by arrogance.
Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.
The darkness is at its deepest. Just before the sunrise.
You know... when you are sad you love the sunsets.
The Little Prince
I know not what they mean
tears from the depths of some divine despair
rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes
in looking on the happy autumn fields
and thinking of the days that are no more.
I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen. It's scary to think about. Point of reference again. When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you've got two new people.
The Winter of Our Discontent
Most of us see life through a cloudy lens, trying to see the positive and avoid the negative, never knowing that it is the two forces together that make life worth living. Life without the positive is merely pain and life without the negative is forever dillusion.