Favorite Serious Quotes





“Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.” -Jerry Garcia

“A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.”   — George Jean Nathan

“Everybody looks and thinks and feels very differently as the years go by.” — Big Edie, Grey Gardens

“First learn stand. Then learn fly.” — Mr. Miyagi

“In all human affairs, change is constant. In order to stay fresh, old ideas and patterns must continually be discarded in favor of new ones. Only by being adaptable to the demands of the times can the highest good emerge. Only by adjusting to changing circumstances can you prosper. Remain flexible, and you will gain the confidence of those around you. Bend, and you shall not break.” — My I Ching hexagram for 1/14/11

Alice: : “I ought  to know who I am.”
The Catepillar: “Yes, you ought. Stupid girl.”

“All social change comes from the passion of individuals.” — Margaret Mead

“It’s not a contest, and I ain’t on no conquest for no mate.” — Eminem

“Meeting you was fate. Becoming your friend was a choice. Falling in love with you I had no control over.”

“When you love something, whether it’s jam and cheese sandwiches or wearing your pyjamas as pants, you forget that it was ever anything other than commonplace.” — Elisha Lim

“I think we all get too caught up in doing instead of just being sometimes.” — Anne Rivers Siddons

“Sexual orientation and gender identity are not the same thing.” — Lauren

“There is something truly restorative, finally comforting, in coming to the end of an illusion — a false hope.” — Sue Miller

“Life does not hurt nearly as much if we have learned to listen to ourselves and to recognize how fully and richly we are trying to tell ourselves the truth.” — Eugene Kennedy

“Silence and solitude are confrontational. They plunge us instantly into the truth.” — Barbara de Angelis

“Even in the grimmest of circumstances, a shift in perspective can create startling change.” — Susan Griffin

“Words empower us, move us beyond our suffering, and set us free.” — Terry Tempest Williams

“To seek visions, to dream dreams, is essential, and it is also essential to try new ways of living, to make room for serious experimentation, to respect the effort even where it fails.” — Adrienne Rich

“There aren’t any right or wrong emotions. We feel what we feel.” — PD James

“Life is like fording a river, stepping from one slippery stone to another, and you must rejoice every time you don’t lose your balance, and learn to laugh at all the times you do.” — Merle Shain

“Joy begets joy.” — Eileen Stukane

“The world is terrified of joyful women. Make a stand. Be one anyway.” — Marianne Williamson

“There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.” — Marguerite Gardiner

“I have discovered the meaning of life. It resides in what I can wrest from each day that I live.” — Nancy Thayer

“I think it’s the end of progress if you stand still and think of what you’ve done in the past. I keep on.” — Leslie Caron

“Difference of opinion has never been sufficiently appreciated. It is the unexpected, the unknowable, the divine irrationality of life that saves us.” — Florida Scott-Maxwell

“Normal is absolutely my least favorite word.” — Amanda Cross

“Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to give myself a gold star for being ordinary.” — Sue Bender

“Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn on your creativity. There is a light inside you.” — Judith Jamison

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation.” — Audre Lorde

“Being you is all about being real. When you are you, you connect with others.” — Henriette Anne Klauser

“Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.” — Doris Mortman

“Self-esteem starts out as a personal blessing, but it becomes nothing less than an evolutionary force.” — Gloria Steinem

“Learn to be quiet enough to hear the sound of the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in other people.” — Marian Wright Edelman

“All you need is deep within you waiting to unfold and reveal itself. All you have to do is be still and take time to seek for what is within.” — Eileen Caddy

“You were the song that my soul understood…Joy is you.” — Phish

“I have a friend who lives by a three-word philosophy: Seize the Moment. Just possibly, she may be the wisest woman on this planet.” — Erma Bombeck

“Nothing takes away the taste of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.” — Charlie Brown

“”My voice is soft, but oh, my heart roars!” — Dave Matthews

“You probably wouldn’t remember. I probably couldn’t forget.” — Steve Miller

“Mistakes are a fact of life. It’s the response to the error that counts.” — Nikki Giovanni

“Oh, do not ask ‘What is it?’/ Let us go and make our visit.” — T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock

“The monster explains that he had hoped to meet someone who could ignore his outward deformity and respond to his excellent inner qualities. He desired only love and friendship, like all creatures. But all of humankind drove him from their doors.” — Cliff, from his Notes on Shelley’s Frankenstein

“The most radiant woman in the room is the one full of life and experience.” — Sharon Stone

“Sometimes your nearness takes my breath away; and all the things I want to say can find no voice. Then, in silence, I can only hope my eyes will speak my heart.” — Robert Sexton

“The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn.” — David Russell

“Certain things are tapped only when we are alone. Women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves; that firm strand which will be the indispensable center of a whole web of human relationships.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Of course I voted for him. He wasn’t a politician; he was a craze.” — Ewan MacGregor in Ghost Writer

“There is no such thing as closure, and it wouldn’t be worth having if it were available, because all it would mean is that something that was quite an important part of you had gone numb.” — Christopher Hitchens

“I don’t need no peace. I need equal rights and justice.” — Peter Tosh

“Politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t.” — George Carlin

“I want you to remember me being who I want to be.” — RuPaul

“The hand you hold is the hand that holds you down.” — Everclear

“I’m more afraid of falling than I am of flying high. I’m not as scared of dying as I am of growing old. Every battle has its glory and its consequence.” — Ben Harper

“We have all been fools, but you may still remedy your folly.” — Major Dobbin, Vanity Fair

We were just young and restless and bored, living by the sword. And we’d steal away every chance we could, to the backroom, the alley, the trusty woods. I used her, she used me, but neither one cared. We were getting our share.” — Bob Segar

I don’t know what happiness is. I don’t know what sweet caress is. Still, I’m always laughing like a clown.” — Bob Marley

“Any shlub can pick up a girl at a bar. Want a challenge? Try keeping a beautiful woman happy for ten years running.” — Peter Burke, White Collar

“Stillness and silence are the alpha and omega of all finite things.” — Drumsing

“You should never doubt what no one is sure about!” — Willy Wonka

“The bars could not hold me. Force could not control me. They tried to keep me down, but Jah put I around. Yes, I’ve been accused. Wrongly abused. But through the powers of the Most High, they’ve got to turn me loose.” — Bob Marley

“We are the music makers and the dreamers of dreams, wandering by lone sea-breakers and sitting by desolate streams, world-losers and world-forsakers on whom the pale moon gleams. Yet we are the movers and shakers of the world forever, it seems.” — Arthur William O’Shaughnessy

“Could’ve sworn I heard you say Amen this morning, showing some kind of sign that you believe. Did it fall from your tongue without warning? Or just another trick to fall from your sleeve?” — Ben Harper

“I learned to swing on monkey bars over asphalt. I learned that if you fall, it hurts, so you try not to fall. But it’s still worth swinging.” –Tim Cordes

“Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.” — Boethius

“Live free or die.” — The state motto of New Hampshire

“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.” — Willy Wonka

“To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.” ~ e. e. cummings

“You ever think maybe you come off as a little distant because you connect too much?”
— Angela Montenegro, Bones

“We have a choice every day between fear and love.” — Melissa Etheridge

“I know what your heart is capable of. It can cling to a misty memory and cherish a dream. But it cannot recognize or return a love like mine.” — Major Dobbin, Vanity Fair

“So shines a good deed in a weary world.” — Willy Wonka

“We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing oriented’ society to a ‘person oriented’ society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Everyone has a chance, Charlie.” — Grandma Josephine, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

“A man should not be afraid of his government. A government should be afraid of its people.” — V

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.” — John F. Kennedy

“You ask, ‘Why am I really fighting this?’ If the answer is, ‘Because I’m scared of what things will be like,’ then, most times, you’re fighting for the wrong reason. And if that’s not the answer, then you dig in your heels and you fight and fight and fight.” — Trudy Sawtelle, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

The suspense is terrible! I hope it lasts.” — Willy Wonka

“A broom is drearily sweeping up the broken pieces of yesterday’s life.” — Jimi Hendrix

“It’s getting harder to say, ‘so it goes.'” — Vicky Beard

“The only true aristocracy is that of consciousness.” — D.H. Lawrence

“Truth, like love, is never absolute.” — E. Lynn Harris

“You’ve got to go forwards to go back. Better press on!” — Willy Wonka

“If you continually give, you will continually have.” — Fortune Cookie

“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” — Orson Welles

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell

“When you understand that what most people really, really want is simply to feel good about themselves, and when you realize that with just a few well-chosen words you can help virtually anyone on the planet instantly achieve this, you begin to realize just how simple life is, how powerful you are, and that love is the key.” — Mike Dooley

“I feel so ill equipped. Sometimes I try to trace back through my mind to see where I made the first wrong choice.” Her gaze drifts towards the window. “I feel like Hannah Hartford, the real one, ran off to live her real life and left me here to fill her place.” — Hannah Hartford, The House at Riverton

“The feel of the place was deep, the prehistoric heartbeat of the rocks complicating the music, the people bright, all different kinds of dancers, smilers, swayers, swirlers, smokers, beer-drinking boppers, tripsters, spinners. I looked back at the crowd…and saw the show for a moment as a jewel…like a gem in a bracelet: an ornament on the body of the country, glittering in the coming darkness.” — Jason Burke, Tiger in a Trance

“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.” — Marianne Williamson

“HAPPINESS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED.” — Margin notes in a Tolstoy book, found in the bus where Christopher McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness

“It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun.” — Mark Twight

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” — Goethe

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