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Friday, 30 September 2016

Quotes

Originally published on April 20th 2016

Part Q of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge, where every day this month except Sundays, I'll be talking about things I love - one thing for each letter of the alphabet.

I'm big on quotes. There are a ton of very intelligent, articulate people who can bring truths to light in a way I can't. I did once write a post which outlined all of my absolute favourites. It was part of a bloghop and since I'm a purist, I'll repost it here untouched from its original state - even though there are a couple of new quotes that would likely take a spot on the list today. Only the publish date has been changed (28/01/15).



My new friend Jamie Ayres has thrown down a challenge - write about a thought that has defined your life. She's doing this to celebrate the release of 18 Thoughts, the latest in her series of My So-Called Afterlife books. Since the book's called 18 Thoughts, she invited anyone who's adventurous enough to write out 18 of their own thoughts. That's great, because it would be way too hard for me to pick just one. Here are 18 thoughts that have helped shaped the person I am today. They're in a vague order of importance, with the less important ones coming first and by far the most important two coming last.


  1. Two men looked out from prison bars. One saw the mud, one saw the stars.
    -Unknown
  2. You can't stay mad at someone who makes you laugh.
    -Jay Leno
  3. If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.
    -Stephen Hunt
  4. It's not our differences that divide us - It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.
    -Audre Lorde
  5. A day without laughter is a day wasted.
    -Charlie Chaplin
  6. Things have a better chance of working if you try them.
    -That's one of mine
  7. Like a mountain, a good man can be seen from afar.
    -Buddha
  8. Character is higher than intellect.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
    -John Lennon
  10. I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
    -Michael Jordan
  11. When men are not regretting that life is so short, they are doing something to kill time.
    -Edgar Watson Howe
  12. Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming - "WOW - What a Ride!"
    -Bill McKenna
  14. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
    -Neale Donald Walsch
  15. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  16. Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.
    -Indian proverb
  17. The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he’s always doing both.
    -James A Michener
  18. Do you know who Marcel Proust is? French writer. Total loser. Never had a real job. Unrequited love affairs. Gay. Spent 20 years writing a book almost no one reads. But he's also probably the greatest writer since Shakespeare. Anyway, he uh... he gets down to the end of his life, and he looks back and decides that all those years he suffered, Those were the best years of his life, 'cause they made him who he was. All those years he was happy? You know, total waste. Didn't learn a thing. So, if you sleep until you're 18... Ah, think of the suffering you're gonna miss. I mean high school? High school-those are your prime suffering years. You don't get better suffering than that.
    -Frank from Little Miss Sunshine
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67 comments:

  1. Never suffered in high school, had to get up early too. Sure would like to play and work, that would be a perk. Great picks.

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    1. I certainly did :P You get to write for a living, that's very admirable :)

      Thank you :)

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  2. I like your #6. I always seem to be encouraging people to try something because they have the wrong idea about it.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thanks! I completely agree, it annoys me when people completely shut something out without knowing anything about it.

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  3. I have to say I am impressed with your picks! I mean, you go from Jay Leno to Charlie Choplin and then you made a quick right to Buddha! love it!! Lol

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    1. This may be the first comment on my blog that's actually made me laugh out loud, well done ;)

      Inspiration comes from many directions :)

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  4. Every single one of these is priceless. I especially like #14, and #6 is highly relevant - plus, it's amusing. I'm going to quote you on that whenever it's appropriate. Excellent 18, Michael.

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    1. Thank you on all counts! It's interesting seeing which quotes resonate with which people.

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  5. All very great picks. I really like the first one. Life is really all about perspective.

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    1. It's said a lot, but not really followed as it should.

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  6. Michael Jordan thinks he's so cool? I bet I've missed thousands more shots than he has. Now THAT's success at failing.

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    1. I failed miserably at that. So is it failure or success?

      And Nike's not where it's at. Give me an awkward Hanes commercial where I'm having a homoerotic conversation on a plane about how cool men's underwear is. While sporting a very hip Hitler mustache, of course.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7JzyZAxISI

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    2. I'm sorry, I would LOVE to be the white guy in that commercial. If you ever get offered that spot, just think of me ;)

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    3. When it comes to embarrassing underwear commercials, I'm more of a Fruit of the Loom guy. I was BORN to play Grape.

      Oh, and I forgot to mention it, but those are some fantastic quotes. Big fan of Emerson and of Chaplin. Who'd have thought a silent film star would have so many poignant things to say?

      "My pain may be the reason for somebody's laugh.
      But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody's pain."

      "A man's true character comes out when he's drunk."

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    4. Haha you're right, you were born to play Grape ;)

      I think everyone knew the second one, but the first one is brilliant and I'll remember that one.

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  7. In my declining years 13 speaks very, very loudly to me. There is not a chance I will arrive at the departure gate in a well preserved body - but it has indeed been an incredible ride. Sometimes a scary one, sometimes too fast, but never, ever dull.
    Love all of your picks.

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    1. And I love this comment. Good to hear people living life to the fullest.

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  8. I'm sorry, Michael. I came at this from a totally different view point. When you wrote, "...she invited anyone who's adventurous enough to write out 18 of their own thoughts." I thought they would be your OWN thoughts.

    It didn't take me long to figure out I was a bit confused... especially since you were kind enough to include another person's name. So, maybe you both thought it but only one of you actually said it. (I think I've been in pigtails too long)

    #9 with John Lennon tugged at my heart strings. In addition the one from, A Beer For The Shower, was pretty good. You're truly a decent man, Michael.

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    1. That's most likely what Jamie had in mind, I just take all my inspiration from the sources around me :P

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  9. These were some great thoughts, Michael. They all reflect your zest for life and pursuit of excellence! I love the Michael Jordan quote. ;-)

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    1. I had another Jordan quote which didn't quite make the cut. It was "Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything else you do will rise.

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  10. Numbers 4 and 15, yupyup. Good choices all. Here are a few of my faves, although not 18 of them, lol.

    1. There is no most excellent beauty which hath not some strangeness in the proportion. - Sir Francis Bacon

    2. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds... - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    3. The worst thing you can do to another person is need them without also wanting them. - my Dad

    4. If light is the point of a candle, why do you leave yours unlit?

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    1. Those are brilliant! Your Dad sounds like a very wise man. And I might use that first one the next time someone calls me weird ;)

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    2. LOL, Michael! I <3 you!!! And Jacqueline, I recently had your Dad's thought while writing 18 Thoughts . . . does that make sense? Very wise, your father.

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  11. These are great! I really like #s 1 and 5, and your #6 speaks to me too. :)

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad mine fits in with the rest ;)

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  12. Great list, Michael! I love Emerson.

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  13. LOVE this list! In fact, I use quotes at the beginning chapters of my books (because I stink at coming up with chapter titles), and I've used a few on your list! I especially like you can't stay mad at someone who makes you laugh . . . it's why I've been married for 17 yrs! He always makes me laugh, no matter how angry I am. We've never once gone to bed angry with each other. No sleeping on the couch for us . . . unless he's snoring ;-) Oh, & #4 really spoke to me. My WIP is a YA multicultural perspective. I might need to put that quote in somewhere! Thanks for playing, new buddy!

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    1. That's fantastic to hear, I used to have that not-going-to-bed-angry rule with my girlfriend as well. That #4 quote was said by a civil rights activist, so it definitely had cultural intonations.

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  14. Hello, Michael!! Love these quotes sir. I am a bit of a quote connoisseur so I am gonna save some of these to my collection!

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    1. That doesn't surprise me. I can already tell we're going to get along just fine :)

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  15. "Little Miss Sunshine" is one of my favorite movies of all time, and that quote reminds me of why. That was really an epic 18 thoughts, I think you covered just about every aspect of life. I honestly think it would be hard to find a famous quote or thought that somehow isn't a paraphrase or somehow related to the ones you picked.

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    1. It's such a good movie, isn't it?? I'm sure there's a bit more of life I could cover ;)

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  16. I think John Lennon borrowed his one from someone else, but it's still good.

    "Never give a sucker an even break" is a famous saying of W.C Fields, but I don't know if it defined anyone's life!

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    1. Yeah I've heard that one, but I don't really get it. How is a break even and why wouldn't a sucker deserve one?

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  17. Good choices, all.

    When I was a child and was faced with something difficult, my father would say one (or all) of these things to me:
    1) That's no hill for a stepper.
    2) Twenty years from now, who will even remember this?
    3) You could stand on your head for as long as it will take to resolve this.
    He was also big on saying, "Say what you mean, and mean what you say."
    My grandfather always told me, "Your family is going to love you no matter what, but others are only going to love you if you behavior makes you lovable."
    My personal guiding thoughts since adulthood have been:
    1) Everything is temporary.
    2) Live so you approach the end of your life with no regrets and nothing left undone.

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    1. They're also very good thoughts. I need to remember your father's second one more often :P

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  18. Awesome quotes! I've always loved that one by Charlie Chaplin.

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    1. Same here. I try and make people laugh every day :)

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  19. Wow, great list. You worked hard on this. Number 14 is my fav!

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    1. I first saw it on the front of a card and I've kept it on my desk ever since :)

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  20. I love Emerson. I came up with the name for my sister to name my nephew. I really like Lennon to. I actually follow both of his son's on FB. Julian posts some great things.

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  21. I like yours! And I like the Indian proverb (so true!).

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    1. I saw the Indian one on a plaque on someone's wall and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

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  22. If one blog award is good, two is better: I nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

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    1. Oh that's great, thank you! I'll include you in the post that's due to publish on Wednesday :)

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  23. Excellent quotes. my son once told me i couldn't ground him if what he did made me laugh. He was kind of right.

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    1. Hahaha you're son's very smart. That would have worked on me ;)

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  24. Very enlightening thoughts. My favorites are #1, 14 and 17.

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  25. Very enlightening thoughts. My favorites are #1, 14 and 17.

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  26. All eighteen! Good for you. Michael Jordan's negative stats are impressive. You can't win if you aren't willing to lose - a lot.
    Sorry so late. Blog posts from several days ago are just now showing up in Feedly. No idea what''s going on.

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  27. These are all great quotes! Of course, your #6 is my favorite, Michael!

    Julie

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    1. I'm glad to hear it! Hopefully it gets put in a book somewhere ;)

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  28. Your quote is dope af. I want it tattooed on my face so I can be reminded of your wisdom any time I look in a mirror/shop window which I subtly look at my reflection in so nobody thinks I'm conceited.

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    1. Well that was what the quote was intended for after all ;)

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  29. Great quotes. Although... Taken together in one sitting, they're making me believe I'm too comfortable. I'm going to injure myself today in order to improve my writing.

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  30. I'm a fan of quotes too. I like tweeting them. I've already started tweeting some of these that you've shared. They're some good ones.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. They've all proved vitally helpful in shaping the direction of my life.

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  31. What a fun collection of quotes. I have to agree with the last especially. High school is prime suffering time, for sure.

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    1. At least we were able to establish that much ;)

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