Some random quotes saved as draft many years back.
Edna O’Brien: I think by nature I am lonely, in that I wouldn’t be a writer if I were not lonely. I think most writers [are], if you read their letters and sometimes read some of their lives. I’m not recommending it, but I know one has to be — to remain writing, not just to start as a writer, to remain faithful to it — one has to live so much of one’s life alone. And reflective. Certain people, I think, are kind of born lonely. I can tell lonely people when I see them, and I’m very often drawn to them, because I feel that they might have some secret to tell me.
A hindu poet on Struggle: For one to see heaven, one must die oneself.
Einstein: A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.
A BBC Podcast: Inspiration comes from knowledge.
Newspaper article: His thoughts and actions were one.
An aunt: You don’t want to climb a mountain if you’re not going to reach the top.
Ahmet Rasim: The beauty of a landscape resides in its melancholy.
A friend – we must remain true to our values regardless of where society goes.
Nature of Existence: A Chinese guy: Happiness comes from Hard Work.
Kahlin Gibran: The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
T.S Eliott: Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
Humboldt: I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life, than on the nature of those events themselves.
HG Wells: I can’t bank on religion. God has no thighs and no life. When one calls to him in the silence of the night he doesn’t turn over and say, “what’s the trouble, Dear?”
Florence Nightingale: To-day I am 30 – the age Christ began his mission. Now no more childish things. No more love. No more marriage. Now Lord let me think only of Thy Will, what Thou willest me to do.
Epicurus’s idea of “the good life“: It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and honorably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely and honorably and justly without living pleasantly.
Robertson Davis: A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life.
A friend: Where does the faith come from, he asked … From events that seem life shattering, but a boon in retrospect
Dalai Lama: Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Maya Angelou: There is no greater agony then bearing an untold story inside you.
Kahlil Gibran: Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Unknown: You’ll waste a lot less time worrying about what others think of you if only you realized how seldom they do.
Albert Camus: To be happy one must not be too concerned with the opinion of others. One should pursue one’s goals single-mindedly, with a quiet confidence, without thinking of others.
Unilever: Humility to create awe
Our Idiot Brother: I like to think that if you put your trust out there; if you really give people the benefit of the doubt, see their best intentions, people will rise to the occasion.
Unknown: Karma is what you turn yourself into. Not what happens to you.