Your favourite quotes


My 2 absolute favourites:

Everywhere is better than somewhere else. -Kaljo Kiisk in Õnne 13 (an Estonian TV series)
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. -Shakespeare Hamlet


Appearance is everything.
An early attempt at wingsuit flying was made on 4 February 1912 by a 33 year old tailor, Franz Reichelt, who jumped from the Eiffel Tower to test his invention of a combination of parachute and wing, which was similar to modern wingsuits. He misled the guards by saying that the experiment was going to be conducted with a dummy. He hesitated quite a long time before he jumped, and hit the ground head first, opening a measurable hole, but an autopsy showed that he died of a heart attack before hitting the pavement -Wikipedia
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. -A.Einstein
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. -A.Einstein
Do what you must, And your friends will adjust. -Robert Brault
Eat the ■■■■■■■ fruit! -Darkmatter2525 If Man Obeyed God
You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear. - Sherlock Holmes in A.Conan Doyle’s A Scandal in Bohemia
Best quotes aren’t always those that you make yourself. -Me
Hope I didn’t plagiarize this one. -Me

(Josh Cohen) #2

I only know the sources for some of these:

Related to living in general:

"It is not dying that a man should fear, but a man should fear never having lived at all." —Marcus Aurelius (?)

“Those who say it can’t be done shouldn’t interrupt those doing it.”

“‘Being realistic’ is the most common road to mediocrity.”
—Will Smith (I think)

“How one does anything is how one does everything.”

“Be silent unless you can say something better than silence.”

“When you are cold, flap your arms; when you are overheated, be still.”

Related to travel:

"Happy is the man who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea." —Nikos Kazantzakis

“At nyght was come into that hostelrye
Wel nyne and twenty in a companye,
Of sondry folk, by aventure yfalle
In felaweshipe, and pilgrims were they alle…”


Favorite funny quote:

Kirk: You'd make a splendid computer, Mr. Spock. Spock: That is very kind of you, Captain!

“Here the spirit becomes a lion who would conquer his freedom and be master in his own desert. Here he seeks out his last master: he wants to fight him and his last god; for ultimate victory he wants to fight with the great dragon. Who is the great dragon whom the spirit will no longer call lord and god? “Thou shalt” is the name of the great dragon. But the spirit of the lion says, “I will.” “Thou shalt” lies in his way, sparkling like gold, an animal covered with scaled; and on every scale shines a golden “thou shalt.” My brothers, why is there a need in the spirit for the lion? Why is not the beast of burden, which renounces and is reverent, enough? To create new values—that even the lion cannot do; but the creation of freedom for oneself for new creation—that is within the power of the lion. The creation of freedom for oneself and a sacred “No” even to duty—for that, my brothers, the lion is needed. To assume the right to new values—that is the most terrifying assumption for a reverent spirit that would bear much.”
- Nietzsche
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”

“No matter what happened to you in your past, you are not your past, you are the resources and the capabilities you glean from it. And that is the basis for all change.”

“Successful people are 100% convinced that they are masters of their own destiny , they’re not creatures of circumstance, they create circumstance, if the circumstances around them suck they change them.”

“See things as they are, but not worse than they are. Then, see things better than they are, and develop a plan to get there.”

-Jordan Belfort
"A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory."
"There are two kinds of pain. Sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain; sort of pain that's only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.

Moments like this require someone who will act. Do the unpleasant thing. The necessary thing."

“What a waste of talent. He chose money over power; in this town a mistake nearly everyone makes. Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after ten years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries. I cannot respect someone who doesn’t see the difference.”

"I’ll tell you what Pops. When they bury me, it won’t be in my backyard. And when they come to pay their respects; they’ll have to wait in line. "

  • Frank Underwood (House of Cards)

I have many many more…


Anybody tells you that money is the root of all evil; doesn't f---ing have any!
- Boiler Room
They say 'It's what's on the inside that matters'. They're absolutely right. And your outsides are the best indication of your insides.
- Victor Pride



I don’t want good generals, I want lucky ones.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
Life is pain, anyone telling you something different is trying to sell you something.
–The Princess Bride

(Šubidubi) #6

-Rock Lee: A dropout will beat a genius through hard work. (NARUTO)

-Weakness is a sin.
Crocodile (One Piece)

(Josh Cohen) #7

That reminds me of another quote I heard recently: “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” (apparently from the Marines)


Fictional Quotes:
“When I was a young man, I had liberty, but I did not see it. I had time, but I did not know it. And I had love, but I did not feel it. Many decades would pass before I understood the meaning of all three. And now, the twilight of my life, this understanding has passed into contentment.”
Ezio Auditore

"Life’s hardest choices are the ones that force you to question your own moral code.
Shay Cormac

“sucking at something is the first step being sorta good at something”

“Ohana means Familiy, Family means no one gets left behind”

“I’ll leave tomorrow’s problems to tomorrow’s me”

Non-fictional Quotes:
“You see things and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were, and I say 'Why not?”
George Bernard Shaw

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
Winston Churchill

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
Groucho Marx

“My philosophy is: If you can’t have fun, there’s no sense in doing it.”
Paul Walker

and my very favorite:


All time fave:

A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial. Clifton Fadiman


“Life is just one damn relatedness after another.” - Charlie Munger

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” - Mark Twain

Just a couple that I like.

(Fuchsia Pseudonym) #11

“That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” - Neil Armstrong

“THIS MAN WAS GAY AND DID A LOT OF DRUGS” - some teen girl on Twitter, referring to American poet Allen Ginsberg

“I like shorts! They’re comfy and easy to wear!” - some youngster (literally) in the video games Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow

“I eventually had to remove my mother from my deck.” - mnemonist Ed Cooke, as quoted by Josh Foer in Moonwalking with Einstein.

“Remember, licking doorknobs is illegal on other planets!” - Spongebob Squarepants (animated American kids’ show)

“How come we play war and not peace?” “Too few role models.” - Calvin and Hobbes (title characters in a great American comic strip of the 80s and 90s)

“Thank you for joining me in a reading of my hate mail.” - Richard Dawkins, in a Reddit AMA

Area Man Eats Entire Bag of “Chex Party Mix” All By Himself - headline from satire newspaper The Onion

“Sunshine daisies butter mellow, turn this stupid fat rat yellow” - “spell” taught to young wizard Ron Weasley by his prankster older brothers (to be performed on his rat Scabbers) in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone

“You can’t fight in here, this is the War Room!” - American Cold War film Dr. Strangelove

“Please do not offer my god a peanut.” - Indian shopkeeper Apu (who is Hindu) on The Simpsons (the animated TV show which is now in season 28 or so)

“R’Amen” - the proper ending of prayers to satire deity The Flying Spaghetti Monster

(selmo'i cu se nintadni) #12

The King: I will simply deny you the crown and… [sputters] live forever! [wife facepalms]
Prince Henry: Good. Agreed. I don’t want it.
– Ever After: A Cinderella Story

LoL so accurate: bronze players calling bronze players bronze players.
– Random League of Legends player (punctuation mine)

“Anypony who chooses t’ be a filthy, murderin’ raider gets tried an’ perforated as an adult,” Calamity asserted.
– Calamity, Fallout: Equestria, Chapter 16

Honestly, a song that inspires patriotism the first one hundred times you hear it will inevitably stop doing so within the first one thousand.
– Midnight Shower, Fallout Equestria, Chapter 36

“Where…” Nope, that was it. My legs decided that they were done with this standing thing and wanted to try something else. How about falling over? Yep, that sounded good.
– Littlepip, Fallout: Equestria, Chapter 39

And now some more serious ones, just for variety’s sake:

God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?
– Nietzsche

Prince: Romeo slew him; he slew Mercutio.
Who now the price of his dear blood doth owe?
Montague: Not Romeo, Prince; he was Mercutio’s friend.
His fault concludes but what the law should end,
The life of Tybalt.
Prince: And for that offence
Immediately we do exile him hence.

Bear hence this body and attend our will.
Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.
– Romeo and Juliet

I’m not corrupted kindness, I whimpered back at the mare in my mind. But I didn’t believe it. Not anymore. Trixie had been right. Or I had made her right.
– Littlepip, Fallout: Equestria, Chapter 35

Loss. It doesn’t bring out the best in us, or the worst, although it can do either. It doesn’t show us who we truly are. It just hurts. And it makes us all the same. Even the most sadistic raider, immune to empathy, who draws joy and strength from the suffering of others, will feel grief over a loss they suffer themselves.
– Littlepip, Fallout: Equestria, Chapter 40

DeWitt: I’m talking about a clean slate.
Caroline: You ever try to clean an actual slate? You always see what was on it before.
– Dollhouse s1e1


The clearest picture of the empty life is the suburban man, who gets up at the same hour every weekday morning, takes the same train to work in the city, performs the same task in the office, lunches at the same place, leaves the same tip for the waitress each day, comes home on the same train each night, has two, three children, cultivates a little garden, spends a two-week vacation at the shore every summer which he does not enjoy, goes to the church every Christmas and Easter, and moves through a routine, mechanical existence year after year until he finally retires at sixty-five and very soon thereafter dies of heart failure, possibly brought on by repressed hostility. I have always had the secret suspicion, however, that he dies of boredom.

  • Rollo May

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

  • Oscar Wilde