Quote Collection

When I was younger I used to collect good quotations and write them into my notebook. Nowadays, although I’m not collecting quotes as fervently as I used to, my appreciation for them remain the same.

The quotations you see here come from various sources. They had provided me much wisdom and inspiration through the years. [This is not a complete list, so do check occasionally for added goodies.]

Often time a good quote please us not only by its utterance of certain wisdom that we might or might not have known before, but by the manner in which it delivers to us the message: concise, eloquence, and always with precision.

Here is an example of what language could be if it was treated carefully: a high form of expression that delivers truth in a brief and clever manner to delight the wise sage just as much as the common man.

On friendship, fear, possibility

“Not the things that are, but the things we’ll make….We are not to be stopped, you and I…Forgive me the fear, if I thought I could lose you to them–forgive me the doubt, they’ll never reach you–I’ll never be afraid for you again…”

from Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

On the Purpose of Art

“Without the motive of a loftier hour and higher values to turn to, nobody writes gracefully against disgrace, against our devaluation of values.”

from Shame and Glory of the Intellectuals, by Peter Viereck

On Beauty

“Their are people who think that knowledge destroys their spontaneous reaction to anything beautiful. They are seldom right; generally, the more we know, the more we see to appreciate.”

from Western Wind, by David Mason and John Frederick Nims

On Language

“To use a big word or a foreign word when a small one and a familiar one will answer to the same purpose, is a sign of ignorance.”

“Every person of intelligence should be be able to use his mother tongue correctly.”

from “How to Speak and Write Correctly”, by Joseph Devlin, M.A.

“There are people who think that to analyze a poem or, as they like to say, to “tear it apart”, is to destroy it. But one no more destroy a poem by analysis than one destroys birds or flowers or anything else by means of a diagram.”

from Western Wind, by David Mason and John Frederick Nims

On Life

“Oh! That my young life were a lasting dream!”

from “Dreams”, by Edgar Allan Poe

“But thy eternal summer shall not fade/…/When in Eternal lines to time thou grow’st.”

from Sonnet XVIII, by William Shakespeare

On Work

“The proper, wise balancing of one’s whole life may depend upon the feasibility of a cup of tea at an unusual hour.”

from How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, by Arnold Bennett

“Everything everybody does is so–I don’t know–not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and–sad-making. And the worse part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you’re conforming just as much only in a different way.”

from Franny and Zooey, by J. D. Salinger