QUOTEoftheDay

Tuesday
Sep182018

E. Lockhart

Be a little kinder than you have to.

Do not accept an evil you can change.

Always do what you're afraid to do.

There is not even a Scrabble word for how bad I feel.

We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.

She is sugar, curiosity, and rain.

He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.

What if we could stop being different colors, different backgrounds, and just be in love?

The universe is seeming really huge right now. I need something to hold on to.

Silence is a protective coating over pain.

If you want to live where people are not afraid of mice, you must give up living in palaces.

Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments. I get the same thing spending an hour with you.


Monday
Sep172018

Jennifer Niven

You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.

The thing I realize is, that it's not what you take, it's what you leave.

We do not remember days, we remember moments.

The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.

The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it's the small things that count.

It's my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.

You make me lovely, and it’s so lovely to be lovely to the one I love.…

You have been in every way all that anyone could be.… If anybody could have saved me it would have been you.

I learned that there is good in this world, if you look hard enough for it. I learned that not everyone is disappointing, including me, and that a 1,257-foot bump in the ground can feel higher than a bell tower if you’re standing next to the right person.



Friday
Sep142018

Madeline Miller

I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world

And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone.

In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.

When he died, all things soft and beautiful and bright would be buried with him.

We were like gods at the dawning of the world, & our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.

There are no bargains between lion and men. I will kill you and eat you raw.

He is a weapon, a killer. Do not forget it. You can use a spear as a walking stick, but that will not change its nature.

He smiled, and his face was like the sun.

I am made of memories.


Wednesday
Sep122018

Sarah Kay

Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.

I have seen the best of you, and the worst of you, and I choose both.

Life will hit you hard in the face, wait for you to get back up just so it can kick you in the stomach. But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.

You can only fit so many words in a postcard, only so many in a phone call, only so many into space before you forget that words are sometimes used for things other than filling emptiness.

Still now I send letters into space
Hoping that some mailman somewhere will track you down
And recognise you from the descriptions in my poems
That he will place the stack of them in your hands and tell you,
There is a girl who still writes you, she doesn't know how not to

You are a woman. Skin and bones, veins and nerves, hair and sweat. You are not made of metaphors. Not apologies, not excuses.

Forgive yourself for the decisions you have made, the ones you still call mistakes when you tuck them in at night.



Sunday
Sep092018

Harlan Ellison

You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.

I know that pain is the most important thing in the universes. Greater than survival, greater than love, greater even than the beauty it brings about. For without pain, there can be no pleasure. Without sadness, there can be no happiness. Without misery there can be no beauty. And without these, life is endless, hopeless, doomed and damned. 
Adult. You have become adult.

The ability to dream is all I have to give. That is my responsibility; that is my burden. And even I grow tired.

The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity.

If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.

I don't mind you thinking I'm stupid, but don't talk to me like I'm stupid.

The world is turning into a cesspool of imbeciles.

In these days of widespread illiteracy, functional illiteracy... anything that keeps people stupid is a felony.

 

Saturday
Sep082018

Nalo Hopkinson

Beauty and ingenuity beat perfection hands down, every time.

The heaviness of loss in her heart hadn't eased, but there was room there for humour, too.

How do I know anything? How is it that my arms stretched out in front of me are so pale? How to I even know that they should be brown like riverbank mud, as they were when I was many goddesses with many worshippers, ruling in lands on the other side of a great, salty ocean? I used to be many, but now we are one, all squeezed together, many necks in one coffle.

Suck all the juice this life will give!

You folk are so finicky about time, living it in straight lines like that.

When your elders are millennia-old demigods, you’d best take the injunction to respect your elders seriously.

In the back of my mind’s eye, everything had a fuzzy green haze on it, like a brand-new tennis ball. The world was getting its Shine on.



Friday
Sep072018

Jean Kerr

I make mistakes; I'll be the second to admit it.

I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?

Do you know how helpless you feel if you have a full cup of coffee in your hand and you start to sneeze?

Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speak by something outside himself-like, for instance, he can't find any clean socks

Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get home, but it doesn't always go with everything in the house.

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation. 

The only reason that they say, 'Women and children first' is to test the strength of the lifeboats.

The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible

Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speech by something outside himself - like, for instance, he can't find any clean socks.


Thursday
Sep062018

Wendelin Van Draane

Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss...." He turned to me. "But every once in a while, you find someone who's iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.

My heart stopped. It just stopped beating. And for the first time in my life, I had that feeling. You know, like the world is moving all around you, all beneath you, all inside you, and you're floating. Floating in midair. And the only thing keeping you from drifting away is the other person's eyes. They're connected to yours by some invisible physical force, and they hold you fast while the rest of the world swirls and twirls and falls completely away

One's character is set at an early age. The choices you make now will affect you for the rest of your life. I hate to see you swim out so far you can't swim back.

To by held above the earth and be brushed by the wind," she said,"it's like your heart has been kissed by beauty.

Somehow the silence seemed to connect us in a way like words never could.


Wednesday
Sep052018

Max Ehrmann

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

You are a child of the universe, 
no less than the trees and the stars; 
you have a right to be here. 
And whether or not it is clear to you, 
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself to others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love – for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you from misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.


Tuesday
Sep042018

Michael Cunningham

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.

I was not ladylike, nor was I manly. I was something else altogether. There were so many different ways to be beautiful.

The secret of flight is this -- you have to do it immediately, before your body realizes it is defying the laws.

One always has a better book in one's mind than one can manage to get onto paper.

Beauty is a whore, I like money better.

There is a beauty in the world, though it's harsher than we expect it to be.

What does it mean to regret when you have no choice? It's what you can bear. And there it is... It was death. I chose life.

I don't have any regrets, really, except that one. I wanted to write about you, about us, really. Do you know what I mean? I wanted to write about everything, the life we're having and the lives we might have had. I wanted to write about all the ways we might have died.