List eight: Favorite Quotes

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Favorite quotes don’t just spring up out of no where. They’re there, in the back of your mind during a race, scribbled on an old post-it next to your desk, on a card you’ve kept from your mother for years, a quote said by a friend during a conversation that just stuck with you, in a book you read that was handed down to you from a mentor.

I reread these quotes, slowly, when I’m in a rut or scared or just need to rekindle what it is that makes me tick. Because these are my absolute favorite quotes and I can only hope that I live up to each of them every day, these quotes resonate.

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…
~Jack Kerouac

One day you’ll look at life and realize that doing things to maintain just isn’t good enough.
~W. Fortin

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
~Muhammad Ali

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice your gift.
~Steve Prefontaine

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.
~Henry Thoreau

Believe deep down in your heart you are destined to do great things.
~Joe Paterno

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the same direction.
~Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the  bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~Mark Twain

What’s one of your favorite quotes?

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Beth says:

    I love that Mark Twain quote! Its going on my motivation (to get outside) board at work.

  2. Nicole says:

    I’m a quote freak…… i have so many quote books too!

  3. Keri says:

    I love quotes! Thank you!

  4. W. Fortin says:

    “The things we do spontaneously are the things we most readily desire. Too often, thought is the acceleration of the confine other men have placed on our minds.”

    “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”
    -Oscar Wilde

    “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.”
    -G. K. Chesterton

    “There is more simplicity in the man who eats caviar on impulse than in the man who eats Grape-Nuts on principle.”
    -G. K. Chesterton

    “A curse on those who fear wine; it’s because they have evil thoughts and they are afraid that wine will loosen their tongues.”
    -Alexandre Dumas (translated)

    “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn. a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
    -Robert A. Heinlein

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