Quips & Quotes

I spend an unfair amount of time thinking about and pontificating on the world past, present, and future. I'm in good company.

The quotes herein have been collected over the years. I've found some sort of significance in each and by sharing them I hope you too will find value within their characters.

Wisdoms Collected

2017 / Barack Obama

If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet, try talking with one of them in real life.

Source Farewell Address
unknown / Blaise Pascal

Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.

unknown / C.S. Lewis

Spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison

2016 / Donovan Livingston

At the core none of us were meant to be common. We were born to be comets. Darting across space and time, leaving our mark as we crash into everything.

Source Harvard Commencement
2016 / Ethan Hawke

My job is to be an artist and a good artist is ridiculed.

unknown / Kurt Vonnegut

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.

1970 / Kurt Vonnegut

Nothing means anything

1961 / Kurt Vonnegut

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

2017 / Roxanne Gay

The bigger you become, the smaller your world gets

unknown / Salvador Dali

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

2000 / Stephen King

Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around.

1820 / William Blake

I must Create a System, or be enslav’d by another Man’s. I will not Reason & Compare; my business is to Create.

1899 / William Butler Yeats

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.

1680 / William Shakespeare

If you see this in the map of my microcosm, follows it that I am known well enough too?

unknown / Dali Lama

There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.

2002 / Joseph Campbell

And all you have to do to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act.

2017 / Seth Avett

Life it’s a drama, just one period, all kinds of commas.

1855 / Walt whitman

Dismiss whatever insults your own soul.

unknown / Shawn Fontaine

If it’s meant to be, it will be. You won’t have to force, convince, or worry over it. Let it flow, let it be, and let it come to you. You’re attracting everything you need. Trust the timing of your life.

1991 / Freddie Mercury

You can do what you want with my music, but don’t make me boring.

unknown / Jim Carrey

So many of us choose our paths out of fear disguised as practicality.

1999 / Bell Hooks

It is easier to articulate the pain of love’s absence than to describe its presence and meaning in our lives.

2022 / Kratos

Be wary of shortcuts to knowledge.

Source God of War: Ragnarok
unknown / D.M. Timney

The king may rule the kingdom, but it's the queen who moves the board.

2023 / Lisa Baskett

Not disappointed with the actual functional duties of the job but with the neverending compromises and tenuous respect the role commands.

Source Life, the UXverse and Everything
2014 / Maya Angelou

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

2022 / Neal Brennan

If you're looking for a magic bullet, occasionally you're going to get shot.

Source Blocks
2023 / John Green

hope is the correct response to consciousness.

Source Maybe Art Just Needs to Be