Go here and find ten quotes, or just think of ten quotes from memory or somewhere else. Then post them, easy as pie.
I sort of collect quotes, so narrowing them down to ten isn't easy. This list by no means represents all of my favourites.
- The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
So much for If You're Not With Me You're With the Terrorists. Oh, Thomas Paine, how I do love you.
- Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.
--Roland Deschain, from The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Roland, you keep speaking truth whether I want to hear it or not. Thankee-sai.
- When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical may be madness. To surrender dreams, this may be madness. To seek treasures where there is only trash...Too much sanity may be madness, and maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be.
--Miguel De Cervantes, Don Quixote de la Mancha
This book keeps showing up in my life, so I think the universe wants me to read it.
- We look like a geography, but just scratch us and we bleed history.
--Miriam Waddington, on Canada
Definitely one of my top five or so quotes, so I will carry on about it.
Not being Canadian, I can only comment by comparison: We USAires love our history, and in the US it's Right There In Your Face (which is a GOOD thing, btw). We're proud of it (especially in New England where so much of it lives), we like to talk about it, we show it off. We talk about our land, too, but we're more likely to spout off on the Founding Fathers or Iwo Jima than we are to gush over Yellowstone Park or the Maine seacoast.
Canada, from my outside-looking-in perspective, has a different take on things. The land is everywhere, as well it should be, and is displayed like Americans display our history, with well-deserved pomp and pride. But underneath, there's all of this history that comes from the geography. I think the fact that the beaver is Canada's national symbol says a lot about that. We Americans have our eagle, which symbolises an idea rather than representing a fact. We're strong, we're children of the Revolution, don't mess with us. In contrast, Canada wouldn't exist, at least not as it does now, without the beaver.
So, yeah, I don't think you have to scratch the geography of Canada very deep to get at its history, because it's all right there.
Canadians on my flist, you may now mock me.
- We have a secret in our culture...
and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong.
--Laura Stavoe Harm
It's a tragedy but no surprise that the National Caesarean rate has risen to a record 31.1%. Women are being told more and more that their bodies are incapable of doing what they were designed to do. They're told that birth is a big, bad, dangerous medical event and needs to be monitored constantly, and then with their constant monitoring they find a Problem (a.k.a. a false positive on a machine designed for high-risk births or a hospital-decreed time window that's passed), et voila!, mom's on her way to the OR. We don't teach the art of breech birth to practitioners.
We tell women not to trust their bodies, that their babies are too big, their pelvis too small, their reproductive system inferior. It's all over the media. What isn't mentioned is that women have been giving birth since the dawn of humanity, and in countries where nature can take its course without interference, not only is the Caesarian rate far lower, but also the infant mortality rate. The US ranks 177th out of 214. That means that forty countries have a lower rate than the United States. That's not to mention our atrocious maternal mortality rate. Apparently all that high-tech stuff isn't working very well.
- People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down
by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
--Kent M. Keith - The Paradoxical Commandments
Reportedly this quote hung on the wall of Mother Theresa's orphanage, and is often attributed to her. In my own version of Fraser!canon, it's on his wall, too. :D
- After the last tree has been cut down,
After the last river has been poisoned,
After the last fish has been caught
Only then will you find
That money cannot be eaten.
The prophecy is coming true with abandon, all over the world. We should have listened to the Cree.
- When one comes to think of it, there are no such things as divine, immutable, or inalienable rights. Rights are things we get when we are strong enough to make good our claim on them."
Helen is my hero. I've loved her from a very young age; two of the first books I remember reading were The Story of Helen Keller and Helen Keller's Teacher. I completely obsessed on her when I was little. And that's before I realized that a whole hunk of her life story had been kept from me by the media. Helen was a suffragist and an ardent socialist who actively protested US involvement in World War I, fought for women's rights, and basically spent her whole life in service to other people. She was also very much a woman, and her sexuality and romantic life is also handwaved. It pisses me off that TPTB chose (and still do to a point) to censor such a rich part of her story from the world.
- Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
Despite my Oscar Wilde love, I didn't know about this quote until I heard Tom McLaughlin say it. Oscar had a flair for hiding truth in a humorous epigram, getting people to listen by stealth means.
- And I believe in the future we shall suffer no more
Maybe not in my lifetime but in yours I feel sure
--Paul Simon, "The Cool, Cool River"
I could have done an all-Paul Simon quote list and not even touch the hundreds of favourite lyric quotes. I especially love this one because it's so optimisitic. I should sing it to Amelia. :)