When asked about what I thought was the most useful kind of tweet on Twitter, I had to reply quotations because of the fact that I find them to be so inspiring. Though these are the words of great people, they resonate differently depending on who you are and what your frame of reference may be. Quotations go beyond mere words. They are a moment in time captured through interwoven sounds and syllables that just seem to say: I was here and here’s what I thought.
Quotations are living and breathing elements of life that remind you what you may be thankful for.
Quotations are those bits of memory that you smile about when you’re driving.
Quotations are one of those little things that make a day better and a travesty more bearable.
In short – quotations move.
Here are several quotations that move for me:
“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.” – Edgar Allan Poe
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” – Henry David Thoreau
“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” -Henry David Thoreau
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.” -Kurt Vonnegut
“Teach me half thy gladness that thy brain must know/
such harmonious madness from my lips would flow/
the world should listen then as I am listening now/” – Percy Bysse Shelley, To A Skylark
“What is important to me is not the truth outside myself, but the truth within myself.” –Constantin Stanislavski
“Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Go forth and set the world on fire.” -St. Ignatius Loyola
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“It is a denial of justice not to stretch out a helping hand to the fallen; that is the common right of humanity.” – Seneca
“Go at once, this very minute, stand at the cross-roads, bow down, first kiss the earth which you have defiled, and then bow down to all the world and say to all men aloud, ‘I am a murderer!’ Then God will send you life again. Will you go, will you go?” – Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
“Love each other or die.” – Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie
“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us; leaving nothing but a memory of the smell of smoke and a presumption that our eyes once watered.”- Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead