Thursday, January 26, 2017

Some quotes from Goodreads part 1 of 2

Goodreads is a great site for book review and quotes. Here are some of my favourite quotes, culled from the site:

On death

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

― Jorge Luis Borges

“I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens.”
― Woody Allen

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

“My dear,
Find what you love and let it kill you.
Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness.
Let it kill you and let it devour your remains.
For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover.
~ Falsely yours”
― Charles Bukowski

“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

― Mark Twain

On productivity

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.”
― Bruce Lee

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

“Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law”
― Douglas R. Hofstadter

“My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.”
― Francine Jay, Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify

“Consider everything an experiment.”
― Corita Kent

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The Sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus”
― Alexander Graham Bell

“You don't actually do a project; you can only do action steps related to it. When enough of the right action steps have been taken, some situation will have been created that matches your initial picture of the outcome closely enough that you can call it "done.”

“A system is only as effective as your level of commitment to it.” 
― Audrey Moralez

On self-development

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
― John Locke

“Knowing too much of your future is never a good thing.”
― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
― Daniel J. Boorstin

“It takes a very long time to become young.”
― Pablo Picasso

“May you live every day of your life.”
― Jonathan Swift

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”
― May Sarton

“Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.”
― Albert Camus

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”
― Plato

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”
― Maurice Switzer

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
― Aristotle

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.
" Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, 'Wait and Hope.”
― Alexandre Dumas

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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