Saturday, May 4, 2013

Sometimes, Other People Say It Best.

I have saved quotations from articles, books, plays, and people in my life for years. Like photos, they are small snippets that tell big stories. They bring you back to a specific memory or make you laugh or inspire you to dream bigger. I have several quotations saved in journals, letters, and even e-mail drafts (aka my electronic notepad), but here are three of my absolute favorites.

"You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for 
someone who will never be able to repay you."
-- John Wooden

This has been a favorite of mine since 2006. How wonderful is this? The world would be in better shape if everyone did one thing for someone else every day. Just one small thing -- note, a call, a smile, an errand, or a favor. Consider it.

"This above all things:
To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
Hamlet, Act I, Scene 3
-- William Shakespeare

Yes, I quoted Shakespeare. I'm so cliche! Quite simply, to be true to yourself is to be true to the world. Although I am guilty of yearning for the skills, smarts, and looks of others, I do my best to remind myself that I have the most to offer when I am myself.

"Wishes come true, not free."
"Children Will Listen" from Into the Woods
-- Stephen Sondheim
(Film adaptation to begin filming this fall!)

Everyone has dreams and wishes, but this lyric reminds me that we have more control than we think. For those of you who don't know the story of Into the Woods, it is the continuation of the fairy tales we know like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack (and the Beanstalk). The show is about what happens to them after "happily ever after." Their stories become intertwined, and they're faced with the complications of real life. This song is about children, the things we teach them, and how we teach them.

What are your favorite quotations or song lyrics?

Linking up with Jenni for Blog Every Day in May


Whitney said...

Song lyrics definitely speak to me more than anything else. Although my quote today will be from Harry Potter! I'm a bit of a kid.

Ellie said...

I have two favorite quotes. One is "Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to pray." - Mark Twain It really couldn't be more true, especially working around the military.

My other favorite is "When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream." - The Alchemist I love that book :)

Betsy Transatlantically said...

I love that first one - the "pay it forward" concept is so powerful. it's all about faith, you know? You have no control over what that person will do for someone else and they can't do anything for you, but it pushes everything in the right direction.

Erika from America said...

I really love the quotes you selected, but especially the one about a perfect day. What an interesting take on that and I think it makes a lot of sense. Great philosophy!