Thoughtful Quotes page 146

There's such a thing as being too frightened to be a coward.
TV show "Cracker"
You must decide for yourself how you should live in this world. Like a flower seeking light, we each go where we find our best sustenance. Yet in reaching out - free as we are - we have to be careful not to lose more than can ever be gained.
'Heaven's Edge' by Romesh Gunesekera
How strange and miraculous and unnerving it is to stumble accidentally on your capacity to open yourself so completely to someone else. To know that you will always feel this way and that time can have no possible effect. To watch it, like a natural wonder, like Niagara Falls, the eternal feeling rising up inside you, flowing with deafening force, glittering in the sun, even though it is of no practical use.
'Still She Haunts Me' by Katie Roiphe
The question is, what should he have done? Because you don't judge by outcome do you? You judge by a whole plethora of other, less clearly defined things. Under the circumstances that held at the time, what was the right thing to do?
'The Fall' by Simon Mawer
There are always sides. There is always a winner, and a loser. For every person who gets, there's someone who must give.
'My Sister's Keeper' by Jodi Picoult
Music is a ladder, that runs up from even the depths of hell. So even the damned can climb up on for a while.
Allen Blanks
Music is a ladder, that runs up from even the depths of hell. So even the damned can climb up on for a while.
Allen Blanks
Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons. We can only record its moods, and chronicle their return. With us time itself does not progress. It revolves. It seems to circle round one centre of pain. The paralysing immobility of a life every circumstance of which is regulated after an unchangeable pattern, so that we eat and drink and lie down and pray, or kneel at least for prayer, according to the inflexible laws of an iron formula: this immobile quality, that makes each dreadful day in the very minutest detail like its brother, seems to communicate itself to those external forces the very essence of whose existence is ceaseless change. Of seed-time or harvest, of the reapers bending over the corn, or the grape gatherers threading through the vines, of the grass in the orchard made white with broken blossoms or strewn with fallen fruit: of these we know nothing and can know nothing.
'De Profundis' by Oscar Wilde
Most of our life is a series of images. They pass us by like towns on the highway. But sometimes a moment stuns us as it happens. And we know that this instant is more than a fleeting image. We know that this moment, every part of it, will live on forever.
'One Tree Hill'
Confidence comes not from physical appearance, but from the presentation of physical appearance.
Paula M. Kramer
Stars should not be seen alone. That's why there are so many. Two people should stand together and look at them. One person alone will surely miss the good ones.
'Dry' by Augusten Burroughs
Part of the job of being human is to consistently underestimate our effect on other people.
'Autobiography of a face' by Lucy Grealy
Sometimes the briefest moments capture us, force us to take them in, and demand that we live the rest of our lives in reference to them.
'Autobiography of a face' by Lucy Grealy
The general plot of life is sometimes shaped by the different ways genuine intelligence combines with equally genuine ignorance.
'Autobiography of a face' by Lucy Grealy
Mistakes are inevitable, what separates a person from others is the improvement made after a mistake is realized.
Luzuko Mbane
The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
Oscar Wilde, 'The Pictue of Dorian Gray'
There were sins whose fascination was more in the memory than in the doing of them, strange triumphs that gratified the pride more than the passions, and gave the intellect a quickened sense of joy, greater than any joy they bought or could ever bring the senses.
Oscar Wilde, 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'
Nothing is certain but the uncertainties. Everything is certain but the uncertainties.
It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor.
Neil Gaiman

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