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From Books

“Book lovers never go to bed alone….”

“It reminded him that time was short, but that beautiful endings could still be found at the end of cold, dreary days.”-Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

“Like so many things Henry had wanted in life-like his father, his marriage, his life-it had arrived a little damaged, imperfect, but he did’t care, this was all he’d wanted.  Something to hope for, and he’d found it.  It didn’t matter what condition it was in.”-Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

“Humans are the only animal that blushes, laughs, has religion, wages war and kisses with lips.  So in a way, the more you kiss with lips the more human you are.”-Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

“So many people enter and leave your life.  Hundreds of thousands of people…you have to keep the door open so they can come in.  But it also means you have to let them go.”-Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

“Adulthood, commitment, responsibility, accomplishment…whatever word you use to describe diving into the deepest part of being human.  Take your pick: they’re all wonderfully inadequate”-Love Walked In

“if anyone could do it…she could…this small woman who wasn’t really small at all.”-Love Walked In

“real life doesn’t mean attaining my heart’s desires, but knowing it meant not the satisfaction, but the longing…knowing what you love and why, I found out, is as real as it gets”-Love Walked In

“We are made of stories.”-Jonathan Safran Foer Eating Animals

“…bodies evolve and souls evolve and the universe is a fluid place that marries them both in a wonderful package called a human being.”-Art of Racing in the Rain

“One more lap.  Forever one more lap.  I live my life for one more lap.  I give my life for one more lap.  Please, G-d, please give me one more lap.”-Art of Racing in the Rain

“Having faith in God did not mean sitting back and doing nothing…it meant believing that you would find success if you did your best honestly and energetically”-Pillars of the Earth

“Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken away all the patterns.  I think prime numbers are like life.  They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spend all your time thinking about them.”-Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

“…and if we go and dig in the same place in ten years there will be nothing except his skeleton left.  And in 1000 years even his skeleton will be gone.  But that is alright because he is a part of the flowers and the apple tree and the hawthorn bush now”-Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

“Listen to the mustn’ts child, listen to the don’ts, listen to the shouldn’ts the impossibles the wont’s.  Listen to the never-haves then listen close to me…anything can happen child, anything can be.”-Shel Silverstein

“How did it get so late so soon? December is here before it’s June.  My goodness how the time has flewn…how did it get so late so soon?-Dr. Seuss

“A person’s a person no matter how small.”-Dr. Seuss

You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.”-Dr. Seuss

We used to fight over the little windup box because I liked to listen to the news and the current affairs [she liked to listen to music].  But now that I was hiding in the jungle behind the beach, I wished I had never fought with my sister.  Nkiruka loved music and now I saw that she was right; because life is extremely short and you cannot dance to current affairs-Little Bee

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Time is created through deeds of true kindness. Days and hours and years are not time, but merely vessels for it, and too often they are empty.  The world stands still, timeless and empty, until an act of generosity changes it in an instant and sends it soaring through arcs of rich seasons, moment after spinning moment of racing beauty.-The World to Come

It is a great injustice that those who die are often people we know, while those who are born are people we don’t know at all.  We name children after the dead in the dim hope that they will resemble them, pretending to blunt the loss of the person we knew while struggling to make the person we don’t know into less of a stranger.  It’s compelling, this idea that the new person is so tightly bound to the old, but most of us are afraid to believe it.  But what if we are right?  Not that the new person is the reincarnation of the old, but rather, more subtly, that they know each other, that the already-weres and the not-yets of our world, the mortals and the natals, are bound together somewhere just past where we can see, in a know of eternal life? –The World to Come

“Everybody around here likes to pave their roads with good intentions,” the already-was Daniel muttered, “but those roads never seemed to get me anywhere.  So I built this one out of stupid mistakes instead.”-The World to Come

“Mistakes are very durable building material,” the mortal Daniel was staying.  “Most people just throw them away as soon as possible and never realize that you can learn from them.  But if you do, they can actually hold you up pretty well.”-The World to Come

“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.”  “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.  “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day.  Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”-Lewis Carroll, Alice and Wonderland

“In so many things he is rough and ornery, but in ways of our family, he is always so gentle it is like I am married to two different ment.  I love them both and need them equally”-These Is My Words

There’s no app for a bourbon buzz on a warm day in a cool, dark bar.  The world will always want a drink”-Gone Girl

They have no harsh edges with each other, no spiny conflicts, they ride through life like conjoined jellyfish-expanding and contracting instinctively, filling each other’s spaces liquidly.  Making it look easy, the soul-mate thing”-Gone Girl

“We were the first human beings who would never see anything for the first time.  We stare at the wonders of the world, dull-eyed, underwhelmed.  Mona Lisa, the Pyramids, the Empire State Building.  Jungle animals on attack, ancient icebergs collapsing, volcanoes erupting.  I can’t recall a single amazing thing I have seen firsthand that I didn’t immediately reference to a movie or TV show…It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless Automat of characters…”-Gone Girl

“How much sweeter life would be if it all happened in reverse, if, after decades of disapointments, you finally arrived at an age when you had conceded nothing, when everything was possible.”-The Age of Miracles

But doesn’t every previous era feel like fiction once it’s gone?  After a while, certain vestigial sayings are all that remain.  Decades after the invention of the automobile, for instance, we continue to warn each other not to put the cart before the horse.  So, too, we do still have daydreams and nightmares, and the early-morning clock hours are still known colloquially (if increasingly mysteriously) as the crack of dawn.  Similarly, even as they grew apart, my parents never stopped calling each other sweetheart.”-The Age of Miracles

“Did you know that each peaceful, natural death at age eighty-one is a tragedy without compare? Everyday people, individuals…fall facedown on the battlefield, never to get up again.  Never to exist again.  These are complex personalities, their cerebral cortexes shimmering with floating worlds, universes that would have floored our sheep-herding, fig-eating, analog ancesors.  These folks are minor deities, vessels of love, life-givers, unsung geniuses, gods of the forge getting up at six-fifteen in the morning to fire up the coffeemaker, mouthing silent prayers that they will life to see the next day and the one after that and then…Nullified”Super Sad True Love Story

“Mine was a crazy dream – but what dream isn’t crazy? Can a dream be a dream and be sensible?  No.  A sensible dream is a plan.  Men like us dream, and our dreams come true because we believe in ourselves.  GO!” -Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician

“I knew that look.  His mind was moving into a memory, where one more time we go over all our moves, the left turns and the rights, trying to understand how we got to this place we find ourselves in, how our lives ended up here instead of there.  I could tell it didn’t make sense to him, because it never does.  Understanding what happened is one thing; why, another entirely.  Not understanding why is what led to the invention of gods, in my opinion.”- Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”
― John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

“Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”
― John Green, Looking for Alaska

“If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”― John Green, Looking for Alaska

From Songs

“Just to put your mind at ease: you don’t owe me anything, you’ve paid me well in memories.”-Fine Frenzy

“Nobody ever had a rainbow baby until he had the rain”-Jim Croce

“Tears on your pillow will dry and you will learn: just how to love again.  Oh my weeping willow let your leaves fall and return, the seasons are your friend.”-Sia

“This is how it works: you’re young until you’re not, you love until you don’t, you try until you can’t, you laugh until you cry, you cry until you laugh, and everyone must breath until their dying breath.  This is how it works: you peer inside yourself, you take the things you like, then try to love the things you took.  And then you take that love you’ve made, and stick it into someone else’s heart, pumping someone else’s blood.  Walking arm in arm, you hope it don’t get harmed…but even if it does you’ll just do it all again.”-Regina Spektor

“All I really need is a song in my heart, food in my belly, and love in my family”-Raffi

“Into a dancer you have grown.  From a seed somebody else has thrown.  Go on ahead and throw some seeds of your own, and somewhere between the time you arrive and the time you go may lie a reason you were alive…”-Jackson Browne

“Tomorrow is no place to place your better days”- Cry Freedom Dave Matthews Band

From People in my life

“Anger is a secondary emotion”-Judith Grimes Priebe, high school teacher and one of my inspirational women

“If you’re going to make a statement then make a statement!”-Victor, an ASU architecture jury member

“We’re living in symbols of things rather than the real thing.”-Doug McCord, ASU architecture studio instructor

“Creativity first, reality second.”-Dr. Morton, ASU architecture history prof

“Is’t fun the best thing to have?”-Mr. Auther, neighbor and friend

“I like individualism and biase, it’s awesome: I’m not a robot.”-Eric Prichard, fellow architecture student

“G-d is not a cosmic Santa Clause…”-ASU Hillel Rabbi

“Did you do your business honestly?”-ASU Hillel Rabbi

“Flush out the tyranny of certainty”-Will, Arch juror

From my sister Erin in a letter she sent to me for my 18th birthday:

  • change is a constant in life…welcome it with a positive attitude
  • think of life as a series of experiments, do the research accordingly
  • it is good to have mentors in life…one is never too young or too old to employ one or perform as someone else’s
  • learn about things that interest you…arbitrary or not…for no other reason than to increase our knowledge base and keep your mind sharp
  • learn from situations past and present…maintain an open mind about the future
  • trust your instincts
  • pause if you have to…life is neither a race nor competition
  • think of a faraway place hat intrigues you…go there and see if it compares to what you envisioned
  • creativity may include but is not limited to artistic ability…find which kind you enjoy the most and develop it
  • quality is usually the winner when compared to quantity

“Anger is but a secondary emotion”-teacher Judith Grimes Priebe

Struggle however, I think, is part of life.  So I will stop using the word “struggle” for now and replace it with “learn”-Erin

…or you can simply not accept the fact that money has anything to do with it, feel and believe that we all share this earth equally as humans … one of us no different from the next within our own minds … make eye contact, maybe smile, keep walking and wonder why money so often becomes the alpha in its relationships… it’s entirely your choice in any given situation-Erin

All the Other Quotes

“There is no other species that has the power to choose to evolve.”-Paul Hawken

“It’s the worst of bad manners and self-protection, I think, in a nervously cynical society, to ridicule ‘the small gesture…’ ultimately they will, or won’t, add up to having been the thing that mattered.”-Barbara Kingsolver

“Life is like a bicycle.  To keep your balance you must keep moving”-Albert Einstein

“Grow old along with me, the best is yet to come.”-Robert Browning

“Just suit up, show up, and you’ll never know what happens.”-Dr. Drew Pinskey

“it’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that the distribution of the money that [the government is] spending is warped in some way that you are removing the only thing that gives people something to dream about tomorrow.”-Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson on Bill Maher, referring to cutting the NASA program, despite the fact that TARP bailout of 850 billion dollars exceeds the entire 50 year running budget for NASA

“Finish each day and be done with it.  You have done what you could.  Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day.  You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”-William Arthur Ward

“To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch: to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…this is to have succeeded.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The more you praise and celebrate life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”-Oprah Winfrey

“At a certain point in your life, probably when too much has gone by, you will open your eyes and see yourself for who you are, especially for everything that made you so different from all of the awful normals and you will say to yourself ‘but I am this person’ and in that statement, that correction, there will be a kind of love.”-Phoebe in Wonderland

“Respect your feet: they’ve mastered the art of staying grounded while moving forward.”-Unknown

“No one ever lost sleep for being too kind or honest.”-Unknown

“The thought forms of “me,” “I want,” “I need,” pertain not to content but to the structure of the ego.  The content is interchangeable”-Unknown

“Don’t over-think: some happy moments are best left unanalyzed.”-Unknown

“At some point you have to make a decision.  Boundaries don’t keep other people out, they fence you in.  Life is messy.  That’s how we’re made.  So you can waste your life drawing lines or you can live your life crossing them.”-Unknown

“Even if it’s impossible not to imagine what I’m missing, life demands you give something up in order to make space for something new, whether it’s a sofa or a fresh way of thinking.  I’ve come to see that my urban personal wasn’t a perfect fit.  It was constricting in its way.  And when you believe that only one thing can make you happy, you limit your capacity to find happiness anywhere else.  I like the undefined freedom of being ‘from away’.”-Unknown

“I just wanted to remind you life is short…very…DO IT NOW: are you in love…go and tell.  Want to travel…travel. Don’t like your job…quit.  Want to do belly dancing…shake (immediately)”-Unknown

“as you ramble on through life brother, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the donut and not upon the hole”-donut lady on Food Network

“it’s a noble thing to make a damn good hotdog.”-Anthony Bourdain

“love people, use things.  don’t use people, don’t love things”-found on twitter

“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.”-Spanish Proverb

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end…it’s already tomorrow in Australia- fortune cookie

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip- Unknown

Everybody is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid-  Albert Einstein

Do not regret growing older; it is a privilege denied to many.

When asked what surprised him most about humanity, the Dalai Lama answered:

Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a flower; hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour-William Blake

I would rather be a meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet”-Jack London

The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you-Neil Degrasse Tyson when asked “What can you tell a young man looking for motivation in life itself?”

Ink surrounds me all the time: on my bed sheets, recorded in time, quills ever scribbling in my head, sometimes dammit I forget what they said.  Ink has settled into my fingertips.  But to keep the words…I fear to rinse

We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of the dreams-Roahl Dahl

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly.  You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth.  But if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely-Roahl Dahl

When asked what gift he wanted for his birthday, the yogi replied: ‘I wish no gifts, only presence’-Author Unknown

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape

We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down.  There’s something wrong there-Neil Degrasse Tyson

When I was 5 years old my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down “happy.”  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life-John Lennon

“Be a fruitloop in a world of cheerios!”

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit it”-Greek Proverb

“I’ve loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night”-Galileo

“Everything will be ok in the end.  if it’s not ok, it’s not the end.”-Unknown

Link to a neat online quotebook


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