Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Immense Value of a Literary Quote


I have an admitted fondness for quotes. I find these little gems of wisdom are just the ticket to give my mind wings. They take me away from the everyday and refresh what it is for me to be human. It’s interesting how such a few words or phrases can do that. I think quotes demonstrate the power of the human word by distilling ideas down to their essence. Our minds then approach things in a way that reflects our own essence.

I’m providing some of my favorite all-time quotes today for your perusing pleasure, starting with my favorite quotes man, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

“All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.”

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”

“All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to think them again.”


And from Albert Einstein:

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

“A question that sometimes drives me hazy; am I or the others crazy?”

“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin, what else does a person need to be happy?” (I might add a good book here!)

Wishing you all a good day. May your mind have wings... Best, January Bain

Forever Man
Champagne Books
July 2012
First in the Forever Series
www.januarybain.ca

7 comments:

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

I collect quotes, too. One that our psych teacher used to spout was: "Trouble's a pound; troule's an ounce, or trouble is what you make it. It's not the trouble that counts, but how did you take it."

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

I collect quotes, too. One that our psych teacher used to spout was: "Trouble's a pound; troule's an ounce, or trouble is what you make it. It's not the trouble that counts, but how did you take it."

Big Mike said...

Another interesting one from Albert: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year, (2008 and 2009)

January Bain said...

Thanks to all that responded. I use that quote, Mike, from Einstein quite a bit, actually. It's very appropriate in many situations! Good one from your psych teacher, Julie!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I also collect quotes, January - I find them so inspiring. They often express the very thing I or someone else needs to hear.

January Bain said...

Nice to hear, Rosemary!

Rita Bay said...

I'm not very introspective, so I value the concrete - and funny - ones most of all. The one about making mistakes and trying something new really hit home. So many kids today won't make that leap into the new and different. I taught high school kids who wouldn't even taste raw broccoli. What ashame. How many other things will they pass up in their lives. RB