This archived forum used to be called 'Peatarian' (in reference to Ray Peat).

what are your favorite quotes?

What quotes do you find inspiring,strengthening or funny? Can be quotes by anyone,lyrics from a song,a movie...whatever...

Some of mine are:
"Fear can hold you prisoner,hope can set you free" from Shawshank Redemption

Labels are for cans,not for people"...unknown

"Be yourself...all the other ones are already taken" Oscar Wilde

Time passes in moments. Moments which rushing past define the path of a life,just as surely leads toward our ends. how rarely do we stop to examine this path or do we follow through with our eyes closed?"narrative from Scully/The X-Files

"Weve been dreaming,but who can deny,its the best way of living between the truth and the lie." Lyric by Within Temptation

"Sometimes i feel the fear of uncertainty singing clear. And i Cant help but ask myself how much.i'll let the fear take the wheel and steer.
Its driven me before and. it seems to have a vague massappeal. But lately im beginning to find that i should be the one behind the wheel."lyric by Incubus

"Time will help you through. But it doesnt have the time. To give you all the answers to the never-ending-why."lyrics by Placebo

I probably could go on forever,but i'll stop for now.

asked Aug 26, 2013 by Dutchiee

16 Answers

"They don't think it be like it is, but it do." - Oscar Gamble

answered Aug 26, 2013 by Kasra

From George Carlin:
"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."

"Honesty may be the best policy, but it’s important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy. "

"The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept."

"By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth."

"Isn’t it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do “practice”?"

"I don’t like to think of laws as rules you have to follow, but more as suggestions."

"Have you noticed that most of the women who are against abortion are women you wouldn’t want to fuck in the first place? There’s such balance in nature."

"Property is theft. Nobody “owns” anything. When you die, it all stays here. "

"The planet is fine. The people are fucked."

"The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post “Thou shalt not steal,” “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” and “Thou shalt not lie” in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment."

"The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it."

"Instead of warning pregnant women not to drink, I think female alcoholics ought to be told not to fuck."

"When you think about it, attention-deficit order makes a lot of sense. In this country there isn’t a lot worth paying attention to."

"I have as much authority as the Pope. I just don’t have as many people who believe it."

"People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point."

"I don't understand why prostitution is illegal. Selling is legal. Fucking is legal. Why isn't selling fucking legal? You know, why should it be illegal to sell something that's perfectly legal to give away? I can't follow the logic on that one at all! Of all the things you can do, giving someone an orgasm is hardly the worst thing in the world. In the army they give you a medal for spraying napalm on people! In civilian life you go to jail for giving someone an orgasm! Maybe I'm not supposed to understand it..."

answered Aug 26, 2013 by Dewitt

Oh, it's scarier, that doctors have started calling it a 'business' instead of a practice, now.

"Property is theft. Nobody “owns” anything. When you die, it all stays here. "

I think this is a better argument for ownership than against it. If the explicit statement is that you stop owning something once you die, then implicit statement is that you did, in fact, own it while alive. If you didn't own it during your life, there's be no point to mention it's distinct condition of non-ownership starting upon your expiration.

"Yes, such has been my lot since childhood. Everyone read signs of non-existent evil traits in my features. But since they were expected to be there, they did make their appearance. Because I was reserved, they said I was sly, so I grew reticent. I was keenly aware of good and evil, but instead of being indulged I was insulted and so I became spiteful. I was sulky while other children were merry and talkative, but though I felt superior to them I was considered inferior. So I grew envious. I was ready to love the whole world, but no one understood me, and I learned to hate. My cheerless youth passed in conflict with myself and society, and fearing ridicule I buried my finest feelings deep in my heart, and there they died. I spoke the truth, but nobody believed me, so I began to practice duplicity. Having come to know society and its mainsprings, I became versed in the art of living and saw how others were happy without that proficiency, enjoying for free the favors I had so painfully striven for. It was then that despair was born in my heart--not the despair that is cured with a pistol, but a cold, impotent desperation, concealed under a polite exterior and a good-natured smile. I became a moral cripple; I had lost one half of my soul, for it had shriveled, dried up and died, and I had cut it off and cast it away, while the other half stirred and lived, adapted to serve every comer. No one noticed this, because no one suspected there had been another half. Now, however, you have awakened memories of it in me, and what I have just done is to read its epitaph to you."
-Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero Of Our Time

answered Oct 4, 2013 by Nemesis


This is a Ray Peat inspired site so I guess its obligatory to mention William Blake, a man whose art overflows with quotable prose,

"He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star."

"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.”

"The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow."

"And is he honest who resists his genius or conscience only for the sake of present ease or gratification."

"The fool who persists in his folly will become wise."

"Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius."

"I know of no other Christianity and of no other Gospel than the liberty both of body and mind to exercise the Divine Arts of Imagination—Imagination, the real and Eternal World of which this Vegetable Universe is but a faint shadow, and in which we shall live in our Eternal or Imaginative Bodies, when these Vegetable Mortal Bodies are no more. The Apostles knew of no other Gospel. What were all their spiritual gifts? What is the Divine Spirit? Is the Holy Ghost any other than an Intellectual Fountain? What is the harvest of the Gospel and its labours? What is that talent which it is a curse to hide? What are the treasures of Heaven which we are to lay up for ourselves? Are they any other than mental studies and performances?"

and I could go on...

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.

answered Aug 26, 2013 by pranarupa
edited Aug 29, 2013 by pranarupa

I'm going to have to read some Blake. I think I've been putting it off because I associate it with Silence of the Lambs. Heh.

"Gentlemen, I am tormented by questions; answer them for me."- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?” - Albert Camus

“The cost of sanity in this society, is a certain level of alienation” - Terrence McKenna

“I don't necessarily agree with everything that I say.” - Marshall McLuhan

“Once you see the boundaries of your environment, they are no longer the boundaries of your environment.” - Marshall McLuhan

"School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.” - Ivan Illich

“Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear.” - Haruki Murakami
"Don't feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.” - Haruki Murakami

answered Aug 27, 2013 by kali
edited Aug 27, 2013 by kali

I thought it was from The Stranger but google says it might be falsely attributed to him .-.;

“People never seemed to notice that, by saving time, they were losing something else. No one cared to admit that life was becoming ever poorer, bleaker and more monotonous. The ones who felt this most keenly were the children, because no one had time for them any more. But time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart. And the more people saved, the less they had.”
― Michael Ende, Momo

answered Aug 27, 2013 by mosaic

Peter Hammill always cheers me up :

There's a house with no door and I'm living there
At nights it gets so cold and the days are hard to bear inside
There's a house with no roof, so the rain creeps in
Falling through my head as I try to think out time

I don't know you, you say you know me, that may be so
There's so much that I am unsure of
You call my name, but it sounds unreal, I forget how I feel
My body's rejecting the cure

There's a house with no bell, but then nobody calls
I sometimes find it hard to tell if any are alive at all, outside
There's a house with no sound, yes, it's quiet there
There's not much point in words if there's no one to share in time

I've learned my lines, I know them so well, I am ready to tell
Whoever will finally come in
Of the line in my mind that's cold in the night, it doesn't seem right
When there's that little dark figure, running, somebody help me

There's a house with no door, there's no living there
One day it became a wall, well I didn't really care at the time
There's a house with no light, all the windows are sealed
Overtaxed and strained

Now nothing is revealed, but time
I don't know you, you say you know me, that may be so
There's so much that I am unsure of
You call my name, but it sounds unreal, I forget how I feel
My body's rejecting the cure, won't somebody help me

answered Aug 26, 2013 by Bryan

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”

“I am weird, you are weird. Everyone in this world is weird. One day two people come together in mutual weirdness and fall in love.”

― both Dr. Seuss

answered Aug 26, 2013 by Lindsay
edited Aug 26, 2013 by Lindsay

"He came out of the house to die." - E.B. White, Death of a Pig

answered Aug 26, 2013 by Nicholas

"Your health is like a game of chess; your position is the accumulation of all of your mistakes, with strokes of genius it can be saved from bad situations, and no matter how well you play, the game must eventually end." -Steve from BodyTemp forum

answered Oct 4, 2013 by JuiceUser

sad, but true

Public virtue is a kind of a ghost town into which anyone can move and declare himself sherriff.- Saul Bellow

answered Aug 26, 2013 by darth mall

"I spilled spot remover on my dog. Now he's gone." ~ Steven Wright.

answered Mar 9, 2014 by Spokey

" All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. " - Arthur Schopenhauer

answered Mar 10, 2014 by Banana split

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan

answered Mar 11, 2014 by Westside PUFAs
reshown Sep 19, 2014 by Westside PUFAs