Ernest Hemingway wrote "there is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a type writer and bleed," and I agree. People are obsessed with quotes, think of pinterest boards filled with inspirational quotes or favourite literary quotes, or Etsy shops dedicated to taking these quotes and making them into works of arts or putting them on mugs or pillows or even that friend you have on facebook who is all about churning quote after quote as status updates.
While I think it has a lot to do with the attention span of people, I think it has more to do with nostalgia. Often times quotes are memories of a time when you read the larger piece of work and of the old feelings that the quote provokes. Other times its the fact that a writer, who is outside of you and whom you have never met, can express something so succinctly and perfectly that you yourself feel and could not articulate yourself or perhaps didn't even realize you were feeling. More often than not, quotes or excerpts are beacons of ideas, reminders and motivation for dreamers. Or they are analytical and critical exemplars of things we were unable to see or understand ourselves.
Sometimes they make complex things simple and other times they take a black and white issue into the grayscale. I think that I could perhaps write a whole essay on the psyche behind quotes for both writers and readers, but for this blog post I thought I would round up my favourite poetry and literary quotes.
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1. Love gives birth to poetry --Shiv Kumar Batalvi
2. Here we are trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why --Kurt Vonnegut
3. I live in a world of untied shoelaces, messy hair and melting ice cream. All I can think about is you --Michael Faudet
4. Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it --Lucy Maud Montgomery
5. Bear patiently, my heart--for you have suffered heavier things --The Iliad
6. We are, all of us, growing volcanoes that approach the hour of their eruption--Nietzsche
7. A man's demon is his fate--Heraclitus
8. Thoughts are slow and deep and golden in the morning--John Steinback
9. I adore the struggle you carry in yourself. I adore your terrifying sincerity--Anaïs Nin
10. Once saw a bee drown in honey, and I understood --Nikos Kazantzakis
11. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past--F.Scott Fitzgerald
12. I'm restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again-- Anaïs Nin
13. Roaring dreams take place in a perfectly silent mind--Jack Kerouac
14. Come back! Even as a shadow, even as a dream! --Euripides, Herakles
15. And if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
something not everyone knows how to love