'This is the world I wanted to see, no East, no West, no Cold War. And the irony of it is, the United States and the Soviet Union are spending billions on their space programs and the missile race only to arrive at the same conclusion. In the 21st century everyone will be able to see that we are all just inhabitants of a little celestial body called Earth. A world without communism and capitalism... that is the world I wanted to see. But reality continued to betray me.'
- Bit anachronistic, but means something to me- Metal Gear Solid 3- The Boss.
"Don't cook. Don't clean. No man will ever make love to a woman because she waxed the linoleum. "My god! The floor's immaculate. Lie down you hot bitch!""
- Joan Rivers
And a more serious one:
"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here."
- Richard Dawkins
"In it is supreme tranquillity. The sea does not belong to despots. Upon its surface men can still exercise unjust laws, fight, tear one another to pieces, and be carried away with terrestrial horrors. But at thirty feet below its level, their reign ceases, their influence is quenched, and their power disappears." - Jules Verne, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea." Captain Nemo in "20.000 Leagues under the Sea"
“If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.” Charles-Louis de Montesquieu
"One shivers slightly, looking up there.
The hardness and the brightness and the plain
Far-reaching singleness of that wide stare
Is a reminder of the strength and pain
Of being young; that it can't come again,
But is for others undiminished somewhere." (From Philip Larkin's 'Sad Steps')
BRRRR! Shivers indeed!
I really like the first lines from Larkin's This Be The Verse, although that may just be because it's so useful in everyday life:
"They f*** you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do."
"Who wants to be happy? Anyone can do that." - Bob Dylan
"You can't win an argument just by being right!" - Barry, Four Loins
OKOK I'm just getting negged for these so I will explain them.
The top one: When you are down (as we all are periodically) I find it really really helps me focus on work instead of self misery if I just think **** it, I am going to achieve something with my life, If I make the world a better place that is far more important than my own personal happiness. And it helps me pull through. For me, this quote sums that up.
The second one I just find really funny, Four Lions is an amazing film XD I know too many people that seem to go through life with this attitude and it makes me chuckle.