“We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colours and all cultures are distinct & individual. We are harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. We don’t share blood, but we share the air that keeps us alive. I will not blind myself and say that my black brother is not different from me. I will not blind myself and say that my brown sister is not different from me. But my black brother is he as much as I am me. But my brown sister is she as much as I am me.”
― C. JoyBell C.
“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear
This is the kind of quote that did not change my thinking but, rather, validated it. I was born with a defect….the kind of defect that lives in the brain and dictates behavior. It is the kind of defect that horrified my teachers, pastors and parents. I was born without the ability to simply accept anything as truth…to take the world at face value. Sure, ignorance is easier…more comfortable but I can’t live life that way. I don’t believe anything that I haven’t discovered myself. As a result, I find myself always taking the hard road; finding things out the hardest ways; and living the most honest life that I know. I am not without faith…but my faith is one of my own making. I am not without knowledge…but the knowledge I possess I have searched and worked to gain. I am stubborn, unmovable, and relentless at times but I am secure, curious, and strong. So, this is the code of my existence….to be continually asking questions…to always search for answers….and to live a life based on my own truth.
“Never Love Anybody Who Treats You Like You’re Ordinary” ~Oscar Wilde
To me, there’s nothing worst than being ordinary, and so, when someone looks at you and never sees the magic beyond your eyes, you should never give them your love. I spent a long time doing this: giving love to those who saw me as nothing more than flesh and blood. In fact, I’m so much more…I know the things that make me more than ordinary and I will never give myself to anyone unless they can see me for something so much more than I appear to be.
“My number one goal is to never feel like I’m strictly defining myself. The minute I feel like I’m doing that as anything-as theatrical, as feminist, as songwriter-I feel like the minute I name it, I’m stuck in a box.” ~Amanda Palmer
In a world and an industry that seems to always thirst for originality, Amanda Palmer NEVER disappoints. I can relate to her, as many of us can, because of her refusal to be anything other than her true self. The quest for today was to choose a quote from a headstrong female…Amanda Palmer was my initial choice. The word “headstrong” can mean obstinate. Amanda Palmer is naturally, and inspiringly so.
If you don’t know who Amanda Palmer is, I can tell you all sorts of things about her. I can tell you about her music, her exploits, her writing, ect. but to get a feel for who she really is, you should check out her blog, her Facebook page (like her page, she posts quite often and it’s always “good stuff”), her TED talk and her book (out November 11).
“I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw. I’m scared of what I did, of who I am…and most of all, I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” ~Dirty Dancing
I could list, literally, hundreds (maybe thousands) of movie quotes that are epically awesome, have touched me/made me feel something or that I find profound. I chose this particular quote for today’s post, not because it’s the best of my favorite movie quotes or one liners. I chose this quote because it was the first movie quote that I remember having a significant effect on me. I watched Dirty Dancing when I was 5 years old (5 years after the movie’s release) and most of the movie confused me, at that age. This particular scene, however, grabbed my attention and when Jennifer Grey delivered these lines, I got chills. It was the beginning of a wonderful relationship with movies. I understand, even then, the power that movies have on the viewer; the manner in which our movie watching experiences shape our thoughts, behaviors and realities. Movies are the most modern and relevant method of delivery for the written word….and I love really well written movies.
So, readers, I want to open the comment section up…I want to know what your favorite movie quotes are. *Comment Below*
“‘But there’s a better way. You show her she is beautiful. You make mirrors of your eyes, prayers of your hands against her body. It’s hard, very hard, but when she truly believes you…’Bast gestured excitedly. ‘Suddenly the story she tells herself in her own head changes. She transforms. She isn’t sen as beautiful. She is beautiful, seen.’ ~Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
I could honestly choose thousands of quotes from The Name of the Wind (or The Wise Man’s Fear, for that matter) for today’s quote. But then, my blog would be an exact translation of both books in The Kingkiller Chronicles…and that would be of no use to anyone because these books are meant to be read in entirety….in print…under the covers with a flashlight.
When a friend recommended that I read The Name of the Wind, I had no idea of the treasure he was handing me. These books epitomize the reason why I read…and the reason why I write. The world imagined is beautiful and complete and I want to live in that world. The characters are deep and lovable and I want to fold each one up and store them inside myself…so that I might be a better person. The story…the story is unique and riveting and you can’t let go of it once you get into it.
I know, I’m sounding like a fangirl right now and I know that I’m supposed to be talking about the quote but I feel a deep need to express what these books have done for me. They remind me of the reasons why I read…the reasons when I write. They inspired me to pick up a pen and strive to be a better writer, every day….because one day, I want to write a story that makes people feel the way that the Kingkiller Chronicles made me feel. Patrick Rothfuss stands, in my mind, alongside Neil Gaiman as being one of the most influential minds of our time and if I can imagine a story half as great and moving as either of these novels, I will die a complete person.
So, that’s your quote today…from my favorite books(s)…and a completely random blathering about how much I ❤ Patrick Rothfuss…and Yes, the links to both of these amazing novels are above…if you haven’t read them, you should…They…will…change…your…life…!
“People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn’t believe in that. Tomorrow wasn’t getting ready for them. It didn’t even know they were there.”
― Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Of course, the future is important…I see it rising in importance, too. I see all the movies and novels that seem to be trying to imagine the future…I’m writing one myself. The problem with this is that the future is an ever-changing entity; subject to change with the slightest decision…I think that imagining the future is a way to escape the present…a way to pretend that, one day, things will be better. As it is, that can be a helpful tool in times of despair but the future should never be anyone’s main focus….allowing yourself to be shaped by the probable future is like trying to take the shape of a flowing river….it’s futile and will only lead to certain failure.
“The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.” ~Pope John Paul II
“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time, we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.” ~Ally Condie, Matched
This is perhaps the perfect friendship quote. I’ve moved around a lot and so I have grown apart from a lot of really great friends. The ones with whom my roots are really tangled are among the most important and precious friendships that I could ever have.
“So yes. It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.” ~Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear
I forecast a lot of Patrick Rothfuss quotes throughout this challenge…why? Because The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear are two of the greatest novels written…ever…because the words on these pages have the power to shoot straight into your heart and roll around for a while…because this may be the most perfect quote about love, ever imagined. I have loved like this…but I’ve never been loved LIKE this…and that makes all the difference…