“I quote therefore I post”

Recently I was exposed to a simple writing exercise. The exercise is to pick a quotation and write a poem based on said quotation using (again) said quotation as an epigraph to the poem. Simple, as I said. (and the quotation doesn’t actually have to be said, being read works just as well) Not only were various interesting poems written using this method, but I was reminded that I too have a collection of interesting quotations. So, for the heck of it, I am posting a random portion of my quotation collection here. Enjoy.

1. It’s a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I’d be a drag queen. – Dolly Parton
2. Find out who you are and do it on purpose! – Dolly Parton
3. It takes a lot of time and money to look this cheap. – Dolly Parton
4. Home is where I hang my hair. – Dolly Parton
5. When I talk to a man, I can always tell what he’s thinking by where he’s looking. If he’s looking at my eyes, he’s looking for intelligence. If he’s looking at my mouth, he’s looking for wisdom. If he’s looking anywhere else except my chest, he’s looking for another man. – Dolly Parton
6. They think I’m simpleminded because I seem to be happy. Why shouldn’t I be happy? I have everything I ever wanted and more. Maybe I am simpleminded. Maybe that’s the key: simple. – Dolly Parton
7. I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes, because I know I’m not dumb … and I also know that I’m not blonde. – Dolly Parton
8. There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. – George Carlin
9. Those who dance are considered insane by those who can’t hear the music. – George Carlin
10. Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a singles human being can be taught to feel… the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself. To be nobody-but-yourself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. — E.E. Cummings
11. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. — Eleanor Roosevelt
12. What is the shape of my life? What is the sound of rain? — Zen koan
13. Failure is not fatal, success is not permanent, all that matters is the will to continue. –Winston Churchill
14. There is no insurmountable solitude. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song. — Pablo Neruda
15. Eventually the future shows up everywhere. – Dorianne Laux
16. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind – Dr. Seuss
17. Dark and light, bad and good, are not different but one and the same – Heraclitus
18. The way up and the way down are one and the same – Heraclitus
19. Big results require big ambitions – Heraclitus
20. The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting – Milan Kuudera
21. We are not human beings having occasional spiritual experiences but spiritual beings having occasional human experiences – Tielhard De Chardin
22. Knowing the truth, we should try to live up to it – Jain saying
23. My intuition never fails me, but I fail when I fail to listen – Sufi saying
24. Non-cooperation with evil is a moral duty – Mahatma Gandhi
25. Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. — Mahatma Gandhi
26. Religion is a defense against having a religious experience – Carl Jung
27. If you need something said, ask a man, but if you need something done, ask a woman – Margerat Thatcher
28. To dance is to meditate, because the universe dances – Michael Ventura
29. Good is better than evil because it’s nicer – Mammy Yoakum
30. falcons of the inner eye / dive and die / glimpsing in their dying fall / all life’s / memory / of existence — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
31. Belief in punishment is punishment, belief in sin is sin. — Ursula Le Guin
32. They became what they beheld – William Blake
33. No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. – William Blake
34. The fox condemns the trap, not himself. – William Blake
35. Study nothing except in the knowledge that you already knew it. Worship nothing except in adoration of your true self. And fear nothing except in the certainty that you are your enemy’s begetter and it’s only hope of healing. – Clive Barker
36. Imagination is activity, not content – Laura Simms
37. Often the story we are living is obstructed by the stories we tell ourselves. – Laura Simms
38. A system maintains a certain fluid stability that can be destroyed by a misstep in just one niche. A system has order, a flowing from point to point. If something dams that flow, order collapses. The untrained might miss that collapse until it was too late. That is why the highest function of ecology is the understanding of consequences. – Frank Herbert
39. A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it. – Frank Herbert
40. Be prepared to appreciate what you meet. – Frank Herbert
41. The more life there is within a system, the more niches there are for life. – Frank Herbert
42. Life improves the capacity of the environment to sustain life. – Frank Herbert
43. Too few individuals, and a people revert to a mob. – Frank Herbert
44. The real universe is always one step beyond logic. – Frank Herbert
45. Life is not a problem to be solved, it is a reality to be experienced. – Frank Herbert
46. When a group of people are sailing in a boat, none of them has a right to bore a hole under his own seat. – Israel Meir ha-Kohen
47. Whatever is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. – Hillel
48. Trees and plants and flowers have language, feeling, and prayer of their own. – Baal Shem Tov
49. What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our mind. –The Dhammapada
50. One who fears limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again. – Henry Ford
51. Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Oliver Goldsmith
52. The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself. – Washington Allston
53. Every man has three characters – that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has. – Alphonse Karr
54. A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. – William Shedd
55. People have the right to choose their actions freely, but they are responsible for the consequences that result from those actions. – Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis
56. There is no right or wrong, just paths that lead to different futures. – Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis
57. Some people “know what they know” and go no further, these people are merely stepping stones on our path to enlightenment. – Shadowmadness
58. Your heart speaks to you and you try to understand one another. As long as you feel, that’s what matters. — Sword of Mana
59. Some things you can do by yourself, and others you can’t. You need to judge yourself rationally. — Sword of Mana
60 Love brings much happiness, much more so than pining for someone brings pain. — Albert Einstein
61. Live as though the world were as it should be to show it what it can be. — Angel
62. Sometimes you hear a xylophone deep in the forest and you know that things are just not right. — James Tate


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