We were loading in a show at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center when a scribble of graffiti on an elevator door caught my eye - "Know thyself." Damn good advice I thought, so I wrote it down in a little blank book. Since then, whenever I come across a quote I think is a keeper, I write it down in that book. Here's what I have so far:
Self conquest is the greatest of all victories. ~ Plato
It loved to happen. ~ Marcus Aurelius
Poetry, in its nature, is sacred to the good and great; the relation between them is reciprocal, and they are ever propitious to it. It is the privilege of poetry to address to them, and it is their prerogative alone to give it protection. ~ William Congreve, The Way of the World
Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans. ~ John Lennon
The moving finger writes; and having writ,
Moves on: nor all your piety nor wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all your tears wash out a word of it.
~ Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high. ~ Thoreau, Walden
Renew thyself completely each day; do it again, and again, and forever again. ~ Tching-thang
I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born. ~ Thoreau, Walden
Absence diminishes the mediocre passions and augments the greater, as the wind extinguishes the candle and intensifies the fire.
L'absence diminue les mediocres passions et augmente les grandes, comme le vent eteint les bougies et allume le fur.
~ La Rochefoucauld
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. ~ Marcus Aurelius
Crito, I owe a cock to Asclepius; will you remember to pay the debt? ~ Socrates, last words
They have rights who dare defend them. ~ Roger Baldwin
Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible. ~ Unamuno
Utopia must begin with the body of man. ~ Plato
A light yellow branch after the frost
Opened and spread as the pale evening sun.
Nothing matters when facing the southern hill,
With a cup of wine in hand.
There is enough grain for meals in my hermitage
~ Hsueh Wu
The plains stretch far into the distance
Utterly flat, without a single hill.
Can 1000 cash buy the song of a bird?
Can 10,000 horses neigh as loud as the wind roars?
Could Tu Fu, the brilliant poet, run an onion shop?
Could Wang Jung, the elegant official, have been a bartender?
I grew old and mad for no reason.
A tall man is not necessarily better than a little man.
~ Ni Yuan Lu
Through music the soul learns harmony and rhythm and even a disposition for justice. When the modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the state change with them. ~ Plato
And last are the few whose delight is in meditation and understanding: who yearn not for goods or for victory, but for knowledge; who leave both market and battlefield to lose themselves in the quiet clarity of secluded thought; whose will is a light rather than a fire, whose heaven is not power, but truth. These are men of wisdom, who stand aside unused by the world. ~ Plato
Nothing can be attained without suffering. But at the same time, one must begin by sacrificing suffering. ~ Gurdjieff
It is a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the best you often get it. ~ Somerset Maugham
O my soul, do not as pie to immortal life, but exhaust the limits of the possible. ~ Pindar, Pythian iii
Play for more than you can afford to lose and you will learn the game. ~ Churchill
What is life but a series of inspired follies? ~ Shaw
The hidden harmony is stronger than the visible. ~ Heraclitus
When you're through changing, you're through. ~ Alfred P. Sloan
But life is just a party, and parties weren't meant to last. ~ Prince
Slow is the experience of all deep wells; a long time must they wait to know what fell into their depth. ~ Nietzsche
Life needn't be grey
Though it's changing day by day
Though a few old dreams my decay
Play, orchestra, play.
~ Noel Coward
I am not a thing - a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process, an integral function of the universe. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
To be an artist means never to avert ones eyes. ~ Akira Kurosawa
Art is the lie which makes us realize the truth. ~ Picasso
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. ~ Melville