Favourite Quotes

Living

So forget this cruel world / where I belong / I’ll just sit and wait / and sing my song

Cello Song, Nick Drake

While you live, shine / have no grief at all / life only exists for a short while / and time demands an end.

Seikilos epitaph

Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life that is spent in a miserable way.

Alan Watts, British Philosopher

We can tell other people about having faith. What we had faith in. What we found important enough to fight for. It’s not whether you were right or wrong, but how much faith you were willing to have, that decides the future.

Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Let your heart be your religion / Let it break you out of this prison you became / It’s not too late.

Dare You, Hardwell (feat. Matthew Koma)

Don’t be distracted by the what-ifs, should-haves, and if-onlys. The one path you choose yourself — that is the truth of your universe.

Kamina, Tenga Toppa Gurren Lagann

I refuse to leave behind any regrets… I don’t wanna look back and think, ‘what might have been’!!!

Naruto Uzumaki, Naruto: Shippuden (Ch. 647)

We don’t know what kind of people we truly are until the moment before our deaths. As death comes to embrace you, you will realize what you are. That is what death is, don’t you think?

Itachi Uchiha, Naruto: Shippuden (Ch. 508).

Life

Sacrifice is a choice you make; loss is a choice made for you.

Conrad Roth, Tomb Raider (2013)

Heeded my words not, did you? Pass on what you have learned. Strength, mastery. But weakness, folly, failure also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is. Luke, we are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters.

Yoda, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

We talked ’cause talking tells you things like what you really are thinking about / but sometimes you can’t find what you’re feeling ’til all the words run out.

Taxi Sequel, Harry Chapin

All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention, if only one can first conceive of doing so.

Robert Frobisher, Cloud Atlas (movie)

The space between / what’s wrong and right / is where you’ll find me hiding, waiting for you.

The Space Between, Dave Matthews Band

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.

Roy Batty, Blade Runner

Others

To start the day with nothing, and to end it with something that didn’t exist yesterday is a wonderous and magical thing. It never gets old. Making shit. That’s where the fun is. And the wonder. And the glory.

Linds Redding

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.

Anton Ego, Ratatouille

Oh if a man tried / To take his time on Earth / And prove before he died / What one man’s life could be worth / I wonder what would happen / to this world

I Wonder What Would Happen to This World, Harry Chaplain

To conquer death you only have to die.

Poor Jerusalem, Jesus Christ Superstar