Don’t Quote Me. Wait…

I used to have a recipe box of index cards filled with quotes I liked. I’m having tremembering them now, but there are a couple I can think of.

“For his anger last a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime. Weeping may remain for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5. This was my confirmation verse when I was 14; I sort of picked it at random, but it resonated with me because it was hopeful.

“Know that I love you utterly. For I AM God.
Believe it and be satisfied.”

From Be Satisfied With Me by St. Anthony of Padua

I like this whole writing, but to end it with these two lines was so powerful and reassuring that I recite them to myself when I’m feeling discouraged or sad.
“Comme la mer simple.”  From a poem my friend wrote. French for “like the simple sea.” I like the image, I like the way it rolls off my tongue.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” H.D. Thoreau. I remember when I first read Walden I though it was the purest and most amazing writing ever.

I also quote a lot of movies and songs. Usually just in my head, but if you watch Steel Magnolia’s with me and or my mother, you won’t be able to hear the movie because we’ll be quoting back and forth.  It’s like that with me and Cohiba in the Hangover movies, Role Models, Hot Tub Time Machine… There are also some songs I like to quote: “I never tried to give my life meaning by demeaning you.” Ani DiFranco.

How about you?

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

Source: Quote Me

2 thoughts on “Don’t Quote Me. Wait…

  1. I have so many quotes I like. Some I write down in my journals. Others are from TV shows or movies that I have memorized. But I think my favorite is:
    If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.
    It’s funny– it’s usually meant to imply that you need to know where you want to go in life so you can get there. But I love not knowing. I love knowing that any road will take me *somewhere*.

    1. Ooh, that’s a good one. And it actually reminded me of another quote I like, that goes something like: God watches over babes and pilgrims. I think about that when I’m doing something new, like traveling to a new place or somewhere that I’m ignorant to the dangers. It’s reassuring.

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