Quotes That Make You Go Hmm

A collection of quotes, proverbs, poems and thoughts that give me pause for thought.

You know how you let yourself think that everything will be all right if you can only get to a certain place or do a certain thing. But when you get there you find it’s not that simple.

Richard Adams, Watership Down (via bookmania)

If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (via bookmania)

I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.

Margaret Atwood (via theunquotables)

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Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;
Behind the clouds the sun is shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) in An April Day

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It’s just like what’s happening with us, like the past. The movie never changes. It can’t change; but every time you see it, it seems different because you’re different. You see different things.

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

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What experience and history teach is this — that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) in Lectures on the Philosophy of History

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I don’t think I want to know a six-year-old who isn’t a dreamer, or a sillyheart. And I sure don’t want to know one who takes their student career seriously. I don’t have a college degree. I don’t even have a job. But I know a good kid when I see one. Because they’re ALL good kids, until dried-out, brain-dead skags like you drag them down and convince them they’re no good. You so much as scowl at my niece, or any other kid in this school, and I hear about it, I’m coming looking for you! Take this quarter, go downtown, and have a rat gnaw that thing off your face! Good day to you, madam.

Uncle Buck (1989)

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Language is the expression of ideas, and if the people of one country cannot preserve an identity of ideas they cannot retain an identity of language.

Noah Webster (1758-1843)

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Bottom line is, even if you see them coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So, what are we, helpless? Puppets? Nah. The big moments are gonna come, you can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that count. That’s when you find out who you are.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Show, 1997-2003)

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