I don’t quite remember how it started, but ever since…well, probably the sophomore year of high school, I have been collecting quotes. From the internet, movies, books, people – pretty much any source that contains them. I started by writing everything in a spiral notebook:
As you can see, it quickly got too heavy and awkward to carry with me everywhere. So I started using pieces of paper folder into quarters to use as bookmarks, (yes, I carry a book with me everywhere I go) like this:
Now I have some on the computer in a word document, some on my phone in notes, and millions scribbled on random scraps of paper, backs of envelopes, and old receipts. It’s not exactly an organized system – in fact, now that I think about it, there’s no organization at all. I keep meaning to put them together in some sort of cohesive manner but I can never decide whether to label them by subject, or by author name. So instead I just keep shoving them in my notebook…Remarkably, I very rarely have trouble finding the exact quote I’m looking for. It probably helps that I’ve read through them all so many times I usually know right where to look. There’s just something so humbling, and…connecting to read universal truths about the human condition put into words.
Here are some from the collection that I’ve been trying to take to heart lately:
“If love does not know how to give and take without restrictions, it is not love, but a transaction that never fails to lay stress on a plus and a minus.” – Emma Goldman
“The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears.” – A. C. Benson
“You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward. “ – James Thurber
“A person isn’t who they are during the last conversation you had with them – they’re who they’ve been throughout your whole relationship.” – Rainer Maria Rilke