Favorite Quotes & Excerpts

Favorite Quotes & Excerpts

Language is a beautiful form of communication. I am a sucker for eloquent speech and powerful words. I love spending free time reading philosophical essays and writing poetry. Some of the most powerful words I have engrained into my mind come from quotes from various writings and movies I have seen. The below quotes are some of my all-time favorites that ignite wonder, creativity, passion, significance, and enthusiasm into my life.  

...the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars...
— Jack Kerouac, On The Road
Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore it if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-reliance and other essays
Misunderstood! It is a right fool’s word. Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-reliance and other essays
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-reliance and other essays
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
— Henry David Thoreau, Walden
On really romantic evenings of self, I go salsa dancing with my confusion.
— Speed Levitch, Waking Life
What are these barriers that keep people from reaching anywhere near their real potential? The answer to that can be found in another question and that’s this: Which is the most universal human characteristic: fear, or laziness?
— Louis Mackey, Waking Life
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
— T.S. Eliot
Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
— Antoine de Saint Exupéry, The Little Prince
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