cinaed:  Superstitions are habits rather than beliefs. (Marlene Dietrich)
"There were moments, usually on a sunny Easter morning, when she wished she could with sincerity call herself a Christian; but for the rest of the year she knew herself to be what she was--incurably agnostic but prone to unpredictable relapses into faith."

-An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James
cinaed: I improve on misquotation (Default)
“Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything.” -Willa Sibert Cather

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” -George Bernard Shaw

"Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it." -Christopher Morley

"It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons." -Johann Schiller


Sep. 14th, 2008 10:20 pm
cinaed: I improve on misquotation (Baseball (Provenza/Flynn))
"I don’t know much about death and the sorriest lesson I’ve learned
is that words, my most trusted guardians against chaos,
offer small comfort in the face of anyone’s dying."
~Alison Hawthorne Deming “Inside the Wolf”

"No, I said, he was a failure.
You can’t remember
a nobody’s name, that’s why
they’re called nobodies.
Failures are unforgettable."
~ “Failure” by Philip Schultz

"There’s nothing terribly wrong with feeling lost, so long as that feeling precedes some plan on your part to actually do something about it. Too often a person grows complacent with their disillusionment, perpetually wearing their 'discomfort' like a favorite shirt."
~Jhonen Vasquez

“Of course, I want to
save the world, she said,
but I was hoping to do it
from the comfort
of my regular life.”
~ “Regular Life” by Brian Andreas


Jul. 1st, 2008 11:18 pm
cinaed: I improve on misquotation (No Good Reason to Act Her Age (Vala))
I found a cool Quotations book in my room and was reading some of them to Lily.

"The more alternatives, the more difficult the choice." - Abbe D'Allainval

"O Death, where is thy sting-a-ling-a-ling,
O Grave, thy victoree?
The bells of Hell go ting-a-ling-a-ling
For you but not for me." -Anonymous, a song popular for the British Army in WWI

"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion." -Francis Bacon

"Philaster: Oh, but thou dost not know
What 'tis to die.
Bellario: Yes, I do know, my Lord:
'Tis less than to be born; a last sleeping;
A quiet resting from all jealousy,
A thing we pursue; I know besides,
It is but giving over of a game,
That must be lost." -from Philaster by Francis Beaumont

"I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so." -Sydney Smith

"When I am dead, I hope it may be said:
'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.'" -Hilaire Belloc

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Television? The word is half Latin and half Greek. No good can come of it." -C.P. Scott

Adopt one today! (Clicking helps the dragon egg grow. *grin*)


Mar. 15th, 2008 10:17 am
cinaed: I improve on misquotation (Annoyed Hutch (Starsky and Hutch))
I can't believe in the God of my Fathers. If there is one Mind which understands all things, it will comprehend me in my unbelief. I don't know whose hand hung Hesperus in the sky, and fixed the Dog Star, and scattered the shining dust of Heaven, and fired the sun, and froze the darkness between the lonely worlds that spin in space.

Gerald Kersh


Fortune can, for her pleasure, fools advance,
And toss them on the wheels of Chance.



Man is never honestly the fatalist, nor even the stoic. He fights his fate, often desperately. He is forever entering bold exceptions to the rulings of the bench of gods. This fighting, no doubt, makes for human progress, for it favors the strong and the brave. It also makes for beauty, for lesser men try to escape from a hopeless and intolerable world by creating a more lovely one of their own.

H.L. Mencken


Be as decent as you can. Don't believe without evidence. Treat things divine with marked respect -- don't have anything to do with them. Do not trust humanity without collateral security; it will play you some scurvy trick. Remember that it hurts no one to be treated as an enemy entitled to respect until he shall prove himself a friend worthy of affection. Cultivate a taste for distasteful truths. And, finally, most important of all, endeavor to see things as they are, not as they ought to be.

Ambrose Bierce


"Curiosity killed the cat," said Hector, who was a little embarrassed by the turn the conversation had taken; nevertheless, he wanted to show himself a man's man, and something witty seemed called for.

"I deny that," said Cobbler; "the cat probably died a happy martyr to research."

Robertson Davies in "Tempest-Tost"
cinaed: I improve on misquotation (If This Were Star Wars (Chuck))
Because they have communities like: [ profile] literaryquotes.

So far, my favorites:

Perhaps his gloom was due to his profession, that he lived among fallen empires, and in reading these languages that had not been spoken by the common man in centuries, he had all about him the ruins of language, evidence of toppled suburbs, grass growing among the mosaics, and voices that had been choked with poison, iron, age, or ash.

-M. T. Anderson, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation

This is the tragedy of life. Because for a few minutes of every day, every man becomes a genius. Moments of clarity, insight, whatever you want to call them. The clouds part, the planets get in a neat little line, and everything becomes obvious. I should quit smoking, maybe, or here's how I could make a fast million, or such and such is the key to eternal happiness. That's the miserable truth. For a few moments, the secrets of the universe are opened to us. Life is a cheap parlor trick.

-Jonathan Nolan, "Memento Mori"

And I ran after that voice through the streets so as not to lose sight of the splendid wreath of bodies gliding over the city, and I realized with anguish in my heart that they were flying like birds and I was falling like a stone, that they had wings and I would never have any.

-Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

What is vertigo? Fear of falling? Then why do we feel it even when the observation tower comes with a sturdy handrail? No, vertigo is something other than the fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.

-Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities that I have visited, all my ancestors . . . I am not sure of anything, I know nothing . . .

-Jorge Luis Borges

I think we ought to only read the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? . . . We need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into the forest far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.


You're in a car with a beautiful boy, and he won't tell you that he loves you, but he loves you. And you feel like you've done something terrible, like robbed a liquor store, or swallowed pills, or shoveled yourself a grave in the dirt, and you're tired. You're in a car with a beautiful boy, and you're trying not to tell him that you love him, and you're trying to choke down the feeling, and you're trembling, but he reaches over and he touches you, like a prayer for which no words exist, and you feel your heart taking root in your body, like you've discovered something you didn't even have a name for.

-Richard Siken's You Are Jeff


May. 12th, 2006 01:10 pm
cinaed: I improve on misquotation (A Taste of What Angel Had)
1. Pick 25 of your favorite movies.
2. Then pick one of your favorite quote/s from each movie.
3. Post the quotes in your journal.
4. Have those on your friends list to guess what the movie is.
5. Either strike out the quote once it has been correctly identified, or place the guesser's user name directly after the quote.

(Updated as of July 29th -- Only 5 left unsolved, lol)

25 Quotations )


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