don’t quote me

i love words. and i love feelings and people and the way emotions can be expressed through words. and sometimes, other people can put how you’re feeling into words a lot better than you ever could.

One of the major reasons I blog is to have a place to just get it all out and have a recorded history of my life, my thoughts, my photos, my emotions. Lately, I feel like I’ve been soaking in a lot of words via books and movies, and so many have been sticking with me that I thought it necessary to share them all in one place. Some of these quotes are how I’ve been feeling about the “big picture” and the “grand scheme of things,” and others are just filled with flowery, magical words that paint pretty pictures in my head. Big pictures life ideas and pretty pictures = a nice mix of some really beautiful quotes. And without further adieuuuu…


“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”
—Saib-e-Tabrizi, from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini

This book was by far the most powerful and gripping story I’ve read all year. After I read The Kite Runner by the same author, I was equally as mesmerized by the culture of 1970s Afghanistan and the mysterious world that has seemingly been lost forever.

Admittedly, I often romanticize places – especially faraway places in the past. And though I know that Afghanistan was probably never a place that I’d feel fully comfortable/free/respected as a woman, I couldn’t help but read A Thousand Splendid Suns with quotes and phrases like this one sprinkled throughout and feel a sense of wonder.

“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”
—Ernest Hemingway

No further comment necessary. Live.

“The most dangerous thing you can do in life is play it safe.”
—Casey Neistat

(This guy is just like… YouTube famous or something. Good quote though. Good enough that I shared it on Instagram.)

Tom: Have you ever walked the Camino, senora?
Albergue innkeeper: Never. When I was young, I was too busy. And now that I’m older, I’m too tired.
—from the movie My Way, starring Martin Sheen

This quote is essentially my biggest fear in life – to be old and to say something like this. Which is why I can’t help but brush people off when they try to discourage me from doing things that I want to do or what feels right. I’ve been bouncing around a lot these past few years, trying things and then discovering they’re not for me, coming up with ideas and then allowing them to be replaced with newer/better/more exciting ideas… but I’m not settling into a life that feels wrong or dull or easy. I want to do all of the things and go to all of the places, and someday when I’m 75, hopefully I won’t have any wistful regrets like this pobre señora de España.

PS: Official declaration that I’m walking El Camino de Santiago next year. WATCH OUT, SPAIN. Bring on the blisters.

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us.”
—Charles Bukowski

My man. What a weirdo.

“It was what I thought had to be the most privileged of lives… a life of endless curiosity and energy and countless enthusiasms. To be a traveler, to be a writer — in my child mind they started off as the same thing.”
—Susan Sontag

Endless curiosity and energy and countless enthusiasms – hell to the motha effin’ yes.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do some with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”
—Maya Angelou

“Those who risk, win.”
—a motto of the British Special Air Force

I first heard this quote in our ever-beloved Elizabethtown. The full quote in the movie was: “No true fiasco ever began as a quest for mere adequacy. A motto of the British Special Air Force is: ‘Those who risk, win.’ A single green vine shoot is able to grow through cement. The Pacific Northwestern salmon beats itself bloody on it’s quest to travel hundreds of miles upstream against the current, with a single purpose, sex of course, but also… life.”

“New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything. For the heart is an organ of fire.”
—from the movie The English Patient

One of my favorite movies of all time, but yet another movie that Ralph Fiennes is made to look like his skin has been turned inside out and a little bit like Deadpool. Why? Why cover the face of such a beautifully-faced man?

“I love the dignity in the name Philadelphia, but at heart, we’re Philly.”
—Lisa Scottoline

This week, we had some relatives fly in from Slovakia! They’re here for the month of July/some of August, and this weekend we showed them around Philly. Their first time to the USA – what better place to get a taste of America than where it all began???

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

Always always always.

Anyway, these are the quotes that have been bouncing around in my head lately. Which is your favorite?

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