One of my all time favourite quotes is by Ayn Rand – truly inspiring lines. Has always made me sit up and notice where I am..
Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.
- This is John Galt Speaking, Atlas Shrugged
“Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a person’s sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life. Show me the person they sleep with and I will tell you their valuation of themselves. No matter what corruption they’re taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act which they cannot perform for any motive but their own enjoyment – just try to think of performing it in a spirit of selfless charity! – an act which is not possible in self-abasement, only in self-exultation, only on the confidence of being desired and being worthy of desire. It is an act that forces them to stand naked in spirit, as well as in body, and accept their real ego as their standard of value. They will always be attracted to the person who reflects their deepest vision of themselves, the person whose surrender permits them to experience – or to fake – a sense of self-esteem .. Love is our response to our highest values – and can be nothing else.”
— Ayn Rand
Another one of my author quotes and verses has been of the Late J.R.R.Tolkien. His stories always manage to transport me to his land of elven kings and queens, men and hobbits 🙂
“Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)
This was my favourite verse describing Aragorn *sigh* 🙂
All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by frost.
From the ashes a fire shall waken,A light from shadows shall spring,
Renewed will be the sword that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.
Its rain, beautiful rain…it haunts me, it takes me to turmoil, it calms my soul, its sweetness takes my breadth away, and its rage scares me, rain beautiful rain
There are many more I have saved. Will post them another day 🙂 .
- Quotes Uncovered: Making Money (freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Middle Earth according to Mordor (gointothestory.com)