I have always wondered the purpose of quotations. What is the essence of a good quotation? As an individual, should we live only by those quotations we hear and remember, or in this day and age has the quotation, that little packet of wisdom, become so ingrained that any personal thoughts must be reinforced by elders and sages who themselves have had similar thoughts? Either way, I am finding a new hobby in finding quotations, especially since I more and more find myself appreciating prose as my art form of choice. Today, I used Brainy Quote to look up some quotes on, “Paths,” and here are my selections from the results that I like and feel carry the most weight:
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
-Henry David Thoreau , 19th century American philosopher, poet and transcendentalist
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
-Buddha, 5th century BCE Northern-Indian spiritual leader and founder of Buddhism
“Adversity is the first path to truth.”
-Lord Byron, 18th and 19th centuries English poet of the Romantic movement
“I’ve already told you: the only way to a woman’s heart is along the path of torment. I know none other as sure.”
-Marquis de Sade, 18th century French writer and aristrocrat, best known for his erotic novels combining philosophy and pornography
“It’s good to follow the path of personal happiness to some extent. People tend to get upset however when you drive a steamroller down it.”
-Simon Travaglia, New Zealander and writer, known best for his Bastard Operator From Hell series
N.B. one-line biographic information provided by Wikipedia (of course).
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