Well, this is a Daily Prompt that I can speak on! Quotes. I love quotes! I always read the quote about writing after you’ve just a published a post. Of course, it’s good to heed your own council and make your own knowledge too, but the quotes of the past can teach us much. Here are a few of my favourites and for some, a little on why I like them.
“How do you pick up the threads of an old life, how do you go on, when in your heart you begin to understand there is no going back. There are some things that time cannot mend, some hurts that go too deep.” ~ Frodo Baggins (J.R.R. Tolkien)
I love this one because it’s true. There are indeed some things that we cannot forget, that hurt us too deeply. The loss of a loved one, for example. We never truly get over it, there is always sadness left behind; even in fond memory. I’m also a Lord of the Rings nut, and these words at the end of the journey just draw it all together – there is no happy ending, really. Not always, and perhaps not ever.
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds” ~ Bob Marley
This is a lovely quote by one of my favourite singers. We can only be truly free if we remove the boundaries set upon us by ourselves and others and live as we truly want to live. Don’t let yourself be held down, believe in yourself and all such words.
“Time is making fools again.” ~ Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling)
When does it not? Time is a fickle thing is it not, and this quote sums it up really. Make sure you use your time wisely and don’t waste your life; else all too soon you’ll find yourself older than you think. The years move quickly, even in youth. Don’t let them escape you.
“Because I could not stop for death,
he kindly stopped for me,
the carriage held but just ourselves,
and immortality.” ~ Emily Dickinson
This quote is in fact the first verse of a poem by Emily Dickinson. I think that it very kindly sums up the way that death will catch us all in the end, and if we wait long enough we will be ready for it. Death isn’t something to be feared, of course not. “To the organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
“GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.
PIPPIN: What? Gandalf? See what?
GANDALF: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.” ~ Gandalf and Pippin (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Another death quote here. The best thing on this quote, for me, is that in the film Gandalf is speaking from memory, not making it up. It’s just such a beautiful way of summarising the pass of life into death. I love this quote, although it was done wrongly in the films. It is in fact the description of Valinor as the last ship sails beyond the sundering sea with Frodo.
These are just some of my favourite quotes, and I hope you enjoyed them.