i have a whole lot of favorites, FYI.

  • "go be that starving artist you're afraid to be. open up that journal and get poetic finally. volunteer. suck it up and travel. you were not born here to work and pay taxes. you were put here to be a part of a vast organism to explore and create. stop putting it off. the world has much to offer than what's on 15 television at TGI fridays. take pictures. scare people. shake up the scene." - jason mraz
  • "life is what happens while you're busy making other plans." - john lennon
  • "i, myself, am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions." - augusten burroughs
  • "the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - eleanor roosevelt
  • "you probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do." - olin miller
  • "to live is the rarest thing in the world. most people exist, that is all." - oscar wilde
  • "all god does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. we must never, ever be boring." - chuck palahniuk
  • "time you enjoy wasting was not wasted." - john lennon
  • "life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. so love the people who treat you right, forget the ones who don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason. if you get a chance, take it. if it changes your life, let it. nobody said that it'd be easy - they just promised it would be worth it." - anonymous
  • "nothing that can be can come between me and the full prospect of my hopes." - shakespeare
  • "you are wrong if you think joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. god has placed it all around us. it is in everything and anything we might experience. we just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living." - chris mccandless
  • "i'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. i'm out of control and at times, i'm hard to handle. but if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best." - marilyn monroe
  • "courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. the brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all." - ambrose redmoon
  • "to thoroughly understand the world, to explain it, to despise it, may be the thing great thinkers do. but i'm only interested in being able to love the world, not to despise it, not to hate it, to be able to look upon it and me and all things with love and admiration and great respect." - herman hesse
  • "the most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. and if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous." - sex and the city
  • "we all die. the goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will." - chuck palahniuk
  • "life isn't fair. it's just fairer than death, that's all." - the princess bride
  • "forget regret, or life is yours to miss." - rent
  • "those who criticize our generation forget who raised it." - anonymous
  • "don't be afraid of death, be afraid of the unlived life." tuck everlasting
  • "nothing's ever promised tomorrow today." - kanye west
  • "it's got to be that can't-eat, can't-sleep, reach-for-the-stars, over-the-fence, world-series kind of stuff." - it takes two
  • "when life gives you lemons, just say fuck the lemons and bail." - forgetting sarah marshall
  • "you have enemies? good, that means you stood up for something, sometime in your life" - winston churchill
  • "wouldn't it just rock and roll if you liking someone meant that they had to like you back? of course that'd be a different universe and something else would probably suck." - pushing daisies
  • "if ever there is tomorrow when we're not together...there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart...i'll always be with you." - winnie the pooh
  • "no baseball fan has to explain his mania to any other baseball fan. they are a fraternity. it is less easy, often it is hopeless, to try to explain it to anyone else. you grow technical, and you do not make sense. you grow sentimental, and you are deemed soft in the head. how, the benighted outsider ask you with no little condescension, can you grow sentimental about a cold-blooded professional sport?" - john k. hutchens
  • "it is foolish and childish, on the face of it, to affiliate ourselves with anything so insignificant and patently contrived and commercially exploitative as a professional sports team, and the amused superiority and icy scorn that the non-fan directs at the sports nut (i know this look -- i know it by heart) is understandable and almost unanswerable. almost. what is left out of this calculation, it seems to me, is the business of caring -- caring deeply and passionately, really caring -- which is a capacity or an emotion that has almost gone out of our lives. and so it seems possible that we have come to a time when it no longer matters so much what the caring is about, how frail or foolish is the object of that concern, as long as the feeling itself can be saved. naivety -- the infantile and ignoble joy that sends a grown man or woman to dancing and shouting with joy in the middle of the night over the haphazardous flight of a distant ball -- seems a small price to pay for such a gift." - robert angell
  • "there are moments in our lives when find ourselves at a crossroad. afraid, confused, without a road map. the choices we make in those moments can define the rest of our days. of course when faced with the unknown most of us prefer to turn around and go back. but once in a while people push on to something better. something found just beyond the pain of going it alone. and just beyond the bravery and courage it takes to let someone in. or to give someone a second chance. something beyond the quiet persistence of a dream. because it's only when you're tested that you truly discover who you are. and it's only when you're tested that you discover who you can be the person you want to be does exist. somewhere on the other side of hard work, and faith, and belief. and beyond the heartache, and fear of what lies ahead." - one tree hill
  • "i bet you've had a hard time walking into a room full of people on your own, right? yah. i know that. i know what it is not to feel like your in the room until he looks at you or touches your hand or even makes a joke at your expense, just to let everyone know...you're with him. you're his." - ps i love you
  • "what i've learned is not to change who you are, because eventually you're going to run out of new things to become." - taylor swift
  • "maybe our mistakes are what make our fate. without them, what would shape our lives? perhaps if we never veered off course, we wouldn't fall in love, or have babies, or be who we are. after all, seasons change. so do cities. people come into your life and people go. but it's comforting to know the ones you love are always in your heart. and if you're very lucky, a plane ride away." - sex and the city
  • "we're all a little weird, and when we find those people whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness and call them our best friends." - boy meets world
  • "two years ago, i was afraid of wanting anything. i figured wanting would lead to trying and trying would lead to failure. but now i find i can't stop wanting. i want to fly somewhere on first class. i want to travel to europe on a business trip. i want to get invited to the white house. i want to learn about the world. i want to surprise myself. i want to be important. i want to be the best person i can be. i want to define myself, instead of having others define me. i want to win, and have people happy for me. i want to lose and get over it. i want to not be afraid of the unknown. i want to grow up to be generous and big-hearted, the way that people have been with me. i want an interesting and surprising life. it's not that i think that i'm going to get all these things. i just want the possibility of getting them. college represents possibility. the possibility that things are going to change. i can't wait." - friday night lights
  • "people don't want their lives fixed. nobody wants their problems solved. their dramas. their distractions. their stories resolved. their messes cleaned up. because what would they have left? just the big scary unknown." - chuck palahniuk
  • "if you press me to say when i loved him, i can say no more than because he was he, and i was i." - michel de montaigne
  • "i am standing upon the seashore. a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. she is an object of beauty and strength. i stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white could just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. then someone at my side says: 'there, she is gone!' 'gone where?' gone form my sight. that is all. she is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. her diminished size is in me, not in her. and just at the moment when someone at my side says: 'there, she is gone!' there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: 'here she comes!' and that is dying." - henry van dyke
  • "when adults say, 'teenagers think they are invincible' with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don't know how right they are. we need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. we think that we are invincible because we are. we cannot be born, and we cannot die. like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. they forget that when they get old. they get scared of losing and failing. but that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail. thomas edison's last words were: 'it's very beautiful over there.' i don't know where there is, but i believe it's somewhere, and i hope it's beautiful." - john green
  • "nothing about me is original, i am the combined effort of everyone i've ever known." - chuck palahniuk
  • "it's like when someone dies, the initial stages of grief seem to be the worst. but i some ways, it's sadder as time goes by and you consider how much they've missed in your life." - something borrowed
  • "let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives... and to the "good life" whatever it is and wherever it happens to be." - hunter s. thompson
  • "what i want is to be needed. what i need is to be indispensable to somebody. who i need is somebody that will eat up all my free time, my ego, my attention. somebody addicted to me. a mutual addiction." - chuck palahniuk
  • "you aren't going to be his first, last or his only. he's loved before, he will again. but if he loves you now, what else matters? he's not perfect. you aren't either. the two of you will never be perfect but if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and admits to being human and making mistakes, hold on to him and give him the most you can. he is not going to quote poetry, he's not going to be thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. don't hurt him, don't change him, don't expect more than he can give. try not to over-analyze. smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad and miss him when he's not there." - anonymous
  • "don't jump because death is just not worth the time and effort, for you are still young and life is calling." - anonymous
  • "you love somebody and then you don't love them anymore. but if you really love somebody, you always love them, don't you? isn't there always some small part of you that reads their horoscopes in the paper everyday?" - cynthia heimel
  • "some things i can teach you. some you learn from books. but there are things that, well, you just have to see and feel." - a thousand splendid suns
  • "promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - a.a. milne
  • "life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. one must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life." - eleanor roosevelt
  • "at some point, you have to make a decision. boundaries don't keep other people out; they fence you in. life is messy, that's how we're made. so, you can waste your lives drawing lines. or you can life your life crossing them." - grey's anatomy
  • "we live in a crazy world, and if you want to get through it with your body and soul even a little bit intact, you might as well be crazy yourself. it couldn't hurt. and it might just help." - anonymous
  • "when it comes to relationships, people are always so scared of the what-ifs that they forget what-is. they spend so much time thinking, 'what if i get hurt?' and 'what if it doesn't work out?' that they stop thinking about things that are already real. they forget the feeling they get when the person they love walks into the room and the excitement that rushes through them when the phone rings cause it might be the person they are waiting to hear from. never let the fear of what-if stop you from letting yourself take a chance on love...because what if this is the person you're destined to spend the rest of your life with?" - anonymous
  • "human beings are funny. they long to be with the person they love but refuse to admit openly. some are afraid to show even the slightest sign of affection because of fear. fear that their feelings may not be recognized, or even worst, returned. but one thing about human beings that puzzles me the most is their conscious effort to be connected with the object of their affection even if it kills them slowly within." - sigmund freud
  • "i used to feel so alone in the city. all those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. because how do you meet a new person? i was very stumped by this for many years. and then i realized, you just say, hi. they may ignore you. or you may marry them. and that possibility is worth that one word." - augusten borroughs
  • "we are all dreamers in our own right. we all ponder the 'what ifs' and spend nights wrapped up in the past or the future. we dance and we fly. we have faults and we have perfections. we wake from sleep and try to hold on to a drem or let one go. we create paintings, stories, thoughts, and sculptures. we are all dreamers; we all have a place here." - anonymous
  • "i fear that those of us who can only type our thoughts or feelings on some electronic piece of equipment will never be able to engage in an intimate relationship, because we don't know what it's like to feel vulnerable and try to avoid vulnerability at all costs. the computer screen always seems to protect us. if the object of our affection doesn't respond to a text or email, we chalk it up to a spam filter or a network problem. when we do get a message or a text, we can interpret someone's words in any way that pleasus us. we never know if someone is being genuine. (and no, those emoticons don't really tell us anything — no matter how many smiley faces or lols someone types!)" - is facebook hurting feminism?
  • "be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - oscar wilde
  • "have you ever been in love? horrible isn't it? it makes you so vulnerable. it opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. you build up all these defences, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life... you give them a piece of you. they didn't ask for it. they did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. love takes hostages. it gets inside you. it eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should just be friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. it hurts. not just in the imagination. not just in the mind. it's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-andrips-you-apart pain. i hate love." - neil gaiman
  • "the beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them." - thomas merton
  • "dear baby, i hope someday somebody wants to hold you for 20 minutes straight and that's all they do. they don't pull away. they don't look at your face. they don't try to kiss you. all they do is wrap you up in their arms and hold on tight, without an ounce of selfishness in it." - waitress
  • "affirm to your self, 'i am fucking awesome!' the culmination of billions of years of evolution has created this moment with you in it – and quite a lucky star you are to experience all this." - jason mraz
  • "i want somebody to sleep with the res of my life and cuddle up during a movie on a couch. stay up all night talking about nothing. get lost in the wood together. challenge me, challenge him. talk about dreams, make dreams. have fights, the kind that only really matter just as long as you're having them. someone i can wrestle with, you know, play hard sometimes and not worry about breaking a nail or an arm. a guy who will bring me flowers, once in a while, maybe a rock too or a shell of some sort. something he saw that made him think of me, made him think 'this might make my girl smile' as he smiles to himself. a guy who wants me, maybe even needs me, just a little, enough to hold onto to me with everything he's got." - anonymous
  • "i'm in love with who i think you are, and not who you really are. the less you speak, the easier it is to stay in love with the self image i've created or you. it's a cold feeling to know my heart can believe lies just like i do." - boy meets love
  • "it seems like the simplest concept: just push them all away and you’ll never get hurt. however, the simplest isn’t always the most effective. someday, somebody’s gonna find their way in, and they’re going to leave you on your knees." - anonymous
  • "it's supposed to be hard. if it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. the hard is what makes it great." - a league of their own
  • "two people can be perfect for each other but if the timing's wrong, it's never going to work out. bad timing is the reason that most normal people end up single. Weirdos and creeps are single 'cause they are weird and creepy, but people like us are single because of bad timing." - love and sex
  • "to let go isn't to forget, not think about, or ignore. it doesn't have any feelings of anger, jealousy, or regret. letting go isn't winning or losing. it's not about pride. it's not about obsessing or dwelling on the past. it isn't about loss and it's not defeat. to let go is to cherish memories, but to overcome and move on. letting go is accepting. letting go is having the courage to accept change. letting go is growing up." - anonymous
  • "some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. delicious ambiguity..." - gilda radner
  • "scrape your knee, it's only skin.." - joanna newsom
  • "be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars; to be satisfied with your possessions; to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your admirations rather than by your disgusts; to covet nothing that is your neighbor's except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends...and to spend as much time as you can, with body and with spirit. these are little guideposts on the footpath to peace." - henry van dyke
  • "don't rush through growing up. it's a priceless feeling to be able to break one more glass, skip one more class. there will come a time where things will slow down. and we will miss our days when being young and reckless was all that meant to us. every tree started from a bud. you will do great things one day, but till then, live freely and without regret." - anonymous
  • "i know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life's not worth living." - harvey milk
  • "go after her, fuck, don't sit there and wait for her to call, go after her because that's what you should do if you love someone, don't wait for them to give you a sign 'cause it might never come, don't let people happen to you, don't let me happen to you, or her, she's not a fucking television show or tornado. there are people i might have loved had they gotten on the airplane or run down the street after me or called me up drunk at four in the morning because they need to tell me right now and because they cannot regret this and i always thought i'd be the only one doing crazy things for people who would never give enough of a fuck to do it back or to act like idiots or be entirely vulnerable and honest and making someone fall in love with you is easy and flying 3000 miles on four days notice because you can't just sit there and do nothing and breathe into telephones is not everyone's idea of love but it is the way i can recognize it because that is what i do. go scream it and be with her in maeningful ways because that is beautiful and that is generous and that is what loving someone is, that is raw and that is unguarded, and that is all that is worth anything, really." - anonymous
  • "when someone you love dies, you don't lose them all at once. you lose them in pieces over time, like how the mail stops coming." - simon birch
  • "to laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. this is to have succeeded!" - emerson
  • "in ancient times people weren't simply male or female, but one of three types : male/male, male/female or female/female. In other words, each person was made out of the components of two people. everyone was happy with this arrangment and never really gave it much thought.but then god took a knife and cut everyone in half, right down the middle. so after that the world was divided just into male and female, the upshot being that people spend their time running around trying to locate their missing half." - haruki murakami
  • "are you bored with life? then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart; live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours." - dale carnegie
  • "life doesn't give you the people you want. it gives you the people you need. to help you. to hurt you. to love you. to leave you. and to make you into the person you were meant to be." - anonymous
  • "we never dated, but we were amazing friends. now we're miles apart and though i think i'm quite over you, sometimes i can't help but think that there will never be anyone as perfect for me as you. and you were a fool to not have known that." - anonymous
  • "it is a risk to love. what if it doesn't work out? ah, but what if it does." - peter mcwilliams
  • "if you have ever lost someone very important to you, then you already know how it feels; and if you haven’t, you cannot possibly imagine it." - a series of unfortunate events
  • "forget about your lists and do what you can because that's all you can do. phone up the people you miss and tell them you love them. hug those close to you as hard as you can. because you are always only a drunk driver's stupidity, a nervous shopkeeper's mistake, a doctor's best attempts and an old age away from forever." - anonymous
  • "i've said it before and i'll say it again: life moves pretty fast. if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - ferris bueller
  • "fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours." - swedish proverb
  • "loving someone consists of quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. it is loyalty through good and bad. it is settling for less than perfection, and making allowances for human weaknesses. it is being content with the present, hopeful for the future, and not brooding over the past. it’s the day-in, day-out chronicle of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and the working towards common goals. if you don’t have love, no matter what there is, it is not enough." - anonymous
  • "chin up. shoulders back. walk proud. strut a little. don’t lick your wounds: celebrate them. the scars you bear are the signs of a competitor. you’re in a lion fight. just because you didn’t win doesn’t mean you don’t know how to roar." - grey's anatomy
  • "the truth is that i've spent all my life with my binoculars trained on the maybe islands, a pristine place of fantasy that is really no better than the razor-rocks of misery. maybe if i had stayed on the farm... maybe if i hadn't gone with spike... maybe if i could have lived more peaceably... maybe if i'd met the right person years ago, maybe if i hadn't done this, or that or, its cousin, the other. maybe, baby, the promised land was there and i missed it. look at it glittering in the light. but the truth is i am inventing the maybe. i can only make the choices i make, so why torture myself with what i might have done, when all i can handle is what i have done. the maybe islands are hostile to human life." - the stone gods
  • "i am as bad as the worst, but, thank god, i am as good as the best." - walt whitman
  • "the unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. because it's only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. stone crumbles. wood rots. people, well, they die. but things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. if you can change the way people think. the way they see themselves. the way they see the world. you can change the way people live their lives. that's the only lasting thing you can create." - chuck palahniuk
  • "and i urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'if this isn't nice, i don't know what is.'" - kurt vonnegut
sep 30 2008 ∞
apr 11 2010 +
user picture Rachel: This is the best quote list, ever. Augusten Borroughs & Chuck P. & Pushing Daisies...so good. =) jan 23 2009
user picture jessica: Thank you! Every cool quote I encounter, I toss in here, so it'll probably be very very long someday.
user picture kyra: hey, i googled a quote and found your list. i love them all btw. where did you find this one? "don't rush through growing up. it's a priceless feeling to be able to break one more glass, skip one more class. there will come a time where things will slow down. and we will miss our days when being young and reckless was all that meant to us. every tree started from a bud. you will do great things one day, but till then, live freely and without regret." - anonymous apr 7 2009
user picture jessica: I honestly don't remember! I'm sorry. Thanks though.
user picture Kate: the looking for alaska quote (along with the three pages it's a part of) probably makes my top ten too :) sep 9 2010