Saturday, August 3, 2013

Favorite Quotes (Nonfiction)

A follow-up to my post on favorite fictional quotes (see HERE), only this time they are all nonfiction, or real-life quotes.

There are probably a lot more that I am forgetting, but it's most likely safe to say that this is a decent collection of my all-time favorites.

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt." - Abraham Lincoln

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

"I treasure my remark to my grandson who asked, "Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?" Grandpa said, "No...but I served in a company of heroes." - Mike Ranney

"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana

"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." - Ray Bradbury

"If it's not intimidating to you, it's probably insulting to God." - Stephen Furtick

"If everything is under control, you're not going fast enough." - Mario Andretti

"You are the most difficult person you will ever lead." - Bill Hybels

"Oh posterity, you will never know how much it cost us to preserve your freedom. I hope that you will make a good use of it, for if you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it." - John Adams

"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." - Ray Bradbury

"If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it." - Ana├»s Nin

“Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.” - William Faulkner

"...Cad Bane, who was the Star Wars Galaxy's answer to Lee Van Cleef's Angel Eyes in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.  Implacable, unstoppable, someone we'd call a force of nature if he weren't just so damn civilized. He was the kind of bounty hunter willing to kill someone if they had a wider-brimmed hat than him, who was never to be found without a toothpick in his mouth, who just seemed to conjure Morricone-esque music out of thin air." - Christian Blauvelt

one more...

"Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall." - Ray Bradbury

1 comment:

  1. I really like these quotes! The Cad Bane one was absolutely great, and I really liked all the ones about the power of words and writing. Far too few realize the power of words and how carefully they should be treated!