We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering–these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love–these are what we stay alive for.
-by John Keating
The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. . . . A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is.
-by George R. R. Martin
Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.
-by Larry Lorenzoni
By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.
-by Ralph Waldo Emerson
In order to be big, you have to think big. If you think small, you’re going to be small.
-by Emeril Lagasse
Life beats down and crushes the soul, but art reminds you that you have one.
-by Stella Adler
I can tell I’m getting older, because I find myself using words like “spacious,” “roomy,” and “comfortable” when I’m buying underwear.
-by Reno Goodale
Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.
-by Franēois (Vi) (Duc De La Rochefoucauld)
If women were in charge, all men’s underwear would come with an expiration date.
-by Diane Ford
I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
-by Katherine Mansfield