When I was at Iowa State University, I had an English Literature professor who was very adamant about the fact that the word ‘quote’ should not be used interchangeably with the word ‘quotation’. ‘Quote’, as a noun, traditionally refers to giving someone an estimated price for a service, whereas ‘quotation’, as a noun, refers to a group of words or a phrase repeated by someone else other than the original speaker/author.
Hold onto your hats, there is a point to all this I promise…
I always found his commitment to not be influenced by the status quo inspiring, even if it was just making the effort to use a longer, less convenient word in his lectures and essays. I felt that kind of integrity was a really special form of personal protest that preserves and protects language in a way that you rarely see nowadays. On the other hand, he is an English professor, so perhaps it is in his blood to do so. Nevertheless, I have tried to do right by him in my small way and use language purposefully and properly ever since. I dedicate today’s blog post to him.
I have always loved words, books, stories and yes, quotations, hence why I decided to study English Literature for my degree. My passion for quotations is one that I share with my sister and parents too; we will often comment on lines in movies or books that we are particularly fond of and discuss them together. Sometimes I write down a quotation because it is just so #relatable, sometimes I write down the funny lines of dialogue that stick out in a movie or tv show, and sometimes I write down the lines of a favourite book because it makes me look at the world a little differently.
Today, I thought I would pass on a few of my favourite quotations in the hope that they will inspire you too and make you think about the power of words, and of course, integrity.
- “We accept the love we think we deserve.” ~ The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- “They’re human – they’ll find it. He who seeks, finds. He who wants strongly enough, gets.” ~ The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky
- “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?” ~ The Graduate by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham
- “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” ~ The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” ~ Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
- “I was full of a strange feeling, as if I were two people. One of them was Norma Jean from the orphanage who belonged to nobody. The other was someone whose name I didn’t know. But I knew where she belonged. She belonged to the ocean and the sky and the whole world.” ~ My Story by Marilyn Monroe
- “‘Money is like sex,’ I said. ‘It seems much more important when you don’t have any…’ ‘You talk like a writer,’ said François.” ~ Hollywood by Charles Bukowski
- “The Dude abides.” ~ The Big Lebowski by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
- “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” ~ The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- “We can’t be everything to everyone and still be true to ourselves.” ~ The Crown (developed Peter Morgan, Season 3 written by Robert Lacey)
- “You write your own story with that body because if you don’t, someone else will.” ~ Tiny Pretty Things (created by Michael MacLennan)
- “What is it you think we are here for? I don’t mean our work, I mean as human beings? If it is not to have a care for one another, what is it? ~ The Serpent by Richard Warlow and Toby Finlay
- “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’” ~ The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- “The only people for me are the mad ones.” ~ On The Road by Jack Kerouac
- “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” ~ A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
- “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” ~ All About Eve by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
- “Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land; When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.” ~ Remember by Christina Rossetti
- “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” ~ Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- “People believe whatever supports their world view.” ~ YOU (developed by Sera Gamble and Greg Belanti)
- “To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.” Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson
- “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” ~ The Tempest by William Shakespeare
- “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.” ~ The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
- “We’ll always have Paris.” ~ Casablanca by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch
- “I try all things, I achieve what I can.” Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- “I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many… somethings.” ~ You’ve Got Mail by Nora Ephron
- “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” ~ A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
- “Some days are meant to be counted, others are meant to be weighed.” ~ Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- “Go sell crazy someplace else, we’re all stocked up here.” ~ As Good As It Gets by Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks
- “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ~ The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- “I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it.” ~ Titanic by James Cameron
Dedicated to my professor at Iowa State University: Sean Grass.