The Good Stuff
A collection of thoughts
April 16, 2020
(4 min read)
(4 min read)
Since senior year of high school, I've collected quotes and ideas I like and compiled them into a doc for future reference. I found these quotes online, in books, and in Humans of New York posts and kept them because they speak to me and remind me of things I need reminding of. Here is my random assortment of the good stuff.
Even when the external world has granted all it can, there still remains the searching of the mind and the longings of the heart. - Childhood's End (Arthur C. Clarke)
What finally decided him was the thought that, if he neglected this incredible opportunity, he would never forgive himself. All the rest of his life would be spent in vain regrets—and nothing could be worse than that. - Childhood's End (Arthur C. Clarke)
But in time, all men will find that independence was not made for man. It is an unnatural state, will do for a while, but will not carry us on safely to the end. - Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
I don’t know what’s worse: to not know who you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone. - Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes)
Lack of confidence and lack of motivation were the 2 most difficult struggles in my life. These 2 things can devour you from the inside out if you let it happen. Mental freedom does not exist unless you can conquer these 2 mountains. The quickest way to conquer your lack of motivation and your lack of confidence is to put yourself in uncomfortable situations. Go join that club even though you don’t know anyone. Go run a mile even though you think you can’t. Go on that rollercoaster even though you’re afraid. You will never accomplish your goals if you never leave your comfort zone. There’s no other way around this. You have to handle this situation yourself. You can do it.
You think nothing has meaning...You’re often anxious because you hate the feeling of the seconds slipping away from you. The world is changing every day. And every day you’re getting older. But there are still so many things you haven’t done. You want to hold on to the sand. But the harder you squeeze, the quicker the sand slips from the cracks between your fingers, until nothing is left… - The Fish of Lijiang (Chen Qiufan)
I decided there was no use living without delight...moments of unconditional existence. Delight. - Paradises Lost (Ursula Le Guin)
"It is good to renew one’s wonder,” said the philosopher. “Space travel has again made children of us all." - Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury)
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” - Mark Twain
The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt. -Leo Buscaglia