Thursday, May 1, 2008

I Didn't Say It . . .

But I still think it's true.

I don't know about you guys/gals, but I *LOVE* Google. So much that I've decided to do an 'Ode to Google'. But don't worry - that's not what this is. That will get tossed on my ever-growing WIP pile.

Instead, I'll share something that Google helps me with. I'm a student of philosophy. So, I'm always on the lookout for quotes. You never know when you can use something someone else said to back you up. And, truth be told, there are many billions of people more eloquent than I that have come before - so why not stand on the shoulders of genius, right? Heh.

That's why I love Google. I have 28 Google Notebooks - various collections of things, but one of them is a list of quotes I encounter that strike me. I've dug up thirteen of them for you this week. =)

1. "Chance favors the prepared mind."
~ Louis Pasteur

2. "A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives - of approving of some and disapproving of others."
~ Charles Darwin

3. "Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech."
~ Martin Fraquhar Tupper

4. "A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other."
~ Charles Dickens

5. "The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well."
~ Horace Walpole

"There are two kinds of light--the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures."
~ James Thurber

"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric."
~ Bertrand Russell

"The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
~ Kahlil Gibran

10. "
The longest journey of any person is the journey inward."
~ Dag Hammerskjvld

11. "Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives."
~ C.S. Lewis

12. "An absolutely new idea is one of the rarest things known to man."
~ Thomas More

13. "Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere."
~ Carl Sagan

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Those are awesome quotes, Gwen. I used to collect quotes and poetry, but ... I don't know. Just got too busy for it, I guess. It's cool that you keep it up.

Kathleen Oxley said...

Wow, great list!! (I'm a google lover too, as you know!)

I particularly like this one:
"The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy TT :)

Evey Brown said...

So like a writer to focus on the writings of others and find some of the best quotes around.
I really like Emerson's quote the best as well.

Unhinged said...

Great TT, Gwen. I love quotes.

My favorite:

10. "The longest journey of any person is the journey inward."
~ Dag Hammerskjvld

Shelley Munro said...

Great quotes, Gwen. There were a few quotes going around today. :)

December said...

HA - so funny we all did thursday quotes!

Great list!

Debora Dennis said...

#1 and #13 - great...very inspirational, I needed that today as I trudge through my fast draft. Thanks :)

Nicholas said...

I know Google wants to rule he world, but where would be be without it? I see you include quotes from three of my heroes: Darwin, Russell and Sagan.

Eaton Bennett said...

I love those quotes Gwenny, Especially the C.S.Lewis one. Thank you for the encouraging comment you left on my WR Blog post of Friday 1/5/08 - *HUGS*

Gwen Mitchell said...

Wow, there really were a lot of quotes in the TTs this week! I swear, I wasn't copying, just tapping into the collective for inspiration, I guess. You can never have too many quotes! =P

Anonymous said...

I love those quotes -- many of them I hadn't seen before. Thanks so much for sharing. I love good quotes! :)

Heather said...

Beautiful selection of quotes -- so sorry I missed them last week!