Quotes that have changed your life

I’m a huge quote person… they’re all over my walls. Other than the full version of the one in my signature, here’s a few others.

“When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.” – God, Futurama

“Are you lost?
Because we do not know when we will die
we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well
and yet everything happens only a certain number
of times and a very small number really.
How many times will you remember a certain
afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that
is so deeply a part of your life that you can’t
even conceive of your life without it. Perhaps
four or five times more? Perhaps not even that.
How many times will you watch the full moon rise,
perhaps twenty, and yet it all seems so limitless.”
–Brandon Lee, last interview before dying on set, quoting The Sheltering Sky

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan- like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. For most men, it appears to me, are in a strange uncertainty about it, whether it is of the devil or of God, and have somewhat hastily concluded that it is the chief end of man here to “glorify God and enjoy him forever.”

–Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? then is he impotent. Is he able, but not willing? then is he malevolent. Is he both able and willing? whence then is evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels.
The troublemakers. The round
pegs in the square holes - the
ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules and
they have no respect for
the status quo. You can praise
them, disagree with them,
quote them, disbelieve them,
glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing that you
can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.

  • Jack Kerouac
    quoted in an Apple Computer Ad, 1997

We must resist; not as a last act of desperation, but as a first act of creation.


“You’re a loser, and you’ll always be a loser. Do one good thing for the world, and kill yourself now. Right now, in front of me. I dare you, you ridiculous insect.”

  • My ex-wife.

They don’t call them “ex-wives” for nothing.

“Do you take this woman,blah blah blah”

The part that changed my life: “I do”


"Its a boy!


" The Principal will see you now"

This one a particular favorite :unamused: :
“I quit my job”
That one is always followed by cosmic jokes of pain and suffering because you thought you could deal with it or get another job quickly. Haah.

I think the phrases most repeated throughout civilization tend to have the most impact on us.

“Don’t marry him. He’ll never amount to anything.”

I fired the author of that quote 5 years later.

None… yet.

“Your opinion is duly noted…and promptly ignored.” -Herr Kenderes

“Nothing is static. Even the Mona Lisa is falling apart. Since fight club, I can wiggle half the teeth in my jaw. Maybe self-improvement isn’t the answer. Maybe self-destruction is the answer.” -Fight Club (the book)

“You do not talk about Anonymous.
You do NOT talk about Anonymous. (Wikis are fine though. FEAR US.)
Anonymous steals stupid lines from shitty movies, Royale with Cheese.
Anonymous is devoid of humanity, morality, pity, and mercy.
Anonymous works as one, because none of us are as cruel as all of us.
Anonymous cannot be harmed, no matter how many Anonymous may fall in battle.
Anonymous doesn’t fall in battle, anyway.
Anonymous only undertakes Serious Business.
Anonymous is everyone.
Anonymous is everywhere.
Anonymous cannot be out-numbered, Anonymous out-numbers you.
Anonymous is a hydra, constantly moving, constantly changing. Remove one head, and nine replace it.
Anonymous reinforces its ranks exponentially at need.
Anonymous has no weakness or flaw.
Anonymous exploits all weaknesses and flaws.
Anonymous has neither leaders nor anyone with any higher stature.
Anonymous doesn’t have a family or friends.
Anonymous is your family and friends.
Anonymous is not your friend.
Anonymous is not your personal army.
Anonymous is in control at all times.
Anonymous does not accept failure, Anonymous ALWAYS delivers.
Anonymous has no identity.
Anonymous cannot be betrayed.
Anonymous doesn’t give a fuck about any one member’s problems.
Anonymous does it for the lulz.
Anonymous is humanity.
Anonymous is proof that humanity as a whole is absolutely insane.
Anonymous are created as equals.
Anonymous is a choice.
Anonymous does not give anything away, and those who do just fail.
Anonymous is a mass of basement dwellers.
Anonymous can, will, and has already done everything you can think of.
Anonymous is an unstoppable force.
Anonymous obeys the Code.
Anonymous can win a battle against God with no effort.
Anonymous is said to have better judgment than God.
Anonymous is everything wrong and everything that is right in the world.
Anonymous is Legion.
Anonymous does not forgive.
Anonymous does not forget.” -Code Of Anonymous
No one knows who made it or where it came from

Not a quote, but part of a poem…

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
Old time is still a-flying
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying…”

I read this poem in high school and for some reason just this part, the very beginning, has stuck with me. I wouldn’t say it’s changed my life, but it has become a part of it.

edit Oh yeah, that’s Robert Herrick, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

Malaclypse the Younger: Everything is true.
Greater Poop: Even false things?
Mal2: Even false things are true.
Greater Poop: How can that be?
Mal2: I don’t know, man, I didn’t do it.

youtube.com/watch?v=QxFPc3Q_ … ed#t=4m23s :smiley:


“when using a knife, always cut AWAY from yourself”.

“it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re happy”

“pull the clutch BEFORE you pull the brake”

To ask permission is to seek denial.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Fuse reminded me of one:


Sherlock Holmes told Moriarty,“If I were assured of your eventual destruction I would, in the interests of the public, cheerfully accept my own.”
How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? You know my methods. Apply them.
You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.
It is the unofficial force — the Baker Street irregulars.
We balance probabilities and choose the most likely. It is the scientific use of the imagination.
“Come, Watson, come!” he cried. “The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!”

I like it :laughing:

Song lyrics tend to do it for me. The most recent one to kick me hard in the sternum would have to be;

“I want to reconcile the violence in your heart,
I want to recognise that your beauty is not just a mask,
I want to exorcise the demons from your past,
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart” - Muse.

Another set of lyrics I love are,
“I don’t want you to change for all the hurt that you feel -
The world is just illusion, always trying to change you” -VNV Nation

“I am human and I need to be loved - just like everybody else does” - The Smiths

Of course, there are hundreds of quotes from novels that have taken their toll on my mind, but I shall stick to lyrics for the timebeing =]

“His head hits the tile with a crack like rocks under water…” -Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

…Farmer telling the animal whisperer…“Don’t believe the sheep, they lie.”

The quote that seemed to have the most impact on my life is…
“Life is perfectly imperfect.”
When I first heard it back in the mid 70’s, I thought it was stupid.

“You know there’s something wrong with your sport when the best thing that can happen is nothing.”

My wife in regards to pitching a perfect game. I couldn’t stop laughing.