I've always been a quote junkie.
As a teenager my diary was filled with them. As an English teacher, I'd put a new quote on the board every week that correlated with my lessons. As a dork, I list a quote of the week on my outgoing voicemail. As a poet so many of the things I write begin as a response to a quote I read, or a singular line that comes to me somewhere from the ether.
Here are a few favorites that I've gathered over the years:
"The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which makes you lonely."
"The meeting of two personalities is like the meeting of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed."
"You do not have a soul. You ARE a soul. You have a body."
"There are years that question, and there are years that answer."
--Zora Neale Hurston
"The true genius shutters at incompleteness, and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be."
--Edgar Allen Poe
"The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death."
"Happy families are all alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
What are your favorites?