Quotes that resonate with me

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I’m here on borrowed time, in a borrowed body. But I’m here.

Johnny Silverhand, Cyberpunk 2077

The line above, from my favorite video game, was what prompted me to create this page (on August 21, 2022). I’ve always enjoyed quotes, and my websites and online profiles have usually included a few here and there. I figured it was high time Yore had a page just for quotes that have spoken to me over the years — sometimes on multiple levels, in multiple ways, and sometimes with different meanings at different times in my life.

The quotes below are in the order I encountered them in my life, oldest at the bottom. They’re not all profound; this page isn’t an effort at making myself look deep, or anything like that. These are just quotes that speak to me one one more levels which I hope you, reader, might also enjoy.

Quotes

You hold onto friends by keeping your heart a little softer than your head.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, episode 0107

The axe forgets, but the tree remembers.

Skeen, Andor

Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt.

Sam, Ronin

You will miss the Night City you imagined was there.

Panam Palmer, Cyberpunk 2077

We shouldn’t fear change itself, but only who we might change into.

Misty, Cyberpunk 2077

Enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think

“Enjoy Yourself,” by The Specials

Nanny’s philosophy of life was to do what seemed like a good idea at the time, and do it as hard as possible.

Maskerade, by Terry Pratchett

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

One version of the Litany Against fear from Dune, by Frank Herbert

Nobody ever made a song called “fuck the fire department”

Snoop Dogg

Their bodies are very poorly made. They’re mostly goo and juice. You just take the juice out, and then they’re dead.

Michael, The Good Place

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP

Leonard Nimoy’s final tweet

If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not “washing the dishes to wash the dishes.” What’s more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can’t wash the dishes, the chances are we won’t be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future –and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.

Thich Nhat Hanh, The Miracle of Mindfulness

Hold my beer.

Anonymous, generally said before making a gloriously bad choice

Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.

Paul Bowles, as seen on Brandon Lee’s headstone

I was not; I have been; I am not; I do not mind.

Epicurian epitaph

I am one with the Force. The Force is with me.

Chirrut Imwe, Rogue One

Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.

Leonard Koren

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.

Suzuki Shunryu

Perfect is the enemy of good.

Voltaire

Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.

Ed Viesturs

One more thing: Don’t spend too much time merely reading. The best part of this work is the play, so play and enjoy!

Gary Gygax

It’s not about how well you play. It’s about how you feel about what you play.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

When playing a game, the goal is to win, but it is the goal that is important, not the winning.

Reiner Knizia

Dude, sucking at something is the first step towards being sort of good at something.

Jake the Dog, Adventure Time

Every morning I’ve got a new chance
I want to play the part of Eddie in The Stranger Dance
He makes love to the duke, he swordfights the queen
He steals the whole show in his last dying scene

“The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine,” by Spoon

If it is stupid but works, it isn’t stupid.

Owlknight, by Mercedes Lackey

I think a plan is just a list of things that don’t happen.

Parker, The Way of the Gun

I’ll go to another country, go to another shore,
find another city better than this one.
Whatever I try to do is fated to turn out wrong
and my heart lies buried like something dead.
How long can I let my mind moulder in this place?
Wherever I turn, wherever I look,
I see the black ruins of my life, here,
where I’ve spent so many years, wasted them, destroyed them totally.

From “The City,” by C.P. Cavafy

into the strenuous briefness
Life:

From “[into the strenuous briefness],” by e. e. cummings

Everything is interesting if you look closely enough.

Carl Gottesman

We all have it coming, kid.

Bill Munny, Unforgiven

More weight.

Giles Corey in The Crucible, by Arthur Miller

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Time Enough for Love, by Robert Heinlein

The first and last love is self love

Neon sign on a porno theater near Times Square, seen from a bus when I was around 10-12 years old

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

The opening words to Neuromancer, by William Gibson