Reading,  Writing

Collecting Quotations

I love to collect inspirational quotations. I even subscribe to an email Inspirational Quote of the Day. Today’s inspirational quote:

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
— Robert Fulghum
(author of All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarden)

Another favorite of mine:

It is never too late to be who you might have been.–George Eliot

This got me thinking to search for some inspirational quotes from “our” era, the Regency:

Let’s start with–who else?

“There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.”
–Jane Austen (Mansfield Park)

Here’s another:

“Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.”
–Duke of Wellington

This one will surprise you:

“The highest of distinctions is service to others.”
–King George IV

The Poets:

“He ne’er is crowned with immortality Who fears to follow where airy voices lead.”
–John Keats

“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.”
–Lord Byron
(It was hard to find a quote of his that was not pessimistic or cynical)

“I can give you a six-word formula for success: ‘Think things through – then follow through.'”
–Sir Walter Scott

The Brontes:

“There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.”
–Charlotte Bronte

“I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.”
–Emily Bronte

“But he that dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose.”
–Anne Bronte

What are your favorite inspirational quotes or quotes from the Regency?

(The painting is The Artist in the Character of Design Listening to the Inspiration of Poetry by Angelica Kauffmann 1741-1807)

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Keira Soleore
10 years ago

OK, this is a post right after my own heart! I am a compulsive quote collector.

A companion to your Eliot quote is this one from Denzel Washington: “Do what you have to do, to do what you want to do.”

Sir Walter Scott would definitely know of achieving writing success. I have a biography of him coming up on my blog next week.

Really like Wellington’s quote!

George the IV’s quote is ironic in the extreme.

I don’t have any Regency quotes, but I have one ancient and one medieval quote:

“Dum Spiro, Spero.” (While I breathe, I hope.) —Cicero

Thaes ofereode, thisses swa maeg. (That passed over, this also may.)” —an Anglo-Saxon poem from 900 CE.

This one has a particular poignancy for me: It’s by Brenda Novak: “Even though I feel pain doesn’t mean I have to be one.”

Elena Greene
10 years ago

I like this one from Wordsworth: “With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.”

Diane Gaston
10 years ago

Ohhh, Keira, I like “While I breathe, I hope.” We really are not so different than people in ancient times.

Brenda Novak’s is pretty good, too.

Elena, I love how the very words create the mood of that quote.

10 years ago

Argh!!! I fell asleep at the computer and erased what I posted. Most of these I posted during Banned Book Week at our library.

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin 1759

“You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.” John Lord Morley (1823-1923)

Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance,: LBJ 1964

“Freedom rings where opinion l” Adlai Sdevenson

“In order to get to the truth, conflicting arguments and expressions must be allowed. There can be no freedom without choice, no sound choice without knowledge.” David Berninghausen 1982

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” Salman Rushdie

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” Noam Chomsky 1928

“My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.” Abraham Lincoln

Diane Gaston
10 years ago

Good quotes, librarypat. I especially like the last one!

(and I fall asleep at my computer with great regularity!)

10 years ago

I found a few more I was looking for last night.

“Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.” Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953.

“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.” Heinrich Heine, Almansor, 1823

“If the book be false in its facts, disprove them: if false in its reasoning, refute it. But for God’s sake, let us hear freely from both sides.”
Thomas Jefferson. A Bookman’s Weekly

“The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.”
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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