Victoria grew up in Vermont, studied architecture in New Mexico, and currently works as a designer in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I am a bit of a quote fanatic. I have quotes written on scraps of paper stuffed into my purse, scrawled onto my school work, saved into my phone’s notepad, and so on. Here are ten of my favorite quotes and why I love them, in no particular order.
1) “I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” –Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand is hit or miss for most people. Personally, I love her work, and Atlas Shrugged is one of my favorite books. There are many powerful quotes in the novel, however this quote resonates strongly with me (and many others). I love this quote because it supports the individual. Atlas Shrugged revolves around Rand’s idea of objectivism, the philosophy that a man’s purpose in life is his own happiness and productivity. The quote above captures this idea by saying that you must live for your own sake and no one else’s.
2) “I’ve loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” –Sarah Williams, The Old Astronomer (poem)
I love this quote so much that I have it tattooed on my back. In the poem, the dying narrator gives his final advice to his pupil and urges him to continue on unafraid. For me, this quote is about finding light in the darkest of places. If you truly love something, then you will be able to overcome your fears in order to achieve what it is you love.
3) “Sleep in the stars, don't you cry, dry your eyes on the wind.” –Grateful Dead, Bird Song
The Grateful Dead is one of my favorite bands. This is a beautiful song, and if you haven’t heard it, you should really go to YouTube it right away. This song is about people passing on. It is very full of sorrow but at the same time hopeful.
4) “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” –St. Augustine
I have been fortunate enough to travel to several foreign countries before the age of 21. Each trip has been such a learning experience, and I encourage everyone to go abroad at least once. Even if you do not love where you travel to you will at the very least gain a new appreciation for your home.
5) “Once in the midst of a seemingly endless winter, I discovered within myself an invincible spring.” –Albert Camus (If anyone has more information on where this quote is from it would be much appreciated!)
This quote gives me chills every time I read it. If I am having a particularly bad day/week/month/whatever, I read this and remember how much strength I have within myself to pull through.
6) “There are times when life calls out for a change. A transition. Like the seasons. Our spring was wonderful, but summer is over now and we missed out on autumn. And now all of a sudden, it's cold, so cold that everything is freezing over. Our love fell asleep, and the snow took it by surprise. But if you fall asleep in the snow, you don't feel death coming.” –Paris, je t’aime (translated from French)
This quote has a deep personal significance to me (warning this may get mushy). It is the perfect description of my first love. A love as intense as the summer, but suddenly it is winter and the love has frozen; yet I never felt the gradual cooling of autumn. This quote is so beautifully worded that I can’t even compare it to anything really. It speaks for itself.
7) “What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.” –Leo Tolstoy
Too often people idolize others for the wrong reason, such as their appearance. Just because a person is attractive does not mean they are a moral, kind, and compassionate human being. Upper further inspection, yes, they may be all those things; however you cannot assume someone is good just because they look good.
8) “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” –J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Albus Dumbledore)
Dreams are great, and everyone should have them, but you cannot let them control your life. You should never stop chasing your dreams; you just have to find a way to go after them while still living in the present and making the most of what you have at the time.
9) “The tree that does not bend with the wind will be broken by the wind.” –Chinese Proverb
In life, you have to “go with the flow.” If you are too set in your ways, you will be overstressed and overworked and end up reaching your breaking point. Be willing to listen to other’s ideas and change your ways of thinking.
10) “I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy…myself.” –Sioux Prayer
I believe you should aim to be better than your former self, not better than your peers. Focusing on improving yourself rather than besting others will give you a fulfilling life.
I Would Love to Hear Your Favorite Quotes
Please share them in the comments!
© 2012 Victoria Anne
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 19, 2015:
Great quotes and your interpretation from them. Very useful to everyday life. Nice work! Voted up!
Vladimer on December 12, 2014:
This is my first time I visit here. I found so much entertaining stuff in your blog, esleicaply its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the good work.
CFB on February 21, 2014:
Source of Camus on the invincible summer: find his Critical & Lyrical Essays, specifically the piece entitled "Return to Tipasa"
Richard on February 03, 2014:
Jackie is correct. The line is the last line from a poem by Sarah Williams.
The line is about dying.
Jackie on July 02, 2013:
Your second quote is often wrongly attributed to Galileo. It is actually from a poem by Sarah Williams called "The Old Astronomer to His Pupil".
The last four lines are: "Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."
Mitch Alan from South Jersey on April 04, 2013:
Rand's quote is great...it captures the idea (ideal) of freedom and liberty well. You can be equally a slave of another bt either them taking you captive or by you yourself accepting the servitude of the "nanny State".
Love Tolstoy's quote as we are often lulled to a false sense of acceptence because something looks/sounds good and plays on emotion alone. I enjoyed your Hub and love quotes that dig a little deeper, such as those you have listed here.
One of my favorites is "What you believe does not change what is, but what is should change what you believe."
AnnaCia on November 17, 2012:
Victoria: There is no better time for me to read such meaningful quotes. I love your style of giving the quote and commenting on it. Thank you. I needed this. Voted up
Victoria Anne (author) from Las Vegas on June 22, 2012:
@Crazzykylex Thanks for reading, you the quote you shared is a good one as well. As far as the Ayn Rand quote I wouldn't say it is my favorite (I didn't list them in a specific order) and I can understand why people don't like it. Rand is a pretty controversial author. Thanks for sharing your opinion!
Crazzykylex from Incredible India! on June 22, 2012:
“The tree that does not bend with the wind will be broken by the wind.”
...and the rock that does not stand strong on the shore will be broken by the sea waves!
So, yes. I don't like that quote (which is your favourite) But the rest are good :)
Dennis L. Page from New York/Pennsylvania border on June 04, 2012:
Voted up and interesting. I also liked the way you put your own personal spin on each quote cited. I will admit though, I echo xstatic's comment regarding not being particularly fond of the first quote.
One of my favorite quotes come from an older movie...1966 "The Sand Pebbles" at the end when Steve McQueen is finally tired of killing and he says, "Shove off Captain, I ain't got no more enemies." A quote I use and try to live by is "Don't sweat the small stuff because when you are on your deathbed it is all small stuff."
Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on June 03, 2012:
Very nice to read all these great quotations and your personal commentary on each one adds a lot too. I like thm all but number one strikes me as having little empathy for those among us who are not as fortunate as we are.
Karre Schaefer from Eskridge, Kansas on June 03, 2012:
I have too many favorites -- but as a political philosopher, I have to say, you have some of the greatest. Thanks for sharing, well worth me holding onto to read when I feel like I need a boost. Thanks. Karre.