>I’ve just put down Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and loved the book. Not just because I like the book so much for what it is but because I found one of my favourite quotes in there:
“I was never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.”
It’s a quote that sums up by my philosophy of life in no more than two lines and so much more beautifully that I ever could have.
And then I got thinking about all those lines that have stayed with me during so many years of reading. I first read Wuthering Heights in standard XII and the whole class of girls fell in love with the idea of the dark and broody Heathcliff. But there were these lines in particular that Catherine says of her love for Heathcliff that we ooh-ed and aah-ed over:
“If all else perished and he remained I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it… I am Heathcliff. “
Doctor Faustus is also one of my favourite reads because Christopher Marlowe seems to have written some two hundred years ago what all mankind can feel even now:
“Why this is hell, nor am I out of it.
Thinks’t thou that I who saw the face of God
And tasted the eternal joys of Heaven,
Am not tormented with ten thousand hells,
In being deprived of everlasting bliss?”
And there’s the simplicity if these lines in Alice Walker’s very complex book Color Purple that appeals to me:
I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
Take the time to smell the flowers, to stop and see the beauty around you. Simple, ain’t it?
My fifth most favourite quote is from a famous play by Samuel Beckett called Waiting for Godot:
“Nothing to be done.”
You won’t know how much that line means if you don’t believe a little in existentialism – how we all exist for the sake of existing though there’s nothing really to be done in this life.
Those are a few of my favourite quotes. What are yours? I’d love to hear.