This smattering of quotes comes from many sources: They have touched me at one time or another. I hope they do the same for you.
- "Yes, it is possible that we do not grow up, that even as we grow old, we remain the children we always were. We made ourselves into what we are now, then, and we remain what we were in spite of the years. Time makes us grow old, but we do not change." (Paul Auster - Invention of Solitude)
- "To know who you are, you have to know who you have been." (August Wilson)
- "Give me the map there. Know we have divided in three our kingdom; and it is our intent to shake all cares and business from our age, conferring them on younger strengths while we unburdened crawl toward death." (King Lear, who wants to retire from the responsibilities as ruler and give the kingdom to his three daughters, so he can retire in peace. Big mistake!) (King Lear - William Shakespeare)
- "One has to have luck, even when you die." (my father, Abraham Greenberg)
- "I waited longer for you!" (My mother, Beatrice Greenberg, when my sister and I would try to rush her.)
- "Unhappy is the land that has no heroes. Unhappy is the land that needs heroes. (Galileo's reply in the Bertolt Brecht play, Galileo.)
- "Fight for what you believe in up to the point they will kill you." (Galileo-Brecht)
- Potso - "I don't seem to be able to depart."
Gogo - "Such is life." (Waiting for Godot - Samuel Becket)
- "We give you the world every 22 minutes." (WINS News)
- "Revolution is always initiated by simpletons, helped along by fools, pushed through by rogues, then taken over by opportunists." (Gustave Flaubert)
- "I am not only witty myself, but the cause that wit is in other men." (Falstaff - Henry IV - William Shakespeare)
- "My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty and despair! Nothing beside remains." (Ozymandias, an Egyptian king, brags about his conquests and his palace is all in ruins in the desert. (Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley)
- "The paths of glory lead but to the grave." (Elegy written in a country churchyard. - Thomas Gray)
- "Though I've belted you an' flayed you, By the livin' God that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!" (Gunga Din - Rudyard Kipling)
- "I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul." (Invictus - William Ernest Henley)
These are some of my favorite insights. Please, my reader, send me yours.