Forget love, I'd rather fall in chocolate.

~ Anon ~

Good Quotes!

October 4th, 2011 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 59 secs

Of course! That's such a good quote.

Good quotes come to mind far more than bad, don’t they? Well, they should. Yet the more I try to think of a good quote at an opportune moment, the more my mind goes blank. So what’s the point of a truly good quote if it leaves you wanting just when it could offer the most profound impact?

Reflecting on things reminds me of  several good quotes. But, then “phffft!” they’re gone; leaving nothing but an “ummm…”

Sure, I’ve tried making up for the shortfall. Hoping that a few good words will trigger the memory of lines from Walt Whitman, Goethe, Helen Keller, or Twain.  I’d love to let the pearls of Anne Frank or Oscar Wilde tumble from my talk. Instead, I manage to burble umm, ahh, and err out with nothing but a head scratch and a frown.

“To err is human, but to moo is bovine” is all I recall from someone called “Anon “ (she’s a wonderful woman). Then I recall two brilliant Biblical quotes, “A dog always returns to its own vomit” and “Consider the ant you sluggard.” But they probably don’t qualify for the title of good quotes. At least not in the inspirational sense.

I guess that’s why Oscar Wilde said, “What seem to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” Good one, Ozzie.

Or “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” That’s one of Bertie Einstein’s good quote nuggets.

Buddha, too, told people “Happiness never decreases by being shared.” That’s such a good quote I wish I could remember it daily.

Just like the saying, “Love is blind but jealousy sees too much.” It’s a good Yiddish quote. But does it ever come to mind at the right moment? Nope.

Then there’s the creepy words of Adolf Hitler who once declared, “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.” It’s chilling in its truth. But I’ll only have a vague idea of that when the time for applying it arrives. It just parks itself to one side, amongst the rows of jumbled filing cabinets in my mind. Most likely filed away in the back of some draw, amongst bad onions, scary movies, and troublesome people. No wonder I don’t like to go there often.

But you know something? I take greatest comfort from Mother Teresa’s sage words when she simply said, “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” That good and tender quote reminds me that being a ninja at wielding good quotes doesn’t matter.  Rather, it’s wiser to share a kindly smile. Because that’s something every one of us needs.

What do you think? Do you keep a good quote or two close to you? Or do you struggle getting out a good quote too?

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