Its a bird…its a plane….its one sentence that tries to sum up life, but cant.
I dont have a favourite quote. I was googling quotes today and found a fun one: nothing is so useless as a general maxim. I sort-of agree.
But, then again, certain oft-quoted people do make good points very succinctly. Personally, I feel like in 1B06, our profs strive to teach us to become quotable. They would love nothing more than a memorable turned phrase. Or at least…Browning makes enough of those himself to appear at the back of the yearbook pretty often, and pretty hilariously.
According to facebook, my favourite quotes are Shakespeare’s sonnet 18 and a piece of wizard rock, too epic not to share:
I’m Snape, Snape, Severus Snape, I’m grimmin, I’m slimmin, I wear a dark cape, I’m not a fan of children, but mostly Potter, the arrogant hotshot Hogwarts squatter, he’s got no talent, he’s all dumb luck, they say he’s like his father, yeah they both suck! So anybody with a brain can see, the little brat just….bothers me
And, since it was Jeremy who insisted I blog, I humour him with a discussion of the above quote.
I like things with good rhythm, and I’m pretty sure I laughed out loud the first time I heard this.After googling parts of the quotation, I can sadly say I have no idea where I found it. I find it interesting that even though I’m fairly certain that this was written pre-deathly hallows release in 2007, its not too far off the mark. Snape hates Harry as a person, and everything he stands for, and would have done away with him if not for love for his mother. Also, alliteration in the last line. Just sayin’
On a more serious note, one quote that resonates most deeply with me is by Sir Edmund Burke, who wrote “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
I think this is particularly pertinent for our generation. We are the lazy children, who gaze up at the world and think it is too big to be influenced by just one person. The generation that has been asked for money to so many good-hearted organizations that they stop caring. But pacifism is a type of acceptance of the current situation.
A long time ago, I wrote thematically on this quote about the crisis in Darfur (then only a few years old) and how this quote reminded me of the famous post-holocaust mantra “Never Again.” When the world sits by the wayside and watches atrocious events happen…they are allowing for the triumph of evil.
This quote has a special place in my heart because I can stem my interest in global politics, humanitarianism, and global development to my interest in the subject as a 13-year-old who went around her school’s lunchroom to find out how many classmates knew what or where “darfur” was. While I am not the same person I was 6 years ago, I certainly have developed my interest in the field and has shaped my aspirations as I continue to forge my own path.
I think that its important for everyone, especially our generation, to keep their heads up and eyes and ears open. We are a generation destined to change the world, or at least…piece together the parts of it as they fall. But having read so many books as kids that show the good guy winning in the end…who really wants to cheer on the bad guys? All it takes is a little bit of action, and a little less pacifism…
Enough of the naive dribbling drool. If you’ve read this far, you should get a reward.
I’ve provided a choice selection of fun quotes for anyone still interested. Once again, apologies for allowing this blog to sink into anonymity and death. No guarantees that I will continue to post again, though!
Don’t get your knickers in a knot; it solves nothing and makes you walk funny.
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.
If you’re standing with one leg in yesterday and one leg in tomorrow, you will pee all over today.