Quoting Through Life
I love quotes.
Maybe it’s the English major in me, but phrases that I hear in movies, read in books or scroll past on social media always catch my attention.
I think the main reason I love quotes so much is because they’re something I can relate to. It’s not hard to find one that relates to a particular experience that has been influential on my life or that inspires me to keep an open mind as often as I can. Quotes allow for human connection; they remind us that everybody has felt the way we are feeling now or inspire us to reach for the stars.
Here are a few of my favorite phrases that ring true for me every time I read them:
“Take a sad song and make it better.”
The above lyric is from arguably one of the best Beatles songs in history, Hey Jude. I read the lyric as follows: make the most of a bad situation. We all have bad days, whether it’s fighting with your best friend, getting a bad grade in a class or losing a loved one, hence the “sad song.” We learn from our past and move on from it, taking the lessons we’ve learned and applying them whenever they’re necessary. It’s how we recover from these experiences that shape our lives for the future.
“I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up.”
This quote by actress Ingrid Bergman just happened to pop up on my Twitter feed one day, and I couldn’t help but save it. If you’ve met me, you know I’m naturally an introvert. My “lion” reminds me that I am a brave, fierce, strong person and I’ll come out of my shell, in spite of the most socially-terrifying situations. This quote reminds me that I can be myself if I just let my walls down for a bit.
“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
This Walt Disney quote is one of my absolute favorites because it has a huge flair of real life. Of course his quotes about achieving your dreams are inspiring, but this particular one is grounded in reality and easily relatable. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been knocked to the ground, with the words “you can’t do it” floating all around my mind. Somehow I’ve managed to pick myself up. I’ve shown people that I will not stand for being underestimated. And I’m stronger because of it.
“So much of me is made from what I learned from you, you’ll be with me like a handprint on my heart.”
One of my best friends introduced me to the Broadway musical Wicked this past year, and I will happily say that the soundtrack is absolutely outstanding. This lyric, from the song “For Good,” describes so many different relationships in my life. The wonderful people I’ve made connections with here at Assumption and all of my friends, family and teachers at home have had a major impact on my life. They’ve all shaped me into who I am. I couldn’t imagine living my life without knowing a single one of them.
If you ever have a seriously cruddy day, need some inspiration or even just a reminder of how wonderful of a person you are, I recommend making a list of your all-time favorite quotes. I hope you find as much solace in them as I do.