In 1997, my junior year of high school, I started a journal of quotes. Everything that I found profound or thought-provoking, I wrote in its pages. Now, almost fifteen years later, it’s very interesting to look back and see what I considered philosophical when I was seventeen.
Here are a few of the highlights:
“Do not be afraid of perfection; you will never attain it.” – Salvador Dali
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” – Emile Coue
“The opposite of war isn’t peace; it’s creation.” – RENT
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” – Plato
“If you would be loved, love and be loveable.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Life is hard, Tommy. Sometimes I think it’s the hardest thing there is.” – Rugrats
“In spite of everything, I still believe people are good at heart.” – Anne Frank
Reading back over this journal, I realize that when I got to college, the journal turned more into a way to record funny moments, random quotes from all the new, fascinating people who became my friends, as well as from the movies and TV shows that I loved. It also got darker and maybe even a little less optimistic.
“Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.” – Men in Black
“Never take financial tips from a porn movie.” – Sam Barber
“Dare to be stupid!” – Weird Al
“If I had a trillion dollars, I’d buy Mexico and rename it South Canada.” – Dave (no idea who this is, but he made the journal)
“If you can’t learn to do something well, enjoy doing it poorly.” – Unknown
“Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.” – Cynthia Nelms
“I’m never going to be Meryl Streep. But then, she’ll never be Dolly Parton, either.” – Dolly Parton
“I never stop to wonder why I’m not like other people. The mystery to me is why more people aren’t like me.” – Floryence Kennedy
I stopped writing in the journal by 2005, but I can’t remember why I quit. Perhaps I should take it up again. Or maybe it was meant to exist in a different time, when I was a different person.
Have you ever kept a journal, of quotes or otherwise? Do you ever look back over old entries? I’d love to know what you learned from them:)