You Can Quote Me On This

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:)

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