“Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.” Frank Lloyd Wright
“People are particularly stupid today; I can’t talk to any more of them.” Yanic Truesdale as Michel on Gilmore Girls
“I am continually amazed at the total frailty of the human body, and the incredible resiliency of the human spirit.” Alan Alda as Hawkeye on M*A*S*H
“You must never feel badly about making mistakes, as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons…
…but it’s not just learning things that’s important. It’s learning what to do with what you learn and learning why you learns things at all that matters.” Princesses Reason and Rhyme in Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth
“That may be true, but you had the courage to try, and what you can do is often simply a matter of what you will do.”Princess Reason in Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth
More wisdom from Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth:
“But it’s just as bad to live in a place where what you do see isn’t there as it is to live in one where what you don’t see is.”
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Thoughts on perspective from The Phantom Tollbooth:
For instance, from here that looks like a bucket of water…But from an ant’s point of view it’s a vast ocean, from an elephant’s just a cool drink, and to a fish, of course, it’s home. So, you see, the way you see things depends a great deal on where you look at them from.”
I love this passage from The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster!
“In this box are all the words I know…Most of them you will never need, some you will use constantly, but with them you may ask all the questions which have never been answered and answer all the questions which have never been asked. All the great books of the past and all the ones yet to come are made with these words. With them there is no obstacle you cannot overcome. All you must learn to do is use them well and in the right places.”
“Until such time as the world ends, we will act as though it intends to spin on.” Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in The Avengers