By the magic of being able to schedule this post, here is my submission for Mama Kat's Writers' Workshop this week.
These are six of my all time favorite quotes, as prompted by the world famous & amazing Mama Kat:
1. "We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we must cling tight to each other in order to fly."
This actually made it into my wedding vows. It is my all time favorite quote about love! I've never found who said it actually, so if anyone knows, please leave it in the comments. When I was younger, I never wanted to get married. My stepdad was always trying to tell me that I needed to find someone so that we could accomplish more together. It wasn't until I read this quote and later met my husband that I truly understood what he was talking about.
2. “I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.” --George Carlin
I hope I don't alienate too many readers with this one, but it is soooooooo true and hilarious.
3. "You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should've behaved better." Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott is a goddess among writers who inspire other writers. Her book Bird by Bird changed my life when I read it. This quote gives me the courage to write about some of the unmentionable, too hilarious, and painfully embarrassing things that have happened to me. You've been warned people!
4. "Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."
Again, I can't find who said this, but it is one of the most true statements for my own life and so many people I know. My mother always says that the goal of life is to have the best stories at the old folks' home. I'm working on it mama.We always find a way to pay for the things we think we need in our lives, and travel is almost ALWAYS at the top of my list. Again, I'm not sure who said it, so let me know in the comments if you do.
5. "Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't." Bill Nye
Respect for the knowledge that comes from differential experiences is paramount in understanding what it is that you can learn from anyone in the world you meet. This is one of the things I LOVE about the field of anthropology, because this is phrase is pretty much a given in our field. Expertise comes in many forms and wisdom can be acquired down multiple pathways. Understanding the world from another perspective will change the way you look at your own life/culture too by the way. It is a little mind-boggling actually, but we love it.
6. "Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it." Bill Cosby
Motivation Motivation Motivation. Quit being afraid and just GO FOR IT! Stop mulling over all the worst case scenarios and figure out how to make it happen. The risks are worth the reward and no person ever got rewarded for figuring out all the ways that things might go wrong. I <3 Bill Cosby so very much for this quote!
So my quotes are about love, religion/politics, writing, travel, understanding through respect, and motivation to chase your dreams. I hope these weren't too up in the clouds optimistic, but a girl with anxiety issues needs these sorts of quotes in her life.