The Great Wayrift Quotes Archive

Being a Number of Quotes from Just About Everywhere, Silly and Serious, that Remind Me Of This Brilliant Place
Compiled by Aquila Chrysaetos

You taught me many things that cannot be learned from books. Like never giving up, and facing things without fear, and how beautiful people are. You made me laugh.

The highest good is like water,
nourishing life effortlessly,
flowing without prejudice
to the lowliest places.

It springs from all
who nourish their community
with a benevolent heart as deep as an abyss,
who are incapable of lies and injustices,
who are rooted in the earth,
and whose natural rhythms of action
play midwife to the highest good
of each joyful moment.
-Verse 8 of the Tao Te Ching

I’m living with false hope, and my eyes
Just wanna see a ray of light
I’m gonna find it in my fairytale

I hear long forgotten broken toys
Telling me ancient tales of a boy
I will sing of them in my fairytale.
-Yuki Kajiura

Isn’t it a bit surprising
How our fortunes ebb and flow?
And only to the enterprising
Does the magic fortune cookie go
(Believe me) It’s the time of your life so live it well.
It’s the time of your life so live it well.
We may only go round just one time,
As far as I can tell (he could be wrong about that!)
It’s the time of your life so live it well.
-‘The Time Of Your Life’
A Bug’s Life

It’s clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities and get back home by six o’ clock.
-Woody Allen

Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.
-Jose Ortega y Gasset

Humour is reason gone mad.
-Groucho Marx

Some stories are true that never happened.
-Elie Wiesel

Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life; they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.
-Anne Lamott

Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write.
-Sir Philip Sidney
Astrophel and Stella

There was a point to this story, but it has temporarily escaped the chronicler’s mind.
-Douglas Adams
So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.
-Richard Bach

Don’t wait for the light at the end of the tunnel.stride right up there and light the b***** thing yourself.
-Cassandra Hutchinson-Kern

Everything you can imagine is real.
-Pablo Picasso

A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.
-Bil Keane

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
-Jane Howard

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible — the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.
-Virginia Satir

Love is the immortal flow of energy that nourishes, extends and preserves. Its eternal goal is life.
-Smiley Blanton

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
-Chinese proverb

Sometimes the simplest gesture seems like the biggest showing of kindness possible.
-Erica Lynn Dager

Hope is the one thing that can grow in any climate.
-Unknown card from “Magic: The Gathering”

But the world is full of zanies and fools
Who don’t believe in sensible rules
And won’t believe what sensible people say
And because those daft and dewey-eyed dopes
Keep building up impossible hopes
Impossible things are happening every day!

We are often so caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people we meet along the way. Appreciation is a wonderful feeling, don’t overlook it.

Do they ever shut up on your planet?

My life has a superb cast, but I can’t figure out the plot.

If it’s stupid but works, it isn’t stupid.

Families are like fudge….mostly sweet, with a few nuts.

Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.

I like things to happen, and if they don’t happen, I like to make them happen.
-Winston Churchill

The hammer shatters glass but forges steel.
-Russian proverb

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
-T.S. Eliot

warm in a circle of friends
how have you all been?
we’d never die
just go through hell
and regroup again
so button it down
so the wind won’t blow it all away
and pass it around
like champagne on a holiday
-Shawn Mullins

If life is a battle, then my inner scars are medals for valor, for swiftness, for courage, for passion. Evil is the dark-haired brother of Good; they walk hand in hand–always.
-Calanthe Wraeththu