A good quote is a failsafe mood changer for me. Quotes are like concentrated bits of magic; you read one and the next moment you are a different person. I simply can’t resist reading a quote, even if it is printed on somebody’s T-shirt. And I can tell you, I have got many funny looks from people for staring at them all intense and grim, like a stalker! I look up to find them fuming and stare back vacantly, my mind already absorbed in what I have just read. Good lines do that to you, don’t they?
Like this famous line from the poem The Old Astronomer to His Pupil…
“Though my soul may set in darkness,
It will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night”.
Tell me, can you read these lines and not feel anything?
How about Maya Angelou’s,
“You can shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise…”
Electrifying, isn’t it?
One of my very favourite quotes is Oscar Wilde’s “some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” It’s downright funny but so very true, isn’t it?
Another favourite is Yeats,
“I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
Haven’t we all felt this way some time or the other? And bear this in mind when you read my blog, gentle reader! 😉
Writers and poets are wonderful people. They are a supposedly extinct breed, for they are magicians. They put into words what we feel most intensely but what we ourselves can’t put into words. That is why you feel moved when you read their words… because deep down you can identify with the thoughts and feelings which they have so deftly woven into words. Let me conclude with a quote which is very close to my heart. It’s from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline:
“Fairy tales are more than true,
Not because they tell us that dragons exist,
But because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”