The quote collection

My favorite quotes, most in English, some in Finnish. * Lempisitaattejani, suurin osa englanniksi, joitakin suomeksi.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Ford Prefect (Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

“The point is, you see,” said Ford, “that there is no point driving yourself mad trying to stop yourself from going mad. You might just as well give in and save your sanity for later.” – Ford Prefect (Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very peristent one.” – Albert Einstein

“When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all like whaaaaat!” – Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)

“A man needs a little madness, or else he never dares cut the rope and be free.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

“Dance like nobody is watching” – Mark Twain

“Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once.” – Woody Allen

“Stupid is as stupid does.” – Forrest Gump

“Joka ei osaa tanssia, syyttää lattiaa.” – suomalainen sananlasku

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are even stupider.” – George Carlin

“I think truth in fiction comes from how the words make you feel, rather than a reference to the facts behind them.” – Layton Green

“Really, a novel does not exist, does not happen, until readers pour their own lives into it.” – Emma Donoghue

“The only normal people are those you don’t know very well.” – Alfred Adler

“If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don’t put it there.” – Anton Chekhov

“Champagne! In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” – Mark Twain

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” – Vincent van Gogh

“Minun ei tarvitse katsoa televisiosta kauniita ja rohkeita. Riittää, kun vettä hakiessani vilkaisen joen pinnassa näkyvää kuvajaistani – siinä on minulle kauneutta ja rohkeutta riittävästi.” – Riitta Lehvonen

“Truly, as the ancients taught us, there is nothing under the moon, however fine, that is not subject to corruption.” – C J Sansom (Dark Fire)

“Do you hate people?” “I don’t hate them…I just feel better when they’re not around.” – Charles Bukowsky (Barfly)

“I have one problem, I don’t hate people. They disgust me and I want to get away from them. I do not have hatred. I have an escape mechanism.” – Charles Bukowski

(“I should not let my mind go wnadering, it’s too small to go out by itself” – Danilo Thann in Elfsong by Elaine Cunningham)

”Out of their context, she had behaved out of character. It made one wonder at the independence of character from place and from there to the strange, malleable liquidity of character itself.” – David Duchovny (Miss Subways)

“The term atheist should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a ‘non-astrologer’ or non-alchemist.’ We do not have a word for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive, or for people who doubt that aliens traverse the galaxy only to molest cattle.” – Dan Brown (Origin)

”Feelings come and go, unless you don’t feel them. Then they stay, and hurt, and grow pear-shaped and weird.” – David Duchovny (Holy Cow)

“Why be cool if you can’t even wear a sombrero.” – Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes)

“Historia on niinkuin nurkassa uliseva murrosikäinen: sitä pitää yrittää tulkita. Nykyisyyttä ei tulkita, sitä eletään.” – Roope Lipasti (Perunkirjoitus)

“Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” – Auntie Mame

“Reading isn’t the opposite of doing, it’s the opposite of dying.” – Mary Anne Schwalbe

“Heräsi kysymys, onko paljon luettu kirja välttämättä huono tai onko vähän luettu kirja välttämättä hyvä.” – Veikko Huovinen

“Kuoleman läheisyydessä pelkäämme meluamista, aivan kuin viikatemies ei olisi vielä poistunut vaan etsisi seuraavaa uhriaan ja voisi kuulla.” – Indrek Hargla (Apteekkari Melchior ja Olevisten kirkon arvoitus)

“It’s the people you meet in this job that really get you down. The best conversation I had was over forty million years ago…. And that was with a coffee machine.” – Marvin (Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

“I found a small lake that thought it was a gin and tonic and jumped in and out of that.”

The wave harmonic theory of historical perception, in its simplest form, states that history is an illusion caused by the passage of time, and that time is an illusion caused by the passage of history. – Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it… anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. – Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

Humor is looking at the broad picture, and then finding the incongruous detail. Humor is another word for looking at life from a slightly different angle. It means not taking yourself too seriously. In addition to all that, it adds a bit of fun to the process of living. – Danilo Thann (Elaine Cunningham, Elfsong)

“There are bigger sacrifices one might be asked to make than going a little mad.” – Mr. Wednesday (American Gods, the TV series)

“On the flip side of everything we think we absolutely understand lurks an equal amount of the unknown. Understanding is but the sum of our misunderstandings.” – Sumire (Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart)

“So that’s how we live our lives. No matter how deep and fatal the loss, no matter how important the thing that’s been stolen from us – that’s snatched right out of our hands – even if we are left completely changed people with only the outer layer of skin from before, we continue to play out our lives this way, in silence.” – Haruki Murakami (Sputnik Sweetheart)

“Eikä onnellisuus riipu siitä missä asuu vaan siitä, miten pärjää itsensä kanssa. Asuipa missä tahansa on hetken päästä tyytymätön ja onneton jos suhde itseen on sekaisin.” – Eppu Nuotio (Anopinhammas)

“In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things that you can only do with somebody else. It’s important to combine the two in just the right amount.” – Korogi (Haruki Murakami, After Dark)

“Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway.” – J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit)

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently” – Nietzche

“Sometimes, when your heart gets so full, it takes away your voice and all you can do is hold on for dear life.” – Ox (T.J. Klune, Wolfsong)

”Don’t waste your time or time will waste you.” – Muse (Nights of Cydonia)

“Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.” – Neil Gaiman

“Remembering dreams is like picking small jellyfish – they slip through your fingers – and you never know if it’s a dream you had or if you added to the dream in the remembering.” – Griz (C.A. Fletcher, A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World)

Janet Evanovich, The Recovery Agent

There’s only one way to run away from your own story, and that’s to sneak into someone else’s. – Alix E Harrow (The Ten Thousand Doors of January)

Death’s greatest power is not that it can make people die, but that it can make people want to stop living. – Fredrik Backman (My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry)