Always do what you want, and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
Write your misery in sand, but carve your blessings in marble.
So I thought... maybe we can have a topic where we would share such wise, inspiring or just cool quotes!
This board is appropriate for it, is it not? I actually love reading quotes like that; it's kind of like a little hobby of mine! Recently I was looking through Leonardo da Vinci's notes that I had found on the Internet... that man had some fine things to say, I tell you that! Here are some I liked:
"Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by
promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your
"To lie is so vile, that even if it were in speaking well of godly
things it would take off something from God's grace; and Truth is so
excellent, that if it praises but small things they become noble."
"Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light
to darkness; and this truth is in itself so excellent that, even
when it dwells on humble and lowly matters, it is still infinitely
above uncertainty and lies, disguised in high and lofty discourses;
because in our minds, even if lying should be their fifth element,
this does not prevent that the truth of things is the chief
nutriment of superior intellects, though not of wandering wits."
"The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions."
"He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss."
"He who thinks little, errs much."
"To speak well of a base man is much the same as speaking ill of a
I love this one:
"Just as eating against one's will is injurious to health, so study
without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it
Try telling that to your teacher when you aren't interested in a subject!
In those notes, I have also found a bunch of descriptions of animals of sort, talking about the character traits -- or values -- they represent. I thought it was interesting:
We read of the beaver that when it is pursued, knowing that it is
for the virtue [contained] in its medicinal testicles and not being
able to escape, it stops; and to be at peace with its pursuers, it
bites off its testicles with its sharp teeth, and leaves them to its
[Hahhah? I wonder if it's true!]
It is said of the bear that when it goes to the haunts of bees to
take their honey, the bees having begun to sting him he leaves the
honey and rushes to revenge himself. And as he seeks to be revenged
on all those that sting him, he is revenged on none; in such wise
that his rage is turned to madness, and he flings himself on the ground, vainly exasperating, by his hands and feet, the foes against
which he is defending himself.
When the wolf goes cunningly round some stable of cattle, and by
accident puts his foot in a trap, so that he makes a noise, he bites
his foot off to punish himself for his folly.
The fox when it sees a flock of herons or magpies or birds of that
kind, suddenly flings himself on the ground with his mouth open to
look as he were dead; and these birds want to peck at his tongue,
and he bites off their heads.
The mole has very small eyes and it always lives under ground; and
it lives as long as it is in the dark but when it comes into the
light it dies immediately, because it becomes known;--and so it is
The lion is never afraid, but rather fights with a bold spirit and
savage onslaught against a multitude of hunters, always seeking to
injure the first that injures him.
FEAR OR COWARDICE.
The hare is always frightened; and the leaves that fall from the
trees in autumn always keep him in terror and generally put him to
The falcon never preys but on large birds; and it will let itself
die rather than feed on little ones, or eat stinking meat.