And finally, here’s the third day of the «Three Days, Three Quotes Challenge»! See part one for the challenge rules which I broke and part two for another three of my favourite quotes. Even though I’m not what you would call a quote person, this was a fun thing to do. Please nominate yourselves if you feel like it, since I didn’t actually manage to nominate anyone.
Today’s batch is the same mix of possibly motivational, completely unrelated to dancing and funny or weird as the previous two. Here we go:
We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?
– Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Few people will argue against the fact that Fahrenheit 451 is a great book. Bradbury’s wordy, intense writing grew on me fairly early and I’ve loved it ever since. Also, we share a birthday! Cool, right? As for the quote, I don’t believe it requires explanation or comment on my part.
Рукописи не горят. (Manuscripts don’t burn.)
– Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
Quite probably the greatest book ever written, The Master and Margarita is a living testament to that statement, as Bulgakov burned an early version of the book. My mother has always been a great fan of the book and had (and still has) an old, battered copy published in the USSR in which she always kept a little piece of paper with her favourite quotes written down on it in her neat script. I read The Master and Margarita for the first time in that old paperback when I was around 11 years old and I have never stopped re-reading it since. In fact, I’m going to go get it right now.
Why speak badly about yourself when others are more than happy to do it for you?
– my mom
Just so we don’t get too serious, here’s something my mom always said to me when I came out with typical teen complaints like «I’m ugly». Caustic humour is a time-honoured tradition in my family, one most family members love and engage in. It can sound terrifying to outsiders, but don’t worry: it’s all in good cheer. That said, the advice is actually sound. Negative self-talk is bad for you.
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