Three Days, Three Quotes – Day Three

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.

Featured image by Fabien Barral via Unsplash.

5 thoughts on “Three Days, Three Quotes – Day Three

  1. Dorky, you’ve really brought some great quotes to the table in these posts.

    Amongst all of them, curiously enough, the one that really speaks to me right now is your Mom’s. I’m wrestling with a touch of depression and the derpiness that accompanies returning to training agreed a long break, and I feel like that’s just what I needed to hear!

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  2. Thanks! I’m glad my mom helped you out a bit, I’ll tell her that. 🙂
    I know de-training makes you feel horrible, but I’m sure that with your number of classes and your dedication everything will be back to normal and even better in a couple of weeks. I don’t usually comment on your mental health-related posts because I feel like I have nothing to offer in the way of experience and little in the way of comfort, since it’s hard for me to express such things. Jokes like the above were the go-to method of dealing with things in my family so they are often all I can offer. I do follow your struggles and wish you all the best. And I’m sure you can do it, too, reading about how much you’ve overcome already.

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  3. Cool! Your Mom sounds like a pretty wise lady!

    Also, you’re right—I should be back in trim soon enough—especially since my main studio just added modern to the curriculum on days and times that actually work for me, so I won’t have to just totally skip modern for the rest of the semester.

    And no worries about my commenting on the mental health bits. I don’t take that personally or anything. Humor is also one of my go-to coping mechanisms, and I think it’s one of the best. Honestly, even black humor and irony have a way of helping me dig out of dark places.

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  4. Ooh, can I nominate myself? Disclaimer: I will more than likely break the rules, since I probably won’t have the nerve to nominate anyone, and will turn it more into something like one-day-nine-quotes, and they may not be inspirational/meaningful to anyone but myself, or even dance-relatd, and yeah…
    Anyway, just wanted to say that I, too, love the quote from your mom, and of course, Ray Bradbury.

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