Lunchtime break: Random quotes

Ever since high school, I’ve jotted down quotes and passages from books, magazine articles, TV shows and movies I’ve watched, people I’ve met and even overheard conversations of random people in various notebooks that I’ve been lugging around with me ever since. But with the advent of Facebook and the various incarnations of social media (like this blog), my tendency to record stuff has tapered off, which is really a pity because jotting things down was sort of how I kept track of things that happened in my life (“Ahh! Wrote this while I was having coffee with whatshername and she told me about that thing with whatshisface…” stuff like that) or was a good creative source whenever I feel blocked about what I’m writing — which is what is happening now, actually. However, this past weekend, after updating my phone’s software, I was scrolling through my notes, and it turns out I’ve been jotting down or taking photos of random stuff and I just haven’t really realized it. So I’m putting them here, before I delete them forever from the phone. Warning, some are sappy, some are wise, some I’ve posted on my Instagram or posted on Facebook, some are funny and some are just plain, “huh?”

“When dictatorship is a fact, revolution is a duty.” — source unknown

I don’t know where I got this but it struck a chord. Could it be from something as pop culture as Catching Fire? Hmmm…

Image(From Mex joint, Mexout’s calling card)

“Her kung-fu is strong and her magic is powerful.” — Eric, NCIS: LA (referring to Hetty, NCIS ops head played by the awesome Linda Hunt. It could very well describe Linda Hunt too!)

(Charles Eames’ love letter to Ray Eames! Romantic as heck! From the Essential Eames exhibit, photos of which I still need to post!)

“I know that what you need or need to activate in yourself will appear; I pray that your awakening comes with ease and grace, and stamina when the going gets hard. To love yourself  as you are is a miracle, and to seek yourself is to have found yourself, for now. And now is all we have and love is all we have.” — Anne Lamott

I can’t remember how I came by this quote, but I love this author. Her book, Bird by Bird should be read by all writers, aspiring and established alike.

(From the Essential Eames exhibit)

“Pop culture is written in lipstick on the back of a take-out menu. Its disposability — its junkiness — is its point, its appeal.” — from the article, “One Summer, Forever” by Lili Anolik, Vanity Fair, March 2014

Jotted it down not only because it’s true, but I wish I could write sentences that have this much impact in my own articles.

(At The Camera Museum in Penang. Stuff that are important in my life)

“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, cause you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him and don’t expect more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist. But there is one guy perfect for you.” — from someone’s Facebook post (Forgot whose!)

This can apply to women as well. Change the pronouns as needed. Yes, sappy. But kind of true.

(Random wall art in Penang. I am not sure this is part of Penang’s famous wall art, but I took a photo of it nevertheless because, aren’t we all at interactive works of art at this point?)

“Experience. Dream. Risk. Close your eyes and jump. Enjoy the free fall. Choose exhilaration over comfort. Choose magic over predictability. Choose potential over safety. Wake up to the magic of everyday life, Make friends with your intuition. Trust your gut. Discover the beauty of uncertainty. Know yourself fully before you make promises to another. Make millions of mistakes so that you will know how to choose what you really need. Know when to hold on and when to let go. Love hard and often and without reservation. Seek knowledge. Open yourself to possibility. Keep your heart open, your head high and your spirit free. Embrace your darkness along with your light. Be wrong every once in a while, and don’t be afraid to admit it. Awaken to the brilliance in ordinary moments. Tell the truth about yourself no matter what the cost. Own your reality without apology. See goodness in the world. Be bold. Be fierce. Be grateful. Be wild, crazy and gloriously free. Be you. Go now and live!” — from someone’s Instragam

I’m just sorry that I wasn’t able to write down whose it was! These are things we all know. But worth writing it down because, well, we need to be reminded of the important stuff.


(Tip jar in Necessary Provisions)

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My name is Terrie. I write for a living and blog for pleasure. Some days, I get up in the morning and know precisely what kind of day it is. At other times, I get knocked over for a loop. People seem to like confiding in me. When I was younger, I thought I knew everything and can tell you what you need to do if you ask me. Now that I'm older, I realize I don't know anything. That's been my motivation for the blog and for writing. To figure out the unknown and unknowable.

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