I initially compiled a list of quotes that I thought was worth remembering over the years in a Google Keep note, but I ended up losing it somehow in the process of tidying up. Silly me—I should’ve thought to keep it here, so now I’ll need to reconstruct the whole list. This post exists for that sole purpose.
This will be updated as I come across more quotes from books, videos, tweets, etc., with the newest entries at the bottom.
The best way to predict your future is to create it.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
—H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by
deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up
enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
What we believe shapes who we are. Belief can bring us salvation or destruction. But when you believe a lie for too long, the truth doesn’t set you free. It tears you apart.
—Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), Altered Carbon, Season 1: Clash by Night
Technology advances, but humans don’t. We’re smart monkeys, and what we want is always the same. Food, shelter, sex, and in all its forms, escape.
—Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman), Altered Carbon, Season 1: Fallen Angel
We are finite creatures. Our lives are small and can only scientifically consider a small part of reality. What’s common for us is just a sliver of what’s available. We can only see so much of the electromagnetic spectrum. We can only delve so deep into extensions of space. Common sense applies to that which we can access. But common sense is just that. Common. If total sense is what we want, we should be prepared to accept that we shouldn’t call infinity weird or strange. The results we’ve arrived at by accepting it are valid, true within the system we use to understand, measure, predict and order the universe. Perhaps the system still needs perfecting, but at the end of day, history continues to show us that the universe isn’t strange. We are.
—Vsauce (Michael Stevens), The Banach–Tarski Paradox
(Approximate English translation)
Freedom isn’t about doing what you want to do; freedom is not having to do what you don’t want to do.
Time is the greatest of all warriors. What it doesn’t destroy, it alters beyond recognition.
—Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie), Altered Carbon, Season 2: Phantom Lady
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.