20 Quotes About Love

I’m not big on Valentine’s Day but I don’t mind celebrating a little love! Especially with quotes from our favorite movies and books!

Image result for when harry met sally“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” – When Harry Met Sally, 1989 

“They say when you meet the love of your life, time stops, and that’s true.” ~ Big Fish, 2003

“Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.”
— Alfred Tennyson (In Memoriam)

“I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is.” – Forrest Gump, 1994

“I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” – Notting Hill, 1999

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”
— J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7))

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
— Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

“Loving someone, and being loved means so much to me. We always make fun of it and stuff. But isn’t everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?” – Before Sunrise, 1995

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“Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. I say, fall head over heels. Find someone you can love like crazy and who will love you the same way back. How do you find him? Well, you forget your head, and you listen to your heart. And I’m not hearing any heart. Cause the truth is, honey, there’s no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love, well, you haven’t lived a life at all. But you have to try, cause if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.” – William Parish, Meet Joe Black

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
— Mother Teresa

 

 

“If you love someone you say it, you say it right then, out loud. Otherwise, the moment just…passes you by.” – My Best Friend’s Wedding

“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.”
— Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper)

“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day.” – The Notebook

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.” – The Notebook 

“Look, I guarantee there’ll be tough times. I guarantee that at some time, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you’re the only one for me.” – Runaway Bride

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”
— Robert Fulghum (True Love)

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
— Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

“I always thought that there was this one perfect person for everybody in the world, you know, and when you found that person the rest of the world kind of magically faded away, and, you know, the two of you would just be inside this kind of protective bubble, but there is no bubble, I mean if there is you have to make it, I just think life is more than a series of moments, you know, we can make choices, and we can choose to protect the people we love, and that’s what makes us who we are and those are the real memories.”  – Forces of Nature

“Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” – Dead Poet’s Society

“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”
— Oscar Wilde

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But remember the best love is the love you give yourself!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

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Realizing Our Personal Legends

The Soul of the World is nourished by people’s happiness. And also by unhappiness, envy, and jealousy. To realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation. All things are one.

— Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

I am currently reading The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho.

While reading, I was struck by a particular thought. Coelho talks about realizing your Personal Legend.

“… (Personal Legend) ‘It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives.”

This sounds all well and good. I am certainly a dreamer who wants to realize her Personal Legend. But then he goes on…

“But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend.”

The crystal merchant expresses how he dreams of a dream he knows will never come true but he is okay with it. He wants to go to Mecca but he has never been able to make the trip. “…It’s the thought of Mecca that keeps me alive.” He says. “I’m afraid if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living.”

What if I live my whole life without accomplishing my Personal Legend? What if I think I’m headed in the right direction and I’m doing my best at everything I do along the way but I never realize the dream? Or what if I do realize the dream and I don’t feel accomplished? Is dreaming of the dream better than living it, like the crystal merchant says?

This can’t be the right attitude. We can let the “mysterious force” win!

I tend to believe if we are lucky enough to realize one dream, we will find another. No one says we have to stop wanting to accomplish things after having accomplished something else. There is not a limit to a single person’s amount of happiness or success…especially when it comes to one’s Personal Legend.

Our Personal Legends, to me, seem like they would be a process. A sequence of little successes building our ultimate selves.  So does this mean we should aim small in the short term and celebrate the small victories?  Or do we shoot for the stars?

I think the answer is both.

Even if a person dreams of becoming President or winning a Nobel Prize and never does, they were, hopefully, on a path of their choice. They did what they did with passion and enthusiasm, which in turn was following their legend.

“We all need to be aware of our personal calling. What is a personal calling? It is God’s blessing, it is the path that God chose for you here on Earth. Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our legend.”

The beauty of our calling or legend is that it can change and grow as we do. Whether you believe in God, the universe,  source energy, fate or that just gut feeling inside of you we always have the choice to live as we like.

“It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”

Do you have a personal calling or legend? Have you realized your dream(s)? I don’t care if you’ve answered yes or no…go on and keeping living it or towards it. Do what makes you come alive!

A little inspiring tune for you:

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Watchlist #1: The Oscars – Best Pictures Winners

My goal is to finish all 90+ films before I turn thirty. #30by30

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Academy Award Best Picture Winners

1927/28 – Wings directed by William A. Wellman 

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1928/29 – The Broadway Melody directed by Harry Beaumont

1929/30 – All Quiet on the Western Front directed by Lewis Milestone

1930/31 – Cimarron directed by Wesley Ruggles

1931/32 – Grand Hotel  directed by Edmond Goulding

1932/33 – Calvacade directed by Frank Lloyd

1934 – It Happened One Night directed by Frank Capra 

1935 – Mutiny on the Bounty directed by Frank Lloyd

1936 – The Great Ziegfeld directed by Robert Z. Leonard

1937 – The Life of Emile Zola directed by William Dieterle

1938 – You Can’t Take it with You directed by Frank Capra

1939 – Gone with the Wind directed by Victor Fleming

1940 – Rebecca directed by Alfred Hitchcock

1941 – How Green Was My Valley directed by John Ford

1942 – Mrs. Miniver directed by William Wyler

1943 – Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz

1944 – Going My Way directed by Leo McCarey

1945 – The Lost Weekend directed by Billy Wilder

1946 – The Best Years of Our Lives directed by William Wyler

1947 – Gentlemen’s Agreement directed by Elia Kazan✓

1948 – Hamlet directed by Laurence Oliver

1949 – All the King’s Men directed by Robert Rossen

1950 – All About Eve directed by Joesph L. Mankiewicz

1951 – An American in Paris directed by Vincente Minnelli

1952 – The Greatest Show on Earth directed by Cecil B. DeMille

1953 – From Here to Eternity directed by Fred Zinnemann ✓ 

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1954 – On the Waterfront directed by Elia Kazan

1955 – Marty directed by Delbert Mann

1956 – Around the World in 80 Days directed by Michael Anderson

1957 – The Bridge on the River Kwai directed by David Lean

1958 – Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli ✓ 

1959 – Ben-Hur directed by William Wyler

1960 – The Apartment  directed by Billy Wilder

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1961 – West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins✓

1962 – Lawrence of Arabia directed by David Lean

1963 – Tom Jones directed by Tony Richardson

1964 – My Fair Lady directed by George Cukor

1965 – The Sound of Music directed by Robert Wise ✓

1966 – A Man for All Seasons directed by Fred Zinnemann

1967 – In the Heat of the Night directed by Norman Jewison

1968 – Oliver! directed by Carol Reed

1969 – Midnight Cowboy directed by John Schlesinger

1970 – Patton directed by Franklin J. Schaffner

1971 – The French Connection directed by William Friedkin

1972 – The Godfather directed by Francis Ford Coppola 

1973 – The Sting directed by George Roy Hill

1974 – The Godfather Part II directed by Francis Ford Coppola

1975 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest directed by Miloš Forman 

1976 – Rocky directed by John G. Avildsen

1977 – Annie Hall directed by Woody Allen

1978 – The Deer Hunter directed by Michael Cimino 

1979 – Kramer vs. Kramer directed by Robert Benton 

1980 – Ordinary People directed by Robert Redford

1981 – Chariots of Fire directed by Hugh Hudson

1982 – Gandhi directed by Richard Attenborough

1983 – Terms of Endearment directed by James L. Brooks

1984 – Amadeus directed by Miloš Forman

1985 – Out of Africa directed by Sydney Pollack ✓ 

1986 – Platoon directed by Oliver Stone

1987 – The Last Emperor directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

1988 – Rain Man  directed by Barry Levinson 

1989 – Driving Miss Daisy directed by Bruce Beresford

1990 – Dances with Wolves directed by Kevin Costner

1991 – Silence of the Lambs directed by Jonathan Demme 

1992 – Unforgiven directed by Clint Eastwood

1993 – Schindler’s List directed by Steven Spielberg

1994 – Forrest Gump directed by Robert Zemeckis ✓

1995 – Braveheart directed by Mel Gibson

1996 – The English Patient directed by Anthony Minghella 

1997 – Titanic directed by James Cameron ✓

1998 – Shakespeare in Love directed by John Madden 

1999 – American Beauty directed by Sam Mendes 

2000 – Gladiator directed by Ridley Scott

2001 – A Beautiful Mind directed by Ron Howard 

2002 – Chicago directed by Rob Marshall 

2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King directed by Peter Jackson

2004 – Million Dollar Baby directed by Cint Eastwood 

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2005 – Crash directed by Paul Haggis 

2006 – The Departed directed by Martin Scorsese 

2007 – No Country for Old Men directed by Joel and Ethan Coen 

2008 – Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle 

2009 – The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow 

2010 – The King’s Speech directed by Tom Hooper✓

2011 – The Artist directed by Michel Hazanavicius 

2012 – Argo directed by Ben Affleck

2013 – 12 Years a Slave directed by Steve McQueen ✓

2014 – Birdman directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu 

2015 – Spotlight directed by Tom McCarthy 

2016 – Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins 

2017The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro 

2018 – Green Book by Peter Farrelly

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Thought Exercise: To Bury or Not to Bury

Today’s Daily Prompt:

Bury. Rhymes with the Larry, Mary and the other berry but looks like jury. Thank you, English Language.

Bury is a word of hiding or of an end. It’s obscure and leaves us curious.

It isn’t a comfortable subject for most but the first thing I think of when I hear bury is a funeral. Nobody wants to talk about funerals. It’s weird and in a lot of settings, it feels like an off-limits subject. But it is important. Part of our culture just so happens to include burials of the deceased. This movie certainly doesn’t shed any light on burial….

But of course, we hope to avoid the whole buried alive thing.

The history of funeral rites is a very interesting topic. A bit morbid on one level but it’s human. It says a lot about different cultures and religious beliefs. Burial grounds have been found dating back to 60,000 BC.!

It’s incredible how traditions and rituals evolve. If we look at afterlife plans nowadays, burial is by no means the only option for the deceased.

I just recently purchased an audiobook called, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. She talks about the “strange lives of our bodies postmortem.” And how you have uh… options. Like getting involved in science or art….as a cadaver….

Yes, I know. It’s a little…off-color, taboo? Disrespectful? … bizarre?

Honestly, I was a little disturbed with myself and my interest in the topic! But when I read the description and listened to the preview, that avid learner in me wanted to know more!

This coming from a girl who, as an adolescent, kept herself up at night worrying about what life was like after death. <<<< This is way too deep of a subject for right now but my point is there’s so much to learn, even if the topic is uncomfortable. Be curious!

“As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.” – Ashton Kutcher

“As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.”  -Robin S. Sharma

Get out there and step out of you comfort zone!

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Wait there’s more!

The deceased are not the only thing we bury.

Sometimes we bury…..

  • something to find later
  • treasure
  • a time capsule
  • the hatchet
  • our heads in a pillow
  • our heads in the sand
  • the secrets of our past
  • or just a dog bone

I hope your thoughts are good and exercised!

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