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Favourite quotes

4 May 2013 by superlative

Blog every day in May topic – Favourite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it 

This is a hard topic for me, as I don’t know that I really have any favourite quotes. I’m not into those inspirational quotes you see posted on Twitter particularly; most of them are a bit twee.

I do however have this quote stuck up next to my desk, alongside two Dilbert cartoons and an X-Men graphic novel flyer.

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it” – William Feather

I suppose I stuck it there because I know I worry too much, and I can sometimes let that get in the way of enjoying the moment. I expend an awful lot of energy worrying about things and planning for all sorts of eventualities, and then they rarely turn out as badly as I was expecting and the stress is rather needless.

I did a quick search for William Feather while I was writing this just to make sure he actually said this quote, and I found a whole page of them attributed to him. I quite liked this one too:

“No man is a failure who is enjoying life.”

It seems he’s one of those people who said lots of quote-worthy things, like Mae West.

The only other quote I like that I can think of is John Le Mesurier’s last words summing up his life before he died:

“It’s all been rather lovely.”

That seems like a nice sentiment. It’s not sad; it sounds contented, and I hope I’ll be able to look back as fondly when I’m old.

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