Right now you can hardly turn around without hearing the word Christmas, usually accompanied by lame puns on seasonal words like holly and merry, and the lazy journalist’s headline The 12 whatever-they-are, even if those particular whatever-they-are have nothing to do with Christmas. Well, I’m not about to get left behind in this frantic festive scramble, so here are my 12 favourite quotes. Just in the St Nick of time.
If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.” Khalil Gibran
“What we’re saying today is that you’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.” Eldridge Cleaver
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela
“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” Martin Luther King, Jr
“True friends stab you in the front.” Oscar Wilde
‘There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” W. Somerset Maugham
“I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.” Oprah Winfrey
“Stupid is as stupid does.” Forrest Gump
“I have nothing to say and I am saying it and that is poetry.” John Cage
“You cannot predict the future.” Stephen Hawking
and that’s why you probably didn’t expect this 12th quote
يوم عسل يوم بصل
This anonymous Arabic quote translates as “One day honey, another day onions” and I think it nicely encapsulates the bittersweet nature of life.
What are your favourite quotes?