I love quotes and collect them. It often surprises me who said what. I am sometimes shocked by the name of the famous or non-famous speaker of a little known saying. Some of my favorites are below.
“Words are the only thing that last,” was one of Winston Churchill’s frequently spoken lines. He was famous for his speeches and used words in many books. This Prime Minister who led England during World War II wrote the equal of 43 books and was honored in the film The Darkest Hour. This fine drama earned an Academy Award for Best Actor for British thespian Gary Oldman, who played Churchill brilliantly. Unfortunately, this word group that Churchill uttered was first said by William Hazlitt, a writer and critic who lived in the 17th and 18th century. He was born in 1778 and died in 1830. Attributing a wise quote to someone is often tricky. Churchill also said, “Success is going from failure to failure.” He actually was the original speaker of this witty and accurate line.
“Since we can’t choose how we die, we’d better be careful how we choose to live.” This great quote is attributed to someone named Jeff Giles. Giles was a writer who became an editor for the magazine Entertainment Weekly, which is now a monthly publication. He actually said this.
“If at first an idea is not absurd, then there’s no hope for it.” This brilliant observation is attributed to the man who discovered The Theory of Relativity and other seemingly absurd but true principles. His name was Albert Einstein.
I especially like quotes about travel. Who said,” Travel is at its most rewarding when it ceases to be about your reaching a destination and becomes indistinguishable from living your life.” This was said by travel writer Paul Theroux, who would surely know how true it is.
And second from last, “Anyone who isn’t confused really doesn’t understand the situation.” This was said by a man who became one of the first TV newsmen and made his living from a career in media. He was one of the first TV stars. His name was Edward R. Murrow. He died in 1965. I wonder what he would say about current national and international news?
“Is this what it meant to be a parent–to constantly fail to be in control of anything?” This was said by the father of twins who writes books that I love including Four Seasons in Rome and All the Light We Cannot See.