Hello, my name is Jenelle, and I’m a quote collector.

Yep. Whenever I hear or read a quote I just love, I have this compulsive urge to “capture” it. I have over 58 pages of quotes saved on my computer. I randomly insert quotes from my favorite movies and television shows (and sometimes books) into my everyday conversations. I’ve often told people that watching movies in my family is like a full contact sport. After the movie, we don’t just go off to the next event, we discuss the movie for HOURS. We quote it, talk about the characters we liked, didn’t like, what we enjoyed, what was difficult to believe, what themes were present. When we have regular conversations, often one of us (usually my dad) will insert a movie quote into the conversation and then just wait with this, “Well? Where’s it from?” expression until someone can shout out the name of the movie the quote is from (or quote the line that comes next, which is even better). (It does help that we all like the same types of movies). I forget not everyone does this, and cannot break myself of the habit when I’m conversing with people not related to me. Most of my friends who have stuck with me seem to have accepted this random quirk about me…

Anyway, I wanted to share a few of my compiled quotes with you. I do attempt to accurately give credit for these, but if you see a quote attributed to the wrong person (and you know who the correct original source is/was) please feel free to let me know! You won’t make me feel bad. If I have left off attribution, it’s because I have no idea who originally said it.

In honor of this being the first full month of the school year (unless you’re in year-round schooling… in which case… I’m sorry)

“What nobler profession than to touch the next generation – to see children hold your understanding in their eyes, your hope in their lives, your world in their hands. In their success you find your own and so to them you give your all.”

A writing quote… of course…

“To read means to borrow; to create out of one’s readings is paying off one’s debts.”

–George Christopher Lichtenberg

Quotes to ignite the soul:

 “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature, and has no chance of being free unless made or kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

–John Stuart Mill

“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.”

–Martin Luther King Jr.

“You can use most any measure when speaking of success. Some measure by the size of their house or the net worth of their portfolio. However, the measure of real success is one you cannot spend…it’s the way your child describes you when talking to a friend.”

“Courage is when you’re beat before you begin, but you follow it through anyway, just to follow it through.”

–Harper Lee; To Kill a Mockingbird

And then a few that are just humorous…

“Do you ever have that feeling that you’re going crazy?  Not so much that you’re losing your mind, but that it is slowly, steadily doing its best to slip away unnoticed, leaving you to fend for yourself with nothing but a silly grin?  Well, I feel that way sometim–hey look!  A chicken doing somersaults!  Brawk!”

– Josh Stock

“That sinking feeling-this refers to the all-too-familiar combination of impatience and frustration encountered when trying to find something in the cupboard under the sink. Eliminate the problem by fitting your sink in the floor.”

–Wrong Shui

“Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.”

–Jean-Paul Sartre

“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.”

–Mel Brooks

If you stop running, your troubles will stop chasing you and find someone else to hunt. They’re like a pack of Tyrannosaurus Rexes. They only see movement.


~ jenelle


DJ Edwardson (@djedwardson)

I love quotes, too. You’ve got me beat though, my file is only 35 pages long. I do have a physical notebook with another 30-40 pages, however, which I used back in the days before I always had a computer. Of the quotes you shared I think the John Stuart Mill quote and the Harper Lee one on courage are my favorites.

Thanks for sharing these. My file is now 36 pages long!

Shaun Horton

I’ve always loved quotes. My grandparents had a copy of the Great American Bathroom Book when I was growing up and I always used to flip through the sections on quotes. Some of my favorites:

“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.” – Stephen King, On Writing.

“If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn’t thinking.” George S. Patton.

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” – Mark Twain.

“Retreat? Hell, we’re just advancing in another direction!” – Unknown.

“We have nothing to fear but fear itself. Apart from pain. And maybe humiliation and obviously death. And failure. But apart from fear, pain and humiliation, failure and the unknown and death we have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Arnold J. Rimmer – Red Dwarf.


That last one made me chuckle :) I think the only one of those I’ve heard is the Mark Twain one, so thanks for adding to my collection!


My family quotes movies all the time. My brothers and I decided that, before we marry, we have to make sure the person we are going to marry will get all of our quotes. Quotes are just such fun and sometimes even inspiring – a lot of the time, but I always go with the fun ones.

I like yours! Some very good ones!


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