Words elude me.
So I borrow the best that have accompanied me this year.
Quotes from books, movies, and songs that I have befriended in 2012.
“But once I felt even for a moment what I felt with you, you ruined me. I didn’t want to settle for less.”
- Elise Sellas, Adjustment Bureau, 2011
“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”
“Faith is misunderstood as a synonym for certitude, but really it’s a concept that has doubt folded into it.”
- Rollo Romig, Confession of a Ramadan Rookie, The New Yorker, 2012 http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/08/confessions-of-a-ramadan-rookie.html
“Heading out west with my headphones on, boarded a flight with a song in the back of my soul, and no one knows.”
- John Mayer, Queen of California, 2012
“I know this much: that there is objective time, but also subjective time, the kind you wear on the inside of your wrist, next to where the pulse lies. And this personal time, which is the true time, is measure in your relationship to memory.”
- Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
“All of life is an act of letting go, but what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.”
- Pi Patel, Life of Pi Movie, 2012
“Now I discover along the way that I am a collector of metaphors.”
- Ray Bradbury.
“I have to go see about a girl.”
- Will Hunting, Good Will Hunting, 1997
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”
- Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities, an inspiration to The Dark Knight Rises.
“Find what you love, and let it kill you.”
- Charles Bukowski
“Fashion fosters cliches of beauty, but I want to tear them apart.”
- Miuccia Prada, Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012.
“I have a sadness shield that keeps out all the sadness, and it’s big enough for all of us.”
- Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
“Two girls discover the secret of life in a sudden line of poetry.”
- Denise Levertov, The Secret
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”
- Mark Twain