“Et de ratage en ratage, on s’habitue à ne jamais dépasser le stade du brouillon. La vie n’est que l’interminable répétition d’une représentation qui n’aura jamais lieu”
“Failure teaches us that life is but a draft, an endless rehearsal of a show that will never play”
This quote has always resonated with me in the sense that life is but a lesson. With each experience, we learn something new about ourselves. Our personality is formed by what we go through and how we deal with what life throws at us. I believe with the today’s social media where everything is so perfect and glamorised ( Instagram, facebook etc) it seems that everyone is out there living their best lives but the truth is the real battle that each person has to go through is not shown.
“Your heart is free. Have the courage to follow it”.
My god did this movie help me through my BA dissertation, for some reason having it on in the background while I wrote 10,000 words about the politics of Middle East brought me a sense of calm (weird right). This particular quote was at a point in the movie where a young William Wallace who has lost his father had no idea what would happen next to him or his future being an orphan. However, the wise words from his uncle who took care of him after the event made the audience and William believe essentially there is nothing you cant achieve in life and the only person that can hold you back is yourself.
“We’ll always have Paris”.
One of my all-time favorite movie and a classic love story. If you haven’t seen it I recommend you go and watch it now. The movie is a tragic love story of not being at the right time and right place. I also love the fact that even though the lovers are separated their love is still alive within them as a memory.
“So what if I lied only to achieve you … so what if I can’t see any face other than yours … so what if I can’t remember any name other than yours … so what if this vagabond loves you like crazy … so what … after all love is not everything”
My all-time favorite Bollywood movie and yes this was also the point when I met SRK that’s Shah Ruck Khan for those of you who don’t know. This movie is your typical boy meets girl, they fall in love while traveling their way through Europe and cue yes there is a problem like with all love stories which I won’t say much on. This quote from the movie is when SRK character is trying to explain/justify how he feels about the love he has for the girl. After all, love might not be everything but it is a very vital element one needs in their life.
“I look at you, and I… and I’m home. Please… I don’t want that to go away. I don’t want to forget.” — Dory
I think a lot of us associate our home to be a physical being made of bricks and mortar, to be honest home should be where you feel most safe, comfortable and at ease. This could be with your friends or family. After the death of my father, I instantly felt I had lost my home which was odd as my home was still there physically but it was that feeling of loss. Now with my sisters living outside of our family home. I associate that time when we are together to be where my home is.
“Maybe we’ve spent too long trying to figure all this out with theory. Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.”
Love me a Christopher Nolan movie and I mean who doesn’t. The point in the movie where Anne Hathaway’s character explains how not everything is quantifiable and love is such a thing. That is the one thing in the world that we can’t quite measure in any way shape or form.
“Laughter is very expensive in this world right now”
Based on William Shakespear Othello the movie deals with Jealousy, however, the truth in the above quote is so honest yet sad. Laughter has become something of a rarity, be it online on platforms like Twitter, Instagram etc where hate is so freely spread to the daily face to face interaction with other people. I read somewhere that laughter is actually contagious. I wish more people spread and laughter rather than hate online or not online.
Star Trek – The Wrath of Khan
“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”
Yes, you guessed it I happen to be a Trekkie and up until Dec 2017, I had never watched Star Wars movie. Those of you who are Scifi fans will understand the whole camp Trekki and Camp Star Wars debate. Anyway, the quote above is so relevant in our society today that is built on the basis of catering to the masses and the neglect of the individual.
“Hesitating to act because the whole vision might not be achieved, or because others do not yet share it, is an attitude that only hinders progress.”
Swades is a movie based on self-discovery. That it’s important to never forget where you come from and what makes you as a person. Sometimes not everyone will share your vision or ideas, sometimes you will find yourself at crossroads hoping to see a change in the world. The truth is the change will have to come from within you before you see it happening around you. It’s so important to remember the power of your own ideas and the faith you have in them. Stick with it and the only god knows what change can come about.
The English Patient
“My darling, I’m waiting for you — how long is a day in the dark, or a week? The fire is gone now, and I’m horribly cold. I really ought to drag myself outside but then there would be the sun. . . I’m afraid I waste the light on the paintings and on writing these words. We die, we die rich with lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have entered and swum up like rivers, fears we have hidden in, like this wretched cave. I want all this marked on my body. We are the real countries, not the boundaries drawn on maps with the names of powerful men. I know you will come and carry me out into the palace of winds. That’s all I’ve wanted — to walk in such a place with you, with friends, on earth without maps. The lamp is gone now, and I’m writing in the darkness”
There is something quite heart wrenching about The English Patient, yes it’s not your average love story, dealing with war, extra-marital affair, betrayal and the idea of how selfish humans are. The truth in this quote resonates on the basis that in the end we are all going to die and the only thing we can take or leave behind is the love and stories we are with others. That even after we are gone the love we leave behind lives on.
Are there any quotes that you like or have in the back of your mind that help you understand life better?