I have a good friend by the name of Julia who picked out the habit of gathering philosophical quotes for me. I have no idea why she does it but it’s been a pretty good exercise. Julia and I often pour hours of discussion over different quotes–how we personally perceive it, how we think it’s relevant to our lives, how we can adapt it (if we haven’t already). So I figured that maybe you guys can do that to with your own friends or family. I’ll be sharing some quotes with you today along with some thoughts from me and Julia.
Life is a long road on a short journey. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897
Ele: For me, I believe this refer to how life can feel so long when you’re still at the beginning or at the middle–yet when you’re nearing the end of your life, it then feels so utterly short. I suppose that’s why one of the more popular villain tropes are rich old men who want to extend their lives by any means necessary. They all have the common exclamation that life is too short and how youth is wasted on the young.
Julia: I think this philosophy isn’t limited to the scope of just life. It’s applicable in other topics too–like listening to a song that you really like or more commonly, the anticipation of a vacation. It can feel oh so dragging when you count down the weeks and days before going on a vacation. Yet, when you’re on it–it’s like time decides to just zip by. It’s like there was a lessened amount of hours for the duration of your vacation.
Life is a foreign language: all men mispronounce it. ~Christopher Morley, Thunder on the Left
Ele: I like this one. It gives the idea that no matter how proficient you think you are about the topic of life–in the end, you may not actually be as knowledgeable as you think. It actually is quite humbling when you really think about it. Do any of us really know what we’re doing?
Julia: I don’t know. I think it’s one of those feeling fluffers like “It’s okay if you don’t quite understand life–no one does anyway!” The thing is–this is precisely the reason why some really pursue excellence and strive to accomplish something in our lives. If we don’t really know what we’re doing, at least we leave something behind for those who are going to continue the journey. If you’re a person that really likes this quote it’s kinda sad. Don’t limit yourself in the belief that it’s okay if you don’t have direction or someone else is just pretending to be living right (since in the end we all don’t anyway)–strive for more.
Following straight lines shortens distances, and also life. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
Ele: Hrm. I think this refers to how a neatly planned life can seem quite short. It’s like a burger with no condiments or lettuce, onions, or tomato. Sure you have a pure meat burger but it doesn’t seem like much, does it? When you just follow the already beaten path, there’s no surprises but at the same time, are you really living?
Julia: For me, I think this refers to how if you keep at a set goal with no distractions, when you get to your destination and look around–you may end up wondering where all the time went. When you’ve been so focused on one thing, you let all the other things slip through your fingers. This can give you the idea that you’ve missed out (which is something I really hate).
So that’s it so far–I’ll share more discussions Julia and I have about philosophical quotes. For now, we need refills.