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The first moments of sleep are an image of death; a hazy torpor grips our thoughts and it becomes impossible for us to determine the exact instant when the I, under another form, continues the task of existence.

And if tonight my soul may find her peace in sleep, and sink in good oblivion, and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.
A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
Friendship is the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person having neither to weigh thoughts or measure words, but pouring all right out just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful friendly hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping and, with a breath of comfort, blow the rest away.
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
Keep a fair-sized cemetery in your back yard, in which to bury the faults of your friends.
I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are. What we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.
I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.
In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant. My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known -- no wonder, then, that I return the love.
Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.
Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth --look at the dying man's struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment.
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
The present generation, wearied by its chimerical efforts, relapses into complete indolence. Its condition is that of a man who has only fallen asleep towards morning: first of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed.
Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.
After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.
We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair.
We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm.
Thank Heaven! the crisis --The danger, is past, and the lingering illness, is over at last --, and the fever called Living is conquered at last.
I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
Read nothing that you do not care to remember, and remember nothing you do not mean to use.
Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.
I wasted time, and now time doth waste me.
Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.
The undiscovered country form whose born no traveler returns. [Hamlet]
Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.
The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak.
Every mind has a choice between truth and repose. Take which you please you can never have both.
Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

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