by Brandy D. Anderson
Most of us can’t get enough of great quotes. Although tumblr is primarily famous for being a wonderful platform to share pictures and gifs, there are also really fantastic tumblr blogs devoted to sharing great quotes from throughout history. Here are four of the best quote accounts out there:
About: “This blog is about words. Expect to find beautiful quotes, introspective song lyrics, clever typography, picture quotes, and even the occasional cartoon that has made me nod in agreement, laugh or just think for a little while. A few carefully arranged words can say what 1,000 can’t, and can connect people. I started collect those quotes here so they wouldn’t spam my ORIGINAL TUMBLR , or get lost in my likes, never to be seen again. Hopefully this way others will find and enjoy them too. This is not a spoiler free blog. You’ll find I am a fan of many things, and that filters through here. ”
I love this blog so much because it’s chock full of wonderfully diverse quotes from movies, books, tv shows, interviews, podcasts, and more. One of my favourite quotes ever is pinned to the side of the blog, it’s from Alan Bennett: “‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something — a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things — that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out and taken yours.’ – Hector, The History Boys.”
There’s a great Lucille Ball quote: “It’s a helluva start, being able to recognise what makes you happy. ” Another one comes from the Brat Pack twenty-something movie, St. Elmo’s Fire, when obsessed Emilio Estevez dramatically gushes about Andie McDowell to Andrew McCarthy: “She’s not just a girl. She’s the only evidence of God that I can find on this entire planet”. Some of the quotes are accompanied by cool pictures, like one showing three different drawings of the same woman, her hair goes through drastic changes in each portrayal: “Don’t you dare shrink yourself for someone else’s comfort – Do not become small for someone who refuses to grow” (no citation). Another picture shows two writing pens, side by side, both reading: “’When the world ends I want to scream into the chaos that I loved you more than anything in hopes that the sound will echo and continue to exist after everything stops’” with the caption, “ – beautiful art piece created by FLATSOUND”. Perhaps the saddest quote here comes from the all-too-soon lost Steve Irwin: “Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first. ”
About: “One Book a Day.”
The perfect blog for book nerds, this tumblr posts quotes from a different book each day. The most recent book choice is Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time. Each day begins with a picture of the book cover and then a quote about the book: “Madeleine L’Engle famously said, “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children”. Some of the book quotes include: “It was a dark and stormy night”, “You’re much too straightforward to be able to pretend to be what you aren’t”, “But I love her. That’s the funny part of it. I love them all, and they don’t give a hoot about me”, and “If you aren’t unhappy sometimes you don’t how to be happy”.
You’ll also find some days where the quotes come from not just one book, but a book series, like C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe series. “’You’ve no idea how lonely I sometimes am’ – C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew‘”, is one quote shared, another starts with “’If you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you – you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing was ever going to happen again’, C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”. Don DeLillo’s White Noise is here: “How strange it is. We have these deep terrible lingering fears about ourselves and the people we love. Yet we walk around, talk to people, eat and drink. We manage to function. The feelings are deep and real. Shouldn’t they paralyze us? How is it we can survive them, at least for a little while? We drive a car, we teach a class. How is it no one sees how deeply afraid we were, last night, this morning? Is it something we all hide from each other, by mutual consent? Or do we share the same secret without knowing it? Wear the same disguise?” Janeittes, have no fear, this blog has you covered as well: “’ There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves; it is not my nature. My attachments are always excessively strong’, Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey”.
About: No about section.
This blog has a nice array of beautiful pictures with quotes as well as traditional black and white pieces of text. One particularly eye-pleasing post begins with a large starry, celestial sky, the comforting words, “DREAM big” are emblazoned over the clouds, the next image shows a dreamy night, filled with planets and stars in the sky, mountains peak over the bottom: “I just need some space”, the next pink, blue, white, and black picture is filled with fluffy clouds and a giant moon: “I love you to the moon and back”, there’s a love letter to Pluto on the next picture, and there are even more gorgeous images of the night sky with comforting quotes to match. These images are “Intergalatic Bohemian Watercolor Illustrations, Stationary, and Stickers by Ana Victoria Calderon”.
There are lots of philosophy quotes, like this one from Albert Camus’ The Fall: “I am strangely tired, not from having talked so much but at the mere thought of what I still have to say”. Another quote is from Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin: “So much of her time spent like this: dreaming up things to say and never quite saying them”. If you’re a F. Scott Fitzgerald fan, you’ll enjoy this excerpt from “Letter to Isabelle Amorous, February 1920”, “I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything”. “The ones that hurt the most always say the least”, or so says Fannie Flagg in Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. There are funny quotes as well, like this one from Robert Stone, “I’m very perfectionistic and very lazy, which is a terrible combination”.
About: “There is no ‘about’ section, but there is a cover photo quote of Charles Bukowski: ‘Some people never go crazy, what truly horrible lives they must lead.’”
There are a plethora of more obscure literary quotes here, and it’s a joy to read through them (although that would take a very long time because this blog is constantly updated with new posts). One of the most recent quotes comes from famous playwright George Bernard Shaw: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself”. You’ll find quotes from non-literally folks as well, such as lauded painter Pablo Picasso: “Everything you can imagine is real”.
Potter fans will rejoice in this one: “’It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live’, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. Mathematicians and laymen alike will take pleasure in Albert Einstein’s words, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle”. Here’s some sage advice from John Wooden: “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are”. Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche observes, “When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago”. In fact, you’ll find a number quotes from existentialists: “’You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing’, Alan W. Watts”.