We often hear the phrase- “ You never know when inspiration might strike us” or “There is inspiration all around us” from insufferable optimists that surround us.
With the way the world is, and what it’s most likely going to be ( definitely a turn for the worse if you ask me), I reckon borrowing this seemingly generous optimism can’t hurt much, if the need ever arises.
Since I’m a nerd, I often seek guidance from the wisdom printed onto books and I imagine kindred spirits would agree with me on this technique. When I recently started reading ‘Jack the Ripper- Case Closed’ by Gyles Brandreth, I didn’t think I’d get to take life lessons with me from a serial killer mystery, but life can surprise you, when you’re up for it.
Below listed are some of the prominent quotes from the novel that I personally loved. Words unlike meaningless actions and strategies (if the shoe fits), have the power to be transported through generations and carry with it knowledge, love, peace and in general, a deeper understanding of life and more.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of timesCharles Dickens
Although a small snippet of the actual quote, the line is quite famous as a stand-alone too. Much like what our world is right now, there are elements that bring happiness to our lives along with those that personify destruction and selfishness. The key is to look on the bright side to keep your sanity in check. Being optimistic is good, but it should never blind you towards injustice and that which is wrong.
Starvation and not sin, is the parent of modern crime.Oscar Wilde
There are several kinds of starvation and often, when we are deprived of our needs/ wants, it prompts us towards extreme measures. This need can be for power, money or love, 3 of the most persuasive struggles that can drive a person down the cliff or up the food chain. It’s imperative that we take time to introspect and understand these urges, lest our actions prove harmful to all.
Unlimited and absolute is the vision of him who sits at ease and watches, who walks in loneliness and dreams.Oscar Wilde
Take a deep breath, pause and look around you. It’s important to be open, in your thoughts and actions, so that you may evolve and have a better grasp on ideas and opinions of others. It’s important to be welcoming of other’s thoughts so one may progress further. So remember to take a step back from everything once in a while and indulge yourselves in trivialities.
More things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in our philosophy.Hamlet ( William Shakespeare)
The advice given by Hamlet to Horacio ( or in our case from oscar to Dr Doyle) is simple, explore. There is so much knowledge to know, if we only make an effort to know. Never restrict yourself, just explore.
Friendship is love without his wings.Lord Byron
Friendship and Love are two beautiful jewels given to mankind. I often wonder whether an ethereal love with wings is enough to give up on earthly friendship. I’ve valued friendship more than love, for though it lacks the wings of love, it never flies away and stays close to my heart, always vigilant, always supportive and always here.
Don’t dabble, FocusOscar Wilde
Well it’s quite self- explanatory. When a work is started with half a heart, it never succeeds or brings the gratifying happiness a job well done usually gives a person. Put your heart and soul in what you do, whatever the outcome, you know you gave it your all.
Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.Lord Byron
Love conquers all. Nothing stood or can stand against it. Every love you come across teaches you, shapes you and strengthens you, even when it’s not evident at the time. Hate and anger can never direct us as long as love resides in our hearts.
Every effect that one produces risks giving one an enemy.Oscar Wilde
I think we can give newton some credit for breaking it down for us- every action has an equal and opposite reaction!!! So think twice before letting your impulsive side wander.
Money is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.Francis Bacon
One must treat it as a commodity, a mere means to an end but if money governs your every thought, it won’t take much time for it to skip from your hand and leap onto another’s. Expend it in a way it transcends everything, don’t store it in a secure vault. That’s not success.
All human beings, as we meet them are commingled out of good and evil.Robert Louis Stevenson
No one is born bad. Choices and circumstances have the power to transform a person and our perception of them forever. Everyone we meet, including us, is a mosaic of good and bad. The part of us we choose to show and act on, will define us. Thus it is not our right to judge one without knowing them.
You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.James M. Barrie
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam said to dream. If you can see it, you can achieve it. Nothing comes without sweat and tears. Every road to success is a battle filled with more downs than one would like to go through to reach the ups. But one must fight one and have hope.
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters and my enemies for their intellects.Oscar Wilde
Not everyone can be your enemy. You are defined by your friends but your worth is defined by the one you call your enemy. Your enemy is one who matches in intellect yet differs in spirit.
The only pleasure greater than greeting an old friend is bidding him farewell.
Funerals are sort of my favourite. Of course it’s sad because someone lost someone, but it’s also the day you get to witness the distinction between empathisers and deceivers. It’s amazing how people spend their entire lives spewing rubbish about others but retract their behaviour during funerals fearing wrath of religious entities. Such is the vanity of humans.
Explore the possibilities, eliminate the impossibilities and arrive at the truth.Sherlock Holmes ( Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
Probably one of the most prominent dictums to ever exist, this philosophy is practiced throughout an array of fields especially forensic science. Every situation or case is new with unimaginable possibilities. However to expect the unexpected must be one’s toolkit when faced with such improbabilities.
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not the sitter.Oscar Wilde
Perception is everything. If multiple people drew the same object, none of the paintings would be same, for each artist’s perception is unique to his thinking, emotions and personality. Hence never expect to feel and handle a situation same as the person next to you. Each has their own way, so trusting one’s own intuition is always the best.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistakeNapoleon Bonaparte
Your enemy could be anything- time, person, circumstances, temptation, impulse, anything. One’s mistake can be another’s boon. The key is to be patient, whether with yourself or with the situation. Your patience can be the biggest loss of your enemy. It is seldom that a circumstance doesn’t diffuse over time if one only remembers to be patient.
Quotation is a serviceable substitute for witScandalously too many
I’m one of those unfortunate souls who are sarcasm impaired . So much like Oscar or George or Voltaire or whomever the credit for the quote goes to ( honestly too much confusion) remembering and delivering quotes helps one not only sound smart but is quite enlightening for the soul. Many like myself direct their lives based on the wisdom of quotes.
They’ve promised that dreams can come true – but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams too.Oscar Wilde
There are times when what we expect doesn’t happen. We realise it didn’t reap the benefits we wanted it to. What we want can sometimes be scary. But our inhibitions can feel like nightmares to us, restricting our thoughts and ideas, scaring us into submission. Whether it’s your dreams or your nightmares, they’re yours, and no one controls them better than you.
There is nothing stable in the world, uproar’s your only music.John Keats
The world will stay a chaos, it will always be overlooked until you decide the chaos bothers you. When you rise above the noise, listen and speak up, that’s when chaos evolves to change.
Fear not for the future, weep not for the pastPercy Bysshe Shelley
Live in the present, it’s a gift. Don’t let it go reminiscing the past or dreaming of the future. Let go of the storm in your heart and head; and face the moment before you.
A poet is a nightingale who sits in darkness and sings to cheer it’s own solitude with sweet sounds
A forever companion to the darkness, whether around him or within him. We all have a darkness we try to escape from. Some are successful, some aren’t, and some spend their lives trying to find it.