Five Brilliant Quotes

We all need a good quote now and again!

Here are five of my all time favourites to help us get over the Wednesday hump…

“People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.”
Stephen Hawking

A fantastic quote from a very clever and very funny man. We all get annoyed with smug intellectuals sometimes don’t we? And who better to take them down a peg or two than the best physicist in the world? (Sorry Prof. Brian Cox…)

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
Philip Stanhope

Many of you (including me) will recognise this brilliant quote from Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, spoken by the heroic Sirius Black…..sigh. I love it because it’s very, very true and simple yet beautifully said.

“It was like we were raised in the same house, and one day he got up and walked out the back door, and I walked out the front”
Truman Capote – Capote (2005)
I’m a huge fan of Truman Capote and though this was actually said by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the 2005 biopic, rather than one of his stories or novels, I’ve always found it so poignant. He is talking here about true-life murderer Perry Smith (In Cold Blood) and through a clever metaphor shows us an empathic way of thinking about men who never really stood a chance. Life for so many is difficult from the start and we should all remember that sometimes

“Strong minds discuss ideas…..average minds discuss events…. but weak minds discuss people”
Socrates
Of course everyone likes a gossip, including myself. But sometimes it’s important to remember what you’re capable of. And it might be far more ambitious than peeking through your curtains and passing judgement on others. Think about it!

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
Albert Einstein
What a lovely, humbling sentence from one so influential. Why should one man be better than another? We should all take inspiration from this  playful genius. It is possible to be clever AND decent AND funny. And quite charming with the ladies by all accounts too!

A young Albert Einstein. Don’t you just love his expression here?

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About emmakwall

Films, books, soundtracks, good humour
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11 Responses to Five Brilliant Quotes

  1. vinnieh says:

    Loved the Harry Potter quote.

    • emmakwall says:

      Then I like you even more!!

      (not because you liked my post but more because the quotes are very…..Well it says a lot about you as a person I think!) thanks so much 🙂

  2. Zoë says:

    Love the selection you have picked here!

    • emmakwall says:

      Thanks Zoe 🙂

      I suppose there is a bit of a running theme behind all of them, treating people the same, being fair, not being a dickhead!

      🙂

      • Zoë says:

        I noted that 😉 BUT it is an important lesson, a way of life, that most people seem to have missed! 😦

        • emmakwall says:

          Yes I think so. I hate bullying and unfairness and snobbery. I know it is a way of life and we can’t really stop it, but we can make individual choices. And who better to look up to than Albert Einstein?! Can’t argue with him!

          🙂

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