Just last week, Paul from The Captain’s Speech nominated me to do this “quotes tag.” Essentially, I’ll be sharing three quotes, one each for three days, as means of letting you get to know a bit more about me. I find quotes to be strong indicators of one’s values and personality, as well as what they lack and would like in their lives.
Any case, here are the rules:
— Thank the person who nominated you (thanks, Paul!).
— Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day) (will actually fudge this, as I won’t be posting consecutively. Mostly due to the fact that I have other posts in the queue for publishing, but also to spread it out and let each quote sink in).
— Nominate 3 new bloggers each day
Here’s the first quote:
I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days- three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain — John Keats
I chose this quote not just because it’s from one of my favorite poets (and the fact that I’m substituting “Poetry Wednesday” with this post), but also I think it has great merit concerning the ephemeral life we all have. What Keats stresses here is quality over quantity, passion over complacency, and I would say that his quote is the precursor to the “YOLO” movement of the 21st century.
In other words, it’s better to have a shorter life that’s meaningful than one that’s longer, but unfulfilling. It’s a good motto to live by, especially when it comes to finding a job that you enjoy, a hobby that excites you, or love for someone else. For me, I know that my current stay in France is limited, and I’m using this short, time-sensitive opportunity to continue traveling and discovering European countries before I can’t.
Here are my nominees:
I’ll be back with more quotes and nominees in due course. Until then!
— The Finicky Cynic
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