The Three Quotes I Live By

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a fan of quotes. Having long ago realized that listening to others wisdom would be very beneficial to me, I’ve always read other people’s quotes and advice. Even so there are time when you just have to learn on your own.

The following are the three quotes that I have taken to heart:

“Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.”            -Henry David Thoreau

I have always been proud of my work ethic, my desire of keeping my promises, and my fierce loyalty to my friends. This quote exemplifies everything I want to be, and am at times. There are however times when I’ve been lazy, mostly because I’ve had jobs that I’ve hated before. Aside from those experiences, I’ve always done my best to keep my word (it’s a borderline obsession) , and I’ve always tried to be there for my friends and be completely loyal (to a flaw).

“All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.” -Mae West

This quote wasn’t always on my list. I did, however, always tell people that I didn’t believe in second chances. People would ask me how I could be an athlete if I didn’t want to try things a second time and I would explain that it was my belief that after training and becoming faster, stronger, or whatever it was now a first chance under different circumstances. Of course people argued that it’s not a new first chance, then I saw this quote. After thinking back I realized that I applied the whole second chance thing mostly to relationships, after getting burned by two consecutive girlfriends the exact same way as the first time, the second time we had gone out. So I stick to this quote now.

“A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” -Oscar Wilde

This is THE quote. The one quote to rule them all. Ever since I was a child for some reason I strove to control my emotions. Maybe it was because of the culture instilled by my Salvadoran parents, maybe I was wise beyond my years, or maybe the world knew I would need to be able to do such a thing. No matter the reason, I’ve done so for many years. Even in the most troubling times I’ve been able to find humor or “invent a pleasure”, and have been able to dismiss sadness almost at will.

I still have a girl that calls me, that was convinced she had broken my heart, and pokes and prods trying to get me to admit that she hurt me, unwilling to believe that once she did what she did I just stopped caring. People have called me rude, an asshole, emotionless simply because I don’t coddle them. The thing is I know what I bring to the table, and I’m quite confident in myself, if someone doesn’t want what I have, someone else will, so why be sad? Why harp on something in the past? It’s better to learn, live, and keep walking.