I was interviewed tonight via Skype for an entrepreneurial blog. I love to talk about Kickstarter and Stonemaier Games, so most of my answers flowed easily. However, there was one seemingly easy question at the end that stumped me: What is your favorite quote?
We ended the interview without me providing an answer, and I said I would try to answer it over e-mail. I was still stumped, though. I wanted to think of something clever, some tiny reference to a movie or book I love. But nothing came to mind.
Then I remembered that I used to keep quotes from blogs and books on an online list-making app. I really enjoyed reading back over these quotes, and I thought I’d share 5 with you that resonate with me at this point in my life:
“Be true to the dreams of your youth.”—Herman Melville
“I seek in fiction some hint that imagination can change the world, that the world is unfinished, a hint that we are not always doomed to make copies of copies but possess the power to see differently and the guts and good fortune to render accessible to others some glimmer of what our souls experience. Stories, after all, are a gift. Unless we’re willing to imagine what it might feel like inside another skin, then we are imprisoned in our own.”—John Edgar Wideman
“Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive. Then do that. The world needs people who have come alive.”—Howard Thurman
“The loneliest sound in the world is other people making love.” City of Thieves by David Benioff
“We’re not just programming music. We’re programming some of the most memorable moments of their lives.”—Richard Goodstone, founder of the Bonnaroo concert in Tennessee
I left off this list the quote that I chose for the interview–you’ll have to wait for the interview to see that one. 🙂