Dana C - Friday, September 30, 2011

Reading famous quotes can be quite entertaining.  There have been some deep thinkers with quite a range of pensive material from inspiring and thought-provoking to downright cynical or just plain funny.  

I have often consulted famous quotes to help sink a point and always find myself wondering just  how did those quotes get there?  Who decided this particular string should be immortalized in the famous quotes database, saved for posterity? I'm sure a lot of people put together a series of meaningful and or memorable words and never make it to places like quotationspage.com

Do you wonder if you have ever said anything that led someone to think....  Can you remember something a friend,  family member, song or book said that stays alive within you and shapes your life in some way?

Words can be quite a lasting gift when delivered at the right time to the right person.

Why am I babbling about quotes?  I recently saw a quote by Marilyn Monroe on a necklace.  I had to stop myself when I found myself impressed she had said something with such depth.  Her dumb blond act was perhaps mostly just that.  A perfect marketing act that sold her, body and soul.  The quote I saw read, "We are all of us stars and we deserve to twinkle."  

Let's consult quotationspage.com to see if there is more from her....

Yikes!  Ironically, there is a quote from Ms. Marilyn about your soul:  "Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul."  It really is kind of sad when you think about how unhappy fame left her.  She also said, "I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it."  Clever.  

"I'm not interested in money.  I just want to be wonderful." Oh Marilyn, that would make the world a better place.  This one is fun: "Ever notice that 'what the hell' is always the right decision?"  It's probably not always, but hey, it's so incredibly fun and naughty to think that it is!

As much as I admire the top quote-worthy people like Einstein, Aristotle, Twain and Gandhi I have to confess that the words I never tire of hearing and thinking about come from Ed Kowalczyk, the former lead singer of LIVE.  His poetry is so perfectly written and always thought inducing in a novel and deep way.  One example (and by far not the best) is the song "Beauty of Gray" from their first album Mental Jewelry which was released in 1991 and one can't miss that the date correlates with Desert Storm:

"The Beauty Of Gray"

If I told you he was your brother
We could reminisce
Then you would go about your day
If I said you ought to give him some of your water
You'd shake your canteen and walk away

The perception that divides you from him 
Is a lie
For some reason you never asked why
This is not a black and white world
You can't afford to believe in your side

This is not a black and white world
To be alive
I say that the colours must swirl
And I believe
That maybe today
We will all get to appreciate

The Beauty of Grey

That's just one of many of their poems, lyrics just isn't a heavy enough word.  

"Now go do the right thing!"  :-)

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