“Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.”
This quote is from Macbeth. I actually only kind of like this play, to be honest. I’m not really into dramatic plays, and when it comes to Shakespeare, I definitely prefer the comedies. Anyway, I came upon this quote when we were reading Macbeth in tenth (maybe eleventh?) grade. At the time, I was really struggling with my spiritual self, I didn’t know what to believe. And this quote just stood out to me. I don’t remember who the speaker, Malcolm, is talking to/about, but I know he’s referencing Lucifer’s fall. God loved Lucifer the angel most of all, but then shit fell apart, and now Lucifer is the devil. The point of the quote though, is that even though the most loved angel fell, all angels are still loved. Or how I like to look at it: no matter how dark things get, no matter who you look up to, no matter how bad you fail, you’re still bright and shiny, you still have wings, and you can do whatever you put your mind to.
“To be kissed by a fool is stupid; to be fooled by a kiss is worse.”
This quote is by a woman named Ambrose Redmoon. And I surprisingly don’t know very much about it. My English teacher used it in some grammar lesson in ninth grade. I was just getting into writing during that point, and the quote brought so much inspiration. At 14/15, I was really into reading and writing stories about teenage girls falling in love with the bad boy turned good. And this quote just spoke to that writer and teenage girl in me, who wanted that scary and exciting romance. It’s also a pretty good lesson. Don’t let stupid people who can’t see how great you are into your heart or in your bed. But also, don’t let people sweet talk you, blind you, and make you feel stupid and broken. It’s important to be your own person, don’t let a relationship rule you, and don’t let anyone fool you.
“Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor Hell a fury like a woman scorned.”
So, this quote is from a play called The Mourning Bride, by William Congreve. Most everyone knows the second part, the scorned part, and everyone thinks it’s a Shakespeare quote. Honestly, I thought it was too, until like three years ago. While I feel like the second part is a very true statement, for all genders and people, the first part is what has always stood out to me. Basically, the quote means that Heaven doesn’t have the ability to feel the kind of rage it takes to make someone hate a person they previously loved, just like Hell will never know the fury a woman feels when she is pushed aside. But like I said, the first part is what has always grabbed my attention. Though I discovered the full quote many, many years ago, it wasn’t until the last five years that I really understood it. So many times, over the last few years, I’ve physically experienced my love for someone shifting to hate. It may not last very long, but it was still there, and it was heavy, and I truly believe that Heaven would have never experienced a pain and rage like that. Mostly because it can’t, either because God can’t hate, or because it doesn’t exist and just literally can’t experience it. Whichever you prefer honestly.
“I felt you and I knew you loved me.”
Okay, so for this quote, I actually did some research. Like a little, tiny bit, just so I knew what I was dealing with. It’s most famous for being a neon installation in a Liverpool cathedral. It was done by a woman named Tracey Emin, who believes the piece can be interpreted many ways, and that however you interpret it, that’s what it means. Which I like. That’s how art should be, no one meaning, just however it makes the viewer feel. There’s no great particular reason I love this quote. It just hums, you know? It’s one of those quotes that says something, and leaves a little imprint on your heart and in your mind. I’m not particularly religious, but I am spiritual. So, while this may not translate specifically as God to me, it does mean that someone is loving me and watching over me, be it human, god, or otherwise.
What are your favorite quotes? Make sure to share them in the comments!