Do you ever wish you could be the person in the smoke circle espousing great stoner wisdom? Maybe you want to be the spark that lights the deepest conversation? Or perhaps you just want a trippy line to say as a mantra, where the meaning changes and reveals itself anew each time it is spoken?
Here are a few of my favorite quotable moments from either song, film, poetry, or book that will make you sound as thoughtful as a philosophy undergrad student. Or at least as obnoxious. These might even make good, if unfathomable, bits of advice, and be vague yet poignant enough to apply to almost anything. I have provided preferable examples for using them, for the less inspired.
1: “All things are symbols: the external shadows
Of Nature have their image in the mind,”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Harvest Moon.
Say this if a question has been posed about what things mean, or represent. This is a good political statement to make, too. Perception, instinct are the key themes I draw from this brooding verse of poetry.
2: “Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?” – Garth Nix, Sabriel
Say this if your friend is taking too long at the store choosing a snack, followed by “You know you just want Funyuns,” to settle the indecision. I’ve always loved this quote, and its cyclic speech that ponders choice and destiny. I thought it would make a good tattoo, but it can give the group a spirited debate about agency versus fate…. Salty chips versus sweet sugar? At least it can have you thinking about what path you want to be on.
3: “I would always rather be happy than dignified.” – Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Say this in response to anyone calling you dumb, or making fun of anything you say or do that might be considered silly. Especially in the moment of a delightful high, this English classic heroine will shut people up with the reminder that joy is so much more delicious than propriety.
4: “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” – Maya Angelou
Say this to any situation about the past. Whether you’re getting deep, or cringing hard in a paranoia attack over a mistake from your past, let Maya’s wisdom calm you down. Such an important one to keep in your repertoire.
5: “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and will be lost.” – Martha Graham
Say this when you’re convincing a friend to do or say what they otherwise would not. The first half of the quote is worth memorizing, but if you really need to sharply make this point, or keep a piece of it near the surface of your mind, let it be known that because there is only one you ever, your uniqueness cannot and should not be stifled. Do you, don’t judge, and get your friends to try a new weird thing with you… like eating an edible and write jam poetry. That way you can contribute to my list of thoughtful highdeas.