I live my life through quotes. Whether it’s asking, when someone shouts “stop!”, if it’s hammer time or in the name of love; forever screaming pivot in people’s faces; telling people they’ve got red on them, or working on my night cheese. Whether it’s telling people they’re a wizard, wishing someone would tell me that I’m a princess (shut up!) or reminding myself that I’m a dude, I’m a hunky dude, I’m a badass hunky dude. Or if it is simply delighting to remind people that they don’t even go here! I love quotes.
(Incidentally if you can name all the movies/shows/songs the above quotes are from, I might marry you)
So being asked to write a blog about my favourite quote is like asking me to write a blog about my favourite child… Although harder because I don’t have any children, but you know what I mean.
And it isn’t even just the countless, frankly ridiculous, nods to film and television that litter my supposed adult life. I love serious quotes from theologians and inspirational people. As something of a wanna be wordsmith, and someone who sees beauty in the written and spoken word, I love a good quote. One of my (not so hidden) talents is that last year me and a friend taught ourselves 150 Shakespeare quotes and the plays they appear in (we had some time on our hands). Nothing pleases me more (or makes me feel more high brow) than littering my thoroughly mediocre interactions with other people’s beautiful words.
If asked to plump for just one though, I think I’d have to come back to the quote that I found 8 years ago when searching for something to kick off my personal statement for UCAS. It sums up my belief about God and continues to bring real truth and comfort to me about his character and faithfulness. It is from the timeless C S Lewis…
“I believe in Christianity as I believe in the sun. Not because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
There are times when you can’t actually see the sun, but it is by it’s light that we are able to see and carry on living. There are times, during the dark night of the soul, when it seems impossible to see God. But it is by his light that I can see and carry on living.