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Daily Prompt: Why the Title funlifequotes

Quotes are a funny thing. They’re all over Pinterest and all over the Web. And they’re attributed to all kinds of people. I saw “Carpe diem” (Seize the day) attributed to a certain “Dr.” Horace, and a quote attributed to William Blake which, in fact, was rephrased by the blogger.

Then there are a whole lot of quotes which make the rounds online which are probably invented from scratch by various online writers and then attributed, randomly, to one writer or another. Such as this quote I found today: “The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life” (attributed to Robert Louis Stevenson). If you search some of the names quotes are attributed to, you will find those are most likely invented, too.

But back to Horace for a moment. Most people have heard of “Seize the day” or “Carpe diem” but how many people know the whole sentence he wrote? It’s actually “Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero,”, which translates as “Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in tomorrow / the future.”

So why did I choose funlifequotes? Well, because I love a good quote and like to look into them to learn a little bit more with every one of them. Sometimes they simply brighten up my day (“Darling, look at me. I’ve fallen like a fool for you.”), and other times they lead to quite a lot of soul-searching (“Sometimes God calms the storm. At other times, He calms the sailor. And sometimes He makes us swim.”)

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