Today's blog prompt is "favourite quotes" - tricksy, as there are so many to choose from, and so many reasons to love them. Top of the list of sources for funny quotes has to be the TV series "Blackadder", season 2 in particular (the Elizabethan one). The whole series was really just one long favourite quote, and has stood the test of time for me - it makes me just as happy now as when I first saw it in the 1980's as a teenager. It also featured the most romantic exchange I've ever heard. Edmund Blackadder has just returned from captivity when Queen Elizabeth asks: "And me Edmund, did you miss me?" He replies: "Ma'am, life without you was like a broken pencil. Pointless"
I couldn't talk about my favourite quotes without mentioning the late, great Douglas Adams. His books are full of great lines, but my favourite quote of his is one from an interview that applies quite well to me, and always makes me smile as it takes a character flaw and makes it seem quite endearing: "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."
If I want to feel inspired though, then I need to look no further than Winston Churchill. Witty and intelligent, he was a favourite quote machine, but his addresses to the nation during World War II never fail to spur me into action. I love the elegance of his Battle of Britain quote: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few", but the most inspiring for me is "Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say This was their Finest Hour." I used it on a page in a circle journal a few years ago. The spec was to create a page around words that inspire you and it was circular, which just said "roundels" to me :-) I liked this layout so much I made another one for me, but by then had thought to make roundel brads too.