Friday, March 10, 2006

Quote for the Day

I walked to and from Union Square today at lunch - it's one of those weird March days where its super warm (70+) and everybody is oustide walking or sitting or whatever - afraid it will go away again like that. So I was thinking about life - and this quote from "Good Will Hunting" kept popping into my head.

I think about this quote when work or study or too many things are getting in the way of your friendships, relationships, desires, etc. My favorite part of the quote is when he says "I bet you can't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel". Matt I know you like that part too. Here's the quote:

"So if I asked you about art, you'd probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life's work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I'll bet you can't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You've never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you'd probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can't tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You're a tough kid. And I'd ask you about war, you'd probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, "once more unto the breach dear friends." But you've never been near one. You've never held your best friend's head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I'd ask you about love, you'd probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn't know what it's like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn't know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms "visiting hours" don't apply to you. You don't know about real loss, 'cause it only occurs when you've loved something more than you love yourself. "

So there it is guys. Get out there and enjoy the warm weather today. Kiss somebody. Don't work too hard or study too much or wait on something you want to do. Carpe diem!


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