Thursday, January 3, 2013

Virtual Gaia's 2012 Best Quotes of the Year

Amazing things happened this year.
          Just like last year I'm doing my Top Ten Best Quotes of 2012 made up of Virtual Gaia's 2012 weekly Best Quote of the Weeks. There were some really good quotes this year, but let's stop talking about them and have a look below. After the jump is where it'll all begin...
[Disclaimer: Quotes may not have been spoken in 2012 but were put on the site in 2012]

Virtual Gaia's 2012 Best Quotes of the Year

Number 10: Best Quote of the Week ~ [1/22/12]: Censorship Edition

          ‎"How anybody expects a man to stay in business with every two-bit wowser in the country claiming a veto over what we can say and can't say and what we can show and what we can't show — it's enough to make you throw up. The whole principle is wrong; it's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't eat steak."
~Robert A. Heinlein from his 1950's novella The Man Who Sold the Moon
My Reason:
          I put this quote up back when SOPA was still in everyone's mind. I think this is a very witty quote and really feels like something an actual guy who's fed up with the state of the system would say. It's funny, it makes sense, and it gets the point across, however if doesn't quite resonate with me as much as some of the other's on the list.

Number 9Best Quote of the Week ~ [2/12/12]

          BFF #1: "I summon my fist! In attack mode. (punch) You lose 500 life points."
          Yugi: "But I was in face down position."
~Exchange between BBF #1 and Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged (Season 0, Episode 2)

My Reason:
          Reading this is funny and hearing it delivered in the show was even better. It's still funny to me 10 months after I last heard. It may not be 100% gold for those who never followed Yu-Gi-Oh! or its abridged counterpart, but I fell most would still get a laugh out of it.

Number 8Best Quote of the Week ~ [12/23/12]

          "Creativity is making mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
~Scott Adams 
My Reason:
          I love this quote. This is something I heard a long time ago and never knew who said it (I'm still not 100% certain Scott Adams originated it), but always kept it in mind when creating something. I won't call myself a perfectionist, but I do tend to stand still if I believe my next move will result in a mistake. I always keep in mind that making mistakes is a part of the process and sometimes good things (beyond just learning points) come from those mistake. A good example is the name Shoy Schot. I mistakenly misspelled 'shot' twice. First Schot, then Shoy. I thought they both looked cool, especially together, and wrote them down on a piece of paper. Soon after I needed a name and boom history was made from a simple kept mistake. Now that's art. 

Number 7Best Quote of the Week ~ [3/4/12]: Midterms Edition

          "That gives you two extra days to either pray harder or study harder."
~My Finance Professor, Professor Barnes, after pushing our midterm back. (Thank you so much)
My Reason:
          This is a really personal one and there was just no way I was going to keep it off the list. Spring semester 2012 was my toughest semester I had in my college career. The two reasons why is that one, I was working on a lot of side projects like finishing Still Here After Wednesday Night and two, Finance. My God was that class hard as iron, tough as nails, and punished even the smallest of weaknesses in students! This quote is here, one, because of the situation around it and the good graces of my professor at the time, and two it is a pretty cool line. It's like a line from some 80's school comedy. He delivered it just a good, too.

Number 6Best Quote of the Week ~ [5/13/12]

          "That's not a bald head; that's a solar panel for a dumb ass machine."
~Jon Stewart on the Daily Show 5/9/12
My Reason:
          Jon Stewart's funny and witty as always and delivered this brilliant quip against an idiotic statement against same sex marriage--liken it to loving and marring a dog or ice cream. He gets a serious point across while still making the audience laugh. And even completely out of context it's sill a funny jab. 

Number 5Best Quote of the Week ~ [7/22/12]

          "You know, no one sets out to fail - you set out to succeed, but failure sometimes occurs. But if you decide not to bother, that's a terrible waste. It's OK to mess up."
~Shinji Mikami (Game Designer; from Interview found here)
My Reason:
          This quote is similar to 8, in that it's about making mistakes and art, but whereas 8 was about allowing yourself to make mistakes this quote is about not giving up after a mistake has been made. Let's face it, even if you try with every essence of your being not to make a mistake they inevitably do happen and when they do it's really easy to quit. Hell, sometimes it feels good. Maybe the finished thing will not turn out like you want or need it to be, but if you always run and quit--you'll never learn, never get better; you're just wasting potential and time. That's a bigger failure. I especially like that this is a real quote coming from a successful game designer that I really admire who has gone through failure in his years and still pushed through.

Number 4Best Quote of the Week ~ [3/25/12]

          "An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all."
~Oscar Wilde
My Reason:
          We have a saying similar to this at my work that goes something like this: "If someone doesn't think your goals sound crazy, you're not dreaming big enough." I'm the opposite of this a lot. Staying in a safe zone, but the only way to explore yourself and challenge yourself is to dream. And dream BIG! To take a risk and just believe in something out there. What's the good in saying "I'm going to lose 1lb this year." What is that going to accomplish? This quote is telling us to be bold or don't even think at all!

Number 3Best Quote of the Week ~ [10/21/12]

          "Let me tell you. When I was standing there on top of the world you become so humble you do not think about records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data, the only thing you want, is you want to come back alive."
~Felix Baumgartner
My Reason:
          Standing at the edge of space, at the border of the amazing and the mystical, doing that which will be remembered for generations--it's astonishing how human and humble a man could be. It's telling just how awesome an accomplishment Felix Baumgartner really did that could cause him to utter such modest words. Felix did something truly amazing a few months back, but I was more taken aback by his words after then the act itself. To do something so daring really does humble a person and to me it sounds fitting. It's makes me remember I lot of the great accomplishments in are history and those calm speeches afterwards. If this was a movie, the line may not have been filled with chest pumping cliches, but may still have been worded too slickly, less honestly. This quote just stands out in my mind as simple, honest, and human.

Number 2Best Quote of the Week ~ [11/4/12]

          "Then I saw it. I saw a mom who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone; laid down in front of him the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So, I changed it."
~Joe (from Looper)
My Reason:
          When I heard of Looper I thought it wasn't going to be that good of movie, but when I saw it--I found one of the best movies I seen all year and that's including a lot of movies that hasn't come out in that year (old classics and missed gems). Not only that, but out of all the movies, and shows, and books I saw and read this year it had the best quote. This final line had so much impact I was completely blown away. Even outside of context I know people will get something out it. But it really came alive in the heat of that scene. It was beautifully written, delivering the harshness of the reality and elevates the movie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character Joe to a whole new level. At this point in the film, I would have already walked away thinking that this was a superb movie, but that line and that scene gave me chills. If you haven't seen this movie go see it. The movie is worth it and this quote takes it up another notch. 

Number 1Best Quote of the Week ~ [5/27/12]

          "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
~Marianne Williamson from A Return to Love (Chapter 7, Section 3)
My Reason:
          Wow, I've been writing a lot. I didn't think this would get so long. Anyway, on to the Best Quote of the 2012! I love the fact that this quote is empowering people to move beyond their fears and negativity and telling them that's it's okay to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous. Why not? That when we are proud of ourselves and trying our best we only help others to do the same. I think this is a great message to leave 2012 on and begin 2013 with. This is my Number 1 Best Quote of the Year (redundancy!). Seeya next year!

This is STILL a really amazing novel

Honorable Mentions

Number 1Best Quote of the Week ~ [12/9/12]

          "But I'm little..."
~Clementine from The Walking Dead The Game (Season 1, Episode 5: No Time Left)
My Reason:
          Seeing The Walking Dead The Game all the way through, when Clem said these lines it made for such an emotional moment. Without giving anything away it marked a change in a character dynamic but also showed reservations to that change. That simple little line was not only felt bigger than it was because of the story to that point, but it was delivered so believably by Clementine's voice actress. So, why is it here? Well because if you know nothing of The Walking Dead The Game and just read those words--they simply don't mean anything. But, man, if you do... My Number One Honorable Mention.

Number 2Best Quote of the Week ~ [12/30/12]

          "The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. So to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that which is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms-this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness."
~Albert Einstein
My Reason:
          I like this quote but it doesn't quite work for me. I think one reason is its length and the another reason is that while not quite exactly similar to the Number 1 quote it is somewhat similar and gets completely over shadowed by it in my opinion. That's said it does deserve a read and its message is unique and pretty cool.

Number 3Best Quote of the Week ~ [9/2/12]

          "A place for everything and everything in its place."
~Charles A. Goodrich
My Reason:
          I love how this quote flows. I love its meaning: A purpose for all and everything in order. My meaning. I love the imagery it bring to my mind for a story. This was going to be number 10, but today I felt like it was a little too lite. Though, I wonder if I had finished this list quicker or slower it may have just as easily wound up at number 5. Who knows? "A place for everything and everything in its place."

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