The Perfect Time for the Perfect Quote

As you reflect on your life thus far, what has someone said, written, or expressed in some fashion that is especially meaningful to you?


Quotes are like songs and musical tunes. You can remember and repeat only the really good ones. For some reason, they stay in your head and play over and over again after you have found the perfect one. Like songs, quotes can be stuck in different places of your life. Each one has a significant meaning that relates to certain areas of your experience. Some people find quotes of inspiration from songs or books. Others come across them in the Bible. Some find them on those handy internet sites. Others discover them in a fortune cookie. But for me, I found the perfect quote sitting on a bench in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. after a long but very interesting tour during my summer family vacation. This quote continues to stay with me and intrigue me with its abstract but significant meaning.

Since I was in the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress seemed like the perfect place to find a quote within its multitude of books. However, I did not find my favorite saying in a book in the library; I found it on a wall. After a long day of touring, I plopped tiredly onto a bench and stared into space. In my boredom, my eyes began playing tricks on me. They gravitated towards one of the many quotes that fill and...

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