Today, I’m thrilled to have my friend and colleague, J. H. Bográn, offering us a guest post here on Gina Fava’s Blog. I’ll be posting on his blog later this week, so please be sure to pop over for a look.
J. H. Bográn, born and raised in Honduras, is the son of a journalist. He ironically prefers to write fiction rather than fact. José’s genre of choice is thrillers, but he likes to throw in a twist of romance into the mix. His works include novels and short stories in both English and Spanish. He’s a member of the International Thriller Writers where he also serves as the Thriller Roundtable Coordinator.
Quotes, Oh Wonderful Quotes
And then there are quotes. Those words that you hear or learn from other people that make you say: “Damn, I wish I thought of that!”
Some of them are bits of wonderful wisdom, others are down plain comedic, but what they all have in common is that they stick with you. A few of them help define you, make you tick and you hold them close to your heart and soul.
These pearls can come from anybody: a movie, a book, even your next-door neighbor.
I put together a list of some of them. I mean nothing by them except to have some fun, so don’t think you they define me. Still, you will get to know a little bit more of me. Perhaps a bit more than I should let on, but I’m willing to risk it for my friend Gina.
“Why call me a pirate? Because you see me going about in a little galley? If I could arm myself like you, like you I would be an emperor.”
Diomedes the Pirate to Alexander the Great.
Well, I always find the above intriguing. Another take on just about the same subject comes from a sleeper spy in the 2002 James Bond epic Die Another Day: “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”
“For the kill with the skill to survive”
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
To kill with the skill to survive, man! I write thrillers, one of my main characters is a hired assassin. That line above pretty much sums up his personality and his profession!
Now, the next one is to satisfy the little-argumentative-me. Most people claim “It’s not personal, it’s business,” comes from The Godfather. That in itself is true. However, most people fail to see that the concept is a lie at the beginning of the book. Michael Corleone sets the record straight toward the end:
“Tom, don’t let anybody kid you. It’s all personal, every bit of business. Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal. They call it business. OK. But it’s personal as hell. You know where I learned that from? The Don. My old man. The Godfather. If a bolt of lightning hit a friend of his the old man would take it personal. He took my going into the Marines personal. That’s what makes him great. The Great Don. He takes everything personal Like God. He knows every feather that falls from the tail of a sparrow or however the hell it goes? Right? And you know something? Accidents don’t happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.”
Mario Puzo – The Godfather
The fact that Spanish is my native language but decided to write in English is perhaps the main reason why the next one resonates so much with me:
“Just because I talk with an accent doesn’t mean I think with an accent.”
Alberto Aragon – A Walk in the Clouds (1995)
Here’s a personal favorite quote that I have at the ready when I encounter atheists. It also works with gamblers, and you know, people addicted to bet against the odds:
“Even though the existence of God cannot be determined through reason, a person should wager as though God exists, because living life accordingly has everything to gain, and nothing to lose.”
The next one comes from one of my all-time favorite rock bands: Queen. I think I’ve even tweeted about it some time. The entire song is wonderful, but this line in particular has such a punch it is hard to miss.
“Super powers always fighting
But Mona Lisa just keeps on smiling
It’s a miracle”
The Miracle – Queen
The last quote is probably the most ironic of them all:
“I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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