What matters to you, and why? (250 word limit.)
More often than not, within a minute of meeting someone I will have asked about their name, school (if applicable), favorite food, and favorite quote. With time I may forget the first three but will always remember the fourth. To me, words reveal as much about the listener as they do the speaker.
Over the years, I have collected a small library of quote diaries: Some are philosophical, others are witty, and still others are just plain ludicrous. I value these slips of insight because they force me to think. Every quote I come across is a small piece of history with a unique context, cause, and effect. It is this aspect that fascinates me, as piecing together the stories behind a quote forms an enigmatic sort of puzzle; I make it a source of entertainment to uncover the story behind each snippet.
It is my belief that an active mind is the most treasured possession anyone could ask for and that vigilant maintenance of this liveliness is key. This allows for imagination and innovation, the agents of progress, but at the core must lay a stimulant. While others may solve Rubik's Cubes or play Sudoku to actuate their minds, for me the finest mental workout exists in the archaeology of quotes. Although I do not have a single definite favorite, I live by the idea that "an opportunity becomes an experience when you seize it". Now, as promised before the minute ends, what's your favorite quote? Think about it. (250/250 words)
Thanks in advance for any advice!!