Famous Quotes Reinterpreted For Postgrad Life


Some words are timeless and reverberate through the decades because of their pure, honest truth that applies to everyday life.

The following are some of the more widely recognized ones from people you’ve certainly heard of, that still apply to the situations we so painfully often find ourselves in.

“There is a moment–oh, just before the first kiss, a whispered word–something that makes it worth while.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
…or that something special in his profile that makes you swipe right.

“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot–it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” – Maya Angelou
Even the ones you don’t remember. Those three pieces of pizza you had at four in the morning? Those add to you “sum total” as well.

“Living got harder ‘cause hoes got smarter” – Wyclef Jean (“Sweetest Girl”)
With the unprecedented number of college graduates, it is not uncommon to be underpaid and overqualified for whatever job you manage to land.

“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.” – Sylvia Plath
*Grimaces while looking at a full online shopping cart*

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” – Abraham Lincoln
Or about as happy as their psychiatrist prescribes them to be.

“We know what we are, but not what we may be.” – William Shakespeare
You should only be afraid of pregnancy and your potential.

“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.” – Sylvia Plath
He went to Jared!

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
And then they create a lifestyle blog.

“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” – Coco Chanel
*Snaps laptop shut after seeing an ex’s Facebook engagement announcement.*

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. – Einstein
Filed under things you tell your mother while binge watching Netflix on your parents’ basement couch.

“Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Always recycle your liquor bottles for both the sake of the environment and your sanity.

“The lack of money is the root of all evil.” – Mark Twain
Think of how much happier and less vindictive you’d be in a jacuzzi right now.

“You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.” – Dr. Seuss
Remarkably so after hitting up Chipotle three times a week.

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln
Or get a good lawyer.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Einstein
On the bright side, at least you’re not hitting it and quitting it.

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” – William Shakespeare
*Framed and hung in your cubicle until HR makes you take it down.*

“Elegance is refusal.” – Coco Chanel
Especially in incoherent text form at three in the morning.

“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” – Mark Twain
Good thing your Twitter account has both in spades.

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Writer in NYC. To quote Dr. Seuss, "Being crazy isn't enough."

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