Erik Surjan is a former professional athlete who lives in Western Australia, and is currently developing a new career as an actor. He has already appeared in several TV commercials, including one for Toyota, and in several instructional videos.
He is also a voracious reader who loves to encounter new thoughts and ideas, and is fond of collecting quotations that inspire him. “Mahatma Gandhi famously said ‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever,'” Erik Surjan wrote on his blog. “Gandhi’s words inspired me to seek out and collate collective wisdom – an almanac of expression, if you will.”
Erik Surjan made a New Year Resolution to add one new quote per week into what he called “my little black book of thoughts,” also known as his blog. In a post he entitled “So You Think You Can Quote,” Erik Surjan listed a series of quotations that, at least at the time, had meaning to him.
“For your reading pleasure (and the sake of posterity),” Erik Surjan wrote, “here are ten of my favourite 2014 discoveries. At the least, I hope you, the reader, find meaning in one of these.” The quotations ranged from sources as diverse as Confucius and the comedian George Carlin, and include the following:
“Live out of your imagination, not your history,” attributed to Steven Corey
“Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.” – Roger Ebert, the late film critic.
“Follow your bliss.” – Joseph Campbell
“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I have ever known.” – Chuck Palahniuk
“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” – Confucius
“No one knows what’s next, but everyone does it.” – George Carlin
Erik Surjan concluded his list with an ironic line from Back to the Future, the 1985 movie starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. “Don’t worry. As long as you hit that wire with the connecting hook at precisely 88mph the instant the lightning strikes the tower… Everything will be fine.”