A Love Story of Titanic Proportions
Titanic is one of my favorite love stories. I have watched it countless times, the last being when the 3D version came out. There is something really endearing about the main protagonists in the film and how they struggle to find love and happiness against all odds on board the 'ship of dreams'.
Just like the biggest ship in the world was deemed unsinkable, Jack and Rose were deemed star-crossed lovers who could never be together. Despite life’s uncertainty, the futures unknowability, and the unthinkable happening, they dared to chance everything for what they really wanted.
My fascination with the movie and Titanic’s history led me to its artifacts exhibition. I bought a replica of the 'Heart of the Ocean’ there, intending to give it to someone I was involved with at the time. It never made it to that person as I met someone else soon after leaving the exhibition and gave it to them instead.
“But you’re wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from human relationships. God’s placed it all around us. It’s in everything. It’s in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at those things”
— Christopher McCandless
“Aristotle be damned!
By Zeus and all the gods, what makes you so much better than them, Cassander? Better than you really are! In you and those like you is this!
What disturbs me most is not your lack of respect for my judgment. It’s your contempt for a world far older than ours!”
— Alexander the Great
“I cannot waste time with these classes and these books, memorizing the weaker assumptions of lesser mortals! I need to look through to the governing dynamics, find a truly original idea. That’s the only way I’ll ever distinguish myself. It’s the only way that I’ll ever… matter”
— John Nash
“You know the worst part?
The world didn’t stop. The newspaper still came every morning, the automatic sprinklers went off at six. Jerry next door still washed his car every Sunday.
My life ended and nobody noticed.”
— Phil Woodward
“You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.”
— Carl Sagan
“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked…
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?”
— Kahlil Gibran