Introduction:Bohemians view the world with an artistic eye. They believe in living life to the fullest, enjoying good times, and leaving an imprint on the world forever. Bohemians are also known for saying things that people quote for years (and even generations.) Here are the top 5 Bohemian quotes.
"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today."
These timeless words of James Dean remind us of the power of dreams and how important it is to live life to its fullest always, especially because there may not be a tomorrow...
"The life of the young artist here is the easiest, merriest, dirtiest existence possible."
William Makepeace Thackeray said these words that describe a Bohemian lifestyle. It really kind of puts a positive spin on the poverty ridden life that most Bohemians endure. This is inspiring to Bohemians and helps them to see the enjoyable aspects of their poor existence.
"Who am I? I'm a poet. My business? Writing. How do I live? I live.
In my happy poverty I squander, like a Prince, my poems and songs of love.
In hopes and dreams and castles-in-air, I'm a millionaire in spirit."
Rodolfo sings this in "La Boheme," and it gives the audience an idea of what his life is like, how he views the world, and why he is the way he is. In my opinion, it's beautiful to hear the Bohemian lifestyle described through fantastic opera singing.
"In art, there is either plagiarism or revolution."
Bohemians do not fear standing out in a crowd, starting a revolution, or shocking the world. Many Bohemians believe that it is better to create something outrageous than to have their work blend into the masses of artwork of the past. No legitimate artist wants to be accused of plagiarism, especially not a Bohemian! So they remember Paul Gauguin's words... and they check their art carefully to see if it is plagiarism or if it's revolutionary.
"There's only us, there's only this. Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way; no day but today!"
Another quote about living each day to its fullest; this one comes from Jonathan Larson, the amazing composer of the hit Broadway musical "Rent." Really, any quote from "Rent" could have been included on this list, as "Rent" is a great portrait of the Modern Bohemian life in New York City. But this one resonates strongly with Bohemians because Jonathan Larson was a Bohemian himself, and he lived life with joy and love; and he tragically died right before "Rent" debuted, making the idea of "No day but today" incredibly relevant, important, affecting, and inspiring.
Bohemians love quotes, especially quotes that they can relate to personally. There are so many amazing Bohemian quotes out there. What are your favorites?
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