Growing wiser on the wisdom (or stupidity) of others
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Monday, December 29, 2003

"If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future." -- Danielle Steel

"The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day . . . a movement is only people moving." -- Gloria Steinem

"And all your future lies beneath your hat." -- John Oldham

"The closing of a door can be a sad and final thing—the opening a wonderfully joyous moment." -- Andy Rooney

"I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when looked at in the right way, did not become still more complicated." -- Poul Anderson, via

Friday, December 26, 2003

"Before undergoing a surgical operation arrange your temporal affairs--you may live." -- Rémy de Gourmont

Monday, December 22, 2003

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls." -- Mother Teresa

"The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us." -- Ashley Montagu

"Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length." -- Robert Frost

"Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me; let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be." -- Sy Miller

"One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others." -- Archibald Rutledge

Saturday, December 20, 2003

"Time is what prevents everything from happening at once." -- John Archibald Wheeler

Friday, December 19, 2003

"I know that dogs are pack animals, but it is difficult to imagine a pack of Standard Poodles...and if there was such a thing as a pack of Standard Poodles, where would they rove to? Bloomingdale's?" -- Yvonne Clifford, American actress, via Dog News

"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts." -- John Steinbeck, via Dog News

"Things that upset a terrier may pass virtually unnoticed by a Great Dane." -- Smiley Blanton, via Dog News

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man." -- Mark Twain, via Dog News

"You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets." -- Nora Ephron, via Dog News

Thursday, December 18, 2003

"He was in the air most of the time ... on the air, in the air, one way or the other. It was his thing and this was his airport." -- Phyllis Diller, veteren comedienne, at ceremonies renaming the regional airport in Burbank, Calif., outside Los Angeles, for the late entertainer Bob Hope, via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

"If an idea's worth having once, it's worth having twice." -- Tom Stoppard

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons." -- James Thurber, via Dog News

"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs spend their lives." -- Sue Murphy, via Dog News

"Outside of a dog, a book is probably man's best friend; inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." -- Groucho Marx, via Dog News

"In dog years, I'm dead." -- Unknown, via Dog News

"It was like they put a pillow over our mouths and tried to smother us. ... But then the ratings came in, and we went, 'Hey, what's up? Nice pillow." -- Kevin James, actor, star of the CBS sitcom "The King of Queens," in a TV Guide interview, on moving his show from its plum Monday night slot to what he thought would be a dead-end berth on Wednesday night, via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

"A new year is a clean slate, a chance to suck in your breath, decide all is not lost, and give yourself another chance." -- Sarah Overstreet

"She had observed that it was from those who had never sailed stormy waters, came the quickest and harshest judgements on bad seamanship in heavy seas." -- Susan Glaspell

"Most roads lead men homewards,
My road leads me forth."

-- John Edward Masefield

"Those that make the best Use of their Time have none to spare." -- Thomas Fuller

"Wishes, on their way to coming true, will not be rushed." -- Arnold Lobel

"Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose -- a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye." -- Mary Shelley

"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about puppies." -- Gene Hill, via Dog News

"I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult." -- Rita Rudner, via Dog News

"The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning." -- Ivy Baker Priest

"A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down." -- Robert Benchley, via Dog News

Focus | "Consider the postage stamp... It secures success through its ability to stick to one thing until it gets there." -- Josh Billings

"An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head." -- Emil Zatopek

"Faith consists in believing what reason cannot... In order to believe something, it is not enough that it should be possible." -- Voltaire

"Only with the heart can a person see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Dogs | "I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl." -- Penny Ward Moser, via Dog News

"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear." -- Dave Barry, via Dog News

"We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made." -- M. Facklam, via Dog News

Focus | "The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything." -- Lee Iacocca

"In a future life, I’d like to be my own dog, Hugo. We have a completely selfless friendship. There’s no jealousy; he never asks me with whom I’ve been. I don’t know a more tolerant creature. Actually, I’d rather have him constantly in my arms, like baby Jesus. When I’m sleeping, he licks my face, as though trying to soothe a wound. I’m afraid that when I die, he’ll devour me by morning." -- Vlastimil Brodsky, via Dog News

"You care for nothing but shooting, dogs, and rat-catching, and you will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family." -- Robert Darwin, to his son Charles (recounted in Darwin's autobiography), via Dog News

"When a dog acts viciously we assume the reason is poor treatment and training by its owner. When a person acts criminally we look for the explanation in his brain, blood, and urine. When will psychiatrists begin testifying to the incompetence of schizophrenic pit bulls?" -- Nicolas Martin, via Dog News

"Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses." -- Elizabeth Taylor (1932 - ), via Dog News

"There is always one true inner voice. Trust it." -- Gloria Steinem

"I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine." -- Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970), via Dog News

"Live so that you can stick out your tongue at the insurance." -- Don Marquis

"A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of." -- Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971), via Dog News

"Big doesn't necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren't better than violets." -- Edna Ferber

"What does it matter how one comes by the truth so long as one pounces upon it and lives by it?" -- Henry Miller

"We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us." -- Maurice Maeterlinck (1862 - 1949), via Dog News

Focus | "I can't say I was ever lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." -- Daniel Boone

"Grasp at the shadow and lose the substance." -- Aesop

"At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas." -- Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963), via Dog News

"My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money." -- Joe Weinstein, via Dog News

"No coward soul is mine,
No trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere:
I see Heaven's glories shine,
And faith shines equal, arming me from fear."

-- Emily Brontë

"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow." -- Jeff Valdez, via Dog News

"My Karma ran over your dogma." -- Unknown, via Dog News

"'Begin at the beginning,' the King said, gravely, 'and go on till you come to the end: then stop.'" -- Lewis Carroll

"Is it better to be the lover or the loved one? Neither, if your cholesterol is over six hundred. By love, of course, I refer to romantic love -- the love between man and woman, rather than between mother and child, or a boy and his dog, or two headwaiters." -- Woody Allen (1935 - ), Without Feathers, via Dog News

"As for the pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some ambitious booby, whom it would have been wiser and manlier to have drowned in the Nile, and then given his body to the dogs." -- Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), via Dog News

"Failure is merely the opportunity to start over again -- but wiser." -- from the markerboard at the therapist's office

"Many people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions." -- Henry Miller

"Inches make a champion." -- Vince Lombardi

"Bear in mind, if you are going to amount to anything, that your success does not depend upon the brilliancy and the impetuosity with which you take hold, but upon the ever lasting and sanctified bulldoggedness with which you hang on after you have taken hold." -- Dr. A. B. Meldrum, via Dog News

"The peril of every fine faculty is the delight of playing with it for pride. Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character, and the greater it grows, the more is the mischief. Talent is mistaken for genius, a dogma or system for truth, ambition for greatest, ingenuity for poetry, sensuality for art." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882), via Dog News

"Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction." -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"But in modern war you will die like a dog for no good reason." -- Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961), via Dog News

Focus | "A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective." -- André Gide

Teaching | "The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself." -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873), via Dog News

Focus | "But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." -- Helen Keller

"Any member introducing a dog into the Society's premises shall be liable to a fine of one pound. Any animal leading a blind person shall be deemed to be a cat." -- Rule 46, Oxford Union Society, London, via Dog News

Focus | "Every ball is for me the first ball, whether my score is 0 or 200, and I never visualize the possibility of anybody getting me out." -- Sir Don Bradman

"All dogmas perish the thinking mind, especially ones you agree with." -- Adam Richardson, via Dog News

Monday, December 15, 2003

"If people behaved in the way nations do they would all be put in straitjackets." -- Tennessee Williams

Sunday, December 14, 2003

"Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone,
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own"

-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"The great pleasure of a dog is that you make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, he will make a fool of himself too." -- Samuel Butler, via Dog News

"Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window!" -- Steve Bluestone, via Dog News

"Ever consider what they must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul, chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!" -- Anne Tyler, via Dog News

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." -- Josh Billings, via Dog News

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." -- Ben Williams, via Dog News

"If you’re never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances." -- Julia Sorel

"If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise." -- Unknown, via Dog News

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." -- Confucius

Friday, December 12, 2003

An Irish Christmas Blessing

The light of the Christmas star to you
The warmth of home and hearth to you
The cheer and good will of friends to you
The hope of a childlike heart to you
The joy of a thousand angels to you
The love of the Son and God's peace to you.
And a safe and speedy return home to you.

"Liberty is to Science what air is to the animal." -- Jules Henri Poincaré

Thursday, December 11, 2003

"I have always been fascinated by bee society, the world's most harmoniously run organization, and now I finally am going to be in it." -- Jerry Seinfeld, comedian, on plans to write, produce and star in "Bee Movie," an animated comedy at DreamWorks, via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

"I'm sure we'll always be making stupid videos and doing dumb stuff in our live shows. We'll still be who we are. We'll still be retarded." -- Tom DeLonge, Blink 182 guitarist, in the January issue of Guitar World, via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

Monday, December 08, 2003

Self-Discipline | "You are a disciple, a follower, of your own deep values and their source. And you have the will, the integrity, to subordinate your feelings, your impulses, your moods to those values." -- Stephen R. Covey

Self-Discipline | "Self-discipline [is] an ordering of the self from the inside, not imposition from the outside." -- Barbara Coloroso

Self-Discipline | "While most of today’s jobs do not require great intelligence, they do require greater frustration tolerance, personal discipline, organization, management, and interpersonal skills than were required two decades and more ago." -- James P. Comer

Self-Discipline | "Keep your passions in check, but beware of giving your reason free rein." -- Karl Kraus

Self-Discipline | "Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline." -- George Eliot

"It is generally thought that the liberal arts tend to soften our manners; but they do more—they carry with them the power to mend our hearts." -- Thomas Cole

Saturday, December 06, 2003

"The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality." -- Herbert Spencer

Friday, December 05, 2003

"The sonatas of Mozart are unique; they are too easy for children, and too difficult for artists." -- Artur Schnabel

"Knowledge will not always take the place of simple observation." -- Arnold Lobel

Focus "All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don't sit looking at it -- walk." -- Ayn Rand

"Our way is not soft grass; it's a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upwards, forward, toward the sun." -- Ruth Westheimer

Focus | "A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means." -- William Hazlitt

Focus | "That's what you always said, success isn't everything but it makes a man stand straight, and you were right." -- Lillian Hellman

"We are told never to cross a bridge until we come to it, but this world is owned by men who have 'crossed bridges' in their imagination far ahead of the crowd." -- Anonymous

"There's a time when what you're creating and the environment you're creating it in come together." -- Grace Hartigan

"Don't count the days -- make the days count." -- Ed Agresta

"Not all who wander are lost." -- J. R. R. Tolkien

"Until you value yourself, you won't value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it." -- M. Scott Peck

Worry | "The only thing that worry changes is the color of your hair." -- from the markerboard at the therapist's office

"I'm not in business to be loved, but I am in business." -- Robert Towne

"Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present." -- Roger Babson

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." -- Abraham Lincoln

"If you want your dreams to come true, don't sleep." -- Yiddish Proverb

"Without a doubt, there is such a thing as too much order." -- Arnold Lobel

"We should always be booted and spurred, and ready to go." -- Montaigne

"You bind the goods and trappings of your life together with your dreams to make a place that is uniquely your own." -- Charles W. Moore

"You can teach an elephant to dance, but the likelihood of its stepping on your toes is very high." -- Gary Moss

"First deal with your own tears; tomorrow do something about acid rain." -- Betty Jane Wylie

"You can't climb to the second floor without a ladder." -- Emil Zatopek

"The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while Nature cures the disease." -- Voltaire

"When in danger, ponder. When in trouble, delegate. When in doubt, mumble." -- Robert Ferdinand Wagner, Jr.

"I can't do something halfway, three-quarters, nine-tenths. If I'm going to do something, I'm going to go all the way." -- Tom Cruise, actor, on noting how deeply he immersed himself into the role of Algren in The Last Samurai, via Reuters Notable Quotes

"Man, I could have been nominated for best shoestring. I'm just glad to be here, man." -- Pharrell Williams, musician/producer, on his six Grammy Award nominations, via Reuters Notable Quotes

"Emotionally it hasn't hit me. It probably won't -- maybe a year from now..." -- Andre "3000" Benjamin, OutKast member, on his six Grammy Award nominations, via Reuters Notable Quotes

Steven Wright Quotes

Thanks to IreneQ for the link!

Sunday, November 30, 2003

"The marvellous thing about a joke with a double meaning is that it can only mean one thing." -- Ronnie Barker

Saturday, November 29, 2003

"You don't want no pie in the sky when you die. You want something here on the ground while you're still around." -- Muhammad Ali

Friday, November 28, 2003

"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it." -- Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, November 27, 2003

"Let us (since life can little more supply
Than just to look about us and to die)
Expatiate free o'er all this scene of man;
A mighty maze! but not without a plan."

-- Alexander Pope

Planning | "Each morning is the open door to a new world -- new vistas, new aims, new tryings." -- Leigh Mitchell Hodges

"The more the state 'plans,' the more difficult planning becomes for the individual." -- Friedrich August von Hayek

"My idea of long range planning is lunch." -- Frank Ogden

Planning | "We must not waste life in devising means. It is better to plan less and do more." -- William Emery Channing

"We must beat the iron while it is hot, but we may polish it at leisure." -- John Dryden

Planning | "To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to happen." -- Frank Lloyd Wright

"The vital, successful people I have met all had one common characteristic. They had a plan." -- Marilyn Van Derbur

"Neither talent without instruction, nor instruction without talent can produce the perfect craftsman." -- Vitruvius

Planning | "It's like building a nest. First she thinks about it, then she begins to gather the materials, then she begins to put it together." -- Flannery O'Connor

"There is nothing to it. You only have to hit the right notes at the right time and the instrument plays itself." -- Johann Sebastian Bach

"This is my family. I found it all on my own. It's little and broken, but still good." -- Stitch, found on The Truth Laid Bear

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

"He brings a very keen director's and actor's eye to slices of life in Baghdad." -- Phil Bronstein, San Francisco Chronicle editor, on plans to publish accounts of life in Baghdad that Sean Penn will to write during his upcoming return visit to the Iraqi capital, via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

"If anybody doesn't think ... that the true motivation of these charges and allegations is anything but money and the seeking of money then they are living in their own Neverland." -- Mark Geragos, celebrity attorney, on the allegations of child molestation lodged against his client, Michael Jackson, via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

"Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

Monday, November 24, 2003

"If you want to enjoy success, fantasize about it. If you want a special love, fantasize about that, too. When it comes along you will be more comfortable. It won't be a new experience." -- Dr. Madeline Hirschfeld

Planning | "When you're afraid, keep your mind on what you have to do. And if you have been thoroughly prepared, you will not be afraid." -- Dale Carnegie

"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine." -- Thomas Jefferson

"The best way to show our gratitude . . . is to accept everything with joy." -- Mother Teresa

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." -- Marcel Proust

"To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go." -- Victor Hugo

"If you haven’t got all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don’t have that you don’t want." -- Anonymous

"Cultivate your garden... follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity bravely, express yourself, make your own harmony." -- Will Durant

"A first failure may prepare the way for later success." -- Arnold Lobel

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." -- Robert Louis Stevenson

"the great essentials of life are something to do, something to love, something to hope for." -- Thomas Chalmers

"Having compassion means you are able to see the darkness of the blind or hear the emptiness of the deaf." -- Nathaniel P. Ambler

"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself." -- Henry Ward Beecher

"He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times." -- Johann von Schiller

Sunday, November 23, 2003

"Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists, when you can ignore them like wise men?" -- Natalie Clifford Barney

Friday, November 21, 2003

"There can be no progress if people have no faith in tomorrow." -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance." -- Abraham Lincoln

"The buried talent is the sunken rock on which most lives strike and founder." -- Frederick W. Faber

"Plunge boldy into the thick of life!" -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"All the miles of a hard road are worth a moment of true happiness." -- Arnold Lobel

"Dwell not upon thy weariness; thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire." -- Arab Proverb

"Let your aim be the good of all." -- Bhagavad Gita

"The thing is to find a truth for me, to find the idea for which I can live or die." -- Sören Kierkegaard

"True richness is made day by day, with great effort." -- Francesco Alberoni

"Dream the impossible dream." -- Joe Darion

"I find that there is no worthy pursuit but the idea of doing some good to the world." -- John Keats

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." -- Helen Keller

"How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world."

-- William Shakespeare

"He turns not back who is bound to a star." -- Leonardo da Vinci

"When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

"I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart." -- Vincent van Gogh

"My mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general, if you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.' Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso." -- Pablo Picasso

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome." -- Booker T. Washington

"To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage. The coward despairs." -- Euripides

"If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much." -- Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

"Never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed." -- Sydney Smith

"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." -- Special Olympics Motto

"Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid only of standing still."

-- Chinese Proverb

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

"The Lord in his wisdom made the fly,
And then forgot to tell us why."
-- Ogden Nash, via blogs4God Apologia Cornucopia

Monday, November 17, 2003

"Creation comes before distribution -- or there will be nothing to distribute." -- Ayn Rand

"You’ve got to think about ‘big things’ while you’re doing small things so that all the small things go in the right direction." -- Alvin Toffler

"Focus on what you are moving toward rather than what you are leaving behind." -- Alan Cohen

Friday, November 14, 2003

"When life's problems seem overwhelming, look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself fortunate." -- Ann Landers

"Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons." -- Ruth Ann Schabacker

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle." -- James Keller

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own." -- Benjamin Disraeli

"The only gift is giving to the poor; All else is exchange." -- Thiruvalluvar

"What you get is a living. What you give is a life." -- Lillian Gish

Monday, November 10, 2003

"May the roof above this pub never fall in, and may we friends gathered below never fall out." -- George Killian (?), found on a George Killian's Toasts plaque at Limbo's Bar and Grill, Dayton, Ohio USA

"That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics." -- Aldo Leopold

"Some people leave and don't say goodbye; others say goodbye and don't leave." -- Anonymous, found on the markerboard at the therapist's office

Saturday, November 08, 2003

"Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread." -- Pablo Neruda

Thursday, November 06, 2003

"What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad." -- Morpheus, from The Matrix, written by the Wachowski brothers (found on U.S.S. Clueless)

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

"First thing I took him home and dangled him over the balcony." -- David Letterman, late-night host at CBS, talking about new son Harry, with a reference to Michael Jackson's infamous baby-dangling stunt, via Reuters Notable Quotes

"We were musicians first and we dabbled in drugs and then we become drug addicts dabbling in music. We would feed our heads with drugs instead of with experience, (but) there's only three things you can get out of the drug scenario: jail, death or insanity." -- Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith, describing the band's wilder days in Hollywood Reporter, via Reuters Notable Quotes

"The richness of life lies in the memories we have forgotten." -- Cesare Pavese

BARTENDER Magazine - Fun Sayings

"Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear." -- Umberto Eco

Monday, November 03, 2003

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities -- brilliantly diguised as insoluble problems." -- John William Gardner

"A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her." -- David Brinkley

"To be surrounded by beautiful things has much influence upon the human creature: to make beautiful things more." -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"Creativeness often consists of merely turning up what is already there." -- Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers

"I don't know that there are any shortcuts to doing a good job." -- Sandra Day O'Connor

"Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training." -- Anna Freud

"I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work the more of it I seem to have." -- Coleman Cox

"Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having." -- Mahatma Gandhi

"There's no place where success comes before work, except in the dictionary." -- Donald M. Kimball

"Large streams from little mountains flow, tall oaks from little acorns grow." -- David Everett

"When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable; sleep." -- Ursula K. LeGuin

"The work praises the man." -- Irish Proverb

"Work is something made greater by ourselves and in turn that makes us greater." -- Maya Angelou

"There are three types of baseball players -- those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened." -- Tommy Lasorda

"I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?" -- Henry Moore

"As for boredom... I notice that it leaves me as soon as I am doing something that has got to be done." -- John Jay Chapman

His Labor is a Chant --
His Idleness - a Tune --
Oh, for a Bee's experience
Of Clovers, and of Noon!

-- Emily Dickinson

"There is no genius in life like the genius of energy and activity." -- Donald G. Mitchell

"As one goes through life one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move." -- Katharine Hepburn

"Here hath been dawning another blue day: think, wilt thou let is slip useless away?" -- Thomas Carlyle

"Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth." -- Margaret Thatcher

"So partial are men as to expect brick where they afford no straw." -- Mary Astell

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work." -- Thomas A. Edison

"A well-spent day brings happy sleep." -- Leonardo da Vinci

"Many strokes, though with a little axe, hew down and fell the hardest-timber'd oak." -- William Shakespeare

"The shortest answer is doing." -- English Proverb

"The difference between the most dissimilar characters... seems to arise not so much from nature, as from habit, custom, and education." -- Adam Smith

"Those who have the habit of revelation lose the habit of thought." -- Robin Skelton

"Marriage should always combat the monster that devours everything: habit." -- Honoré de Balzac

"Television has spread the habit of instant reaction and has stimulated the hope of instant results." -- Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

"How many legs does a dog have if you count his tail as a leg? Four. You can call a tail a leg if you want to, but that doesn't make it a leg." -- Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), via Dog News

"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear." -- Dave Barry (1947 - ), via Dog News

"Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs." -- P. J. O'Rourke (1947 - ), via Dog News

"You got to have soul. But if you do not have soul, halibut will do." -- Lew Zeland, the boomerang fish muppet, via email from Carla

"Love does not consist of gazing at one another, but in looking outward in the same direction." -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery, via email from Carla

"Love demands all and has a right to it." -- Blaise Pascal, via email from Carla

"Life is a comedy to those who think, and a tragedy to those who feel." -- Horace Walpole, via email from Carla

"To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage. The coward despairs." -- Euripides

"We must travel in the direction of our fear." -- John Berryman

"We possess such immense resources of power that pessimism is a laughable absurdity." -- Colin Wilson

"You, beloved, who are all the gardens I have ever gazed at longing." -- Rainer Maria Rilke, via email from Carla

"We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another." -- Luciano de Crescenzo, via email from Carla

"It is with true love as it is with ghosts;
everyone talks about it, but few have seen it."

-- La Rochefoucauld, via email from Carla

"Love is a pearl of purest hue,
But stormy waves are round it;
And dearly may a woman rue,
The hour that she found it. "

-- Letitia Landon, via email from Carla

Robert Schuller on Believing in Yourself

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" -- Dr. Robert Schuller

"Men always want to be a woman's first love -- Women like to be a man's last romance." -- Oscar Wilde, via email from Carla

"Sometimes you just have to take the leap, and build your wings on the way down." -- Kobi Yamada

"Love is the essence of God." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, via email from Carla

"Love is what you've been through with somebody." -- James Thurber, via email from Carla

"Love is a serious mental disease." -- Plato, via email from Carla

"The hottest love has the coldest end." -- Socrates, via email from Carla

"Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence." -- H.L. Mencken, via email from Carla

"I love mankind, it's people I can't stand." -- Linus from 'Peanuts', via email from Carla

"LOVE - A temporary insanity curable by marriage." -- Ambrose Bierce, via email from Carla

"What the world really needs is more love and less paper work." -- Pearl Bailey, via email from Carla

"Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves." -- Henri Frederic Amiel, via email from Carla

"Do not preach the God of history, but show him as he lives today through you." -- Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948)

"None of us can estimate what we do when we do it from instinct." -- Luigi Pirandello

Saturday, November 01, 2003

"Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal but which the reader recognizes as his own." -- Salvatore Quasimodo

Friday, October 31, 2003

"The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive." -- Thomas Sowell, via Boar's Head Tavern

"Not everything faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." -- J. Baldwin

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

"Think not those faithful who praise all thy words, but those who kindly reprove thy faults." -- Socrates

"What you praise you increase." -- Catherine Ponder

"If you want employees to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others." -- Haim Ginott

Saturday, October 25, 2003

"David Gest, be a man. Stop trying to take that lady's money. She's earned that money ... You need to take a good look in the mirror. Go get a new plastic surgeon, and leave that woman alone!" -- Sharon Osbourne, TV talk show host, speaking out about the $10 million civil suit filed by producer David Gest against his estranged wife, Liza Minnelli, accusing her of spousal abuse, via Reuters Notable Quotes

"The core reductive mistake is...the idea of a single fundamental explanation." -- Mary Midgley

Friday, October 24, 2003

"Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard, and poetry is a painting which is heard but not seen." --Leonardo da Vinci

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

"One would think that the earth was the road Of the body, that the sea was the road Of the soul." -- Juan Ramón Jiménez

"I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts." -- Orson Welles, via the Jokes Jokes Jokes Joke and Humor Weblog

Monday, October 20, 2003

"On the human chessboard, all moves are possible." -- Miriam Schiff, via Career Impressions Newsletter | Resume to Referral

Responsibility | "While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us." -- Benjamin Franklin

"It's essential to distinguish between events that are really beyond your control and events you caused yourself." -- Barbara Sher

"There's nothing wrong with being realistic--as long as you create your own reality." -- Beth Mende Conny

"We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want." -- Lao-Tzu

"It is never any good dwelling on goodbyes. It is not the being together that it prolongs, it is the parting." -- Elizabeth Charlotte Lucy Bibescu

Friday, October 17, 2003

Synergy | "Use not only all the brains you have -- but all you can borrow." -- Woodrow Wilson, from the markerboard at the therapist's office

Thursday, October 16, 2003

"The best of healers is good cheer." -- Pindar

"There's really something subversive about it. To be talking dirty to America's sweetheart, you're really playing with something iconoclastic." -- Mark Ruffalo, on his dirty-talk sex scene with Meg Ryan in "In the Cut," quoted in USA Today, via Reuters Notable Quotes

Monday, October 13, 2003

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -- Mark Twain, via email from Curt Rosengren, of Occupational Adventure (sm)

"Science is the topography of ignorance." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Thursday, October 09, 2003

"If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me." -- Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from the game RSVP

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

"There is much pleasure gained from useless knowledge." -- Bertrand Russell, via email from Carla

"We judge of man's wisdom by his hope." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Hope is a waking dream." -- Aristotle

"Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory." — Norman Vincent Peale

"A zebra is a light-colored animal with dark stripes, not a dark one with light stripes." -- American Museum of Natural History

Thursday, October 02, 2003

"Looking foolish does the spirit good. The need not to look foolish is one of youth's many burdens; as we get older we are exempted from more and more." -- John Updike

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

"Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain there would be no life." -- John Updike

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

"Once the picture has been taken or once you have taken off your clothes and showed it, there's always going to be people sticking that in your face." -- Heidi Klum, German supermodel, in an interview on TV's "Access Hollywood," explaining why she declined a $1 million offer to pose for Playboy magazine, via Notable Quotes

"Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids." — Aristotle

"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all." — Sam Ewing

"You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one." — James A. Froude

Character | "Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." — Abraham Lincoln

Quotes - Right Wing News (Conservative News and Views)

"One can make this generalization about men: they are ungrateful, fickle, liars, and deceivers, they shun danger and are greedy for profit; while you treat them well, they are yours. They would shed their blood for you, risk their property, their lives, their children, so long, as I said above, as danger is remote; but when you are in danger they turn against you." -- Niccolo Machiavelli, via Right Wing News

“It’s false to think the only jobs that could go overseas are low-skilled jobs that pay low wages.” -- John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the Chicago-based outplacement firm, via MSN Money

"The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." -- Jack London

Friday, September 26, 2003

Memory | "The chain of memory is resurrection." -- Charles Olson

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

"I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?" -- Henry Moore

"As for boredom... I notice that it leaves me as soon as I am doing something that has got to be done." -- John Jay Chapman

"His Labor is a Chant --
His Idleness -- a Tune --
Oh, fo a Bee's experience
Of Clovers, and of Noon!"

-- Emily Dickinson

"Each of us brings to our job, whatever it is, our lifetime of experience and our values." -- Sandra Day O'Connor

"There is no genius in life like the genius of energy and activity." -- Donald G. Mitchell

"As one goes through life one learns that if you don't paddle your own canoe, you don't move." -- Katharine Hepburn

"Here hath been dawning another blue day: think, wilt thou let it slip useless away?" -- Thomas Carlyle

"The gospel is meant to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." -- Garrison Keillor

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?" -- Satchel Paige, baseball pitcher

"Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." -- Satchel Paige, baseball pitcher

"We don't feel part of the country scene any longer, it can't be our home any more." -- Martie Maguire, Dixie Chicks violinist, via Ananova

"Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they be executed." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer, poet and philosopher, (1803-1882)

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." -- James Baldwin, American writer, (1924-1987)

Sunday, September 21, 2003

"Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them." — Agatha Christie

"Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with it apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence." — Norman Podhoretz

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." — Joseph Chilton Pearce

"Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by orginality, overcomes everything." — George

"Will and wisdom are both mighty leaders. Our times worship will." -- Clarence Shepard Day

Friday, September 19, 2003

"One of the best ways to win any game is to write the rules." -- Michael S. Malone

Thursday, September 18, 2003

"Planning is as natural to the process of success as its absence is to the process of failure." -- Robin Sieger

"I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances." -- Martha Washington

"Long before the child learns to talk properly -- and long before it thinks philosophically -- the world will have become a habit." -- Jostein Gaarder

"The day we stop resisting our instincts, we'll have learned how to live." -- Federico Garcia Lorca

"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen." -- Ernest Hemingway

"To the man who only has a hammer in the tool kit, every problem looks like a nail." -- Abraham Maslow

"Marriage should always combat the monster that devours everything: habit." -- Honore de Balzac

"It is necessary to relax your muscles when you can. Relaxing your brain is fatal." -- Stirling Moss

"Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold -- but so does a hard-boiled egg." -- Anonymous

"Habits are safer than rules; you don't have to watch them. And you don't have to keep them either. They keep you." -- Dr. Frank Crane

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." -- Confucius

"Words spoken on the road are heard by snakes in the grass." -- Mo Yan

"Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it." -- Woody Allen, via email from Carla

"Love is the most universal, the most tremendous and the most mysterious of the cosmic forces." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, via email from Carla

"For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation." -- Rainer Maria Rilke, via email from Carla

"Love is creation raised to a higher degree." -- Toyohiko Kagawa, via email from Carla

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Whose Faulty Vision: the blog

DanHW often posts some interesting quotes, like this one:

"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things." -- Dan Quayle
Thanks again to IreneQ, the Official Blogger of Introspection of 'Journey Inside My Mind,' for the link.

"Systems governed by only one set of rules are more vulnerable than those with variety." -- Geoff Mulgan

Fear | "My wife was afraid of the dark...then she saw me naked and now she's afraid of the light." -- Rodney Dangerfield, via IreneQ, the Official Blogger of Introspection of 'Journey Inside My Mind'

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Quote of Today

Thanks to IreneQ, the Official Blogger of Introspection of 'Journey Inside My Mind', for the link!

"Dialogue is the oxygen of change." -- Jim Maclachlan


  • "Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." -- Albert Camus
  • "The New Normal isn't where you wait for the next boom. It's about the rest of your life." -- -Roger McName, Investor First Impression. Fast Company.

purloined from Fred Sampson's Radio Weblog

Monday, September 15, 2003

"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." — Robert Louis Stevenson

"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared." — Eddie Rickenbacker

"Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air." — John Quincy Adams

"The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others." — Hasidic Saying

"Every generation has underestimated the potential for finding new ideas...Possibilities do not add up. They multiply." -- Paul M. Romer

Saturday, September 13, 2003

"The mind thinks, not with data, but with ideas whose creation and elaboration cannot be reduced to a set of predictable values." -- Theodore Roszak

Thursday, September 11, 2003

"Only in America do we have a general in charge of the post office and a secretary in charge of defense." -- Unknown, via

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

"Habits do not like to be abandoned, and besides, they have the virtue of being fools." -- Charlotte Painter

"People will never look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors." -- Edmund Burke

"Little by little does the trick." -- Aesop

"Love comforteth like sunshine after rain." -- William Shakespeare, via email from Carla

"Love consists of this, that two solitudes protect, and touch, and
greet each other."
-- Rainer Maria Rilke, via email from Carla

"A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper
where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it."
-- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, via email from Carla

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." -- Walter Winchell, via email from Carla

"Friendship is one mind in two bodies." -- Mencius, via email from Carla

"Television has spread the habit of instant reaction and has stimulated the hope of instant results." -- Arthur M. Schlessinger Jr.

"Those who have the habit of revelation lose the habit of thought." -- Robin Skelton

"The difference between the most dissimilar characters... seems to arise not so much from nature, as from habit, custom, and education." -- Adam Smith

"The shortest answer is doing." -- English Proverb

"It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it." -- Charlotte Brontë

"Learning organizations may be a tool not just for the evolution of organizations, but for the evolution of intelligence." -- Peter M. Senge

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

"To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they can control it, wish to influence its direction." -- Theodore Zeldin

Monday, September 08, 2003

"The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved--loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." -- Victor Hugo, via email from Carla

"I am a part of all that I have met." -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, via email from Carla

"Champion the right to be yourself. Dare to be different and to set your own pattern: Live your own life, and follow your own star." -- Lin Yutang

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." -- Lin Yutang

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." — Douglas Adams

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." — Andy Warhol

Thursday, September 04, 2003

"Make yourself necessary to somebody." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, via email from Carla

"Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer." -- Ed Cunningham, via email from Carla

"A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway." -- Father Jerome Cummings, via email from Carla

"Give me one friend, just one, who meets
The needs of all my varying moods."

-- Esther M. Clark, via email from Carla

"Love is the same as like except you feel sexier." -- Judith Viorst, via email from Carla

"Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition." -- Alexander Smith, via email from Carla

"The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but hold hands." -- Alexander Penney, via email from Carla

"The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life's major mysteries." -- Dame Iris Murdoch, via email from Carla

Love | "Love can sweep you off your feet and carry you along in a way you've never known before. But the ride always ends, and you end up feeling lonely and bitter. Wait. It's not love I'm describing. I'm thinking of a monorail." -- Jack Handey, via email from Carla

Love | "If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile." -- Lynda Barry, via email from Carla

"In a great romance, each person plays a part the other really likes." -- Elizabeth Ashley, via email from Carla

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Temptation | "There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice." -- Mark Twain

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Humor | "Good humor is a tonic for mind and body." — Grenville Kleiser

"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are." — Marcus Aurelius

Peace | "The only peace, the only security, is in fulfillment." — Henry Miller

Truth | "Truth hath a quiet breast." — William Shakespeare

Peace | "I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace." — Helen Keller

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

"Whoever degrades another degrades me." -- Walt Whitman

"One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others." -- Molière

"Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost." -- C. C. Colton

"I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion. I know too well the weakness and uncertainty of human reason to wonder at its different results." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Prejudice is the reasoning of the stupid." -- Voltaire

"We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another." -- Jonathan Swift

"Hate as though some day you will have to love." -- Aristotle

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Some Friendship Quotations From Bene Diction

Bene Diction Blogs On has some nice quotations on friendship.

"It's time to return Al Franken back to the normal obscurity he's accustomed to." -- A Fox News spokeswoman on the network's decision to drop its suit against comedian-pundit Al Franken. Fox had claimed the subtitle of Franken's book, "A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right," was a take-off on its own slogan. via Reuters Notable Quotes

Balance | "The more balanced our lives, the more serene we feel." — Ann Smith

"What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action." — Meister Eckhart

"In adversity, remember to keep an even mind." — Horace

"Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The mintage of wisdom is to know that rest is rust, and that real life is in love, laughter, and work." — Elbert Hubbard

"Dreams are the most powerful motivators of all." -- Nick Thornely

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

"To escape hatred is to triumph." -- Cicero

"Only when he has ceased to need things can a man truly be his own master and so really exist." -- Anwar al- Sadat

Monday, August 18, 2003

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Thursday, August 14, 2003

"Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew." -- Saint Francis de Sales

"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." -- Vincent van Gogh

Habit | "One has to grow up with good talk in order to form the habit of it." -- Helen Hayes

Habits | "See, a good habit makes a child a man,
Whereas a bad one makes a man a beast."

-- John Webster

"Do not shorten the morning by getting up late; look upon it as the quintessence of life, and to a certain extent sacred." -- Arthur Schopenauer

"A person often falls very ill in order to become someone else and then returns to health much disappointed." -- Elias Canetti

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

"It's kind of harsh to say it's been a bad year when I've won four times. Everyone's been on me for how bad I've played this year. Christ, I've won four times." -- Tiger Woods, Golfer, in his response to criticism that he's having a bad year because he hasn't won a major tournament yet, via Reuters Notable Quotes

"And by the way, a few months ago, I trademarked the word 'funny.' So when Fox calls me 'unfunny,' they're violating my trademark." -- Al Franken, Humorist, fighting back against Fox News Network over a lawsuit it filed claiming he infringed on its "fair and balanced" trademark by using the phrase on the cover of his upcoming book, via Reuters Notable Quotes

Habits | "Thinking is the great enemy of perfection. The habit of profound reflection, I am compelled to say, is the most pernicious of all the habits formed by civilized man." -- Joseph Conrad

Discipline | "Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic, or plain idiotic demands that for the habit of discipline." -- Barbara W. Tuchman

Temperance | "A man takes a drink, a drink takes another, and the drink takes the man." -- Sinclair Lewis

As the character is, such is the speech. -- Aristides

Hatred | "One drop of hatred in your soul will spread and discolor everything like a drop of black ink in white milk." -- Alice Munro

Follow-Through| "If thou hast commenced a good action, leave it not incomplete." -- The Talmud

Habits | "To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time." -- Katharine Hepburn

Addiction | "Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism." -- Carl Jung

Habits | "Our deeds still travel with us from afar,
And what we have been makes us what we are."

-- George Eliot

Literature | "All literature wavers between nature and paradise and loves to mistake one for the other." -- Elias Canetti

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

"The cart before the horse is neither beautiful nor useful." — Henry David Thoreau

"Encouragement is oxygen to the soul." — Harvey Mackay

"…When people don’t take time out, they stop being productive." — Carisa Bianchi

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." — Mark Twain

"I have no respect for reality as soon as it is acknowledged as such. I am interested in what I can do with unacknowledged reality." -- Elias Canetti

Monday, August 11, 2003

"Knowledge of peace passes from country to country, like children's games, which are so much alike, everywhere." -- Yehuda Amichai

Monday, August 04, 2003

"Well, Woody, it's a dog eat dog world, and I'm wearing Milk Bone underwear." -- Norm, "Cheers", via Dog News

"Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement." -- Charles M. Schulz (1922 - 2000), (Snoopy), via Dog News

"My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives." -- Rita Rudner, via Dog News

Saturday, August 02, 2003

"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." -- Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965), via Dog News

"Giving a man space is like giving a dog a computer: the chances are he will not use it wisely." -- Bette-Jane Raphael, via Dog News

America | "America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair." -- Arnold Toynbee (1889 - 1975), via Dog News

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." -- Andrew A. Rooney, via Dog News

"Reverence: the spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man." -- Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary, via Dog News

"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons." -- James Thurber (1894 - 1961), via Dog News

"A traveler must have the back of an ass to bear all, a tongue like the tail of a dog to flatter all, the mouth of a hog to eat what is set before him, the ear of a merchant to hear all and say nothing." -- Thomas Nashe, via Dog News

Music vs. Language

Music | "There are things that music can do that language could never do, that painting can never do, or sculpture. Music is capable of going directly to the source of the mystery. It doesn't have to explain it. It can simply celebrate it." -- Marsha Norman

"Make peace with imperfection." -- Anonymous, found on the markerboard at the therapist's office

"Some people are like balloons -- easy to blow up and full of wind." -- Anonymous, found on the markerboard at the therapist's office

Friday, August 01, 2003

Thursday, July 31, 2003

Famous Quotations

Within this site, you can find

I found the links in one of the referrer logs.

"I think it's the biggest crowd we've ever played to, so it is a fantastic buzz." -- Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones frontman, on the estimated 450,000 people who attended the SARS benefit rock festival in Toronto, billed as the biggest paid-admission concert ever in North America. Link via Reuters - Notable Quotes.

"Hope and imagination are the only consolations for the disappointments and sorrows of experience." -- Italo Calvino

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

"Woe to him who doesn't know how to wear his mask, be he king or pope!" -- Luigi Pirandello

Monday, July 28, 2003

"If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer." -- Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947), via Dog News

" a series of dogs." -- George Carlin (1937 - ), via Dog News

"You can buy a pretty good dog with a lot of money, but you can't buy the wag of its tail." -- Josh Billings (1818 - 1885), via Dog News

"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks." -- Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967), via Dog News

"One cannot really enjoy speed to the absolute limit if there's a destination involved." -- Stirling Moss

"A conscience is something that hurts us when everything else feels terrific." -- via the markerboard at the therapist's office

"I love you, not only for what you are, But for what I am when I am with you." -- Roy Croft, via

Sunday, July 27, 2003

"The enemy of the best is often the good." -- Stephen R. Covey

"Good order is the foundation of all things." -- Edmund Burke

"The quality of your attention determines the quality of other people's thinking." -- Nancy Kline

Saturday, July 26, 2003

"I think this is the biggest accolade you can be given because it means your fans have gone out and bought your records. And that's why we make records - for our public." -- Sir Elton John, 3/16/1999 at the launch of the RIAA® Diamond® Award, via Recording Industry Association of America's Gold & Platinum page

"The only true performance is the one which attains madness." -- Mick Jagger

Thursday, July 24, 2003

"Diversity raises the intelligence of groups." -- Nancy Kline

"This isn't a movie about horses. This is a movie about people." -- Gary Ross, filmmaker and director of the upcoming horse-racing epic "Seabiscuit," via Reuters Oddly Enough - Notable Quotes

"Put me in the game... Because it's not going down right now." -- Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, on his desire to purchase the NBA's New York Knicks, who stumbled to a 37-45 record last season, via Reuters Oddly Enough - Notable Quotes

"I'm a person who hasn't had a relationship in a very long time and hasn't had sex for over a year so I find my personal life really boring." -- Angelina Jolie in The Philadelphia Inquirer, via Reuters Oddly Enough - Notable Quotes

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Leadership | "The leader's unending responsibility must be to remove every detour, every barrier to ensure that vision is first clear, then real." -- Jack Welch

"I never realized it when I was a student, but after I became a teacher, everything changed and my world was never the same." -- Ganns Dean, Superblessed, the July 21, 2003 post

"When there is no hope left, we fight to reflect our emptiness and lack of vision." -- Jesse Jackson, Joker in's Deck of Weasels

"As a Christian and as a president who was severely provoked by international crises, I became thoroughly familiar with the principles of a just war, and it is clear that a substantially unilateral attack on Iraq does not meet these standards." -- Jimmy Carter, Joker in's Deck of Weasels

"The next president will need to undo the work of this band of radicals currently controlling our foreign policy -- who view the Middle East as a laboratory for their experiments in democracy-building, where no such traditions exist." -- Howard Dean, 2 of Diamonds in's Deck of Weasels

"I despise him [President Bush]... It is an embarrassing time to be an American. It really is. It's humiliating." -- Jessica Lange, 2 of Hearts in's Deck of Weasels

"We're trying to get one man, right? And we're going to kill tens of thousands of people to get him. It seems like a pretty inefficient way to do things." -- Ted Turner, 3 of Clubs in's Deck of Weasels

"If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq we would not be doing this." -- Rep. Jim Moran, 3 of Diamonds in's Deck of Weasels

"I feel that George Bush's actions are desecrating the America that I grew up in and believed in. He is making us an imperialist government. He is choosing to replace heads of state and government he doesn't like." -- Ed Asner, 3 of Hearts in's Deck of Weasels

"I don't know if a country where the people are so ignorant of reality and of history, if you can call that a free world." -- Jane Fonda, on America, 4 of Clubs in's Deck of Weasels

"What it's going to mean for our stability as a nation, for terrorism, for the economy, I can't imagine. I think the entire world is going to be united against us." -- Jane Fonda, on Operation Iraqi Freedom, 4 of Clubs in's Deck of Weasels

"The president has demonstrated his resolve to go to war, but has provided no reason to do at this time, and no reason why war is the only answer." -- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, 4 of Diamonds in's Deck of Weasels

"I have not changed my mind one iota. We should not be in Iraq without United Nations support." -- Walter Cronkite, 5 of Clubs in's Deck of Weasels

"Unilateral military action by the United States against Iraq is unjustified, unwarranted and illegal." -- Rep. Dennis Kucinich, 5 of Diamonds in's Deck of Weasels

"This is a racist and imperialist war. The warmongers who stole the White House (you call them 'hawks,' but I would never disparage such a fine bird) have hijacked a nation's grief and turned it into a perpetual war on any non-white country they choose to describe as terrorist." -- Woody Harrelson, 5 of Hearts in's Deck of Weasels

"How did we get to a place where much of the world thinks that George Bush is more evil that Saddam Hussein? How did this happen?" -- Lesley Stahl, 6 of Clubs in's Deck of Weasels

"Far from being a threat to the United States, or any other people, Iraq has been a victim of U.S. aggression for 12 years." -- Ramsey Clark, former Attorney General, 6 of Diamonds in's Deck of Weasels

"[U.S. leaders are a] stupid lot [who launched one of the] dirtiest wars [without] taking into account any humanitarian principles." -- The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran, 6 of Spades in's Deck of Weasels

"Imperialist greed is what 'regime change' in Iraq and 'anticipatory self-defense' are all about, and all of the rest of the Bush administration's talk about security and democracy is a bunch of malarkey." -- Robert Scheer, 7 of Clubs in's Deck of Weasels

"Fighting for oil and those dicatorships that prop up the politics of oil is not worthy of the loss of one more American life." -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, 7 of Diamonds in's Deck of Weasels

"Among people I know, nobody was for the war." -- Mary McGrory, 8 of Clubs in's Deck of Weasels

"[Osama bin Laden has] been out in these countries for decades, building schools, building roads, building infrastructure, building day care facilities, building health care facilities, and the people are extremely grateful. We haven't done that. How would they look at us today if we had been there helping them with some of that rather than just being the people who are going to bomb in Iraq and go to Afghanistan?" -- Senator Patty "Osama Mama" Murray, 8 of Diamonds in's Deck of Weasels

"My trip here is to personally record the human face of the Iraqi people so that their blood, along with that of American soldiers, would not be invisible on my own hands." -- Sean Penn, 8 of Hearts in's Deck of Weasels

"I think that people are standing mute, and I remember the rabbi in the March on Washingtom program. He said that the greatest sin of all in the Nazi era was silence. He had been in a concentration camp for many years. People have got to, they must speak up now or forever hold their peace." -- Helen Thomas, 9 of Clubs in's Deck of Weasels

"I think unleashing 3,000 smart bombs against the city of Baghdad in the first several days of the war... to me, if those were unleashed against the San Francisco Bay Area, I would call that an act of extreme terrorism." -- Rep. Pete Stark, 9 of Diamonds in's Deck of Weasels

"Clearly, the American war planners misjudged the determination of the Iraqi forces... And I personally do not understand how that happened, because I've been here many times and in my commentaries on television I would tell the Americans about the determination of the Iraqi forces, the determination of the government, and the willingness to fight for their country." -- Peter Arnett, 10 of Clubs in's Deck of Weasels

"I just don't believe that you bomb women and children in order to enforce [the U.N. resolution on Iraq]." -- Rep. Charlie Rangel, 10 of Diamonds in's Deck of Weasels

"Cloaked in patriotism and our doctrine of spreading democracy throughout the world, our fundamentalism is business, the unfettered spread of our economic interests throughout the globe. Our resistance to this war should be our resistance to profit at the cost of human life." -- Susan Sarandon, 10 of Hearts in's Deck of Weasels

"I put this [flag pin] on as a modest riposte to men with flags in their lapels who shoot missiles from the safety of Washington think tanks, or argue that sacrifice is good as long as they don't have to make it... I put it on to remind myself that not every patriot thinks we should do to the people of Baghdad what bin Laden did to us." -- Bill Moyers, Jack of Clubs in's Deck of Weasels

"The president of the United States will lie to the American people in order to get us into war." -- Rep. "Baghdad" Jim McDermott, Jack of Diamonds in's Deck of Weasels

"So, they haven't been able to confirm reports that he [Saddam] was taken to Tikrit, and then Mosul, and then hopefully to Syria." -- Katie Couric, Queen of Clubs in's Deck of Weasels

"I have absolutely no regret about my vote on this war... We could have probably brought down that statue for a lot less." -- Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Queen of Diamonds in's Deck of Weasels

"Saddam Hussein did not bomb the World Trade Center... Ignore the obvious influence on the Bush administration of such special interests as the oil industry, the chemical companies, the logging industry, just to name a few." -- Barbara Streisand, Queen of Hearts in's Deck of Weasels

"I don't see us winning the war. We have made enemies of 1 billion Muslims." -- Gore Vidal, King of Clubs in's Deck of Weasels

"Instead of persuading the dissenters at home and abroad, the administration by its harsh rhetoric is driving the wedge deeper." -- Senator Teddy Kennedy, King of Diamonds in's Deck of Weasels