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

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