Growing wiser on the wisdom (or stupidity) of others
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Saturday, January 31, 2004

"The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love." -- Terence

Friday, January 30, 2004

"Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than man." -- Sophocles

Thursday, January 29, 2004

"I like the libertarian view, which is to leave everyone alone. Even as a kid, I was annoyed by people who wanted to tell everyone how to live." -- Clint Eastwood, on his political leanings, in US Weekly, via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

"You have to believe in total equality. People should be able to be what they want to be and do what they want as long as they're not harming people." -- Clint Eastwood, on same-sex marriages, in US Weekly, via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

"Paradise is exactly like where you are right now...only much, much better." -- Laurie Anderson, found on VirusHead Random Musings

"The supreme paradox of all thought is the attempt to discover something that thought cannot think." -- Søren Kierkegaard

Monday, January 26, 2004

"I wish I would be jaded like I am about other things but I'm not -- it's very nice." -- Tim Robbins, after accepting a Golden Globe for his role in "Mystic River", via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

"I'm always going to do nudity; I'm going to insist on it on all my contracts." -- Diane Keaton, actress, when asked if she thought her nude scene "Something's Gotta Give" helped her win a Golden Globe, via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

Saturday, January 24, 2004

"Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds." -- George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

"We must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage, and determination to succeed." -- Rosalyn Yalow

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" -- Mary Oliver

"Perhaps all human progress stems from the tension between two basic drives: to have what everyone else has and to have what no one else has." -- Judith Stone

"When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world." — Jim Henson

"Man is a rope, tied between beast and Superman--a rope over an abyss." -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Friday, January 23, 2004

"We cannot appeal to the conscience of the world when our own conscience is asleep." -- Carl von Ossietzky

Thursday, January 22, 2004

"I'm not particularly thrilled with the way they look. But that would get good ratings, wouldn't it?" -- Donald Trump, Developer, when asked by USA Today if he would be up for a makeover on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."

via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

"The funniest thing is, the first time that I ever saw her, I didn't know what her name was. I didn't know who she was. I didn't know. I sat and talked to her for a half-hour having not the slightest idea that I was sitting with a famous human being." -- Ashton Kutcher, 25, telling the Boston Herald about the start of his relationship with Demi Moore, 40, via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

Sunday, January 18, 2004

"The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. . . . Your life will always be filled with challenges." -- Richard Carlson

"If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give." -- Russell Bertrand

"There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun." -- Pablo Picasso

"Please subdue the anguish of your soul. Nobody is destined only to happiness or to pain. The wheel of life takes one up and down by turn." -- Kalidasa

"There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, January 17, 2004

"If you don’t take control of your life, don’t complain when others do." -- Beth Mende Conny

"You didn't have a choice about the parents you inherited, but you do have a choice about the kind of parent you will be." -- Marian Wright Edelman

"I have my choice: who can wish for more? Free will enables us to do everything well while imposition makes a light burden heavy." -- Samuel Richardson

"The Airedale... an unrivaled mixture of brains, and clownish wit, the very ingredients one looks for in a spouse." -- Chip Brown, Connoisseur Magazine, via Dog News

"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace." -- Milan Kundera, via Dog News

"The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor." -- Margot Kaufman, American writer, via Dog News

"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

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

"Having family responsibilities and concerns just has to make you a more understanding person." -- Sandra Day O'Connor

"There is only one success -- to be able to spend your life in your own way." -- Christopher Morley

"Be a 'go-giver' as well as a 'go-getter.'" -- Leonard Hudson

"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow." -- Mary Jean Iron

"Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump. You may be freeing him from being a camel." -- G.K. Chesterton

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a lost bus ticket." -- Mort Walker, writer of Beetle Bailey, from 1/1/2004 comic strip

"I don't believe in just ordering people to do things. You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them." -- Harold Geneen

"Bringing out your own unique brand of creativity into your life and the world can be the most significant thing you'll ever do." -- Lorna Catford

"If Les Moonves was a contestant on ('The Apprentice'), he would have been fired by the third episode." -- Donald Trump, star of new NBC reality series 'The Apprentice,' on his new nemesis, CBS chief Leslie Moonves, via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

"I am inspired to balance my energy expenditure and my energy rejuvenation, regardless of what it is that I'm doing with my days." -- Alanis Morissette, pop singer, via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

Friday, January 16, 2004

"Sanity is a madness put to good uses." -- George Santayana, found on The Butterfly's Mandarin

Thursday, January 15, 2004

"They say great themes make great novels...but what these young writers don't understand is that there is no greater theme than men and women." -- John O'Hara (1905-1970), via Good Quotations on Writers and Writing

"To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it." -- Herman Melville (1819-1891), via Good Quotations on Writers and Writing

"Those who wear the shoes know best where they pinch." -- loose translation of a Norwegian inscription found on a shoe horn

The Norwegian inscription reads: "Den vet best hvor sken trykker som har den pa."

from Themes to Write About in Your Journal: Topics for writers

"To Search for Truth you must first have lost it." -- Waldo Salt - American film maker, from Themes to Write About in Your Journal: Topics for writers

"Believe it or not, even though a lot of people smoked pot, I think beer was still the drug of choice. It was for me."
-- Howard Dean, Democratic presidential candidate, discussing his '60s experiences in Rolling Stone, via Yahoo! News - Notable Quotes

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

"Never fry bacon in the nude." -- Author Unknown, from the markerboard at the therapist's office

Sunday, January 11, 2004

"The Great Society . . . is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goals than the quantity of their goods." -- Lyndon B. Johnson

"The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities." -- Stephen R. Covey

"Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem—in my opinion—to characterize our age." -- Albert Einstein

"Our goal should be to achieve joy." -- Ana Castillo

"A new year can only bring us a new combination of the same elements; and about once in so often we go back and begin again." -- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

Friday, January 09, 2004

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

"The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is." -- Mary Pettibone Poole

"Our work-a-day lives are filled with opportunities to bless others. The power of a single glance or an encouraging smile must never be underestimated." -- G. Richard Rieger

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

"Sometimes I have trouble remembering what I wore a few days ago. Then I remember and I don't feel like I'm losing my mind." -- Daniel A. Johnson, Jr., via Journey Inside My Mind

Monday, January 05, 2004

"The intellect is part of life--not its counterpart." -- Kurt Tucholsky

Saturday, January 03, 2004

"Every revolutionary movement also liberates language." -- Christa Wolf

Friday, January 02, 2004

"There's not enough fat or prosthetics in the world to hide a bad performance, and she is incredible in the movie." -- Christina Ricci, Actress, on the physical transformation and critically acclaimed performance of co-star Charlize Theron in the film "Monster."

"He who never ventures beyond actuality will never win the prize of truth." -- Friedrich von Schiller

Thursday, January 01, 2004

"Beloved, it is morn!
A redder berry on the thorn,
A deeper yellow on the corn,
For this good day, new-born!"

-- Emily Hickey

Happy New Year to all readers of QuotesBlog!