Favorite Quotes

“Lists are the butterfly nets that catch my fleeting thoughts.”
– Betsy Canas Garmon

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Three things in human life are important.  The first is to be kind.  The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”
– Henry James

“A life worth living takes a lot of work.”
— Sarah Kramer

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
— Buddha

“Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern — it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that . . . one stitch at a time, taken patiently.”
— Oliver Wendell Holmes

“A person is a success if they get up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”
– Bob Dylan

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
– William Morris

“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
– Winston Churchill

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
– C.S. Lewis

“… joy and sorrow are inseparable. . . together they come. When one sits alone with you … remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.”
– Kahlil Gibran

“You do what you know. And when you know better, you do better.”
– Maya Angelou

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults.”
– Frederick Douglass

“When you are going through hell, keep going.”
– Winston Churchill

“What are you waiting for, your next life?”
– The Oracle, from The Matrix

“Your life, as you know it … is gone. Never to return. But they learn how to walk, and they learn how to talk … and you want to be with them. And they turn out to be the most delightful people you will ever meet in your life.”
– Bob (played by Bill Murray), Lost in Translation

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
– Dr. Benjamin Spock

“Maybe all we can hope to do is end up with the right regrets.”
– Arthur Miller

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”
– Elizabeth Stone

“Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell and spirituality is for people who have already been there.”
– Unknown (but brought to you by Keith)

“Life is an adventure or nothing.”
– Helen Keller

“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.”
– Ivy Baker Priest

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”
– Peter Kay, British comedian

“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.”
– Laura Stavoe Harm

“How is it, Pirooz wonders, that these Americans have conquered the world so easily when they know nothing about it? He knows the answer of course. It is because they are blissfully ignorant. The tactic of all barbarians.”
– From Fresh Eggs, p. 188, by Rob Levandoski

“You never know where to look when eating a banana.”
– Peter Kay, British comedian

“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.”
– Charles Kettering, Inventor (1876 – 1958)

“If you don’t care about quality, you can meet any other requirement.”
– Gerald M. Weinberg ,The Zeroth Law of Software Engineering

“A couple of generations ago, all farmers were organic farmers.”
– BenBurkett, Mississippi farmer

“Recall that whatever lofty things you might accomplish today, you will do them only because you first ate something that grew out of dirt.”
– Barbara Kingsolver

“We must not think that our love has to be extraordinary. But we do need to love without getting tired. How does a lamp burn? Through the continuous input of small drops of oil. These drops are the small things of daily life: faithfulness, small words of kindness, a thought for others, our way of being quiet, of looking, of speaking, and of acting. They are the true drops of love that keep our lives and relationships burning like a lively flame.”
– Mother Teresa

“You might be watching TV, rotting your brain, but simultaneously improving yourself.”
Dennis Sheridan on knitting

“It is what we think we already know that prevents us from learning.”
– Claude Bernard, French psychologist

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
– Gandhi

“Never mistake motion for action.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“It’s really nice to grow up and be who you are.”
– e.e. cummings

“It’s a testament to the Web’s growth that users can now view it as integrated whole and not have to bother with websites; they assume that anything they want to know is available somewhere. They just have to ask.”
– Jakob Nielsen

“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.”
– Yogi Berra

“For if this nation is to remain true to the ideals symbolized by its flag, it must not wield the tools of tyrants even to resist an assault by the forces of tyranny.”
– Justice Stevens, dissent, Rumsfeld v Padilla, 6/28/2004

“Babies are like jazz music. You have to improvise.”
– Bruce Spencer

“The Democrats need to start thinking like the Republicans. Who is our Reagan? Who is our Schwarzenegger? Oprah would be a perfect president. She’s got good politics. She’s got a good heart. She’ll have us up Jazzercising at 6 in the morning and reading books. How can that be bad for the country?”
– Michael Moore

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
– Douglas Adams

“In the bathtub of history the truth is harder to hold than the soap, and much more difficult to find…”
– Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
– Terry Pratchett, Diggers

“Each life is like one letter of the alphabet. Alone it can seem utterly meaningless, but combined with others it can be part of something beautiful.”
– Jewish proverb

“We do not remember days … We remember moments.”
– Cesare Pavese

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice.If you are planning for a decade, plant trees.If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”
– Chinese proverb

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
– Martin Luther King

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
– Dr. Seuss

“The point of computing is not to get the work done. The point of computing is to have an arcane, difficult, and inconsistent discipline that can be lorded over the unwashed masses, and to allow us to remind them, whenever they succeed with something like a Macintosh, that they are using a mere toy.”
– J. MacKenzie, Letter to the Editor, InfoWorld

“I’m thankful that I must get up early to go to work, because it means I have a job to go to. I’m thankful that I’ve gained a few pounds because it means I have enough food to eat.”

“We are part of something that we did not begin, and we are building something that we will not finish.”
– Rebecca Gillespie

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.”
– E.Y. Harbug (1898-1981)

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”
– Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”
– Victor Hugo

“Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.”
– Unknown

“Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism as it is a merge of state and corporate power.”
– Benito Mussolini

“You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America’s Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn’t want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named ‘Bush’, ‘Dick’, and ‘Colon.’ Need I say more?”
– Chris Rock

“The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.”
– Samuel P. Huntington

My hubby saw 2010 a while back and told me that the movie had this view of Kentucky:

  • bourbon comes from there
  • they have a big big horse race
  • play pretty good basketball
  • and make babies just like anyone else.

“..the Internet creates the death of distance..”
Jakob Nielson’s Alert Box for this week

“What a humbling, fun, and beautiful way to go through life: never knowing what will be around the bend, but just assuming that it will be a huge surprise and that you’ll get through it fine.”

“Why, of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
– Hermann Goring before being sentenced to death at the Nuremburg trials.

Some Martin Luther King quotes from Dr Bonzo (who got it from Doc Searls):

  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
  • Through our scientific genius, we have made this world a neighborhood; now through our moral and spiritual development we must make of it a brotherhood. In a real sense, we must learn to live together as brothers, or we will erish together as fools.
  • There is nothing in all the world greater than freedom. It is worth paying for; it is worth going to jail for. I would rather die in abject poverty with my convictions than live in inordinate riches with lack of self-respect.
  • We must rapidly begin to shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
– Albert Einstein

“Don’t worry about the world ending today, It’s already tomorrow in Australia!”
– Unknown

“A wise man knows that the seasons change.”
– Eastern Philosophical Saying

“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches nothing but the shape of the spoon.”
– E.M Forster

“There is a big difference between having an open mind and having a hole in your head.”

“Death is always and under all circumstances a tragedy, for if it is not, then it means life itself has become one.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“You would think that after God created dogs he would have known that men were redundant.”
– Unknown

“The rose exists by virtue of its name. We have only names.”
– Eos

“Joy and knowledge are not mutually exclusive.”
– Nietzsche

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
– Socrates

“Concealing ignorance is harder than acquiring knowledge.”
– Unknown

“Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe.”
– Galileo

“Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me the most strange that men should fear seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.”
– Shakespeare, Julius Ceasar

“Dont forget the reasons why you fly.”
– Richard Bach, JLS

“If your laws dont include me, then they don’t apply to me.”
– Unknown movie script

“The death of innocence, the birth of an artist.”
– Jim Carroll, TBD

“Time never dies, the circle is not round.”
– Unknown, Before the Rain

“Patience is the elixir of revolution.”
– Leon Uris, Trinity

“Potential has a short shelf life.”
– Unknown

“Patience: The ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.”
– Unknown

“That’s not a chip on my shoulder, that’s your foot on my neck.”
– Malcolm X

“Reality is an illusion caused by lack of alcohol.”
– Steven Nichols

“Some have brains and some haven’t and there it is.”
– A. A. Milne

“Absence is a short kind of death.”
– Alexander Pope

“… i have a drug problem and a love issue… or maybe it’s a love problem and a drug issue… either way… i’m gonna be away for a while.”
– Lucy Berliner, High Art

“Let me do thy cutting for thee, because I clot easily…”
Not only do I have a husband who loves me, he’s a Poet as well!

“There are two industries where the customers are called ‘users’. One is computing, and the other is illicit drugs.”

Many of these are probably fictional.. but funny nonetheless! (from ilovebacon.com)

  1. “Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.” (Sharon Stone)
  2. “Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is.” (Barbara Bush Former US First Lady)
  3. “Ah, yes, divorce…, from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man’s genitals through his wallet.” (Robin Williams)
  4. “Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place.” (Billy Crystal)
  5. “Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and just give her a house.” (Rod Stewart)
  6. “There are only two reasons to sit in the back row of an airplane: Either you have diarrhea, or you’re eager to meet people who do.” (Henry Kissinger)
  7. “My girlfriend always laughs during sex – no matter what she’s reading.” (Steve Jobs)
  8. “My cousin just died. He was only 19. He got stung by a bee, the natural enemy of a tightrope walker.” (Dan Rather)
  9. “I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with ‘Guess’ on it. I said, “Thyroid problem?” (Arnold Schwartzenegger)
  10. “Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.” (Tiger Woods)
  11. “Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month that I can be myself. (Roseanne)
  12. “According to a new survey, women say they feel more comfortable undressing in front of men than they do undressing in front of other women. They say that women are too judgmental, whereas, of course, men are just grateful.” (Robert De Niro)
  13. “See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time.” (Robin Williams)

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