Monday, March 06, 2006

Sound bites for life...

I have quotes written in all my journals and scattered around my house to help remind me of things and inspire me. Here are a few of my favorite ones....

"Be who who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
--Dr. Seuss

"A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has
fire, women will want him."
--Mae West

"Never let go of the fiery sadness called desire."
--Patti Smith

"Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too
easily."
--George Santayana

"Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small
people always do that, but the really great make you feel
that you, too, can become great."
--Mark Twain

"The man who has ceased to learn ought not to be allowed to
wander around loose in these dangerous days."
--M.M. Coady

"The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work."
--Harry Golden

"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek
what they sought."
--Matsuo Basho

"If you're going through hell, keep going."
-- Winston Churchill

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."
-- Charles A. Beard

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

"Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed."
- George Burns (1896-1996)

"The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't have it."
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
- H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."
- Will Durant

"I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -- that is all that agnosticism means."
- Clarence Darrow, Scopes trial, 1925.

"Luck is the residue of design."
- Branch Rickey - former owner of the Brooklyn Dodger Baseball Team

"Wit is educated insolence."
- Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

"If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning."
- Aristotle Onassis (1906-1975)

"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work."
- Robert Orben

"Always do right- this will gratify some and astonish the rest."
- Mark Twain (1835-1910)

"Well done is better than well said."
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

"The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready."
- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
- Thomas Watson (1874-1956), Chairman of IBM, 1943 reminds me to rethink about things when I feel so damn sure

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."
- Mark Twain (1835-1910)

"It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both."
- Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), "The Prince"

"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame."
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."
- Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)

"He would make a lovely corpse."
- Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
- Irvin S. Cobb

"I worship the quicksand he walks in."
- Art Buchwald

“Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat”
Harry Emerson Fosdick

“Ever feel like it’s 4th and 50 and someone just snapped both of your kickers legs?”
Brian Johnson


“Who gossips to you will gossip of you”
Turkish Proverb

“In idleness there is perpetual despair”
Carlyle

“The world belongs to the energetic”
Emerson

“10 years from now what will I be glad I did today?”
Henry Marsh

11 comments:

Rocketstar said...

A couple more:
"Instead of holding on to the Biblical view that we are made in the image of God, we come to realize that we are made in the image of the monkey..." ~ Lin Yutang

"Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." ~ Winston Churchill

"The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it." ~ Edward Dowling,

Megsta said...

"a few of my favorite ones" - hmmm what would several of your favorite one's look like? (hehehe)

That was quite a list considering you were only naming a few.... #3 brings new meaning to my tatoo!!!!

Thanks for sharing!

dawnmarie said...

"If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space." - uncredited

i looooove quotes. i have books and books of them. and you can probably tell by my blog post titles.

Brian in Mpls said...

Good quotes rocket...I would also add, "A nation of sheep, begets a government of wolves." Murrow

Megsta what is the Tattoo again now I am curious..

Dawn I know I love quotes too I have a few large volumes of them and page through them every once in a while looking for a spark of wisdom or I write a paper on why I disagree with them.

Megsta said...

on my neck.... the arabic writing
DESIRE

Brian in Mpls said...

sexy....i had forgot what that stood for.

Rocketstar said...

Awesome Murrow qoute.

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Megsta said...

I've never heard desire been called a firey sadness though... deepens the meaning for me!

Rachel said...

Here's one I like:

"Most people would rather be certain they're miserable than risk being happy."
- Robert Anthony

lauren said...

I like "That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger" and "It is always darkest before the dawn" and "A rut is a grave with the ends kicked out" and I don't know who said any of them. I also like "People won't remember what you said to them, but they'll always remember how you made them feel."

Words to live by. Thanks for giving me a few quotes to add to my growing collection of post-its.