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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Quotes to Remember...

I've been on the road (earning a living) ... I keep an eye on my blogger friends' sites when travelling, but don't find a lot of time to post.

I love quotes and collect them - use them in my work too. Here's one I love:

"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." - Mark Twain
Leave a quote that you like and I'll post them as a list.

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.

Socrates, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

Gary, you don't want to get me started. I'm a quote fanatic.... But, remember, you DID ask for it!

I'll leave some I like, and you can pick the one you like best.

"Keep passing the open windows," by John Irving.


"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming...," Dory in Finding Nemo

Your quote brought this one to mind: "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened." Sir Winston Churchill(Some sources say it's "Men stumble over the truth from time to time....")

"If Garp could have been granted one vast and naive wish, it would have been that he could make the world safe. For children and for grownups. The world struck Garp as unnecessarily perilous for both." John Irving (this might be my favorite)

"Beware the undertoad." John Irving

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams

"Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others." Virginia Woolf

"In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways." Edith Wharton

"Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last." Charlotte Bronte

"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy--but that could change." Dan Quayle, who has turned out to be a Prophet. Who knew?

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." Albert Einstein

I'll quit now. I could sit here and do this all day.
Gary, I absolutely love collecting quotes and have been doing this from Godknowswhen! But today I came across a quote that really hit home for me.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter". - Rev. Martin Luther King

I think this affected me today because I lost my voice (not literally) for a while and now I'm getting it back. :)

Thanks for your comments on my blog! They're always just right.
This is a great idea, Gary.

"We must be the change we wish to see." --Gandhi

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself." --Franklin Roosevelt

In spite of everything, I think people are basically good."--Anne Frank

Of course, I can't resist this one, which I wish to you and all your readers

"Live long and prosper."--Mr. Spock

Have a great day
Gary, forgive me for this stupid quote, but it did make me laugh out loud. Found it at BlondeSense:

"When I die, I want to die like my grandfather--who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car." -- Author Unknown
Julian: that's hilarious!! I couldn't stop laughing. No, I'm not morbid...but that was just shockingly funny.
Gary: I'm currently reading the book "Not in Your Lifetime" by Anthony Summers (a great investigation at all of the MANY possibilities in the JFK assassination) so my quotes are from JFK, and they do dovetail shockingly well with the current state of chaos in our White House:

1) "War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today."

2) "Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others."

3) "To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust."

4) "I hope that no American will waste his franchise and throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant."

Good grief... what I wouldn't give for a modern day JFK and wouldn't the world be better served if we had a modern day JFK?... sigh...
Possibly too well known but, because it sums up my life in one sentence, this is at the end of every email I send.

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

Albert Camus
"During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable, even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism."

Howard Thurman
1900 - 1981


"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."

C. S. Lewis

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

Theodore Roosevelt

"You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do."

Anne Lamott
Wow! There are some amazing quotes here ... and they, of course, reflect on you who listed them. I'm honoured to be visited by friends with quotes like this!

I'll wait another day, then pick one from each and post them up top.
A friend and I maintain a political blog which leaves us talking to ourselves. It's called "Is America Burning"

Anyhow, I left a short post the other day:

These came in via email instead of a comment but I think they deserve their own post.

In answer to why we're maintain this blog in spite of everything.

from Margaret Mead:

" Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

by Cyril Connolly:

"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self."
" Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Granny, I don't know if he ever knew Margaret Mead but I've recently read Tony Benn's book and he says exactly the same thing!

in case you're not familiar with Benn, he's a well-respected British parliamentarian and socialist. (was a parliamentarian: he retired ''to dedicate more time to politics''.)

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