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Friday, May 31, 2013

May 2013 Quotations

“People always say things like, Oh, well, he was suffering so much that he was better off dying. But that’s not true. You’re always better off living.”
~~ Dashiell Hammett [1894-1961]

“Storytellers are a threat. They threaten all champions of control, they frighten usurpers of the right-to-freedom of the human spirit — in state, in church or mosque, in party congress, in the university or wherever."
~~ Nigerian poet Chinua Achebe [1930-2013]

“There are moments when a man’s imagination, so easily subdued to what it lives in, suddenly rises above its daily level and surveys the long windings of destiny.”
~~ Edith Wharton [1862-1937]

“If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live.”
~~ wrongly attributed to Albert Einstein [1879-1955] {appeared in the 1990s}

"He who fears [that] he shall suffer already suffers what he fears."
~~ Montaigne [1533-92]

"The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

"Some things are just too coincidental to be a coincidence."
~~ Yogi Berra

"Fate is shaped half by expectation, half by inattention."
~~ Amy Tan

"What experience & history teach us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it."
~~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel [1770-1831]

"To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life."
~~ Baruch Spinoza [1632-77]

"The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure [that] anyone has, is his personal dignity."
~~ baseball great Jackie Robinson [1919-72]

"Until conservatives admit [that] their deepest beliefs regarding taxes and deregulation were, at minimum, severely challenged by the failures of the [George W.] Bush presidency, they are going to have a hard time convincing anyone that they know how to run a country."
~~ freelance columnist Bill Scher

"Man will become better when we have shown him to himself as he is."
~~ Anton Checkov [1860-1904]

“To paraphrase the Christian Bible (Matthew 16): For what is a man profited if he shall make beaucoup bucks while transforming the planet into a cesspool.”
~~ G.E. Nordell

“Socializing with alcohol is fun and we should not pretend otherwise.”
~~ blogger Suzy Dean

"Profit without purpose is a recipe for disaster."
~~ Elizabeth Murdoch {Freud}

"It's the Twentieth Century . . . no more miracles."
~~ Clifford Odets [1906-63], in stageplay "Golden Boy" 1937

"Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet."
~~ Roger Miller [1936-92]

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."
~~ Seneca the Younger [4? B.C.E. - 65 A.D.]

"It should be our care not so much to live a long life as a satisfactory one."
~~ Seneca the Younger [4? B.C.E. - 65 A.D.]

"Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together."
~~ Marilyn Monroe [1926-62]

"The best things in life aren't 'things' at all."
~~ Jim Owen

"All serious art is being destroyed by commerce. Most people don't want art to be disturbing. They want it to be escapist. I don't think art should be escapist. That's a waste of time."
~~ Edward Albee

"You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at."
~~ Tina Fey

"Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes."
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

“If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless.”
~~ Hollywood mogul Darryl F. Zanuck [1902-79]

“I always find that when I do something I like, from the heart, then it works.”
~~ Harvey Weinstein

"In the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty."
~~ President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address 2013

“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are mova+ble, and those that move.”
~~ Benjamin Franklin [1706-90]

"No one wants advice – only corroboration."
~~ John Steinbeck [1902-68]

"Sometimes integrity is the subtlest and most effective strategy of all."
~~ Supreme Court Justice John Marshall [1755-1835]

"The earth has music for those who listen."
~~ George Santayana [1863-1952]

"Oratory [is] the art of making deep noises from the chest sound like important messages from the brain."
~~ composer H.I. Phillips

"One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats."
~~ Iris Murdoch [1919-99]

"There will come a time when you believe [that] everything is finished. That will be the beginning." ~~ Louis L'Amour [1908-88]

"You can't lead from the crowd."
~~ Margaret Thatcher [1925-2013]

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end."
~~ John Lennon [1940-80]

"It was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they'd have no heart to start at all."
~~ Cormac McCarthy

"Silence is argument carried on by other means."
~~ Ernesto 'Che' Guevara [1928-67]

"The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off."
~~ coach Abe Lemons [1922-2002]

"The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie."
~~ choreographer Agnes de Mille [1905-93]

"Political correctness is tyranny with manners."
~~ Charlton Heston [1923-2008]

"Chaos is the score upon which reality is written."
~~ Henry Miller [1891-1980]

"The only lies for which we are truly punished are those [that] we tell ourselves."
~~ V.S. Naipaul

"There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar: it keeps the mind nimble, it kills prejudice, and it fosters humor."
~~ George Santayana [1863-1952]

"We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story."
~~ Mary McCarthy [1912-89]

"Sophistication is upscale conformity."
~~ poet James Richardson

"What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you."
~~ Nora Ephron [1941-2012]

"Taking on a pet is a contract with sorrow."
~~ Carol Anshaw

"Civilizations die from suicide, not murder."
~~ historian Arnold J. Toynbee [1889-1975]

"The two most important days in your life are the day [that] you are born and the day [that] you find out why."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future."
~~ Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea."
~~ journalist Walter Bagehot [1826-77]

"Friendship is born at the moment [that] one person says to another: What? You too? I thought I was the only one."
~~ C.S. Lewis [1898-1963]

"Psychiatry is the art of teaching people how to stand on their own feet while reclining on couches."
~~ Sigmund Freud [1856-1939]

"Too often man handles life as he does the bad weather. He whiles away the time as he waits for it to stop."
~~ journalist Alfred Polgar [1873-1955]

"It is the loose ends with which men hang themselves."
~~ Zelda Fitzgerald [1900-48]

"Obstacles are those frightful things [that] you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
~~ Henry Ford [1863-1947]

"The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest."
~~ John Dewey [1859-1952]

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

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