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Betsy D.
Posted: Friday, March 20, 2009 1:55:00 PM
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Everywhere I go I'm the resident quote freak. Quotes make for great e-mail signatures and I've found that in both the work and personal realms quotes build bridges and open doors. I'd have a hard time listing my favorites; I've gathered a huge collection. I'll start with one that always gives me a grin:

"Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself." - Rita Mae Brown


What are some of your favorite quotes?
risadr
Posted: Friday, March 20, 2009 2:36:32 PM
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I'm, personally, a big fan of quotes about motherhood. I always was, but I am especially so since the birth of my daughter in 2007. My favorite, at the moment, is:

"Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children." -William Makepeace Thackeray

I'm sure that I'll have a new favorite next week, though. I find myself enjoying quotes from songs and movies/television, too. One such example is:

"I'll be the water wings that save you if you start drowning in an open tap and your judgment's on the brink." -Postal Service, "Brand New Colony"
moonwind
Posted: Friday, March 20, 2009 6:32:19 PM
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being a poet...therefore taking license...i often make up my own...
one i love tho, is:
expectation is the mother of disappointment...(anon*)



*which is what i would put behind quotes i make up...
Joseph Glantz
Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2009 8:02:26 AM
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When I hear about the contracts of professional athletes I'm reminded of this quote by Mark Twain - "The low level which commercial morality has reached in America is deplorable. We have humble God fearing Christian men among us who will stoop to do things for a million dollars that they ought not to be willing to do for less than 2 million."
elisa
Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2009 9:00:39 AM
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I'm a quote freak too!!d'oh!

When I read a book I use to take notes about the most interesting/beautiful sentences!
I write my favourite ones on a small diary or on tons of post-it that I attach on my desk, so I can always take a look on them!Applause

Here below some of my favourites:

- "Any place you love is the world to you." By Oscar Wilde

- "Friends are flowers in the garden of life"

- "To put meaning in one's life may end in madness, but life without meaning is the torture of restlessness and vague desire..." By E.L. Masters

- "Share your knowledge, it is a way to achieve immortality" By Dalai Lama


Betsy D.
Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2009 1:59:15 PM
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Love that one! Twain has a million great ones. This is one of my favorites:

"You ought never to sass old people - unless they sass you first." - Mark Twain
Mariael311
Posted: Monday, March 23, 2009 11:47:05 AM
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I don't know if I can classify myself as a quote freak but I do like to write down and keep like a journal of them when it's a particularly good one.

My favorite quote right now is by Anain Nin

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
Sarachan
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 3:22:23 PM
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Here's one I have on my wall; I would love it if someone could help me identify it, as I have long forgotten who said it:
"If the angel deigns to come it will be because you have convinced her, not by tears, but by your humble reserve to be always beginning, to be a beginner."
catskincatskin
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 9:47:52 PM
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Sarachan wrote:
Here's one I have on my wall; I would love it if someone could help me identify it, as I have long forgotten who said it:
"If the angel deigns to come it will be because you have convinced her, not by tears, but by your humble reserve to be always beginning, to be a beginner."


I like the quote. I did a google search and found that it was by Rainer Maria Rilke and that it's from one of his "letters to Merline," which are collected and translated.
Sarachan
Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 11:44:50 AM
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Hi!
Thanks for finding the source for me. I actually came across the quote in one of my teacher's education classes. The author of the textbook for the class was encouraging us to constantly have a beginner's attitude, full of wonder at the world and constant desire to improve.
Epiphileon
Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 8:03:44 AM

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Here are two of my favorites

The unquestioned life is not worth living.
(Socrates)
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
(George Orwell)
Betsy D.
Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 11:39:24 AM
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Epiphileon wrote:
Here are two of my favorites

The unquestioned life is not worth living.
(Socrates)
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
(George Orwell)


Love that Orwell quote. I practice it too....gets me in trouble every time. Think
wordnerd
Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 11:55:59 AM
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Betsy D, thank you for reminding me of the Orwell quote. I wish I'd had it tattooed on my forehead for the past 8 years.
Betsy D.
Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 12:00:32 PM
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wordnerd wrote:
Betsy D, thank you for reminding me of the Orwell quote. I wish I'd had it tattooed on my forehead for the past 8 years.


Teehee... but we must give credit to Epiphileon for that one!
Epiphileon
Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 2:26:02 PM

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Betsy D. wrote:


Love that Orwell quote. I practice it too....gets me in trouble every time. Think


Thanks Betsy, I didn't figure out till my mid 30's it was a major problem, caused me some significant problems in the Air Force.

Here's two more I like a lot.

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.
(Albert Einstein)
Hell is Truth Seen Too Late.
(Thomas Hobbes)
bullit16
Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 3:02:18 PM
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I tend to find myself quoting popular culture far more than the classics.
Right now, my favorite is:

"Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy ... both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me."
--Michael Scott, The Office

And you can never go wrong with:
"You tried your hardest, and you failed miserably. The lesson is ... never try."
--Homer Simpson
Ian Pean
Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 9:32:22 AM
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I've always been a Trek Geek and there's always been one quote that has stuck in my mind.

Things are only impossible until they're not.
-Jean Luc-Picard
nxt_annawintour
Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 10:31:05 AM
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Does anyone know where this quote originated?

"Whatever doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger."

It's been re-worded here and there, but I do not know where it originally came from.
Betsy D.
Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:15:40 PM
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One of my all time favorites; it shall be my epitaph :)

"If had but two loaves of bread I would sell one and buy hyacinths, for they would feed my soul." - Unknown
Betsy D.
Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 12:43:37 PM
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Just had this one arrive in an e-mail... made me laugh:

"Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Forget to do this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your problems."
catskincatskin
Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 1:59:21 PM
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nxt_annawintour wrote:
Does anyone know where this quote originated?

"Whatever doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger."

It's been re-worded here and there, but I do not know where it originally came from.



Nietzsche, probably from Beyond Good and Evil, but I'm not 100% certain which work it's from.
ClearWrite
Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2009 12:24:47 PM
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I've been collecting favorites for decades. One of my favorite contemporary sources is Anne Lamott. Here's one from Bird by Bird: "I don't think you have time to waste on someone who does not respond to you with kindness and respect. You don't want to spend your time around people who make you hold your breath."
Luftmarque
Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2009 2:49:27 PM

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Oh dear, just when you think it's over they pull you back in... Anxious I must have had three or four hundred quotes on my Palm Pilot when I lost it, and I never had the heart to try to recreate the list, but I still can't help copying the ones that strike my fancy and stuffing them into my bloated Facebook Info page. Here's one of my favorites:

Hunter S. Thompson wrote:
The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where pimps and thieves run free and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.
StarryNight
Posted: Monday, April 6, 2009 11:13:13 AM
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I saved these to my computer ages ago, and regretfully I didn't save some of the authors, but if any one knows who wrote them, they are welcome to supply a byline.

Peace is not something you wish for, it's something you make. something you do, something you are, and something you give away.

Well behaved women rarely make history

Whatever your past has been, you have a spotless future…

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. - Maya Angelou


Galad
Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 3:55:24 PM

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If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. - Isaac Asimov
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Shame on you
lemonk
Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 4:51:17 PM
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I, too, love quotes and have a large collection. Some of my current favs are:

"The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."
~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

"Dogs have owners. Cats have staff."

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Whether you think you can or can’t, either way you are right."
~ Henry Ford


StarryNight, your "Well behaved women" quote sounds like Mae West, but I could be very wrong.

Kat
Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 7:35:17 PM
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I believe we've been down this road/thread before. In any
case, I'm sticking with:

"I Like a man in my life but not in my house" *Bette Davis*

Also, from a dear friend:
"You deserve what you put up with".

From my husband glancing at a Victoria's secret catalogue:
"Girl...you need to eat a sandwich".

Oh...one more:
"Good girls go to heaven...bad girls go everywhere"
Don't know who said it.

Dreamy
Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010 3:02:07 AM

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The madness of reality is the reality of madness. (Michael Coldham-Fussell, descendant of King Edward I)
Tovarish
Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010 3:26:38 AM
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I love, 'Mothers are the buttons that hold families together'
I dont know who said it, probably Hallmark around Mothers Day
kay pirinya
Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010 5:43:57 AM
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I took some, so I'll give back a few Angel

The limits of my language means the limits of my world. - Wittgenstein
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. - Mark Twain
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump. You may be freeing him from being a camel. - G.K.Chesterton
A man who thinks he is smarter than his wife has a very smart wife! (source unknown)
tootsie
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towan52
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Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others. ~ Marx
Drag0nspeaker
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I do like to read through and choose 'fitting' quotes for an occasion.

My favourite source is Albert Einstein:

"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree."

"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."



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Then, of course there's my signature - a bit tongue in cheek, really - it goes along with my old one: "Life is a game."
tootsie
Posted: Sunday, March 15, 2015 5:32:02 PM

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Quote:
The Vatican is against surrogate mothers. Good thing they didn't have that rule when Jesus was born.

Elayne Boosler


Quote:
If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?

Milton Berle


idk
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When thinking about life, remember this: no amount of guilt can solve the past and no amount of anxiety or worry can change the future. Anon

It's a peculiar character flaw of those of us from cold climates that we feel superior to those who have the sense to live elsewhere. Richard Paul Evans in "A Perfect Day"
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