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February 25, 2006

10 Quotes That Make My Life Better Whenever I Apply Them


If it can happen, it will happen.

Work smart, not hard. [Ray Kurzweil]

Grace is everywhere. [George Bernanos]

I can't go on; I'll go on. [Samuel Beckett]

Never complain, never explain. [Jack Kent Cooke]

Avoiding trouble is far easier than getting out of it.

It is much easier to apologize than to ask permission.

The bullet that kills you comes from a direction you never anticipated.

The hard way is the best way, not because it is the best way, but because it is the hard way.

I was never ruined but twice in my life: once, when I lost a lawsuit, and once when I won one. [Voltaire]


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Suicide is a permanent solution to a
temporary problem.

One to ponder...

Posted by: Makin4u | Dec 13, 2009 1:54:53 AM

In a manner of speaking Joe, you've taught me the benefits of this one:

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.
-Mark Twain

Posted by: Milena | Oct 26, 2009 12:39:40 PM

"Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today." ~ Mark Twain

"Do not go where the path may lead;
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted by: Maureen | Oct 25, 2009 9:50:05 PM


Posted by: jade | Jul 12, 2009 12:46:49 AM

Here I sit with this 103 degree fever, flying high on some kind of excellent cough syrup, with all these old quotes and aphorisms flitting through my snot-riddled head. So I figured why not add some more to the list, maybe I'll win the Polonius Award or something, and anyway I can't be held responsible, I'm delirious.

Oh fooey. I had a bunch of them but now I can only think of two: Never eat unshelled pistachios in the dark, like at a movie -- two or three in every bag will have worms or some kind of weird cocoon in them. And here's one I developed for all women: Never go out with a man who has bigger tits (sorry) or smaller feet than you have.

I had more but I'm tired. I bet you are too.

Posted by: Flautist | Mar 10, 2006 1:18:59 AM

Oops! That should have read "shift" in perception. Dang!!

Posted by: norm | Feb 28, 2006 3:10:53 PM

"A miracle is merely a sift in perception."
Marianne Williamson

Posted by: norm | Feb 28, 2006 3:09:42 PM

it will all work out in the end
if it hasnt worked out - its not the end

Posted by: mbpmbp2 | Feb 28, 2006 2:20:47 PM

"For every aphorism, there is an equal and opposite aphorism." Don't remember who said it, though.

Posted by: Al Christensen | Feb 26, 2006 4:42:50 PM

When you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change.
~Wayne Dyer~

Posted by: ninna | Feb 26, 2006 9:18:05 AM

Damn, you've got some smart readers.

Posted by: riannan | Feb 25, 2006 7:39:42 PM

my favorite Shakespeare:

"Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt."

Posted by: hornsofthedevil | Feb 25, 2006 7:33:27 PM

Life is not an exact science, it is an art.
~ Samuel Butler

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
~ Umberto Eco

Being good at business is the most fascinating kind of art.
~ Andy Warhol

There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.
~ George Bernard Shaw

The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes.
~ Marcel Proust

Think of the tools in a tool-box: there is a hammer, pliers, a screwdriver, a rule, a glue-pot, glue, nails and screws. The functions of words are as diverse as the functions of these objects.
~ Wittgenstein

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
~ Naomi Shihab Nye

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
~ Agatha Christie

Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.
~ Aldous Huxley

The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is.
~ Mary Pettibone Poole

Posted by: Shawn Lea | Feb 25, 2006 3:45:40 PM

If in doubt, confuse the issue.

Posted by: jack friday | Feb 25, 2006 2:42:03 PM

Re: my comment above -
Line four of the quote - "nest" should read "next." Damn.

Posted by: Flutist | Feb 25, 2006 1:33:50 PM

"Work smart, not hard" is one of the most practical things I ever heard, since I was "taught" from kidhood that if the work you're doing doesn't almost kill you - in one way or another - it isn't worth anything.

A quote that totally, radically (no exaggeration) changed my life is from Hamlet. Quoting Shakespeare always sounds so pretentious, but, hey, when it works....

Assume a virtue, if you have it not...
Refrain tonight;
And that shall lend a kind of easiness
To the nest abstinence: the next more easy;
For use can almost change the stamp of nature,
And either curb the devil or throw him out
With wondrous potency.

(Act three, scene four)

Posted by: Flutist | Feb 25, 2006 1:23:02 PM

"Beggars can't be choosers," is a nice reminder that my mother-in-law passed on to me.

Posted by: Rob O. | Feb 25, 2006 1:01:10 PM

Ooh, nothing grumps me up like motivation-speak :-).

> If it can happen, it will happen.

Nonsense. There are plenty of exceedingly improbable things that won't turn out to happen before the heat death of the universe (or, if you're a Last-Question-believer, until proton decay makes _everything_ impossible).

> Work smart, not hard. [Ray Kurzweil]

If the workers of the Third World weren't so damn tired, they'd slap him for that.

Many great advances come from the ingeniously lazy, but the world's well stocked with ingenious lazy people who never get anywhere.

> Grace is everywhere. [George Bernanos]

If he refers to "elegance and beauty of movement or expression", then... OK, for what it's worth. Bernanos was an observant Catholic, though, so he's using the religious definition. I am not alone in my belief that religious grace is, in fact, nowhere at all.

> Avoiding trouble is far easier than getting out of it.
> It is much easier to apologize than to ask permission.

WOULD you make your mind up :-)?

> The bullet that kills you comes from a direction you never anticipated.

Bollocks. Quite often, historically speaking, it has come from the quite well-established enemy lines, the firing squad, or that damn machine gun at the top of the hill that you've been trying to take out for the last fifteen hours.

> The hard way is the best way, not because it is the best way, but because it is the hard way.

Ah, the North Face of Everest argument. Pleasingly incompatible with that "work smart" idea.

Posted by: Daniel Rutter | Feb 25, 2006 12:53:52 PM

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