Sunday, 27 October 2013

The Pendulum of the Mind


No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. ~ Alan Watts #quote

You have to protect the privacy of the advice you get, or you'll never get the advice you need. ~ Richard Nixon #quote

I tried being normal once. I didn't like it #bumperstickers

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. ~ Diane Ackerman #quote



If things get any worse I'll have to ask you to stop helping me. #oneliners

Heuristic: learning through trial-and-error or problem solving #ExquisiteAdjectives

Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood we have only 206 in our bodies. #factoid

Cock and Bull Story: An unbelievable tale. #ENGidiom

Keep your head and your heart in the right direction and you will not have to worry about your feet. #oneliners

Scroop is the rustling, swooshy sound ballgowns make. More specifically, it’s the sound produced by the movement of silk. #littleUsedENGwords


If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base. ~ Dave Barry #quote

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. ~ George Eliot #quote

She disarmed anger and softened asperity [asperity = harshness] #literaryExpression

OPPOSE, v. To assist with obstructions and objections. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

All things are difficult before they are easy. ~ Thomas Fuller #quotes

Never say anything unless it is kind, necessary and true. #oneliners

The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. ~ Carl Jung #quote


Trenchant: sharp, penetrating, distinct #ExquisiteAdjectives

Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever. #oneliners

If nobody knows the troubles you've seen then you don't live in a small town. #oneliners


If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat it measures 87 feet long. #factoid

Shut your mouth and eat. #Momism

As the bell clinks, so the fool thinks #ENGexpressions

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting. ~ George Orwell #quote

Histrionic: affected, theatrical #ExquisiteAdjectives


We all have strength enough to bear the misfortunes of others. ~  Francois Rochefoucauld #quote

Anger repressed can poison a relationship as surely as the cruelest words. ~ Dr. Joyce Brothers #quote

A feed - Not as big as a scoff (scoff = large meal) #Canadianslang

For she had discovered that as well as the evil web there was another. This too bound spirits together, but not in a tangle, it was a patterned web and one could see the silver pattern when the sun shone upon it. It seemed much frailer than the dark tangle, that had a hideous strength, but it might not be so always, not in the final reckoning. (The Child from the Sea) #quote ~ Elizabeth Goudge #quote

Consumers are statistics, customers are people. #oneliners
Dry Run: Rehearsal. #ENGidiom
It is a small world, but I wouldn't like to have to paint it. #oneliners

BORE, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important. ~ Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) #quote

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. ~ Mother Teresa #quote

If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments. #sarcasticsayings

Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities. ~ Napolean Hill #quote

War dims hope for peace #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

Hogwarts Dropout #bumperstickers

Good fer what ails ya ~ Good for you #Canadianslang

Strength means recognizing that it is impossible to be strong all the time. ~ Sally Franser #quote

Away, you three inch fool! ~ From Taming of the Shrew  #ShakespeareInsults

Due to financial difficulties the light at the end of the tunnel has temporarily been switched off. #oneliners

HYPOCRITE, n. One who, professing virtues that he does not respect, secures the advantage of seeming to be what he despises. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Love is not love until you give it away. #oneliners

Adolescence and snow are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough. #oneliners

Patience accomplishes its object, while hurry speeds to its ruin. ~ Saadi, Persian poet #quote

No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results? ~ John Barton #poetryquotes

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back. ~ #BumperSticker

VIRTUES, n.pl. Certain abstentions. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Outer agitation reveals inner instability. #oneliners

Friday, 25 October 2013

Destiny is Made Known Silently

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently. ~ Agnes de Mille #quote

On Monday mornings I am dedicated to the proposition that all men are created jerks. ~ H. Allen Smith #quote

You say you want a revolution / Well you know / We all want to change the world / You tell me that it's evolution~ The Beatles #lyrics




Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, nineteen for me
Cos I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman ~
Harrison #lyrics

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf. ~ H.L. Mencken #quote

Bores can be divided into two classes; those who have their own particular subject, and those who do not need a subject. ~ A.A. Milne #quote

There's nothing you can do that can't be done / Nothing you can sing that can't be sung ~ Lennon/McCartney #lyrics

I look at the world and I notice it's turning / While my guitar gently weeps ~ Harrison #lyrics


If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders. ~ Hal Abelson #quote

There is no way to peace; peace is the way. ~ A.J. Muste #quote

Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever ~
Lennon/McCartney #Lyrics


No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else. ~ Charles Dickens #quote

You got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a hillbilly. ~ Hank Williams #quote

If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles, one would hardly see anybody. ~ Agatha Christie #quote

What would you think if I sang out of tune / Would you stand up and walk out on me? ~ Lennon/McCartney #lyrics
 


I don't mind you thinking I'm stupid, but don't talk to me like I'm stupid. ~ Harlan Ellison #quote

I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should seem a fool, but be wise. ~ Charles de Montesquieu #quote

One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels. ~ Gustave Flaubert #quote

When I hear the word culture - I release the safety-catch of my Browning. ~ Hanns Johst #quote

A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes. ~ Gotthold Ephraim Lessing #quote

Poetry is life distilled. ~ Gwendolyn Brooks #quote

A crash is when your competitor's program dies. When your program dies, it is an 'idiosyncrasy'. ~ Guy Kawasaki #quote

Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck. ~ Guy de Maupassant #quote


Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue. ~ Cesare Pavese #quote

Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted. ~ Groucho Marx #quote

It's nice to see that look of alarm on the faces of the others. ~ Graham Chapman #quote

Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another's might. ~ Aeschylus #quote

Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent. ~ H.P. Lovecraft #quote



Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. ~ G. Flaubert #quote

The danger chiefly lies in acting well; no crime's so great as daring to excel. ~ Charles Churchill #quote

The function of the press in society is to inform, but its role in society is to make money. ~ A.J. Liebling #quote

One arrives at style only with atrocious effort, with fanatical and devoted stubbornness. ~ Gustave Flaubert #quote




Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics. ~ Godfrey Harold Hardy #quote

It is right to hate sin, but not to hate the sinner. ~ Giovanni Guareschi #quote

To be complex does not mean to be fragmented. This is the paradox and the genius of our Canadian civilization. ~ Adrienne Clarkson #quote

For there is no defense for a man who, in the excess of his wealth, has kicked the great altar of Justice out of sight. ~ Aeschylus #quote
Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns one. ~ A.J. Liebling #quote

You just get the vibes of your surroundings and it rubs off on you. ~ Gordon Lightfood #quote

I have witnessed the softening of the hardest of hearts by a simple smile. ~ Goldie Hawn #quote

In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence. ~ Cesar Chavez #quote

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

A Broad, Complacent, Admiring Imbecility


The average person has 10,000 taste buds #factoids

You were born as an original; don't die as a copy. #oneliners

In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. ~ Lee Iacocca #quote

We see things not as they are, but as we are. #oneliners

A broad, complacent, admiring imbecility breathed from his nose and lips #literaryExpression

No Room to Swing a Cat: An unusually small or confined space. #ENGidiom



The most common mental illnesses are anxiety and depression #factoid

France has the highest per capita consumption of cheese. #factoid

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. ~ William Arthur Ward #quote

Big Ideas are so hard to recognize, so fragile, so easy to kill. Don't forget that, all of you who don't have them. ~ John Elliot, Jr. #quote

No amount of darkness can hide a spark of light. #oneliners

Opportunities always look bigger going than coming. #oneliners

However far modern science and techniques have fallen short of their inherent possibilities, they have taught mankind at least one lesson; nothing is impossible. ~ Lewis Mumford #quote

Vision that looks inward becomes duty. #oneliners

AGE, n. That period of life in which we compound for the vices that we still cherish by reviling those that we have no longer the enterprise to commit. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote 


Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it. ~ Maurice Chevalier #quote

Character is what a person is in the dark. ~ Dwight Moody #quote

My eyes may be closed, but my mind is not asleep. #oneliners


Vision that looks outward becomes aspiration. #oneliners

It is better to be quotable than to be honest. ~  Tom Stoppard #quote

I'm not as dumb as you look #bumperstickers


The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith. #oneliners

Men have become the tools of their tools. ~ Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) #quote

Iceland has the highest concentration of broadband users in the world. #factoid


There was only one guy in the whole Bible Jesus ever personally promised a place with him in Paradise. Not Peter, not Paul, not any of those guys. He was a convicted thief, being executed. So don't knock the guys on death row. Maybe they know something you don't. ~ Neil Gaiman, American Gods #quote

A cold, hard, frosty penuriousness was his prevalent characteristic [penuriousness = stingy; barren; poverty-stricken] #literaryExpression

Be yourself- who else is better qualified? ~ Frank J. Giblin II #quote

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly. #oneliners


Leadership is the ability to get men to do what they don't want to do and like it. ~ Harry S. Truman #quote

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. #oneliners

People will believe most anything that is whispered to another. #oneliners

If a small thing has the power to make you angry; does that not indicate something about your size? ~ Sydney J. Harris #quote

The first Lifesaver flavor was peppermint. #factoid

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. ~ Einstein #quote

Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them. ~  Jim Davis #quotes #cats

The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge. ~ Albert Einstein #quote




Public transportation notice: "When you exit this vehicle, please be sure to lower your head and watch your step. If you fail to do so, please lower your voice and watch your language. Thank you." #justajoke

You wouldn't care what people thought of you if you realized how seldom they do. #oneliners

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney #quotes

Believe you can and you're halfway there. - Theodore Roosevelt #quotes




Sunday, 13 October 2013

Take Courage





All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring. ~ Chuck Palahniuk #quote

Becoming the new feminine ideal requires just the right combination of insecurity, exercise, bulimia and surgery. ~ G.B. Trudeau #quote

Brotherhood is the very price and condition of man's survival. ~ Carlos P. Romulo #quote

Why is it there are so many more horses' asses than there are horses? ~ G. Gordon Liddy #quote



The more a man knows, the more he forgives. ~ Catherine II #quote

The weak have one weapon: the errors of those who think they are strong. ~ Georges Bidault #quote

Whoever wants to understand much must play much. ~ Gottfried Benn #quote

A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache. ~ Catherine the Great #quote
Journalists belong in the gutter because that is where the ruling classes throw their guilty secrets. ~ Gerald Priestland #quote

I beg you take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster. ~ Catherine II #quote

Your world is as big as you make it. ~ Georgia Douglas Johnson #quote

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us we'd be millionaires. ~ Abigail Van Buren #quote

We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. ~ George Orwell #quote

Innovations never happen as planned. ~ Gifford Pinchot #quote

If we are to better the future we must disturb the present. ~ Catherine Booth #quote

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission. ~ Arnold Bennett #quote
For the most part, that message hasn't changed a lot over the years - love is still love, and heartbreak is still heartbreak. ~ Casey Kasum #quote

A beast does not know that he is a beast, and the nearer a man gets to being a beast, the less he knows it. ~ George MacDonald #quote

In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights, the exaltation of a few must depress the many. ~ A. Ferguson #quote



These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. ~ Gilbert Highet #quote

There is always room for coincidence. ~ Carsten Nicolai #quote

Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac. ~ George Orwell #quote

Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future. ~ Adolf Hitler #quote


The only cure for grief is action. ~ George Henry Lewes #quote

It is an infamy to die and not be missed. ~ Carlos Wilcox #quote

A man could spend the rest of his life trying to remember what he shouldn't have said. ~ Abraham Polonsky #quote

A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars. ~ Carly Simon #quote

There is no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty. ~ George Farquhar #quote

It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot #quote

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world. ~ George Washington Carver #quote

Education: A debt due from present to future generations. ~ George Peabody #quote



Your wrinkles either show that you're nasty, cranky, and senile, or that you're always smiling. ~ Carlos Santana #quote

You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists. ~ Abbie Hoffman #quote

Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice. ~ George Jackson #quote

It was just one of those moments in the universe that was mine. ~ Carlton Fisk #quote

Some songs are just like tattoos for your brain... you hear them and they're affixed to you. ~ Carlos Santana #quote


This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts. ~ Adam Smith #quote

I knuckle down with my demons, and with my weaknesses. ~ Carlos Santana #quote

We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience. ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. ~ Abraham Maslow #quote