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Wednesday Quotes


A round of Wednesday quotes.  Not quotes about Wednesday, just the fact I’m posting this on a Wednesday.  Only a couple of days left in the work week and a few days left until we hit October.  We’ve had warm weather so far, and hopefully that’ll continue into October.  On with the quotes.

“Sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.” ~author unknown

“The three greatest mysteries are water to the fish – air to the birds – and mankind to himself.” ~author unknown

“Faith moves mountains; doubt creates them.” ~author unknown

“There is no large or difficult task that can’t be divided into little easy tasks.” ~Buddhist saying

“The most important ingredient in the formula of success is learning how to get along with people.” ~author unknown

“My father is allergic to cotton. He has pills that he can take, but he can’t get them out of the bottle.” ~author unknown

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Fun, randomness

 

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Writer quotes


Quotes by writers, some about writing, and some about books (and writing).

“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.”  ~Neil Gaiman

“It doesn’t matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.” ~Jo Walton (Among Others)

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” ~John Green

“So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it.”  ~Harold Acton, Memoirs of an Aesthete, 1948

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”  ~Anaïs Nin

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”  ~Ray Bradbury

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”  ~E.L. Doctorow

“A word is not the same with one writer as with another.  One tears it from his guts.  The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.”  ~Charles Peguy

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”  ~Sylvia Plath

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.”  ~Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977

“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.”  ~Elmore Leonard

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”  ~Toni Morrison

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Fun, randomness

 

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Tuesday quotables


What a day it’s been.  Busy all day long and right until ten minutes ago.  So here’s a smattering of quotes to end the day.

An old friend can be a garden of true delight. ~Nick Beilenson

You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant. ~Harlan Ellison

Smart is when you believe only half of what you hear.  Brilliant is when you know which half to believe. ~Orben’s Current Comedy

Three things cannot be hidden – the sun, the moon, and the truth. ~author unknown

Success is the ability to go from one failure to the next without losing your enthusiasm. ~author unknown

A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks! ~author unknown

For issues of style, swim with the current.  For issues of principle, stand like a rock.  ~Thomas Jefferson

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. ~author unknown

We must remember that love begins at home and we must also remember that the future of humanity passes through the family.  ~Mother Teresa

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Fun, randomness

 

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The Quotables


Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the Unite...

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. Deutsch: Winston Churchill, 1940 bis 1945 sowie 1951 bis 1955 Premier des Vereinigten Königreichs und Literaturnobelpreisträger des Jahres 1953. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a few quotes for this Wednesday morning, as I attempt to draw attention away from the political and racist nonsense I keep reading about at the RNC Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida.  Before we begin, a less for everyone; don’t read the comments sections of news articles.  They tend to be racist, oppressive, angry and rage inducing.  Anyway, on with the quotes.

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Sir Winston Churchill

The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion. ~Doris Lessing

If you have hot flashes you’re too old for wearing hot pants. ~Maxine

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Fun, randomness

 

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Quotey McQuoterson


Because it’s been a long day, and really, really tiring at work, no witty repartee to introduce this week’s round of quotes.  Which went on a two week hiatus predominantly because I went on a two week hiatus.

English: Helen Keller. Français : Helen Keller.

English: Helen Keller. Français : Helen Keller. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller

“Our friendships can be like our flower gardens. They need to be nurtured and allowed to grow with a little love and consideration. Treat them well and they’ll bring joy for a long time to come.” ~Francis Gay

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French writer (1900 – 1944)

 

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2012 in Fun, randomness

 

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Poetical Quotes


Getting a little poetical today, even if there is no rhyme nor reason to it (heh, see what I did there… yeah, yeah, I know, I’m terrible, even for pointing that out). Start things off with a well known one by Robert Frost.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
~Robert Frost, 1920

Continuing on with something more akin to a proverb. Originally, I didn’t know who this quote was attributed to.  Now I can finally put a name to the words.

“It is better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret.” ~Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Finally, something that could be seen as dreadful and ominous, only because of the individual who wrote it.  As well, it’s very, very interesting how this is reflected in our current state of the world.

“The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position within, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.” ~H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Fun, randomness

 

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Writing quotes


A series of quotes I read over the last week based on writing and publishing that I found extremely interesting.

English: Hank and John Green in 2008

English: Hank and John Green in 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Last year, Gigaom published a flattering story in which they used me as an example of why book publishers are no longer as important as they used to be. Authors can build their own brands now, and reach out to their own audiences.  But in fact, my career is an example of precisely the opposite: My publisher invested tons of time and money into me for a very long time: They paid for tours that hemorrhaged money. They paid for advertising. They fought to get me distributed in mass market channels even though my books were “literary.” And most importantly, they provided editorial support and guidance that made the books themselves far better than they would be if I published them by myself.  Not only that, but without Penguin there is no vlogbrothers, because Hank and I needed the initial activation energy of the first 500-1000 nerdfighters to make Brotherhood 2.0 work. Almost all of those nerdfighters were fans of my books who came to the project through Penguin’s marketing efforts.  So there is no Looking for Alaska or The Fault in Our Stars without the people who work at Penguin, and the narrative that Amazon wants you to believe—that publishers make books more expensive than they need to be and keep authors from making money—is a lie.  A world where everyone self publishes will mean fewer authors making a living and fewer books that reach their full potential as art. Period.” ~John Green from John Green’s tumblr

“In fiction, I exercise my nosiness. I am as curious as my cats, and indeed that has led to trouble often enough and used up several of my nine lives. I am an avid listener. I am fascinated by other people’s lives, the choices they make and how that works out through time, what they have done and left undone, what they tell me and what they keep secret and silent, what they lie about and what they confess, what they are proud of and what shames them, what they hope for and what they fear. The source of my fiction is the desire to understand people and their choices through time.” ~Marge Piercy

“Many times when I read a book, I want to savor each word, each phrase, each page, loving the prose so much, I don’t want it to end. Other times the story pulls me in, and I can hardly read fast enough, the details flying by, some of them lost because all that matters is making sure the character is all right when it’s over.” ~The Day Before, Lisa Schroeder

 

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Fun, randomness

 

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The week in quotes


Not really, but I will end this with some of the more interesting quotes heard this week.  Because it’s not over, really.  For now, let’s begin with the usual lot.

English: Betty White at the premiere for The P...

English: Betty White at the premiere for The Proposal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved. ~author unknown

Spend as much time on improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. ~author unknown

“It’s [old age] not a surprise, we knew it was coming – make the most of it. So you may not be as fast on your feet, and the image in your mirror may be a little disappointing, but if you are still functioning and not in pain, gratitude should be the name of the game.” ~Betty White, If You Ask Me

“The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.”  ~Benjamin Disraeli

“Never chase anyone. A person who appreciates you will walk with you” ~author unknown

“A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke” ~Vincent van Gogh

“The fact is that every time we open the pages of another piece of writing, we are embarked on a new adventure in which we become a new person—a person as controlled and definable and as remote from the chaotic self of daily life as the lover in the sonnet… We are recreated.” ~Walker Gibson

And, perhaps not ending off in the week in quotes, because a lot of the comments coming from the news blogs and current event news cycle is enough to make one want to gouge out their eyes with the incredible amount of hate and stupidity.  I may sit down at some point and talk about that, but that is for another time.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Fun, randomness

 

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Hot quotes in the summertime


Quotes relating to summer, or summertime activities at the very least.  As well, a few points to ponder.

“A gardener is the spirit of the garden, the organizing force, the heart and soul of it all.” ~Jeff Cox

“The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”  ~Walter Bagehot

“No matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with!” ~author unknown

“Tell the people that you love that you love them…at every opportunity.” ~author unknown

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Fun, randomness

 

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This quote’s a miracle!


Miracles is the theme of today’s series of quotes.  Only because it all kicks off with a quote of miracles.  Or love, depending upon how you read it.

“Where there is great love there are always miracles.” ~Willa Cather

“Life is 10% what you make it, and 90% how you take it.” ~Irving Berlin, songwriter

“Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.”  ~Christopher Morley

Here’s one for a belated father’s day.

“The best fathers not only give us life but also teach us how to live.” ~author unknown

And just because the first thing that popped into my head when I read miracles was hot chocolate, I’m now going to make everyone else get this song stuck in their head too.

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Fun, randomness, Uncategorized

 

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