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Dubious quote is dubious

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There was no graphic which fit with this topic, so have some exoplanets!

The other day, this quote or inspirational drivel came across my desk:

The secret of good living is not to do what one likes, but to like what one has to do. ~James M. Barrie

Really?  Like what I have to do?  Sometimes I have to do laundry.  I don’t necessarily like it, but I also don’t hate it.  It’s just something that has to be done.  Same with doing the dishes or vacuuming.  I don’t necessarily like doing those things, but I have to do it in order to keep a neat and tidy place.

Liking what you do is half the battle to having a good and successful life.  If you do what you like, if you manage to be one of those lucky or privileged enough to get a job in a field you really like, then you’re full steam ahead.  But if you’ve got a crumby job, and you have to do it, there’s no amount of philosophical bullshit that will make you like it.  Especially if it’s a crappy job, if the manager is sort of a bully, if your co-workers are all boring and listless.  None of that will help you with liking your job.  And that doesn’t even cover pay wage.  Poor, minimum wages don’t make one feel empowered.  “Wow!  I work at a minimum job, and I feel empowered to make the $10.00 an hour in order to just get by.”  That’s what the minimum around here is.  It gets even worse in places that are lower, or, as I’ve seen in many places, no minimum wage at all.

I’m not gonna turn my life into some Disney Princess film (though, I’m pretty confident I could pass as a decent Disney Princess, beard and all) and sing every time I have to do a load of laundry or clean my bathroom.  There’s no fucking birds landing on my balcony as I dust my living room.  And even if there were, my only response would be to shoo them all away before they shit on my balcony.  Funny how birds don’t take into consideration that they’d be more accepted if they didn’t shit all over everything.

But really, I’m sorry to the original author who tried in vain to make a philosophical, and inspirational comment, and have it fall flat.  Because as far as I’m concerned I’d rather do what I like than like what I have to do.  I’d rather write and have all my creative ideas flow onto paper (both physical and digital).  As it is, the things I often have to do are completely draining on me at times.  So no offense, dubious inspirational quote, but I’m going to call bullshit on you.

And to end off this topic, here's a picture of a smiling Arctic Fox.

And to end off this topic, here’s a picture of a smiling Arctic Fox.

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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Life, randomness


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31 Days of Ghosts: Poetry and Quotes for Halloween

The first set of quotes, and some poems, for this week will be all about Halloween.  And there’s a lot!  All of them culled from The Quote Garden which included some poems by Nicholas Gordon from

Stir the fire till it lowe
How like a queen comes forth the lonely Moon
From the slow opening curtains of the clouds
Walking in beauty to her midnight throne! ~George Croly

True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about but few have seen.  ~Author Unknown

Backward, turn backward,
O Time, in your flight
make me a child again
just for to-night! ~Elizabeth Akers Allen

They that are born on Halloween shall see more than other folk.  ~Saying of unknown origin

You wouldn’t believe
On All Hallow Eve
What lots of fun we can make,
With apples to bob,
And nuts on the hob,
And a ring-and-thimble cake. ~Carolyn Wells

Being in a band you can wear whatever you want – it’s like an excuse for Halloween everyday.  ~Gwen Stefani

On Halloween, witches come true;
Wild ghosts escape from dreams.
Each monster dances in the park…. ~Nicholas Gordon,

A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises.  Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night.  ~J.M. Barrie

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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in 31 Days Of Ghosts, Weird facts


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Thursday quotations

As always, not quotes about Thursday, but quotes I found and posted now on a Thursday.  Thursday quotations is a much easier title than “quotes I round and am posting up on a Thursday”.  See?  The former just sort of rolls off the tongue easier.  Anway, here we go.

I love books. I like that the moment you open one and sink into it you can escape from the world, into a story that’s way more interesting than yours will ever be.” ~Elizbeth Scott, Bloom

The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see. ~Dr. Robert Holden

A ‘bit of love’ is the only bit that will put a bridle on the tongue. ~Beck

If you even dream of beating me, you’d better wake up and apologize. ~Muhammad Ali

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Posted by on October 5, 2012 in Fun, randomness



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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