Archived Quotes from February 2017

There are two things to aim at in life:  first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it.  Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. ~~ Logan Pearsall Smith


 I can do only one thing at a time, but I can avoid doing many things simultaneously. ~~ Ashleigh Brilliant



You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. ~~ William Hazlitt


 There are only two ways of telling the complete truth -- anonymously and posthumously. ~~ Thomas Sowell



 Repartee:  What a person thinks of after he becomes a departee. ~~ Dan Bennett


 I began then to think of time as having a shape, something you could see, like a series of liquid transparencies, one laid on top of another.  You don't look back along time but down through it, like water.  Sometimes this comes to the surface, sometimes that, sometimes nothing.  Nothing goes away. ~~ Margaret Atwood


 You can't base your life on other people's expectations. ~~ Stevie Wonder


 Never cut what you can untie. ~~ Joseph Joubert


 We middle-aged folk have the education of life, truly; we know the multiplication table of anxieties and sorrows, the subtraction table of loss, the division table of responsibility. ~~ Margaret Deland



I have to create.  I have to dig in the earth; I have to make something grow; I have to bake something; I have to write something; I have to sing something; I have to put something out.  It's not a need to prove anything.  It's just my way of life. ~~ Bette Midler


 Two persons must believe in each other, and feel that it can be done and must be done; in that way they are enormously strong.  They must keep up each other's courage. ~~ Vincent van Gogh


 Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world.  So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain. ~~ Helen Keller


Four be the things I am wiser to know:

Idleness, sorrow, a friend and a foe.

~~ Dorothy Parker


 Love, I find, is like singing.  Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much. ~~ Zora Neale Hurston


 I think laughter may be a form of courage… As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that. ~~ Linda Ellerbee


 Everything is simpler than one can imagine, at the same time more complicated than can be comprehended. ~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [Maxims and Reflections



The thing I am most aware of is my limits.  And this is natural; for I never, or almost never, occupy the middle of my cage; my whole being surges toward the bars. ~~ Andre Gide


 You know you're getting old when getting lucky means you've found your car in the parking lot. ~~Bruce Lansky



How often could things be remedied by a word.  How often is it left unspoken. ~~ Norman Douglas 



When you feel really lousy, puppy therapy is indicated. ~~ Sara Paretsky



Experience is how life catches up with us and teaches us to love and forgive each other. ~~ Judy Collins



A good book should leave you … slightly exhausted at the end.  You live several lives while reading it. ~~ William Styron

 A pilot's business is with the wind, with the stars, with sand, with the sea.  He strives to outwit the forces of nature.  He stares with expectancy for the coming of dawn the way a gardener awaits the coming of spring.  He looks forward to port as to a promised land, and truth for him is what lives in the stars. ~~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery


 Sometimes I can't figure designers out. It's as if they flunked human anatomy. ~~ Erma Bombeck


 Pictures of my life stretch back into what must have been my very earliest childhood… They are not movies, then, nor are they talkies, but they are quite distinctly feelies. ~~ Sheila Kaye-Smith


 A study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year. ~~ Marty Allen


 You have to start knowing yourself so well that you begin to know other people.  A piece of us is in every person we can ever meet. ~~ John D. MacDonald