Archived Quotes from July 2018

Where freedom is, there is my nation. — Benjamin Franklin



Somehow the Fourth had its quiet moments, too, even for little feet and childish voices, and small hands stole into each other as we sat looking at our fire-works with a sense that independence was a fine thing to declare. ~Lucy C. Lillie, ["Memories of the Fourth," Harper's Young People, 1885 June 30th]



No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the fourth of July. ~~ Mac Thornberry



The Fourth of July should be celebrated with big hearts. ~~ Camila Alves



In the world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss. ~~ Salman Rushdie



Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share, and sought advantage over no one. ~~ Robert Brault



'May the force be with you' is charming but it's not important.  What's important is that you become the force--for yourself and perhaps for other people. ~~ Harrison Ford



You must constantly ask yourself these questions:  Who am I around?  What are they doing to me?  What have they got me reading?  What have they got me saying?  Where do they have me going?  What do they have me thinking?  And most important, what do they have me becoming?  Then ask yourself the big question:  Is that okay? ~~ E. James Rohn



Everything is miraculous. It is miraculous that one does not melt in one's bath. ~~ Pablo Picasso



It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem.  Most things are judged by their jackets. ~~ Baltasar Gracian



Celebrity worship and hero worship should not be confused.  Yet we confuse them every day, and by doing so we come dangerously close to depriving ourselves of all real models.  We lose sight of the men and women who do not simply seem great because they are famous but who are famous because they are great. ~~ Daniel J. Boorstin



The game of life is a game of boomerangs.  Olur thoughts, deed, and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy. ~~ Florence Scovel Shinn



Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age. ~~ Ernest Hemingway



I've always thought there were two kinds of people:  those who view pets as property, and those who view them as much more than that. ~~ Celeste Garrett [The Chicago Sun-Times]



How do I know what I think until I hear what I say? ~~ Dean Acheson



It's easy to identify people who can't count to seven.  They're in front of you in the supermarket express line. ~~ Joe Moore



One loses so many laughs by not laughing at oneself. ~~ Sara Jeannette Duncan



[Paul] McCartney's one of those people who everyone's got too much attitude about.  If you see how many lives pop music has destroyed from a fleeting moment's fame, it's kinda remarkable that he's still so fluent.  People forget what a good musician the guy is, what a great rock 'n' roll singer. ~~ Elvis Costello



All the cliches say that as you grow older you grow wiser.  I don't feel one damn bit wiser!  Wisdom is not concomitant with age.  I've met some extremely stupid people who as they've hardened and grown older have become more selfish, intolerant, vindictive, driven to outrage easily, and they dwell in their disappointments.  But a kind of acceptance isn't easily arrived at.  I'm talking about graceful acceptance, a recognition of your own foibles, your own limitations, and I'm not talking of physical limitations.  Somehow to make peace with the fact that you, like the trees, plants, and landscapes, are going through an inevitable process. ~~ Hume Cronyn



If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them. ~~ Sue Grafton [I Is for Innocence]



A cat does not want all the world to love her -- only those she has chosen to love. ~~ Helen Thomson



History's lessons are no more enlightening than the wisdom of those who interpret them. ~~ David Schoenbrun



The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it. ~~ Reinhold Neibuhr



The coffee was strong enough to trot a mouse across. ~~ Diane Ackerman



Perspective is worth 80 IQ points. ~~ Alan Kay



I like nonsense.  It wakes up the brain cells.  Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.  It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.  Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities. ~~ Dr. Seuss [Theodor Seuss Geisel]



I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up. ~~ Mark Twain



But the wildest of all the wild animals was the Cat.  He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him. ~~ Rudyard Kipling



Three words sum up what you can count on in life:  It goes on. ~~ Joe Moore



How we remember, what we remember, and why we remember form the most important map of our individuality. ~~ Christina Baldwin