Archived Quotes from August 2020

A dog gladly admits the superiority of his master over himself, accepts his judgment as final, but, contrary to what many dog lovers believe, he does not consider himself as a slave.  His submission is voluntary, and he expects his own small rights to be respected. ~~ Axel Munthe



If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed.  But we are more than logical.  We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope, and we can work. ~~ Jacques Cousteau



If you are going to think black, think positive about it.  Don't think down on it, or think it is something in your way.  And this way, when you really do want to stretch out, and express how beautiful black is, everybody will hear you… How can you not stand tall?--Because you are saying who you are. ~~ Leontyne Price



I've had heartaches, headaches, toothaches, earaches, and I've had a few pains in the ass; but I've survived to tell about it. ~~ Dolly Parton



Never think you've seen the last of anything. ~~ Eudora Welty



Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded. ~~ Jess Lair



As long as you don't forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind. ~~ Isabelle Holland



We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking.  We move along the surface of things [but] there are times when we stop.  We sit still.  We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper. ~~ James Carroll



A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself. ~~ Jessamyn West



Let the past drift away with the water. ~~ Japanese proverb



Who will tell whether one happy moment of love, or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies? ~~ Erich Fromm



He who would distinguish the true from the false must have an adequate idea of what is true and false. ~~ Baruch Spinoza



Words, once they're printed, have a life of their own. ~~ Carol Burnett



It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us. ~~ Epicurus



Well, my deliberate opinion is--it's a jolly strange world. ~~ Enoch Arnold Bennett



Inside the polling booth every American man and woman stands as the equal of every other American man and woman.  There they have no superiors.  There they have no masters save their own minds and consciences. ~~ Franklin D. Roosevelt



The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back. ~~ Abigail Van Buren



[Looking into the mirror]:  Good morning, Starshine! ~~ Karen Walker [Will and Grace]



There are three kinds of people--commonplace men, remarkable men, and lunatics. ~~ Mark Twain



Being 70 is not a sin.  It's not a joy, either. ~~ Golda Meir



And if a friend does evil to you, say to him, "I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?" ~~ Democritus



Why did people ignore the lessons of history and their own senses, deny a law of life immutable as the seasons, and erect twisted barriers against it in their minds? He didn’t know why, but they did. They wept for the goodness of half-imaginary yesterdays, yesterdays beyond altering, instead of anticipating and helping to shape the good of possible tomorrows. They found things to blame for the flow of events they wanted to stop and could not. They blamed God, their wives, government, books, fanciful combinations of unnamed men—sometimes even voices in their own heads. They lived tortured and unhappy lives, trying to dam Niagara with a teacup. ~~ John Jakes [North and South Trilogy]



I remember things that happened 60 years ago, but if you ask me where I left my car keys five minutes ago, that's sometimes a problem. ~~ Lou Thesz



I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.  Life's a bitch.  You've got to go out and kick ass. ~~ Maya Angelou

 Satellite photography in the 1970s gave rise to the long-range weather forecast, a month at a time.  This in turn gave rise to the observation that the long-range weather forecast was wrong most of the time.  In turn, this gave rise to the dropping of the long-range weather forecast and to the admission that really accurate forecasting could only cover the next day or two, and not always then. ~~ Miles Kingston



There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell 'em. ~~ Louis Armstrong



It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no one can see or understand; you exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and worst of all you know that you are not just stupid. ~~ Susan Hampshire



More and more, what doesn’t show up on the screen doesn't exist, and what shows up badly is doomed. ~~ Stanley Hoffman



Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back into the shell. ~~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher



She… marveled at the strangeness and mystery of dreams, in which the dreamer is at the same time both inventor and surprised spectator. ~~ Susan Ertz