Archived Quotes from October 2020

Experience, which destroys innocence, also leads one back to it. ~~ James Baldwin

Three people marooned on a desert island would soon reinvent politics. ~~ Mason Cooley

 It's taken all my life to understand that it is not necessary to understand everything. ~~ Rene Coty



We should tackle reality in a slightly jokey way; otherwise, we miss its point. ~~ Lawrence Durrell



Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse. ~~ Thomas Szasz



 Delay is preferable to error. ~~ Thomas Jefferson

 It is not illegal in most places to use a name other than your own as long as there is no intent to defraud or deceive. ~~ Deane Jordan [1,001 Facts Somebody Screwed Up]


 Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't the fine line between sanity and madness gotten finer? ~~ George Price



There are fewer ungrateful people than we might think, because there are far fewer generous people than we believe. ~~ Charles de Saint-Evremond



Don't let the politicians chip away at the New Deal and the Great Society programs like Social Security, Medicare, that put a floor beyond which the elderly, the sick, the powerless do not starve or lack for medicine or shelter. ~~ Helen Thomas



Ketchup is not an all-American condiment.  It was originally a Chinese medicine. ~~ Deane Jordan [1,001 Facts Somebody Screwed Up]



One point has already been proved.  Everything that happened once can happen again. ~~ Jacobo Timerman



The cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution. ~~ Hazel Nicholson



It isn't what people think that is important, but the reason they think what they think. ~~ Eugene Ionesco



After scolding one's cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word.  And has filed it for reference. ~~ Charlotte Gray



I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face.  Don't trust that conventional idea.  Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day of the week, if there is anything to be got by it. ~~ Charles Dickens



Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you. ~~ Tyrion Lannister [George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones]



Let us reach for the world that ought to be--that spark of divine that still stirs within each of our souls. ~~ Barack H. Obama



No one will ever get out of this world alive.  Resolve therefore to maintain a reasonable perspective and sense of values. ~~ Lloyd Shearer



One of the most important things to remember about infant care is:  never change diapers in midstream. ~~ Don Marquis



Never apologize for showing feelings.  Remember that when you do, you apologize for the truth. ~~ Benjamin Disraeli



Some days are for living.  Others are for getting through. ~~ Malcolm S. Forbes



People do think that if they avoid the truth, it might change to something better before they have to hear it. ~~ Marsha Norman



I don't need you to remind me of my age.  I have a bladder to do that for me. ~~ Stephen Fry



You can, for example, never foretell what any one man will do, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to. ~~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle



I think if human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. Wouldn't life be more interesting that way? And now that I think about it, why the heck don't they? Who made the rule that everybody has to dress like sheep 364 days of the year? Think of all the people you'd meet if they were in costume every day. People would be so much easier to talk to--like talking to dogs. ~~ Douglas Coupland



The wind outside nested in each tree, prowled the sidewalks in invisible treads like unseen cats.
Tom Skelton shivered. Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows' Eve. Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet. Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades. From kitchen windows drifted two pumpkin smells: gourds being cut, pies being baked. ~~ Ray Bradbury [The Halloween Tree]



The farther we've gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we've come to need Halloween. ~~ Paula Curan




Treats of hot cocoa,
pumpkin pie, and candy corn.
Yummy Halloween.


~~ Richelle E. Goodrich



A ghost can be a lot of things.   A memory, a daydream, a secret.  Grief, anger, guilt.  But, in my experience, most times they're just what we want to see. ~~ Steven Crain [The Haunting of Hill House]



A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween. ~~ Erma Bombeck