Archived Quotes from January 2021

It is believed that your behavior and actions on the first day of the year set a precedent for all the days that follow.  So, wear brightly colored new clothes with circles on, and keep smiling to ensure you have a very happy New Year! ~~ Paul K. Stevens



We must remember that for every instance of the government's demonstrating the intelligence of a yam, there is also an instance of the government's rising to the level of a far more complex vegetable, such as the turnip. ~~ Dave Barry



They can say that you are a liar, a cheat, a crackpot, and a licentious old man, and most politicians don't care.  But if they say you can't win, you're through. ~~ Mike Monroney



Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance beautiful, unique and too soon gone. ~~ Deborah Whipp



The noisiest drum has nothing in it but air. ~~ English proverb



One can live life at a low flame.  Most people do.  For some, life is an exercise in moderation (best china saved for special occasions), but given something like death, what does it matter if one looks foolish now and then, or tries too hard, or cares too deeply? ~~ Diane Ackerman



I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be "happy."  I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate.  It is, after all, to matter:  to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all. ~~ Leo C. Rosten



Is our species crazy?  Plenty of evidence. ~~ Saul Bellow



Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil.  Our great hope lies in developing what is good. ~~ Calvin Coolidge



Poor, dismal, ugly, sterile, shabbly little man… with your scrabble of harsh oaths… Joy, glory, and magnificence were here for you… but you scrabbled along… rattling a few stale words… and would have none of them. ~~ Thomas Clayton Wolfe



The way it is now, the asylums can hold the sane people, but if we tried to shut up the insane we should run out of building materials. ~~ Mark Twain



A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him and thus falls into disrespect towards himself and others. ~~ Fyodor Dostoevsky



Should we force science down the throats of those that have no taste for it?  Is it our duty to drag them kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century?  I am afraid that it is. ~~ George Porter



Words may be mere wind, but then so is a tornado. ~~ L. de V. Matthewman



If you put on an item of clothing that hurts just because you have an idea it looks better or conforms to what other people are wearing, it's dumb. ~~ Andrew A. Rooney



When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it. ~~ Margaret Chase Smith



Problems that go away by themselves come back by themselves. ~~ Marcy E. Davis



I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. ~~ Martin Luther King Jr.




When I dream
I am always ageless.


~~ Elizabeth Coatsworth



Democracy alone, of all forms of government, enlists the full force of men's enlightened will… It is the most humane, the most advanced and in the end the most unconquerable of all forms of human society.  The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase of human history.  It is human history. ~~ Franklin D. Roosevelt



I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. ~~ Richard Feynman



If they don't like you for being yourself, be yourself even more. ~~ Taylor Swift



What do we have in life, really? If we're lucky we get to a certain age, and we have each other. We have the food we like. We have our crazy little rituals. And we have each other. ~~ David O. Russell



Today the word "hero" has been diminished. confused with "celebrity." But in my father's generation the word meant something.  Celebrities seek fame. They take actions to get attention. Most often, the actions they take have no particular moral content. Heroes are heroes because they have risked something to help others. Their actions involve courage. Often, those heroes have been indifferent to the public's attention. But at least, the hero could understand the focus of the emotion. ~~ James Bradley



We cannot safely assume that other people's minds work on the same principles as our own.  All too often, others with whom we come in contact do not reason as we reason, or do not value the things we value, or are not interested in what interests us. ~~ Isabel Briggs Myers



Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap. ~~ Barbara Jordan



Maybe you're going around in circles because you're at the end of your rope. ~~ Franklin P. Jones



The thread breaks where it is weakest. ~~ George Herbert



An outrageous cat, more outrageous even than most cats are.  She is sometimes passionately affectionate; she will press her fine-boned body against [my] leg, or [my] shoulder, with purrings and rubbings. But at other times, which are wholly of [Cocoa's] choosing, she can be haughty, even cross; she has a large vocabulary of negative sounds, as well as her loud, round purr. ~~ Alice Adams



If we disregard what the world says of someone, we live to repent it. ~~ Logan Pearsall Smith