Archived Quotes from June 2021

[He] is a self-made man, which shows what happens when you don't follow directions. ~~ Bill Hoest



I deal with stress in two ways because there are two kinds of stress.  There's stress that you can take care of and there's stress that you can't.  The first one, I take care of it as fast as possible, because putting it off always makes it worse.  Things that I can't fix?  I think about the fact that I can't fix them.  I think about why I can't fix them and I come to terms with the fact that this is a problem that I'm not going to overcome and that the world is not a wish-granting factory. ~~ Hank Green



That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not. ~~ James K. Beibleman



Nostalgia:  A device that removes the ruts and potholes from  memory lane. ~~ Doug Larson



When the excessively shy force themselves to be forward, they are frequently surprisingly unsubtle and overdirect and even rude:  they have entered an extreme region beyond their normal personality, an area of social crime where gradations don't count.  Unavailable to them are the instincts and taboos that booming extroverts, who know the territory of self-advancement far better, can rely on. ~~ Nicholson Baker



There were a total of four cats.  Twelve years ago, my wife bought the first one, Noko Marie, for three dollars.  We kept one male, Norton, from the first litter.  And we kept Nitty from the second batch.  Nitty was my favorite -- a big, fat, striped cat.  Then some little kids gave my wife a stray we named Burton Rustle.  As a kid, I used to hate them because I was violently allergic, but I loved those four cats.  One day Norton just disappeared.  It almost broke my heart.  Nitty got feline leukemia and died in my arms--that did break my heart. ~~ B. Kliban



Everyone should keep a mental wastepaper basket and the older he grows, the more things he will consign to it. ~~ Samuel Butler



The coffee was so strong it snarled as it lurched out of the pot. ~~ Betty MacDonald [The Egg and I]




Letting go does not mean you stop caring.  It means you stop trying to force others to. ~~ Mandy Hale



To some blind souls all cats are much alike.  To a cat lover every cat from the beginning of time has been utterly and amazingly unique. ~~ Jenny de Vries



You train people how to treat you by how you treat yourself. ~~ Martin Rutte



The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises. ~~ Leo Buscaglia



One cannot understand America without understanding the historical experience of black people in this nation.  Simply put, to get to the heart of this country one must examine its racial soul. ~~ Eric Holder, Jr.



The American flag invokes pride in our citizens and hope in those who come to our shores in search of a brighter tomorrow.  In recognition of the ways it has embodied our ideals and sustained our Nation, let us pay tribute to the Star Spangled Banner and continue striving to create a more perfect and indivisible Union--with liberty and justice for all. ~~ Barack Obama



All of us invent ourselves.  Some of us just have more imagination than others. ~~ Cher



It is odd that, notwithstanding the extreme beauty of cats, their elegance of motion, the variety and intensity of their color, they should be so little painted by considerable artists. ~~ Philip Gilbert Hamerton



I don't like gourmet cooking or "this" cooking or "that" cooking.  I like good cooking. ~~ James Beard



A dad is a man haunted by death, fears, anxieties.  But who seems to his children the haven from all harm.  And who makes them certain that whatever happens--it will all come right. ~~ Clara Ortega



I had no expectations about fatherhood, really, but it's definitely a journey I'm glad to be taking. Number one, it's a great learning experience. When my mother told me it's a 24/7 job, she wasn't kidding. ~~ Christopher Meloni



Some of the best memories are made in flip flops. ~~ Kallie Elmore



It is hopeless to try to convert some borders into seams. ~~ Jane Jacobs



We are always the same age inside. ~~ Gertrude Stein



There is a proper balance between not asking enough of oneself and asking or expecting too much. ~~ May Sarton




The older I get, the less I pine for
Things that I have to stand in line for.


~~ Richard Armour



Some people seem to go through life standing at the complaint counter. ~~ Fred Propp, Jr.


Censorship is always a power trip.  What is at the bottom is about who's on top. ~~ Stephen King



There are times when forgetting can be just as important as remembering--and even more difficult. ~~ Harry and Joan Mier



In summer, the song sings itself. ~~ William Carlos Williams



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



 There's much to be said for taking people unawares.  You never know what you might learn. ~~ Tyrion Lannister [George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones]