Archived Quotes from July 2021

July is hot afternoons and sultry nights and mornings when its joy just to be alive. July is a picnic and a red canoe and a sunburned neck and a softball game and ice tinkling in a tall glass. July is a blind date with summer.  ~~ Hal Borland



Made a deal with my girlfriend. I won’t blow money on fireworks this year if she doesn’t make tomato aspic. ~~ Greg Tamblyn



Crap, that's due tomorrow? Thomas Jefferson July 3, 1776 ~~ No Guilt Life



Patriotism is a thing difficult to put into words. It is neither precisely an emotion nor an opinion, nor a mandate, but a state of mind -- a reflection of our own personal sense of worth, and respect for our roots. Love of country plays a part, but it's not merely love. Neither is it pride, although pride too is one of the ingredients.

Patriotism is a commitment to what is best inside us all. And it's a recognition of that wondrous common essence in our greater surroundings -- our school, team, city, state, our immediate society -- often ultimately delineated by our ethnic roots and borders... but not always.

Indeed, these border lines are so fluid... And we do not pay allegiance as much as we resonate with a shared spirit. ~~ Vera Nazarian



The interesting thing about life is, there is what you think is going to happen, and what actually happens. ~~ Mike Myers



I didn't steal this.  It was "differently acquired." ~~ Sara Cytron



Damned fine cup of coffee. ~~ David Lynch [Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks]



Songs are funny things.  They can slip across borders.  Proliferate in prisons.  Penetrate hard shells.  I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history. ~~ Pete Seeger



I try to learn one new thing a week to balance the one thing I forget a week, but lately I forget three things a week. ~~ Joseph Gies


Change is the end result of all true learning. ~~ Leo Buscaglia



Make no mistake:  the weeds will win; nature bats last. ~~ Robert M. Pyle



How to eat [spinach] like a child:  Divide into piles.  Rearrange again into piles.  After five or six maneuvers, sit back and say you are full. ~~ Delia Ephron



I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. ~~ Thomas Stearns Eliot




That summer that I was ten
Can it be there was only one
Summer that I was ten?


~~ May Swenson



The summer world is the insect world.  Like it or not, that is how it is.  There are few insects that ever find the day too hot. ~~ Donald Culross Peattie



Adults are always so busy with the dull and dusty affairs of life which have nothing to do with grass, trees, and running streams. ~~ Denys Watkins-Pitchford



If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day. ~~ J. A. Wheeler



I have often put to myself the question:  what is a cat for?  This is as futile an exercise as asking what laughter is for. ~~ Hugh Leonard




Tomorrow is as fragile as a sheer curtain pulled tight.
Any old dog who comes along
Can put his paw through it.


~~ Carol Connolly



There really are only five hundred people in the whole world.  You just keep running into them over and over. ~~ Beverly Hastings [Don't Look Back]



The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense. ~~ Benjamin Franklin



Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don't make. ~~ Bill Veeck



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



When people show you who they are, believe them. ~~ Maya Angelou



Statistics are like a bikini.  What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. ~~ Aaron Levenstein



When we are not sure, we are alive. ~~ Graham Greene



When a man does a good turn just for the fun of the thing, he has got a good deal more virtue in him than he is aware of. ~~ Josh Billings




I'm at that age where if you flattened out all the wrinkles, I'd be seven feet tall. ~~ Robert Orben



If you smile when you're alone, you really mean it. ~~ Andy Rooney



I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food which they take for granted -- but his or her entertainment value. ~~ Geoffrey Household



I've always thought there must be some reason why the French words for "attorney" and "avocado" were the same. ~~ Katherine Neville