Archived Quotes from September 2021

When you don't know what you're talking about, it's hard to know when you're finished. ~~ Tommy Smothers



Strange as it may seem, my life is based on a true story. ~~ Ashleigh Brilliant



The measures have not yet been devised which can permanently protect men from their folly. ~~ Bernard M. Baruch



The things people discard tell more about them than the things they keep. ~~ Hilda Lawrence



Labor Day, when we briefly pause from demonizing unions to enjoy mattress sales in their honor. ~~ Unattributed



But just as Memorial Day has largely become a time to gather around the barbecue and welcome the beginning of summer, so Labor Day has largely become a day to give the season a good send off. ~~ Columbia University Press



A lady is someone who wants to punch another person in the mouth, but doesn’t. ~~ Judith Martin



Everything is held together with stories.  That is all that is holding us together, stories and compassion. ~~ Barry Lopez



Refusing to have an opinion is a way of having one, isn't it? ~~ Luigi Pirandello



I often think about how my sons will come to know about September 11th. Something overheard? A newspaper image? In school? I would prefer that they learn about it from my wife and me, in a deliberate and safe way. But it's hard to imagine ever feeling ready to broach the subject without some impetus. ~~  Jonathan Safran Foer




What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we've never met. ~~ David Levithan



It is a lot easier to forgive an occasional big fault than it is to put up with never-ending petty irritations.  The big sinners at least take a day off from their vices now and then, but the little sinners who sin against our habits and ideals and conventions are always on the job. ~~ Dorothy Dix



I'm always fascinated by the way memory diffuses fact. ~~ Diane Sawyer




The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away.  I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away.  Puzzling. ~~ Robert M. Pirsig


The weak are more likely to make the strong weak than the strong are likely to make the weak strong. ~~ Marlene Dietrich



All that is left to us is our being horrified at the loss of our sense of horror. ~~ Abraham Joshua Heschel



The other line moves faster.  This applies to all lines--bank, supermarket, tollbooth, customs, and so on.  And don't try to change lines.  The other one--the one you were in originally--will then move faster. ~~ Barbara Ettore



Develop your eccentricities while you're young.  That way, when you are old, people won't think you're going gaga. ~~ David Ogilvy



 I've had a lot to do with glue and the experiences have almost always been disappointing. ~~ Andrew A. Rooney



 Toleration is a good thing in its place; but you cannot tolerate what will not tolerate you, and is trying to cut your throat. ~~ James Froude



A bad attitude is the worst thing that can happen to a group of people.  It's infectious. ~~ Roger Allan Raby



But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you. ~~ Stephen King [Salem's Lot]


 As she frequently remarked when she made any such mistake, it would all be the same a hundred years hence. ~~ Charles Dickens



Processing events helps me keep my head on straight. ~~ Sue Grafton [O is for Outlaw]



I know that I'm not perfect and that I don't claim to be, so before you point your finger make sure your [own] hands are clean. ~~ Bob Marley



The bridges you cross before you come to them are over rivers that aren't there. ~~ Gene Brown



To be good and to be ill spoken of by the people is better than to be bad and considered good by them. ~~ Sa'di



You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once, but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own. ~~ Michelle Obama



In the end we will conserve only what we love.  We will love only what we understand.  We will understand only what we are taught. ~~ Senegalese saying




That… is how the world moves:  Not like an arrow, but a boomerang. ~~ Ralph Ellison