Archived Quotes from October 2021

To spoil what is good by unreasonableness is like letting off fireworks in the  rain. ~~ Chinese proverb



You live and learn.  Well at any rate you live. ~~ Douglas Adams



There are two ways of spreading light:  to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~~ Edith Wharton



Social graces are dead… chivalry is dead, tact is dead, game playing is dead… Mr. Right is dead, manners are dead, prudence is dead, expectations of any kind are dead. ~~ Rona Jaffe



I can never remember things I didn't understand in the first place. ~~ Amy Tan



The more things change, the more they remain… insane. ~~ Michael Fry and T. Lewis



I tried to treat them like me, and some of them weren't. ~~ Bill Russell




Ah well, perhaps one has to be very old before one learns how to be amused rather than shocked. ~~ Pearl S. Buck



Life is a series of surprises. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



We all have flaws, and mine is being wicked. ~~ James Thurber



Everyone carries the past with them. It shifts and re-forms and adds layers, but it never leaves. ~~ Michael Koryta [Rise the Dark]



That is the best--to laugh with someone because you think the same things are funny. ~~ Gloria Vanderbilt




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



We ourselves cannot put any magic spells on this world.  The world is its own magic. ~~ Suzuki Roshi






When I was forty, I used to wonder what people thought of me.  Now I wonder what I think of them. ~~ Brooke Astor



Age wins and one must learn to grow old… I must learn to walk this long unlovely wintry way, looking for spectacles, shunning the cruel looking glass, laughing at clumsiness before others mistakenly condole, not expecting gallantry yet disappointed to receive none, apprehending every ache or shaft of pain, alive to blinding flashes of mortality, unarmed, totally vulnerable. ~~ Diana Cooper



There's little value in seeking to find reasons for why people do what they do, or feel the way they feel. Hatred is a most pernicious thing, finding root in any kind of soil. It feeds on itself. With words. ~~ Steven Erikson



You can't make someone else's choices.  You shouldn't let someone else make yours. ~~ Colin Powell



Heroes are people who rise to the occasion and slip quietly away. ~~ Tom Brokaw



When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy.  Not because I care about their mood but because I know they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even. ~~ Percy Bysshe Shelley



A lot of people tell me I'm not tough enough.  Listen, there are enough tough people in the world. ~~ Hubert Humphrey



When choosing between two compelling theories, pick the one that doesn't involve a magic spell. ~~ Emo Philips



You're only given a little spark of madness.  You mustn't lose it. ~~ Robin Williams



[On friends:]  They cherish each other's hopes.  They are kind to each other's dreams. ~~ Henry David Thoreau



Life is a gamble.  You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day.  Same with fighters:  some die, some get hurt, some go on.  You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you. ~~ Muhammad Ali



October is a symphony of permanence and change. ~~ Bonaro W. Overstreet



Problems arise in that one has to find a balance between what people need from you and what you need for yourself. ~~ Jessye Norman



You may not get what you paid for, but you will pay for what you get. ~~ Maya Angelou




The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky.


~~ W. B Yeats



Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend. ~~ Bill Waterson



Halloween is fun, but it wasn't always my favorite holiday. I think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. ~~ Tobin Bell