Archived Quotes from March 2022

A book is a version of the world.  If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return. ~~ Salman Rushdie



When in doubt, say nothing and move on. ~~ Arthur C. Clarke



I think fitting in is highly overrated. I’d rather just fit out... Fitting out means being who you are, even when people insist that you have to change. Fitting out means taking up space, not apologizing for yourself, and not agreeing with those who seek to label you with stereotypes. ~~ Golda Poretsky



I'm too old for this. ~~ Danny Glover [as Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon]



Beware of allowing a tactless word, a rebuttal, a rejection to obliterate the whole sky. ~~ Anais Nin



Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant.  It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest. ~~ Georgia O'Keeffe



Old stories are like old friends, she used to say. You have to visit them from time to time. ~~ A Storm of Swords [George R. R. Martin]



A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose--a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve. ~~ John Maxwell



I'll be damned if I want most folk out there to do unto me what they do unto themselves. ~~ Toni Cade Bambara



There is not only a right thing to do.  There is a right time to do it. ~~ Mackenzie King



Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything. ~~ Kurt Vonnegut



A person with oppositional conversational style is a person who, in conversation, disagrees with and corrects whatever you say. He or she may do this in a friendly way, or a belligerent way, but this person frames remarks in opposition to whatever you venture. ~~ Gretchen Rubin



We survive. We’re Irish. We have the souls of poets. We love our misery, we delight in the beauty of strange places and dark places in our hearts. ~~ Ellis Flynn



Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it. ~~ Pope John Paul II



An Irishman can be worried by the consciousness that there is nothing to worry about. ~~ Austin O'Malley


 It’s my rule never to lose me temper till it would be detrimental to keep it.  ~~ Sean O'Casey


 There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms. ~~ George Eliot



I know there will be spring, as surely as the birds know it when they see above the snow two tiny, quivering green leaves.  Spring cannot fail us. ~~ Olive Schreiner




The Crow will tumble up and down
At the first sight of spring
And in old trees around the town
Brush winter from its wing.


~~ John Clare


Spring is the shortest season. ~~ Linda Pastan



Cats, I'm aware, like to be involved in anything that's going on.  Pete has a hobby chasing butterflies.  When he loses sight of one, he searches the air, wailing pathetically, as though abandoned.  Brenda plays with paper clips.  She likes the way she can hook a paper clip so simply with one claw.  She attacks spiders in the same way.  Their legs draw up and she drops them. ~~ Bobbie Ann Mason



It is said that a wise man who stands firm is a statesman, and a foolish man who stands firm is a catastrophe. ~~ Adlai Stevenson



What we forget as children is that our parents are children, also.  The child in them has not been satisfied or met or loved, often.  Not always, but very often.  Oftener, actually, than is admitted. ~~ Edna O'Brien



Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. ~~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.




I'm an introvert on the Myers-Briggs. I've got to have time by myself to recharge. My philosophy is sort of that humans are weak, frail, imperfect, and generally kind of bad, but every day I meet somebody who's good, and that inspires me. ~~ Tim Kaine



For the first half of your life, people tell you what you should do; for the second half, they tell you what you should have done. ~~ Richard Needham



I think there ought to be some serious discussion by smart people, really smart people, about whether or not proliferation of things like The Smoking Gun and TMZ and YouTube and the whole celebrity culture is healthy. ~~ Stephen King



One of the problems of modern society, or the post-Internet age, is that there are so many things bombarding us that we could care about. I think it's more important than ever to really get clear and focus on what's worth caring about and what's just noise or distraction. ~~ Mark Manson



Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges.  Cats have the courage to live by them. ~~ Jim Davis



Never be afraid of the deafeningly obvious.  It is always news to somebody. ~~ P. J. Kavanagh