Sunday, July 31, 2005

 

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.

The memorable quote today, playing on the woman scourned theme, is by the renowned economist, Milton Friedman.

On taxation:

"We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork."

On the Internet:

"The most important ways in which I think the Internet will affect the big issue is that it will make it more difficult for government to collect taxes."

Saturday, July 30, 2005

 

Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don't need it, and if you are sick, you shouldn't take it

If you don't fancy going to the gym, then the words of the motoring man Henry Ford are sure to provide you with a couple of crumbs of comfort, no matter how artificial the logic employed!

On reputation:

"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."

On helping others:

"Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving."

Thursday, July 28, 2005

 

The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse.

The quote of the day today comes from Jackie Kennedy, wife of JFK.

On routine:

"The only routine with me is no routine at all."

On marriage:

"The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship."

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

 

Lack of money is the root of all evil.

This quote is by the prolific Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw

Shaw on happiness:

"A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth."

On mistakes:

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."

Monday, July 25, 2005

 

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

The quote of the day today is by Eric Hoffer, the American social philosopher and writer.

Other interesting quotes by Hoffer include:

"When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other."
[on the herd mentality]

...and...

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
[you don't know what you've got 'til its gone]

Sunday, July 24, 2005

 

There are certain people that are marked for death. I have my little list of those that treated me unfairly.

The quote of the day today implies that you don't want to mess with actress and singer, Jennifer Lopez

Other quotes by Jennifer Lopez include:

"A lucky model who's been given a lot of opportunities I just wish she would have done more with." [on Cameron Diaz]

...and...

"It's hard for them (partners) to live in my shadow, knowing that they will never make the money I do."

Saturday, July 23, 2005

 

I voted Republican this year; the Democrats left a bad taste in my mouth

The humourous quote of the day today is by Monica Lewinsky

...yes, of Bill Clinton fame.

What's happened to her since?

Friday, July 22, 2005

 

The underlying sense of form in my work has been the system of the Universe, or part thereof. For that is a rather large model to work from.

The quote today comes from the sculptor, Alexander Calder.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

 

What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.

The quote of the day today comes from the American writer, Ernest Hemingway.

Much has been discussed about morality and whether it is objective or subjective; here is a firmly subjective view on morality that places its truth entirely in the hands of our own personal sentiments. It's not a widely held view that if, for instance, you feel good after hitting someone, then it is moral for you to do so!

Other quotes from Hemingway include:

"When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen."

...and on drinking...

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

 

Logic is in the eye of the logician.

The quote today is from the American journalist, Gloria Steinem

...who also said...

"We are becoming the men we wanted to marry". Hmm.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

 

Hell is other people.

The quote of the day, which many may be able to relate, to, comes from the French existentialist philosopher Jean Paul Sartre

Other words of wisdom from Sartre include:

"Man is condemned to be free."

...and...

"To believe is to know you believe, and to know you believe is not to believe."

Work that one out if you can!

Monday, July 18, 2005

 

Never lose a chance of saying a kind word

The piece of advice today comes from the pen of William Makepeace Thackeray, the author of books such as Vanity Fair.

His other words of wisdom include:

"To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best."

...and...

"There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write."

...and...

"Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel."

Sunday, July 17, 2005

 

For Satan finds some mischief still For idle hands to do.

The quote of the day today is by the English minister, Isaac Watts.

This quote is more commonly heard in the paraphrased version "The devil makes work for idle hands".

Watts also said:

"Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly, with mere appearances; but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your profession."

Saturday, July 16, 2005

 

The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first

The quote of the day today which discusses how to enjoy life, comes from Ginger Rogers, the famous dance partner of Fred Astaire.

Ginger's other wisdom includes:

"There are no small parts. Only small actors".

Friday, July 15, 2005

 

We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.

The quote today is by Iris Murdoch, the Irish author (1919 - 99).

On writing:

"Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck."

On equality:

"The cry of equality pulls everyone down."

Thursday, July 14, 2005

 

We have to free half of the human race, the women, so that they can help to free the other half

The quote of the day today comes from the English suffragette, Emmeline Pankhurst

Other memorable quotes include:

"Trust in God - she will provide."

...and...

"The argument of the broken pane of glass is the most valuble argument in modern politics."

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

 

I could take Sean Connery in a fight... I could definitely take him.

This confident quote comes from the Hollywood actor, Harrison Ford.

Fighting talk, indeed. And, confident of his ability, he also adds:

"Harrison Ford may be getting old, but he can fight like a 28 year old man".

You have been warned!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

 

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

The quote today comes from Henry David Thoreau, the 19th century American author.

What did Thoreau think of the majority of people?

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation".

And on fashions?

"Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new".

Monday, July 11, 2005

 

We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.

Today's snippet of advice on how we should act / live our lives comes from the author E B White (writer of the popular children's book, Charlotte's Web.

Is writing to be recommended? Well, perhaps with caution:

"Writing is hard work and bad for the health".

And on genius...

"Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one".

Sunday, July 10, 2005

 

The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight.

The quote today is on sporting success, and is by the US tennis player Arthur Ashe.

On success:

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.

On winning:

Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

 

I would not want to live in a country that would have me as a leader in any sort of political bent.

Today's quote is by the Hollywood actor, Tom Hanks, defining the countries that he can and cannot live in.

How does he feel about making so much money compared to people who do 'ordinary' jobs?

"I must say that I do wrestle with the amount of money I make, but at the end of the day what am I gonna say? I took less money so Rupert Murdoch could have more?"

Friday, July 08, 2005

 

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable

This quote is from the Roman philosopher and poet, Seneca

Thursday, July 07, 2005

 

It is particularly barbaric this has happened on a day when people are meeting to try to help the problems of poverty in Africa.

Tony Blair, British Prime Minister, on terror attacks that rocked London.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

 

I am a big believer that eventually everything comes back to you. You get back what you give out.

This quote is from Nancy Reagan

Perhaps her most famous quote is:

A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

 

Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war

On the eve of the G8 summit that has received much publicity, the quote of the day today comes from the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair

As a man who is eyeing up his future role as international statesman, he has uttered his fair share of memorable soundbytes, including:

I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country.
[He just didn't specify which country he wanted to change]

Perhaps the most memorable one:

'Now is not the time for sound-bites. I can feel the hand of history on my shoulder'
[On the signing of the Good Friday Agreement]

Monday, July 04, 2005

 

All music is folk music, I ain't never heard no horse sing a song

This quote comes from the musician, Louis Armstrong

...who also said...

Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in them.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

 

Every exit is an entrance somewhere.

The quote today comes from the British dramatist Tom Stoppard, and sounds quite optimistic in its sentiment.

He also said:

It is better to be quotable than to be honest.

...something that will no doubt relieve many of our politicians!

Saturday, July 02, 2005

 

As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big.

This quote is from the property billionaire Donald Trump, and reveals the mentality that has made him his fame and fortune.

What motivates him?

"Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game."

What does it take to be a winner in business?

"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."

Friday, July 01, 2005

 

Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together.

This quote comes from Georg Lichtenberg, who was born on this day, in 1742.

Here are a couple more quotes from Lichtenberg:

What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes!

...and...

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.

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