Saturday, September 24, 2005

 

I entertained on a cruising trip that was so much fun that I had to sink my yacht to make my guests go home

The quote of the day today is by F Scott Fitzgerald.

Other quotes include:

"At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look; At 45 they are caves in which we hide"

...and...

"In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day."

Friday, September 23, 2005

 

I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.

The quote today is by Ray Charles, the famous soul musician.

Other quotes include:

...on affluence...

"Affluence separates people. Poverty knits 'em together. You got some sugar and I don't; I borrow some of yours. Next month you might not have any flour; well, I'll give you some of mine."

...on the metaphysics of the soul...

"What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room"

Thursday, September 22, 2005

 

People give us credit only for what we ourselves believe

The quote of the day today, with regard receiving credit, is by author Fay Weldon

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

 

I'm a giraffe. I even walk like a giraffe with a long neck and legs. It's a pretty dumb animal, mind you

The quote today is by Sophia Loren, the well known actress.

Other quotes include:

"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age"

...and...

"Sex appeal is fifty percent what you've got and fifty percent what people think you've got."

Monday, September 19, 2005

 

Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind

The quote of the day today, on the subject of sleep, comes from the English novelist, William Golding.

It is interesting, given that we spend about a third of our lives doing it, that so little is really known about sleep - why all creatures seem to sleep to a greater or lesser extent, and of course what we do when we sleep (rapid eye movement, dreams) have long been the subject of rigorous studies that have revealed... very little.

"No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams"
- Jesse Jackson

"Dreams are the touchstones of our character"
- Henry David Thoreau

"I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams"
- Susan Sontag

Sunday, September 18, 2005

 

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel

The quote of the day today, on the subject of patriotism, is by the famous British author, Samuel Johnson

Other quotes include:

...on quotations...

"Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language"

...on the need for hope...

"Hope is necessary in every condition"

...on vocabulary...

"Do not accustom yourself to use big words for little matters"

Saturday, September 17, 2005

 

No woman is virtuous, who does not give herself to her lover

The quote of the day today is by William Carlos Williams, the American poet.

Also, on how to deal with critics:

In response to a critic who asked:
'That looks like prose not poetry, what's your distinction?'
William said:
'It's poetry because I say it's poetry.'

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

 

Marriage is like paying an endless visit in your worst clothes

The quote today on marriage comes from the disillusioned J B Priestley

Other quotes include:

"If there is one thing left that I would like to do, it's to write something really beautiful. And I could do it, you know. I could still do it."

...and on growing old...

"When I was young there was no respect for the young, and now that I am old there is no respect for the old. I missed out coming and going."

Monday, September 12, 2005

 

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative

The quote of the day today comes from Maurice Chevalier.

Maurice doesn't make explicit what the alternative he is thinking of is - one might reasonably think he is referring to either death, or simply being young forever; neither of which could be seen as preferable at times.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

 

That man who lives for self alone, Lives for the meanest mortal known.

This quote is by the poet Joaquin Miller

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

 

We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat.

This famous quote comes from the English monarch, Queen Elizabeth I.

Other quotes include:

"I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a King"

... which is a quote from probably one of the most famous speeches in English history.

"All my possessions for a moment in time" is also very well known, and on marriage and dedication to her vocation:

"I am already bound unto an husband, which is the kingdom of England"

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

 

Some say that grass is for cows. I guess clay is for making bricks.

The quote today is by Greg Rusedski, the British tennis player, via Canada.

It's in response to a quote by fellow player Marcelo Rios about playing on grass (who clearly didn't realise the tradition of the game and that it was played almost exclusively on grass for many a long year).

Other quotes from Greg include:

"I just look back on my season [2004] as a year where I've had to prove myself. I've had to fight all the way through to the end."

... on stating the obvious...

"Anybody that's playing Roger Federer right now is going to have a very hard time"

Monday, September 05, 2005

 

The more you read about politics, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other

The quote of the day today is by Will Rogers, on the fateful topic of politics.

Other quotes include:

"There's no trick to being a humourist when you have the whole government working for you."

...and...

"The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself"

Sunday, September 04, 2005

 

The impulse to dream was slowly beaten out of me by experience. Now it surged up again and I hungered for books, new ways of looking and seeing

The quote today comes from Richard Wright, the US novelist.

Friday, September 02, 2005

 

I've stolen a couple of hearts and they are in my private collection!

The quote today comes from actress Salma Hayek.

On the same theme, this quote:

"My heart has been stolen too - but I've gone and got it back every single time!"

... on driving ...

"My driving abilities from Mexico have helped me get through Hollywood"

Thursday, September 01, 2005

 

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.

The quote of the day today is from Lily Tomlin

Other quotes include, on success:

"Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world"

...on politicians...

"Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them."

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