Monday, October 31, 2005

 

Beauty is truth, and truth is beauty

The quote of the day today, which many people cite as one of their favourite quotes of all time, is from the pen of the famous English poet, John Keats.

Other quotes include:

...on failure...

"I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest."

...on beauty...

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness."

...and on philosophy...

"Philosophy will clip an angel's wings."

Sunday, October 30, 2005

 

To get it right, be born with luck or else make it. Never give up.

The quote today comes from the American actress and writer, Ruth Gordon.

Elaborating on the theme, she continues:

"...Get the knack of getting people to help you and also pitch in yourself. A little money helps, but what really gets it right is to never - I repeat - never under any conditions face the facts."

So facing the facts isn't important, but getting others to help out is. So there you go.

Friday, October 28, 2005

 

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.

This well known quote on success comes from the one of the most successful businessmen on the planet - Bill Gates.

Other well known quotes include the prediction he'd rather forget:

"No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer." - said in the early 1970s. Oops!

...and...

"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."

Indeed.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

 

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are

This very practical advice comes from Theodore Roosevelt.

Other quotes include:

"Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out."

...and rather more famously...

"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."

Interesting advice... is it as relevant today as when the words were uttered?

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

 

You show people what you're willing to fight for when you fight your friends

The quote of the day today comes from Hilary Clinton, the possible future president of the USA, who would become the first ever female president were she elected.

Other quotes include:

"In the Bible it says they asked Jesus how many times you should forgive, and he said 70 times 7. Well, I want you all to know that I'm keeping a chart."

...and...

"The challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible"

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

 

Give me a museum and I'll fill it

The quote of the day today comes from the famous artist, Pablo Picasso.

Other quotes include, on God:

"God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things."

...and on painting...

"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary"

Monday, October 24, 2005

 

I love the sound of a woman in the throes of rapture - but not screamers

The quote of the day today reveals the intimate preferences of Kevin Kline.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

 

Be nice, for everyone that you meet is fighting a harder battle

The quote of the day today is by Anita Roddick

 

Be nice, for everyone that you meet is fighting a harder battle

The very noble quote of the day today is by Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop.

Other quotes include:

"If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just"

...and...

"Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that's exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking"

Friday, October 21, 2005

 

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.

This excellent and evocative simile about advice and its effect comes from the pen of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, he of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Other memorable and famous quotes include:

"Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink." [The Rime of the Ancient Mariner]

"If you would stand well with a great mind, leave him with a favourable impression of yourself; if with a little mind, leave him with a favorable impression of himself"

Thursday, October 20, 2005

 

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another

The quote today comes from the philosopher, John Dewey. The end of one thing is always the start of another.

Other quotes include:

"We only think when we are confronted with problems"

And on the rose tinted spectacles phenomenon that may make the school days the best days of your life:

"Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire"

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

 

A committee is an animal with four back legs

This quote, which paints an interesting mental picture, is by the British novelist, John Le Carre.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

 

Just go out there and do what you have to do.

This rather practical piece of advice comes from former top tennis player and record-winning Wimbledon champion, Martina Navratilova.

Other quotes include:

On the attitudes to sports women in the USA:

"People in the States used to think that if girls were good at sports their sexuality would be affected."

...and on applying labels and stereotypes to people...

"Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people"

Monday, October 17, 2005

 

The world is an oyster, but you don't crack it open on a mattress.

An interesting extended metaphor for the quote of the day today, by the US dramatist Arthur Miller.

Other thought provoking quotes include:

"Without alienation, there can be no politics."

...and...

"Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?"

Sunday, October 16, 2005

 

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

The quote today, of course, comes from Oscar Wilde, the man who is quoted more than anyone else but Shakespeare.

A couple other quotes from Oscar include:

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars"

...and...

"We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language"

Saturday, October 15, 2005

 

Woman was God's second mistake

The quote of the day today is by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

Other memorable quotes include:

"If you stare into the Abyss long enough the Abyss stares back at you"

...and...

"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently"

Friday, October 14, 2005

 

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter

This quote about laughter is from the American poet and author, E E Cummings.

Other quotes include:

...on a politician...

"A politician is an arse upon
which everyone has set except a man."

...on progress...

"Progress is a comfortable disease."

Thursday, October 13, 2005

 

Economics are the method; the object is to change the soul

The quote of the day today is by Margaret Thatcher, who is 80 today!

Having produced many memorable quotes in her time, summarising her outlook and attitude, here are few more:

... on patience ...

"I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end."

... on leadership ...

"Being Prime Minister is a lonely job... you cannot lead from the crowd."

... on society and the atomist world view ...

"There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families."

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

 

Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.

The quote of the day today, on how to learn music, comes from the larger than life opera singer, Luciano Pavarotti.

So now you know!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

 

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

The quote today, containing some wise advice, is by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Other well known quotes include:

"It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness."

...and...

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"

Monday, October 10, 2005

 

You may have the universe if I may have Italy

This quote is quite an impressive show of patriotism from the composer Giuseppe Verdi.

Clearly appreciating his homeland very much, Italy was all he wanted!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

 

Life is what happens when you are making other plans

The quote today comes from John Lennon, and is surely a very true observation of the reality of life which we can all see elements of truth in!

Other quotes from Lennon include:

... on time ...

"Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted"

... on idiots ...

"As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot"

Saturday, October 08, 2005

 

The movie business divides women into ice queens and sluts, and there have been times I wanted to be a slut more than anything.

The quote today, on the reality of the movie business, comes from the famous and successful actress, Sigourney Weaver.

Friday, October 07, 2005

 

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.

The quote of the day today comes from Desmond Tutu.

Other quotes include:

... on being a person...

"A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons."

... on injustice...

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality."

Thursday, October 06, 2005

 

A house is a machine for living in

The quote today comes from Le Corbusier, the famous French architect.

It certainly makes you think of a house in a different way!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

 

There are moments to indulge and enjoy, but I always know when it's time to go home and wash my knickers

This quote on the practicalities of life comes from the popular British actress Kate Winslet.

Other quotes include, on the pressures of being thin:

"I'd much rather be known as some curvy Kate than as some skinny stick"

...and on being a mother...

"When you're the mother of small children, life becomes a holiday"

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

 

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

The quote of the day today is by Maurice Chevalier.

Interestingly, he doesn't make clear what the alternative is - living forever, being young for ever, or death. Perhaps to him it didn't make a lot of difference whichever of these three options the 'alternative' was!

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