Saturday, 31 August 2013

There You Are

Surely nothing has to listen to so many stupid remarks as a painting in a museum.  ~ Edmond & Jules de Goncourt #quote

When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?  ~ Chuck Palahniuk #quote

The Internet is the world's largest library.  It's just that all the books are on the floor.  ~ John Allen Paulos #quote

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.  ~ Voltaire #quote

As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill. ~ Helen Keller #quote

The essence of genius is to know what to overlook. ~ William James #quote

Mad, adj.:  Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.  ~ Ambrose Bierce #quote

No lower can a man descend than to interpret his dreams into gold and silver. ~ Kahlil Gibran #quote

Muad'Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. ~ Dune, Frank Herbert #quote

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.  ~ Charlotte Brontë #quote

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. ~ Kahlil Gibran #quote

Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants.  ~ Jessamyn West #quote

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.  ~ Author Unknown #quote

The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?  ~ Pablo Picasso #quote

What we call despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope. ~ George Eliot #quote

There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.  ~ Author Unknown #quote

Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box. ~ Italian #Proverb

Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.  ~ Lane Olinghouse #quote

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs - jolted by every pebble in the road. ~ Henry Ward Beecher #quote

For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.  ~ Friedrich Nietzsche #quote

Anyone who can be replaced by a machine deserves to be.  ~ Dennis Gunton #quote

It is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off. ~ Woody Allen #quote

And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.  ~ Confucius #quote

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.  ~ Bob Seger #quote

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote

An apology is a good way to have the last word.  ~ Author Unknown #quote

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain. ~ Lily Tomlin #quote

No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.  ~ Henry Ward Beecher #quote

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.  ~ John K. Galbraith #quote

I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to.  ~ Author Unknown #quote

Behold the turtle.  He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.  ~ James Bryant Conant #quote

A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.  ~ Paul Valéry #quote

History, a distillation of rumour. ~ Thomas Carlyle #quote

Spite is never lonely; envy always tags along.  ~ Mignon McLaughlin #quote

The surest way to remain poor is to be honest. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte #quote

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.  ~ William Shakespeare #quote

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?  Four.  Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.   ~ Abraham Lincoln #quote

Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.  ~ John Galsworthy #quote

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood. ~ Henry Miller #quote

Money never starts an idea.  It is always the idea that starts the money.  ~ Owen Laughlin #quote

Depression is rage spread thin.  ~ George Santayana #quote

It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed. ~ Lenin #quote

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.  ~ Miguel de Cervantes #quote

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. ~ Sir William Alton Jones #quote

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Better to Light a Candle

Five out of four people have trouble with fractions. #oneliners

COMFORT, n. A state of mind produced by contemplation of a neighbor's uneasiness. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Success is a ladder that can not be climbed with your hands in your pockets. #oneliners

Go ask your father. #Momism

We have wasted History like a bunch of drunks shooting dice back in the men's crapper of the local bar. ~ Charles Bukowski #quote

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down. ~ Mary Pickford #quote

Power works best in the hands of those who don't want it. #oneliners

Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it. ~ George Lucas #quote

No longer from head to foot than from hip to hip, she is spherical, like a globe, I could find out countries in her. ~ from The Comedy of Errors. ~ #ShakespeareInsults

The easiest way to grow up is to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. #oneliners

Seen on an old, beat-up car: "This is not an abandoned vehicle" #bumperstickers"

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness. ~ #OneLiner

Politics: Poly (many) + ticks (bloodsucking parasites)

The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns. #factoid

Soviet virgin lands short of goal again #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. ~ Bruce Lee #quote

INGRATE, n. One who receives a benefit from another, or is otherwise an object of charity. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Volcanic upheavings of imprisoned passions #literaryExpression

Endeavoring to smile away his chagrin #literaryExpression

Remember half the people you know are below average. #justajoke

When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either. ~ Leo Burnett #quote

TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More. #oneliners

He was dimly mistrustful of it #literaryExpression

Flattery is telling others exactly what they think of themselves. #oneliners

Better to light a candle, than to curse the darkness. #oneliners

You blink over 20,000,000 times a year. #factoid

Put that down! You don't know where it's been! #Momism

Sunday, 25 August 2013

There is no Grief like the Grief that does not Speak

Everybody wants to eat at the government's table, but nobody wants to do the dishes.  ~ Werner Finck #quote

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte #quote

A neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the air.  A psychotic...who lives in it.  A psychiatrist...the man who collects the rent ~ J. Lawrence #quote

The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible.  ~ Judith Regan #quote

Never confuse motion with action. ~ Benjamin Franklin #quote

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.  ~ William James #quote

There is still no cure for the common birthday.  ~ John Glenn #quote

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

Behavioral psychology is the science of pulling habits out of rats.  ~ Douglas Busch #quote

If we were to wake up...& find that everyone was the same race, creed & color, we would find some other causes for prejudice by noon ~ G.Aiken #quote

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. ~ Henry Ford #quote

Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in. ~ Katherine Mansfield #quote

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away. ~ Ronald Reagan #quote

Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.  ~ Merry Browne #quote

When you are through changing, you are through. ~ Bruce Barton #quote

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. ~ Jules Renard #quote

In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy. ~ Jean Paul Getty #quote

Breathe-in experience / breathe-out poetry. ~ Muriel Rukeyser #quote

We are young only once, after that we need some other excuse.  ~ Author Unknown #quote

The poet doesn't invent.  He listens.  ~ Jean Cocteau #quote

The main goal of the future is to stop violence. The world is addicted to it. ~ Bill Cosby #quote

Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many.  ~ Author Unknown #quote

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe #quote

There is no grief like the grief that does not speak. ~ Henry Wordsworth Longfellow #quote

Old men are fond of giving good advice, to console themselves for being no longer in a position to give bad examples ~ F. La Rochefoucauld #quote

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth / There is no happiness like mine / I have been eating poetry ~ Mark Strand #quote

Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil. ~ Jerry Garcia #quote

The biggest liar in the world is They Say.  ~ Douglas Malloch #quote

Come to the edge
We can't. We're afraid...
Come to the edge.
And they came
And he pushed them
And they flew
~ Guillaume Apollinaire #quote

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. ~ Oscar Levant #quote

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.  ~ Adlai Stevenson #quote

Then black despair / The shadow of a starless night, was thrown / Over the world in which I moved alone. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley #quote

Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come. ~ James Russell Lowell #quote

The land of faery... Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise / Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue. ~ William B. Yeats #quote

These are the times that try men’s souls. ~ Thomas Paine #quote

All that we see or seem / Is but a dream within a dream. ~ Edgar Allan Poe #quote

Minds that have nothing to confer / Find little to perceive. ~ William Wordsworth #quote

A great devotee of the Gospel of Getting On. ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle. ~ Lewis Carrol #quote

You must be the change you wish to see in the world ~ Mahatma Gandhi #quote

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Seek Not Happiness too Greedily

Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions, than salt water has on thirst. #oneliners

Borrow money from pessimists. #oneliners

Life is like an onion. You peel it off layer by layer and sometimes you cry. #oneliners

If wealth is lost nothing is lost. #oneliners

People laugh because I'm different, I laugh because they're all the same. #oneliners

Murphy's Law isn't recursive. #oneliners

Washing your car to make it rain doesn't work. #oneliners

Ours is not to reason why #ENGexpressions

If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. ~ Moshe Dayan #quote

You must have long range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short range failures. #oneliners (Charles Noble)

Rats can hear in the range of 1,000 to 50,000 Hz. #factoid

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. ~ Maya Angelou #quote

Complained #OtherWordsforSaid

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning. ~ Maya Angelou #quote

Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness. ~ Lao Tzu #quote

No one ever injured his eyesight by looking on the bright side of things. #oneliners

Imprisoned within an enchanted circle #literaryExpression

Be mischievous and you will not be lonesome. #fortunecookiesayings

Extraordinary: it is the "extra" that make us more than ordinary. #oneliners

A golden summer of marvelous fertility #literaryExpression

Smile is contagious; just smile at someone and see their reaction. #oneliners

Vicissitudes of wind and weather [vicissitudes = sudden or unexpected changes] #literaryExpression

The blue bowl of the sky, all glorious with the blaze of a million worlds #literaryExpression

Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs. ~ Christopher Morely #quote

Loose Cannon: Someone who is unpredictable and can cause damage if not kept in check. #ENGidiom

LOQUACITY, n. A disorder which renders the sufferer unable to curb his tongue when you wish to talk. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

PHOTOGRAPH, n. A picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. It is a little better than the work of an Apache, but not quite so good as that of a Cheyenne. ~ Ambrose Bierce #quote

Thou art a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood. from King Lear. ~ #ShakespeareInsults

MERCY, n. An attribute beloved of detected offenders. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely. - William Osler #quotes

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. ~ Maya Angelou #quote

Talibanism: Nobody has anything. The government shoots you in the soccer stadium. #EssenceofPoliticalScience

Sunday, 18 August 2013

I Have Nothing to Offer Anybody

Jean-Louis "Jack" Lebris de Kerouac (play /ˈkɛruːæk/ or /ˈkɛrɵæk/; March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation.  Kerouac is recognized for his spontaneous method of writing, covering topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. His writings have inspired other writers, including Ken Kesey, Bob Dylan, Eddie Vedder, Richard Brautigan, Thomas Pynchon, Lester Bangs, Tom Robbins and Will Clarke.  Kerouac became an underground celebrity and, with other beats, a progenitor of the Hippie movement, although he remained antagonistic toward it. In 1969, at age 47, Kerouac died from internal bleeding due to long-standing abuse of alcohol. Since his death Kerouac's literary prestige has grown and several previously unseen works have been published. All of his books are in print today, among them: On the Road, Doctor Sax, The Dharma Bums, Mexico City Blues, The Subterraneans, Desolation Angels, Visions of Cody and Big Sur.