Thursday, 26 November 2015

My Great Hope is to Laugh as Much as I Cry

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~ Charles Darwin #quote

Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting. #fortunecookiesayings

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ~ Dalai Lama #quote

Dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire. #oneliners

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. ~ Rita Dove #poetryquotes



HISTORIAN, n. A broad-gauge gossip. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Platitudinous: resembling or full of dull or banal comments #ExquisiteAdjectives

Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special regard to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you. ~ Saint Augustine of Hippo #quote

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die. ~ Mel Brooks #quote


Many people spend their health for wealth, and then try to spend their wealth for health. ~ Mikey #quote

Panicky despair is an underrated element of writing. ~ Dave Barry #quote

Everybody has a photographic memory; some don't have film. #oneliners


Changing one thing for the better is worth more than proving a thousand things are wrong. #oneliners

Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things, and I'll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things. ~ Bill Cosby #quote



There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. ~ Maya Angelou #quote

Compassion sees and says, "I'll help." #oneliners

By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends. #oneliners

Autos killing 110 a Day; Let's Resolve to do Better #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~ Norman Vincent Peale #quote


My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return. ~ Maya Angelou #quote

A Chip On Your Shoulder:  Being upset for something that happened in the past. #ENGidiom 

Strode forth imperiously   [imperious = arrogantly overbearing] #literaryExpression

It's a thankless job, but I've got a lot of Karma to burn off. #ThingsYouWishYouCouldSay

Endemic: prevalent, native, peculiar to an area #ExquisiteAdjectives

If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it. ~ William James #quotes

A poem conveys not a message so much as the provenance of a message, an advent of sense.~ Thomas Harrison #poetryquotes

COMMERCE, n. A kind of transaction in which A plunders from B the goods of C, and for compensation B picks the pocket of D of money belonging to E. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine. #factoid

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid. #factoid



ARISTOCRACY, n. Government by the best men. (In this sense the word is obsolete; so is that kind of government. Fellows that wear downy hats and clean shirts -- guilty of education and suspected of bank accounts. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote 

Verdant: green, unripe #ExquisiteAdjectives 

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you! #BumperSticker

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. ~ Carl Sandburg #poetryquotes

INVENTOR, n. A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

People who are often in a hurry imagine they are energetic, when in most cases they are simply inefficient. ~ Sydney J. Harris #quote
Clock: A small mechanical device to wake up people without children. #oneliners

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. ~ James Dean #quote

You won't be happy until you break that, will you? #Momism

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


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Scapegoat: Someone Else Who Takes the Blame

Storm in a teacup #ENGexpressions

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. ~ Maya Angelou #quote

Ruled #OtherWordsforSaid

Dead Ringer: 100% identical. A duplicate. #ENGidiom

Paddle one's own canoe #ENGexpressions

Don't judge a book by its movie #bumperstickers

A dream is a wish your heart makes. ~ Cinderella  #quote

As  soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will  ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is  cold. #lifelaws

Keep one's powder dry #ENGexpressions


Green-eyed monster #ENGexpressions

In a recent survey, Americans revealed that banana was their favorite smell. #factoid

Lung Cancer in Women Mushrooms #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one. ~ #ifmenwrotetherules

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it. - George Santayana #quotes

Dead to the world #ENGexpressions

Credibility gap #ENGexpressions

Cold shoulder #ENGexpressions


KINDNESS, n. A brief preface to ten volumes of exaction. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Nosey parker #ENGexpressions

TALK, v.t. To commit an indiscretion without temptation, from an impulse without purpose. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote
Snakes are immune to their own poison. #factoid

He who laughs last thinks slowest #bumperstickers

A new trouble was dawning on his thickening mental horizon #literaryExpression

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford #quotes

The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance. ~ Maya Angelou #quote

She stood on a balcony inexplicably mimicking him hiccuping and amicably welcoming him in. #tonguetwister

Scapegoat: Someone else who takes the blame. #ENGidiom

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet. ~ Victor Hugo #quote

I don't have a solution but I admire the problem. #humanNature



Fly in the ointment #ENGexpressions

Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking. ~ Dave Barry #quote




The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. ~ James Allen #quote

If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you. ~ Groucho Marx #sarcastic #quote

The total number of human taste buds (tongue, palate, cheeks) is about 10,000. #factoid

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple. #factoid

No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously. ~ Dave Barry #quote


Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America? #paraprosdokian #ENGgrammar

Why? Because I SAID so, that's why! #Momism

There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance. ~ Hippocrates #quote

Spitting Image: The exact likeness or kind. #ENGidiom

Practice Makes Perfect: By constantly practicing, you will become better. #ENGidiom

The Morse Code = Here come dots #anagram

Give the thumbs up/down #ENGexpressions

If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that. ~ #ifmenwrotetherules

Paintings by Edgar Leon Segovia & Cristina Quinde Herrera
Notified #OtherWordsforSaid

Chickens will come home to roost, one's #ENGexpressions

Indicated #OtherWordsforSaid

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ~ Walt Disney #quote

Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back. #Momism

Write drunk; edit sober. ~ Ernest Hemingway #quote

Friday, 20 November 2015

Princess Chastises

 Via:  News I Like


Animated film satire of self-indulgence in a hungry world. Rapidly dissolving, reshaping images, made with the aid of a computer, create a stark contrast between abundance and want. A man eats, at first sparingly, but his appetite grows to gluttony, greed, and gratification of every desire. The nightmare that finally haunts him is the one that hangs over our disparate world.


Created for UNITED NATIONS Zero Hunger Challenge.


 Via:  Rappler




Thursday, 19 November 2015

Flotsam and Jetsam

All pictures are of tiny Andes Mountain flowers


ACCIDENT, n. An inevitable occurrence due to the action of immutable natural laws. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote 

It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win, that makes the difference. ~ Paul Bear Bryant #quote

If  you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will  always move faster than the one you are in now (works every  time). #lifelaws



If you don't like the weeds growing up around you, you might want to take a look at what you're planting. ~ Variously attributed #quote

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. #paraprosdokian #ENGgrammar

About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they're still sitting on it. #factoid

She had an air of restrained fury #literaryExpression

War Dims Hope for Peace #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines




Rudely disconcerting in her behavior #literaryExpression

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. ~ Maya Angelou #quote

Singing lustily as if to exorcise the demon of gloom #literaryExpression

Mark/Brand of Cain #ENGexpressions

Hobbies of any kind are boring except to people who have the same hobby. This is also true of religion, although you will not find me saying so in print. ~ Dave Barry #quote

The restlessness of offended vanity #literaryExpression

What happens if you get scared half to death twice? #bumperstickers


A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties. ~ Anne Stevenson #poetryquotes

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

In the swim #ENGexpressions

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. - Ralph Marston #quotes

Uxorious: inordinately affectionate or compliant with a wife #ExquisiteAdjectives


Reagan Wins on Budget, but More Lies Ahead #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

I've forgotten more than I've ever learned #bumperstickers

Voluble: glib, given to speaking #ExquisiteAdjectives

Shot Off Woman's Leg Helps Nicklaus to 66 #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

Salad days #ENGexpressions

In this life we cannot always do great things, but we can do small things with great love. ~ Mother Teresa #quote

All hell broke loose #ENGexpressions

Set off on the right/wrong foot #ENGexpressions


His hands were small and prehensible [prehensible = capable of being seized] #literaryExpression

The chill of forlorn old age #literaryExpression

Pearly gates #ENGexpressions

Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? ~ Ernest Hemingway #sarcastic #quote



CONNOISSEUR, n. A specialist who knows everything about something and nothing about anything else. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Flotsam and jetsam #ENGexpressions

INEXPEDIENT, adj. Not calculated to advance one's interests. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Touch wood #ENGexpressions

PLOW, n. An implement that cries aloud for hands accustomed to the pen. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

He Lost His Head: Angry and overcome by emotions. #ENGidiom

Commanded #OtherWordsforSaid

She frowned incomprehension #literaryExpression

His youthful zeal was contagious #literaryExpression

Monday, 16 November 2015

Give Time Time

When you're climbing the ladder, don't forget the rungs. ~ Author Unknown #quote

A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them. ~ Henry Kravis #quote

I set my monkey on the log, and ordered him to do the Dog. He wagged his tail and shook his head, and he went and did the Cat instead. ~ Bob Dylan #quote,  I Shall Be Free

There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive. This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad in a stricken field and refusing quarter; and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf-cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight. ~ Jack London #quote

Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. ~ Life Lessons from a 90 Year Old #quote

The unreal is more powerful than the real.... Because it's only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last.  Stone crumbles.  Wood rots.  People, well, they die.  ~ Chuck Palahniuk, Choke #quote


You never know what is enough, until you know what is more than enough.  ~ William Blake, #Proverbs of Hell #quote

It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin #quote

The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open. ~ Chuck Palahniuk #quote, Invisible Monsters

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. ~ Faith Baldwin  #quote

The test of democracy is freedom of criticism.  ~ David Ben-Gurion #quote

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. ~ Nelson Mandela #quote



What I want is to be needed. What I need is to be indispensable to somebody. Who I need is somebody that will eat up all my free time, my ego, my attention. Somebody addicted to me. A mutual addiction. ~ Chuck Palahniuk #quote, Choke

Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong.  They are conflicts between two rights.  ~ Georg Hegel #quote

Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space. ~ Diana Black #quote

When people ask me how to find happiness in life I tell them, First learn how to cook. ~ Charles Simic #quote

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. ~ Martin Luther King Jr. #quote

When you're sad and when you're lonely and you haven't got a friend, just remember that death is not the end. ~ Bob Dylan #quote

Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theatre. ~ Roman Polanski #quote

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals. ~ Unknown #quote

If you understand compound interest, you basically understand the universe.  ~ Robert Brault #quote

It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. ~ Mae Jemison #quote

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. ~ Ludwig van Beethoven #quote



If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen. ~ Loretta Girzartis #quote

When in doubt, just take the next small step. ~ Life Lessons from a 90 Year Old #quote

Lord knows I've paid my dues getting through, tangled up in blue. ~ Bob Dylan #quote,  Tangled Up In Blue


Do, or do not. There is no 'try'. ~ Yoda ('The Empire Strikes Back') #quote

It can only take a moment to waste the rest of your life. ~ Chuck Palahniuk #quote,  Snuff

Have your adventures, make your mistakes, and choose your friends poorly - all these make for great stories. ~ Chuck Palahniuk #quote

The only journey is the one within. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke #quote

To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting.  ~ Stanislaus I of Poland #quote



When you read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before. ~ Clifton Fadiman #quote

One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche #quote

Being alone does not mean you are lonely, and being lonely does not mean you are alone. #piecesoftruth #quote

When they go fishing, it is not really fish they are after.  It is a philosophic meditation.  ~ E.T. Brown  #quote



Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. ~ Chinese #Proverb #quote

What's terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better. ~ Doris Lessing #quote

Time heals almost everything. Give Time time. ~ Life Lessons from a 90 Year Old #quote

There isn’t anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were. #InspirationalQuote

Don’t look for someone who will solve all your problems; look for someone who will face them with you. #piecesoftruth #quote



Each forward step we take we leave some phantom of ourselves behind.  ~ John Lancaster Spalding #quote

First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me. ~ Steve Martin  #quote

L’esprit de escalier: (French) The feeling you get after leaving a conversation, when you think of all the things you should have said. #WordsWeNeedInEnglish

I am a sociologist, God help me. ~ John O'Neill #quote

A goal is a dream with a deadline. ~ Napoleon Hill #quote


It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come. ~ Dalai Lama #quote

Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run.  The daily work - that goes on, it adds up.  ~ Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams #quote

You don't take a photograph, you make it. ~ Ansel Adams #quote

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.  ~ Ludwig Börne #quote

People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like. ~ Abraham Lincoln, in a book review #quote

Ask himself if it’s him or them that’s really insane ~ Bob Dylan #quotes

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them. ~ Sir William Bragg #quote

Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine #quote