Eclectic quotations accumulating in Hell's Kitchen, NY, USA.


"Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go."
-- Brooks Atkinson


"Once we truly understand that God's will is that we be happy, we no longer feel the need to ask for anything other than that God's will be done."
-- Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love


"One of the events of my life is my mother. Some of the rest of you may feel the same. After almost 99 years of frustration, she has finally made a kind of peace with her circumstances. She smiles and kisses everyone's hand, and is spoonfed pureed matter of different colors from a central kitchen. All it took for her to find peace was relinquishing her mind. I wonder what her life would have felt like if she'd done that in the beginning at Sweet Home, Idaho... After reading this, you have undoubtedly concluded that, like his mother, he's surrendered his mind. It is true, or it is becoming true. The mind is where all the problems lie. I'm literally leaping for joy, out of my mind, and into a perfectly peaceful world. The real world greets you this Christmas time with love. God is here, now."
-- Dale Thomas, Christmas Letter from Paran, 2002


"Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy."

-- Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, 1952.


"Although this term is used casually in popular culture, health care professionals define dysfunctional family as one where the relationships among family members are not conducive to emotional and physical health. Sexual or physical abuse, alcohol and drug addictions, delinquency and behavior problems, eating disorders , and extreme aggression are some conditions commonly associated with dysfunctional family relationships... The concept of the dysfunctional family is based on a systems approach to mental health diagnosis and treatment, where the individual's symptoms are seen in the context of relationships with other individuals and groups, rather than as problems unique to the client. There is no strict definition of a "dysfunctional family," and especially in popular usage the term tends to be a catchall for many different relational disorders that take place within the family system and its subsystems (parents, children)..."
-- Gale Research, Gale Encyclopedia of Childhood & Adolescence, 1998.


"Sometimes we performers mess ourselves up, because we feel we don't deserve it."
-- Michael Rivera, musician, in The New York Times, today.)


"Bah Humbug!"
-- Mr. Scrooge, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.


"And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life—unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes."
-- Anonymous, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, page 449.


"Right now there is a perception in New York that is something like a tale of two cities: there are some great schools, and a lot of not-so-great schools, and some in the middle.We need that perception to change. That perception will change by the actions we do."
-- Joel Klein, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education.


"The greatest song anybody ever wrote..."
-- Irving Berlin, on describing his own White Christmas.


"It's 10pm... do you know where your children are?"
-- Public Service Announcement in the United States, during the seventies.


"I started out with nothing and still have most of it left."
-- Unknown


"I think that a campaign, that would be a rematch between myself and President Bush, would inevitably involve a focus on the past that would, in some measure, distract from the focus on the future that I think all campaigns have to be about."
-- Al Gore


"The past is never dead. It's not even past."
-- William Faulkner


"The new motto for the Baby Boom generation is, 'Don't trust anyone over
-- Unknown


"If a man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar!"
-- Abraham Lincoln


"It is not only our right, but in a way, our responsibility to be happy. God doesn't provide any of us with happiness that is only meant for us alone. When God sends us happiness, he does so in order that we might then stand up more fully in the world on His behalf."
-- Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love


"Have you ever met a proctologist? They usually have a very good sense of humor. You meet a proctologist at a party, don't walk away. Plant yourself there because you will hear the funniest stories you've ever heard. See, no one wants to admit to them that they stuck something up there. Never. It's always an accident. Every proctologist story ends in the same way... 'It was a million to one shot, doc, million to one.' "
- Kramer, as played by Michael Richards on Seinfeld, television series.


"If I went to work in a factory, the first thing I'd do would be to join a union."
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt


"They have a destruction machine. We don't have a destruction machine."
-- Bill Clinton, in a speech last week.

"The media is kind of weird these days on politics, and there are some major institutional voices that are, truthfully speaking, part and parcel of the Republican Party," Gore said. "Fox News Network, The Washington Times, Rush Limbaugh–there’s a bunch of them, and some of them are financed by wealthy ultra-conservative billionaires who make political deals with Republican administrations and the rest of the media." -- Al Gore, in The New York Observer.

"Something will start at the Republican National Committee, inside the building, and it will explode the next day on the right-wing talk-show network and on Fox News and in the newspapers that play this game, The Washington Times and the others. And then they’ll create a little echo chamber, and pretty soon they’ll start baiting the mainstream media for allegedly ignoring the story they’ve pushed into the zeitgeist. And then pretty soon the mainstream media goes out and disingenuously takes a so-called objective sampling, and lo and behold, these R.N.C. talking points are woven into the fabric of the zeitgeist."
-- Al Gore, The New York Observer.

"Whatever the conservative dominance of the radio dial, there's no one on the left who can carve meat like Mr. Limbaugh or Mr. Hannity."
-- John Leland, The New York Times, today.


"There are lots of other important things to do in life."
Paul H. O'Neill, in announcing his resignation as Treasury Secretary yesterday.


The most enlightened prayer isn't 'Dear God, send me someone wonderful,' but 'Dear God, help me realize that I am someone wonderful,' "
-- Marianne Williamson


"Eighty percent of success is showing up."
-- Woody Allen


"We'll hold this line until Hell freezes over -- Then we'll hold it on ice skates."
-- Anonymous, from a picket sign.


"The road may be less travelled for a reason..."
-- Fortune Cookie


"Only bad witches are ugly."
-- Glinda, The Witch of the North, The Wizard of Oz motion picture.


"One of the great things about getting old is that you don't have to feel disappointment... You do the best you can."
-- Charlie Rangel, Congressman


"Personally, I know nothing about sex because I have always been married."
-- Zsa-Zsa Gabor, in a speech to the American Bar Association in 1987.


"Every year, weeks before Christmas arid Hanukkah, I say to people, 'Decide right now: Are you going to give this season to God, or are you going to give this season to the ego?' These holidays are about the birth of God and the arrival of miracles. They are about personal transformation and the emergence of a new self. They are not about whose relatives we're going to be with, who we have to buy gifts for, and whether or not we have the money to pay for all of them. Such material considerations rob our energy and eat away at our soul. Yet such anxiety -ridden dynamics will prevail if we surrender to the endless nagging of our ego mind."
-- Marianne Williamson, Everyday Grace


"Times Square is neither a time nor a square."
-- Unknown


"I remember going and seeing him once and there were about six girls waiting. These were all young starlets. I saw three of them go in. They went in for about 15 minutes and then I was invited in. I said, 'Elvis, are you having sex with these girls?' He said, 'Yeah.' I said, 'How do you do that?' He said, 'It's easy, they're all different.' "
-- Dennis Hopper


"When so many are lonely, it would be selfish to be lonely alone"
-- Tennessee Williams


"I had a great idea this morning, but I didn't like it."
-- Samuel Goldwyn


"What I'm upset at is Holland America, because it's totally irresponsible not to notify us in advance so that we can make an informed decision as to whether to travel or not. I got the feeling that their primary concern wasn't with the safety of passengers but with their own pockets."
-- Rose Ann Dunn, passenger, who was informed of an outbreak of Norwalk Virus on the Amsterdam, but was not offered a replacement voyage or a refund.


"Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath,
for the instinct to be half asleep all winter
is so strong in me."
-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh


"It is not unusual that I have thoughts that surface, that gel at certain times."
-- Michael Jackson


"Win people to your way of thinking:
The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
Show respect for the other person's opinions. Never say, "You're wrong."
If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
Begin in a friendly way.
Get the other person saying "yes, yes" immediately.
Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
Try honestly to see things from the other person's point of view.
Be sympathetic with the other person's ideas and desires.
Appeal to the nobler motives.
Dramatize your ideas.
Throw down a challenge."
-- Dale Carnegie


"Most of us wouldn't think of beginning our day without washing the accumulated dirt from the day before off our bodies. Yet far too often we go out into the day without similarly cleansing our minds. And our minds carry more pollution than our bodies, for they carry not only our own toxicity but that of the entire world. We carry the fear, anxiety, stress, and pain not just of our own lives, but of our families, our nation, and millions all over the planet."
-- Marianne Williamson, Everyday Grace


"The man who fights for his ideals is the man who is alive."
-- Cervantes


"Just as some people have talent for art, and others for science, some seem to have a greater talent for compassion. Examples abound of humanitarian workers risking their lives for people living the ravages of war, of doctors giving of their talents and abilities to help those in poverty-stricken societies. But not every act of compassion is dramatic. All of us in our own way, just by being more tender and loving, can open our hearts and make a difference in someone's life. Compassion is not just emotion; it is force. It is an aspect of the infinite power of God. Humanity's next great leap in consciousness will be the realization that love is a power to be applied--no less than the power of steam, the power of electricity, or the power of the atom."
-- Marianne Williamson, Everyday Grace


"If they give you ruled paper, write the other way."
-- e.e. cummings


"The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities ... It is best to win without fighting."
-- Sun-tzu, The Art of War, Planning a Siege


"...never run after your own hat--others will be delighted to do it. Why spoil their fun?"
-- Mark Twain, Abroad with Mark Twain and Eugene Field


I hate quotations.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


"The Queen came through for me."
-- Paul Burrell, former butler to Princess Diana, after he was cleared of charges of plundering her estate due to intervention by Queen Elizabeth II.


"It is our humility, our desire to be of service, that makes us stars. Not our arrogance."
-- Marianne Williamson, A Return To Love


Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment:
A leader's job often includes changing your people's attitudes and behavior. Some suggestions to accomplish this:
Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
Call attention to people's mistakes indirectly.
Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
Let the other person save face.
Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be "hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise."
Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.
-- Dale Carnegie


"If you condense my life into one day, it looks decent."
-- George Costanza, character on Seinfeld.


"Get laid, get pissed, move on."
-- Richard Harris, actor.


"I hate movies... They're a waste of time. I could be in a pub having more fun talking to idiots rather than sitting down and watching idiots perform."
-- Richard Harris, actor, who died yesterday at age 72.


"I didn't want to come in looking like Mrs. Astor's pet horse."
Sylvia Myer, fielding a compliment about her well-coifed appearance earlier this week at the 13th Annual New York Cabaret Convention, NYC.
Everyone knows that we have a bathroom in the house, but we don't put it in the livingroom."
-- Sylvia Myer, discussing the prevalence of smut in our culture and media, October 25, 2002.


"Happiness ain't a thing in itself--it's only a contrast with something that ain't pleasant."
-- Mark Twain, Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven


"...with a smile we should instruct our youth..."
-- Moliere, French Playwright (1622-1673)


"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
-- Pablo Picasso


"No sane man can be happy, for to him life is real, and he sees what a fearful thing it is. Only the mad can be happy, and not many of those."
-- Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger


"The Atonement means putting love first. In everything. In business as well as everything else. You're in business to spread love. Your screenplay should spread love. Your hair salon should spread love. Your agency should spread love. Your life should spread love. The key to a successful career is realizing that it's not separate from the rest of your life, but is rather an extension of your most basic self. And your most basic self is love."
-- Marianne Willliamson, A Return To Love


"Prejudice is the child of ignorance."
-- Fortune Cookie


"'Instant Gratification' takes too long..."
-- Carrie Fisher, actress and author.


"Every man is a suffering-machine and a happiness-machine combined. The two functions work together harmoniously, with a fine and delicate precision, on the give-and-take principle. For every happiness turned out in the one department the other stands ready to modify it with a sorrow or a pain--maybe a dozen."
-- Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger


"There are two kinds of fool. One says, 'This is old, and therefore good.'
And one says, 'This is new, and therefore better.'
-- John Brunner, science fiction writer.


"Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination."
-- Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger


"My concept of human rights has grown to include not only the rights to live in peace, but also to adequate health care, shelter, food, and to economic opportunity. I hope this award reflects a universal acceptance and even embrace of this broad-based concept of human rights."
-- Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States, on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize today.


"I see their souls and I hold them in my hands, and because I love them they weigh nothing."
-- Pearl Bailey discussing theater audiences, as quoted by Liz Smith, syndicated columnist.


"Sometimes my feelings are so hot that I have to take the pen and put them out on paper to keep them from setting me afire inside; then all that ink and labor are wasted because I can't print the results."
-- Mark Twain


"I have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up."
-- Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad


"Life here is about money and work. New Yorkers have to work like the Japanese to live like the Russians."
-- Eric Overmyer, writer & television producer.


"I have always felt friendly toward Satan. Of course that is ancestral; it must be in the blood, for I could not have originated it."
-- Mark Twain in his Autobiography.


"You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose."
-- Indira Gandhi


"I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could".
-- Orson Welles


"We must learn to think only divine thoughts. Angels are the thoughts of God, and in Heaven, humans think like angels. Angels light the way. Angels do not begrudge anyone anything, angels do not tear down, angels do not compete, angels do not constrict their hearts, angels do not fear. That's why they sing and that's how they fly. We, of course, are only angels in disguise."
-- Marianne Williamson, from her book titled A Return To Love.


"So AT&T, whose failing stock I've just managed to dump, in its ceaseless hustle makes a call to my number. A female voice asks for my late husband. By name. I reply, 'Joey Adams is dead. He died over 2 1/2 years ago.' Without a breath the touched, sympathetic person just says: 'OK. So can I have the spouse?' "
-- Cindy Adams, New York Post


"In the course of an average lifetime you will, while sleeping, eat 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders."
Unknown, in an e-mail forward, from Larry Contratti.


Six ways to make people like you:
Become genuinely interested in other people.
Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
Talk in terms of the other person's interests.
Make the other person feel important - and do it sincerely.
-- Dale Carnegie


"Fundamental Techniques in Handling People:
Don't criticize, condemn or complain.
Give honest and sincere appreciation.
Arouse in the other person an eager want."
-- Dale Carnegie


"A good teacher leads you to the threshold of your own mind."
-- Kahlil Gibran


"The time is always right to do what is right"
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.


"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."
-- Dale Carnegie


"Anything you can imagine is real."
-- Pablo Picasso


"Enough with Martha Stewart jokes. I'm telling you for a fact that her new Web site is: 'MarthaStewart.con.' Also that her cabbage-chopping shows have switched from CBS-TV. They now appear on The Comedy Channel. Also that despite losing millions, the woman is still hard at work. She was spotted picking through garbage cans in Tacoma."
-- Cindy Adams, columnist, New York Post.


"Trust ivrybody -- but cut th' cards."
Finley Peter Dunne, "Casual Observations," Mr. Dooley's Philosophy, 1900


"My function in life was to render clear what was already blindingly conspicuous."
-- Quentin Crisp


"Knowing a man well never leads to hate
and nearly always leads to love..."
-- John Steinbeck


"Arnold Patent wrote that if you genuinely have something to say, there is someone who genuinely needs to hear it. We don't have to invent an audience so much as we have to hone the message we plan to give them once they get here. Serving three people is as important as serving three hundred. Once we're clear about how to deal with a small following, a large following will develop automatically, if that would serve the world. Our power lies in our clarity about the role our work can play in the creation of a more beautiful world. The miracle is to think of our career as our contribution, however small, to the healing of the universe."
-- Marianne Williamson, A Return To Love


"Im a thief and a shit-kicker!"
-- Divine


"You are a child of God. You were created in a blinding flash of creativity, a primal thought when God extended Himself in love. Everything you've added on since is useless.
When Michelangelo was asked how he created a piece of sculpture, he answered that the statue already existed within the marble. God Himself had created the Pieta, David, Moses. Michelangelo's job, as he saw it, was to get rid of the excess marble that surrounded God's creation.
So it is with you. The perfect you isn't something you need to create, because God already created it. The perfect you is the love within you. Your job is to allow the Holy Spirit to remove the fearful thinking that surrounds your perfect self, just as excess marble surrounded Michelangelo's perfect statue."

-- Marianne Williamson, A Return To Love


"I've got a few to go yet."
-- Nick Nolte, actor, after Katherine Hepburn accused him of falling down drunk in every gutter in town, 1990. According to the IMDB.


I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.


'My mother opened the heavy [stage] door quite easily. I stepped inside and stood still. I was overcome with the emotion that here was hallowed ground . . . It came over me that I was looking at the stage and backstage of a cathedral, a temple, a mosque, a mother church . . . Of course, at that moment, I hadn't seen any live shows yet. At that time, I wanted only to kiss the floorboards . . . But how did I know they [legit stages] were really churches?"
-- Carol Channing, actress, in her new memoir Just Lucky I Guess.


"He who begins too much, accomplishes little."
-- German Proverb


"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt


The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
-- Robert Byrne


"Six ways to make people like you:
1) Become genuinely interested in other people.
2) Smile.
3) Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
4) Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
5) Talk in terms of the other person's interests.
6) Make the other person feel important - and do it sincerely."
-- Dale Carnegie


"The universe is sending you the right everything. You won't realize this until you fully show up in the situation the way it is. In other words, whatever the circumstance, if you assume that the circumstance is perfect, then you live fully within that circumstance. How can I be the best I can be within the circumstance that is already?."
-- Marianne Williamson


Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.
-- Dale Carnegie


"If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep."
-- Dale Carnegie
"A teacher is an encourager."
-- David McCullough, author.


"No country should be allowed to take the law into their own hands... Especially the United States of America, because they are the only superpower in the world today, and they must be exemplary in everything they do.''
-- Nelson Mandela

"Dear God, I surrender this situation to you. May it be used for your purposes. I ask only that my heart be open to give love and to receive love. May all the results unfold according to your will. Amen.” Whatever you do, do it for God.
We are strong enough to do any job He asks us to do. Don’t be concerned about your own readiness, says the Course, but be consistently aware of His. It is not you doing the work, but the spirit who is within you. Forgetting this causes fear. A Course in Miracles says that the presence of fear is a sure sign we’re trusting in our own strength. “If you are trusting in your own strength, you have every reason to be apprehensive, anxious and fearful.” Of ourselves, none of us have the capacity to work miracles. With ‘the power that is in us but not of us,’ however, there is nothing we can not do."
-- Marianne Williamson, Return to Love
"Never 'for the sake of peace and quiet' deny your convictions."
-- Dag Hammarskjold

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."
-- Janis Joplin

"I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty."
-- Imelda Marcos

"Those who hate to go to bed fear death; those who hate to get up fear life."
-- Wystan Hugh Auden


"Joy, temperance, and repose,
slam the door on the doctor's nose."
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work...
-- H. L. Hunt


"Believe that you will succeed, and you will."
-- Dale Carnegie
"No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it."
-- Grace Slick


"When you’re a child you’re not asked to think about future generations. When you’re a child you’re not asked to take care of the earth. When you’re a child you’re not asked to take responsibility for the planet on which we live. As an adult you must. But what happens in our society too often is we don’t bother to ever tell people that from now on it’s your job to be responsible for future generations. From now on it’s your job to take care of the earth. From now on it’s your job to be responsible."
-- Marianne Williamson
"I burned my candle at both ends, and now have neither foes nor friends."
-- Samuel Hoffenstein

"My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends--
It gives a lovely light."
-- Edna St. Vincent Millay


"One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love, and to long life."
-- Alexander Bogomoletz


"It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not."
-- Andre Gide


'I am very upset that the Defense Department and the administration have not provided the facilities for the American people to know what their troops are doing in Afghanistan. It's been a total news blackout. We are not allowed to accompany troops into action, and this is a denial of the free speech and free press to which we're entitled - particularly when it's a matter of reporting our boys and girls going into action, endangering their lives to protect our democracy. We are entitled to know what they're putting up with and how they are performing."
-- Walter Cronkite, to Liz Smith, syndicated columnist in today's editions.


"It is not half so important to know as to feel... Once the emotions have been aroused - a sense of the beautiful, the excitement of the new and the unknown, a feeling of sympathy, pity, admiration, or love-then we wish for knowledge about the object of our emotional response."
-- Rachel Carson, biologist


"I drank very expensive vodka... which sounds like a good idea until the end of the evening when you're mixing it with Mountain Dew."
-- Matthew Perry, actor, Larry King Live, August 22, 2002.
"There was steam coming out of my ears, I wanted to be famous so badly. You want the attention, you want the bucks, and you want the best seat in the restaurant. I didn't think what the repercussions would be."
-- Matthew Perry, actor, to Dana Kennedy in The New York Times. August 23, 2002.

"If I hadn't had the experience of being famous, I would have searched for it my whole life. I would have just gone on and on trying to find it."
-- Matthew Perry , actor, ibid.

"I didn't get sober because I felt like it, I got sober because I was worried I was going to die the next day."
-- Matthew Perry, actor, ibid.

"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
-- Margaret Young


In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
-- Coco Chanel
"Look for your own... Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else-and out of yourself create, impatiently…the most irreplaceable of beings."
-- Andre Gide, novelist.


"But none of these lessons mean anything if parents are not sufficiently involved. Much has to be asked of schools, but much must also be asked of parents. Politicians hesitate to raise the specter of absentee parents for fear of being accused of using the parents as scapegoats. But homes that value learning will also nurture children who are avid students. Similarly, schools in which parents are more involved tend to have students who perform better on tests."
-- Harold O. Levy, former Chancellor of the former New York City Board of Education, in an op-ed piece in The New York Times, August 21, 2002.

"Screw it, do it - it's later than you think"
-- Betsey Johnson, Designer to Michael Musto, in the Village Voice, August 21, 2002, p. 10.
"He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities."
-- Benjamin Franklin


"We are often so hurt by what happened in the past that we are afraid to allow the present to just be. We project onto someone now standing in front of us the mistakes of someone we haven't seen for years. We falsely believe that judging someone now will somehow give us more power or control over our destiny. The opposite of course is true, because judgment is the death of enchantment. And if we're living in judgment, then we are bound to be judged!"
-- Marianne Williamson, Enchanted Love
"You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last."
-- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus


"I don't know why it is we are in such a hurry to get up when we fall down. You might think we would lie there and rest for a while."
-- Max Eastman


"Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest."
-- Ashleigh Brilliant
"Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


"There's always something about your success that displeases even your best friends."
-- Mark Twain

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
-- Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad
"I've been around the world three times... now, if I can't walk, then I don't want to go."
-- Todd Stockman
"Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except heaven & hell & I have only a vague curiosity about one of those."
-- Mark Twain, Letter to W. D. Howells, 20 May 1891.
"I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want."
-- Mark Twain

"Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth."
-- Thomas Jefferson, from Notes on Virginia.


"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward."
-- Spanish Proverb


I can remember the first time I had to go to sleep.
Mom said, "Steven, time to go to sleep."
I said, "But I don't know how."
She said, "It's real easy. Just go down to the end of tired and hang a left."
So I went down to the end of tired, and just out of curiosity I hung a right.
My mother was there, and she said "I thought I told you to go to sleep."
-- Steven Wright

"Laugh and the world laughs with you;
snore and you sleep alone."
-- Anthony Burgess


“I think what influences you is movies that you innocently see that make you crazy in a wonderful way.”
-- John Waters


"No, no, I'm euphoric!... I am a happy camper! "
-- Harold O. Levy, Chancellor of the New York City schools on his impending departure this week, The New York Times, August 11, 2002.


"Rest is a state of selfness. It is the place that few of us allow ourselves to go for any length of time because of the many other so-called important things in our lives.
-- Molly Vass


"From time to time, I need a rest from the exercitation of my intellect."
-- Jean Stafford
"Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it."
-- Albert Einstein


"I have always been possessed by obsessive thoughts that I can't get rid of unless I act them out." So says my Cancerian friend Andrew, a conceptual artist. "Luckily for me," he continues, "in recent years I've retrained myself to feed on creative obsessions that inspire my art rather than on worried, petty obsessions that disrupt my life. I'd be an obnoxious lunatic if I didn't have my work to serve as an outlet for my relentless fantasy life." This is an excellent approach for most Cancerians to emulate all the time, but it's especially apropos these days. Your imagination is even more fertile and active than usual; it'll drive you crazy unless you channel it towards a noble goal."
-- Robert Brezny, astrologer and author of the column, Real Astrology.


"To teach is to learn twice."
-- Joseph Joubert


"When in this world the headlines read
Of those whose hearts are filled with greed
Who rob and steal from those who need
To right this wrong with blinding speed
Goes Underdog! Underdog! Underdog! Underdog!

Speed of lightning, roar of thunder
Fighting all who rob or plunder
Underdog. Underdog!"
-- Underdog, the TV theme song.


"The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave his fetters fall.... Freedom and slavery are mental states."
-- Mahatma Ghandi

"Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected."
-- Mahatma Ghandi


"Action is the antidote for despair."
-- Joan Baez
"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself."
-- Galileo


"Give me a short handle broom and I will stick it up my ass and sweep the floor while I am doing all these other things."
-- Pat Fowler, relating advice given to her by her father.
"My heroes are John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and whoever canceled Jerry Springer."
-- George Carlin, comedian.


"Charisma was originally a religious term, meaning 'of the spirit,' or 'inspired.' It’s about letting God’s light shine through us. It’s about a sparkle in people that money can’t buy. It’s an invisible energy with visible effects."
-- Marianne Williamson , in Return to Love.


"I guess there's just two kinds of people, Miss Sandstone: my kind of people and assholes."
-- Divine in Pink Flamingos, by John Waters, 1972.
"Don't go through life, grow through life."
--Eric Butterworth


"Excess on occasion is exhilarating... It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit."
--W. Somerset Maugham


"If you don't like something, change it.
If you can't change it, change your attitude."
-- Maya Angelou


"He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction."
-- Bessie Anderson Stanley, Brown Book Magazine, Boston. 1904


"Bill Clinton is not - I repeat, not -- the president of the United States any longer. This is your man in the Oval Office now, and while he might not have gotten any blowjobs from interns, he certainly seems to have gotten quite a few from oil company executives at Harken Energy and elsewhere."
-- Michelangelo Signorile, in his column, The Gist in the New York Press.

"Go on, Mr. President: Wag the dog."
-- John Podheretz, in the New York Post. (As quoted by Signorile).


"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall..."
-- Mohandas Gandhi

"Birth and death are not two different states, but they are different aspects of the same state. There is as little reason to deplore the one as there is to be pleased over the other."
-- Mohandas Gandhi

"An eye for eye makes the whole world blind..."
-- Mohandas Gandhi

"Hatred can be overcome only by love."
-- Mohandas Gandhi


"The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world, but to change it."
-- Colin Wilson


"If the train doesn't stop at your station... it's not YOUR train.
-- Marianne Williamson


"The quieter you become the more you can hear."
-- Baba Ram Dass


"And if the while I think on thee Dear Friend,
All loses are restored, and sorrows end."
-- William Shakespeare


"Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours."
-- Yogi Berra, baseball player.
"Usually we figure out what we think would make us happy, and then try to make those things happen. But happiness isn’t circumstance-dependent. There are people who have every reason in the world to be happy who aren’t. There are people with genuine problems who are. The key to happiness is the decision to be happy."
-- Marianne Williamson, A Return To Love


"People never think anything is anything really"
-- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
"Whores are a dime a dozen, but a good bookkeeper is hard to find."
-- Shelley Winters, Actress, The Balcony
"The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues."
-- Elizabeth Taylor, Actress


"When I saw Manhattan, I wanted it..."
-- Quentin Crisp, The Slow Trip to Paradise

"Those who are not hopeless are worried that one day their lives will end. And, if you live long enough, of course, you long for it to end. That's been my desire in recent times. I only hope to become extinct. But before all that, you must try everything. Have children. Behave in such a way that monuments are built to you. Rule the world! Have streets and theaters named after you. Write your autobiography. These are ways to stay alive."
-- Quentin Crisp, What Does It Mean To Be Human, 1999.


"Your independence will not be compromised by intimacy."
-- Fortune Cookie
"The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time."
-- James Taylor
""We know that she'll be lively, alert, friendly, outgoing and HIV-positive. She'll be healthy, not sickly... We want to show children that it's okay to touch an HIV-positive person, okay to hug, that a person can still be a constructive part of the community."
-- Joel Schneider, vice president of Sesame Workshop, on the creation of an HIV+ Muppet for Sesame Street in South Africa, as quoted by Ananova.


"With an ego the size of Mount Everest, Osama bin Laden would not have, could not have, remained silent for so long if he were still alive. He always liked to take credit even for things he had nothing to do with. Would he remain silent for nine months and not trumpet his own survival?...Even if he is still in the world, bin Ladenism has left for good. Mr. bin Laden was the public face of a brand of politics that committed suicide in New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001, killing thousands of innocent people in the process."
-- Amir Taheri, in an op-ed piece in today's New York Times.

"I'm amused when I hear people speak of Ronald Reagan with such reverence as this towering figure in history. When I knew him, he was a very ordinary guy whose biggest talent was his ability to read from a TelePrompTer. He looked good and articulate in front of the camera, but I couldn't see any substance behind that image."
-- Richard Widmark, Actor, as quoted by Liz Smith in her syndicated column.


"Set up as an ideal the facing of reality as honestly and as cheerfully as possible."
-- Dr. Karl Menninger

"I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it."
-- Garrison Keillor

"Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality."
-- Jules de Gaultier

"Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs."
-- Lily Tomlin


"Klaatu Barada Nikto"
-- Gort, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Twentieth Century Fox, 1951.

"I'm a mother pheasant plucker. I pluck mother Pheasants. I'm the most pleasant mother pheasant plucker, that ever plucked a mother pheasant."
-- Unknown


"We are all born naked and screaming and if you're lucky that sort of thing won't stop there..."
-- Unknown

"Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else."
-- Ogden Nash
"Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live..."
-- Unknown


"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
-- Abraham Lincoln


"I want to focus on my salad."
-- Martha Stewart, on CBS Early Show, when the host wanted to discuss the IMCLONE scandal, during a cooking spot.


"So we're left with a system that is fine for turning out bicycle messengers, and absolutely terrific at preparing kids for Rikers Island. It's great to have a governor that cares about standards."
-- Bob Herbert, in The New York Times, July, 1, 2002, Editorial on the state of the New York City public school system.


"Love your neighbors. It's a great world, and you can make it better...."
-- President Bill Clinton, at Stuyvesant High School Graduation, NYC, June, 2002.


"What is the name of your first pet? What is the first street you ever lived on? Combine the two and you get your porn name."
-- Promotion flyer for the upcoming Steven Soderbergh movie.


"If you want to do easy things where you can't fail and don't run any risks, I think the satisfaction and contribution are low. If you want to take on things that everybody says are impossible but everybody agrees we desperately need, that's the great challenge."
-- Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, on taking over the NYC school system.


"The language is atrocious... so much 'A-S-S'... I know what a bottom is!"
-- Sylvia Myer


"Remember to say no; it's the most difficult word".
-- Bette Davis to Robin Williams quoted in today's Liz Smith column.


"Certain things should just stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone."
- Holden Caulfield from "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

"Boy, when you are dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddamn cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you are dead? Nobody."
- Holden Caulfield from "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

"I figured that I could get a job at a filling station somewhere, putting gas and oil in people's cars. I didn't care what kind of job it was, though. Just so people didn't know me and I didn't know anybody. I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes. That way I wouldn't have to have any goddam stupid useless conversation with anybody. If anybody wanted to tell me something, they'd have to write it on a piece of paper and shove it over to me. They'd get bored as hell doing that after a while, and then I'd be through with having conversations for the rest of my life. Everybody'd think I was just a poor deaf-mute bastard and they'd leave me alone . . . I'd cook all my own food, and later on, if I wanted to get married or something, I'd meet this beautiful girl that was also a deaf-mute and we'd getmarried. She'd come and live in my cabin with me, and if she wanted to say anything to me, she'd have to write it on a piece of paper, like everybody else"
-- Holden Caulfield from "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger


"Only in New York does pizza reach your house before an ambulance . . . are banks' doors open, while counter-top pens are bolted . . . do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and diet soda . . . must invalids walk to the back of a drugstore for prescriptions, while unsick folk get cigarettes up front . . . do we screen calls with answering machines but have call waiting, so we don't miss hearing from someone we wouldn't talk to in the first place."
--Sy Presten


'I don't see people who are nasty or read nasty things. This makes me more tranquil"
-- Brooke Astor on her 100th Birthday tomorrow.

"I know many of my husband's ex-girlfriends who will agree that if every man was was as good in bed as David, there would be a lot of happy women in the world,"
-- Liza Minnelli

"If Liza was expecting passion with David on their wedding night, believe me, she's still waiting."
-- Ruth Warrick , as quoted in The Globe.

"We moved in together one week after we met, that says it all."
-- Liza Minnelli

"I know who I am. That's the important thing. She knows who she is, and we're so in love we've got our own world."
-- David Gest

"Ruth Warrick is trying to capitalize on the attention of our wedding"... "It is unfortunate that an 86-year-old woman, like Ruth Warrick, can think that a friendship is more than just that. Ruth Warrick is old enough to be David's grandmother."
-- Liza Minnelli, as told to Page Six.

"It's all a big mistake. I never should have said it"... "I feel very badly about it. I guess I was a little giddy. I feel terrible to rain on their parade."
--Ruth Warrick, as told to Page Six.


"I hate stupid damn Earth."... "You are getting bald, Mr. Tawd."... "Yeah , well Mister Tawd IS getting old."... "This place has Anthrax!... YOU have Anthrax!"... "I love Mister Tawd, he's the best teacher in the whole wide world."... "Hello Miss Dawg... blah blah blah blah."
--Aaron, age six


"There was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse."
-- Quentin Crisp

"An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last chapter missing."
-- Quentin Crisp

"Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically - for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist - but then what isn't?"
--Quentin Crisp


"She’s using him? He’s using her? Who cares? Nobody deserves to do it all alone.”
-- Margaret O'Brien (at the fourth wedding of Liza Minnelli, as quoted by Rex Reed)


"My father is always telling me to take care of myself and get a lot of rest. He's always saying, "Sleep will fix anything. Go take a nap." I think he's right. I find when I get frazzled, if I get a good night's sleep, I feel much better about things."
-- Ben Stiller


"It costs nothing to be kind."
-- Sylvia Myer

It was "the kissiest wedding I've ever seen."
-- Liz Smith (on the wedding of Liza Minelli to David Gest, yesterday).


"People call and ask me, 'Carolyn, is Satan there?' And I tell them, 'Satan is only where we let him.'"
-- Carolyn Risher, Mayor of Inglis, Fla., (who issued a decree banning Satan from town).


"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


"The race against time can only be won by slowing down."
-- Fortune Cookie


"It's always something..."
-- Rosanna Rosana Danna (as played by Gilda Radner)


Most people think life sucks, and then you die. Not me. I beg to differ. I think life sucks, then you get cancer, then your dog dies, your wife leaves you, the cancer goes into remission, you get a new dog, you get remarried, you owe ten million dollars in medical bills but you work hard for thirty-five years and you pay it back and then -- one day -- you have a massive stroke, your whole right side is paralyzed, you have to limp along the streets and speak out of the left side of your mouth and drool but you go into rehabilitation and regain the power to walk and the power to talk and then -- one day -- you step off a curb at Sixty-seventh Street, and BANG you get hit by a city bus and then you die. Maybe.
-- Denis Leary


"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life."
-- Pablo Picasso

"In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed".
-- Sid Caesar

"Life is very interesting if you make mistakes."
-- Georges Carpentier


"Things to Do Today: See List of Things to Do Yesterday"
-- Pat Fowler, post-it note in her kitchen

"Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off until the day after tomorrow.
-- Milton Berle

"The key to managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided."
-- Casey Stengel

"A career is a job that has gone on too long."
-- Jeff Macnelly

"It's the job that's never started that takes the longest to finish."
-- J.R.R. Tolkien

"Optimism and humor are the grease and glue of life. Without both of them we would never have survived our captivity."
-- Philip Butler

"Life is one long process of getting tired."
-- Samuel Butler

"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
-- Danny Kaye


"Isn't this an unusual conversation for men who aren't crazy?"
-- Larry Contratti quoting Renfield (played by Dwight Frye) in Dracula, Universal Studios, 1931

"I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else."
-- Winston Churchill

"Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet them on your way down."
-- Wilson Mizner

"Always do right. It will gratify some and astonish the rest."
-- Mark Twain


"Life is just a bowl of pork chops."
-- Don Cummings quoting from the ad campaign of the National Pork Board, Des Moines
'I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead."
-- Samuel Goldwyn

"The chief danger in life is that you may take too may precautions."
-- Alfred Adler

"All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it."
-- Samuel Butler

"It's easier to ride the horse in the direction it's going"
-- Werner Erhard

"My dear sir, the bigger the humbug, the better the people will like it."
-- Phineas T. Barnum


"I laugh to keep from weeping..."
-- Nicolas Coppola

"Attack life, it's going to kill you anyway."
-- Steven Coallier

"Order is for idiots, genius can handle chaos."
-- Unknown

"The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well."
-- Joe Ancis

"The day begins the night before..."
-- Shari Lewis


Following are from The Wizard of Oz, MGM, 1939

"You have no power here! Begone with you!"
-- Glinda

"Come along Dorothy.....we don't want any of those apples."
-- ScareCrow

"If you don't like my apples, Dont shake my tree!"
-- Apple Tree

"Are you hinting my apples aren't what they ought to be?"
-- Apple Tree

"Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking."
-- ScareCrow

"My! People have a way of coming and going so quickly here!"
-- Dorothy

"You people should consider yourselves lucky that I'm granting you an audience tomorrow instead of 20 years from now."
-- The Wizard

"Can you even dye my eyes to match my gown?"
-- Dorothy

"Who ever thought a little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?"
-- Wicked Witch


"We take any situation that we are in - it could be a relationship; it could be a family or it could be a work place. And, we recognize that our purpose for being in the situation is that we might be used by God to work miracles."
-- Marianne Williamson from her lecture of 02/10/02, Community - A Joining Of Spirit


"Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks."
-- Milton


"The puppets are not enough! I don't want to spend my life crawling along the back roads of every second-rate country in Europe making dolls dance!... I've got to find a reason for living on this earth! Something to want, something to be...somehow to say...I am me!
-- Paul Berthalet (played by Brian Stokes Mitchell), Carnival (Feb. 10, 2002, City Center Encores!, NY)
"I remember cleaning the toilets at the theatre when I worked for Bil Baird's Marionettes in NYC back in the '70's. I couldn't have been happier or prouder that I was actually working with Bil Baird. I still clean toilets and enjoy it."
-- Allyn Gooen


"Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake:
eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
for a charm of pow'rful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble."
-- Second Witch, "Macbeth," IV: 1 by William Shakespeare


"Age is not important unless you're a cheese."
-- Helen Hayes


"Cute little fellow. Good piece of wood, too!"
-- Jiminy Cricket (played by Cliff Edwards), in Pinocchio (1940 Walt Disney Prod.)

"Now remember, Pinocchio: Be a good boy... and always let your conscience be your guide."
-- The Blue Fairy (played by Evelyn Venable) in Pinocchio (1940 Walt Disney Prod.)

"I've got no strings
So I have fun
I'm not tied up to anyone
They've got strings
But you can see
There are no strings on me..."
-- Pinocchio (played by Dickie Jones) in Pinocchio (1940 Walt Disney Prod)

"Yeah, yeah - sure, sure; Screwball in da corner pocket!"
-- Lampwick (played by Frankie Darro) in Pinocchio (1940 Walt Disney Prod.)
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
-- Albert Einstein


"Do you ever get the feeling that there's something going on that we don't know about?"
-- Timothy Fenwick, Jr. (played by Kevin Bacon.), MGM, Diner, 1982.

"Dance like no one is watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it's heaven on earth."
-- William Purkey


"Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre."
-- Gail Godwin

"In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards."
-- Mark Twain

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence."
-- Robert Frost


"The spiritual path, then, is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it."
--Marianne Williamson Return to Love


"Miracles are made in the heart, Papa."
-- Pinocchio The Adventures of Pinocchio (film), 1996


"I'm not Mother Theresa..."
-- Mike Tyson


"I think, therefore I am single..."
-- Unknown


"If you don't feel a thrill when Peggy Lee sings, you're dead, Jack"
-- critic Leonard Feather
"I have heard it said that living out of our vision is more powerful than living out of our circumstance. Holding on to a vision invokes the circumstances by which the vision is achieved. Vision is content; material circumstances mere form."
--Marianne Williamson, from her book: A Return to Love


"We are witnessing in our day the birth of a new age, with a new structure of freedom and justice.

Now, as we face the fact of this new, emerging world, we must face the responsibilities that come along with it. A new age brings with it new challenges....

First, we are challenged to rise above the narrow confines of our individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. The new world is a world of geographical togetherness. This means that no individual or nation can live alone. We must all learn to live together, or we will be forced to die together.

...Through our scientific genius we have made of the world a neighborhood; now through our moral and spiritual genius we must make of it brotherhood. We are all involved in the single process. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. We are all links in the great chain of humanity. . . We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization."
-- Martin Luther King. Jr.
"Too bad ignorance isn't painful."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Welcome to New York City... the home of everything important!"
-- Sign outside a bar on Ninth Avenue and 51st St, NYC

"For those of you who made New Years Resolutions... Would you please consider Dieting?"
-- Sign outside a bar on Ninth Avenue and 51st St, January 15th, 2002 NYC

"I'd rather live as though there's a God, and die to find out there isnt, than to live as though there isnt and die to find out there is"
-- Unknown

"What other people say about me, is none of my business."

"I am the spirit that negates!"


"If at first you don't succeed, try again, and quit whining."
-- TS
"Don't be intimidated - voice your objections."
-- Fortune Cookie from last week


"Life is difficult." -- M. Scott Peck


"Always chew your pretzels before you swallow." --
President George Bush


They say God only gives you as much as you can handle... I only wish he wouldn't flatter us so much... --Sylvia Myer
"The uncontemplated life is not worth living" --Socrates

"What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about?" --Unknown

"Life is a daring adventure or nothing" --Helen Keller