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


"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.