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


"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