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


"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.