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


"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