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


“Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.”

-- Eric Zorn
"There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness".

-- Josh Billings


"Time to make the donuts."

-- Michael Vale, Dunkin Donuts' "Fred the Baker" character, 1922-2005.

Image from the NNDB.


"Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right".

-- Laurens Van der Post


"If we wait until we are 100 percent sure that we are making the right rather than the wrong decision, we can be 100 percent sure of only one thing--we will never make any decision at all. To be decisive and proactive, we often need to act long before we're convinced we're doing the right thing."

-- Arleen LaBella and Dolores Leach


"Everybody talks about the weather and nobody does anything about it."

-- Carl Sandburg


"The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn't for any religious reasons. They couldn't find three wise men and a virgin."

-- Jay Leno


“Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling.”

-- Edna Ferber


"They're working people and they're not thugs. I'm a working person and if I go out on strike, I'm not a thug either."

Joan Taylor Stewart, to Mayor Bloomberg at Junior's restaurant yesterday, as reported in The New York Times, Bloomberg Balanced Tough Talk Against the Risk of Offending, by Jim Rutenberg.


"Know your limits... But never stop trying to exceed them!"

-- Anonymous


"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions".

Oliver Wendell Holmes


"The prospect of a long day at the beach makes me panic. There is no harder work I can think of than taking myself off to somewhere pleasant, where I am forced to stay for hours and 'have fun'."

-- Phillip Lopate


"Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows".

-- David T. Wolf


"But in truth the audience doesn't have to be coerced to get it. This is where the country has been steadily moving of late. Brokeback Mountain, a Hollywood product after all, is not leading a revolution but ratifying one, fleshing out - quite literally - what most Americans now believe. It's not for nothing that the proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage vanished as soon as the election was over. Polls show that a large American majority support equal rights for gay couples as long as the unions aren't labeled "marriage" - and given the current swift pace of change, that reservation, too, will probably fade in the next 5 to 10 years."

-- Frank Rich,
Two Gay Cowboys Hit a Home Run, The New York Times


"Patience is the best remedy for every trouble."

-- Fortune Cookie


"The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts, and would devour one another but for this protection".

-- Henry Ward Beecher


"Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching."

-- Anonymous


"There is no birth of consciousness without pain".

-- Carl Jung

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"I'll go through it with dignity, with integrity, with love and bliss in my heart. I smile at everything, and I'm quite sure I'll smile then, too."

-- Stanley Tookie Williams, III; 1953-2005

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"I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.

It is my personal approach that creates the climate.

It is my daily mood that makes the weather.

I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.

I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated,

and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.

If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming."

-- Goethe, 1749-1832

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"I'm a pioneer. That's my contribution. I broke barriers for black comics. I was being Richard Pryor; that was me on that stage. But I was on drugs at the time."

-- Richard Pryor, 1940-2005

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"It could be like this - just like this - always."

-- Jack Twist
, character in Brokeback Mountain, portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal.

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"If I had to live my life again... I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner."

-- Tallulah Bankhead

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"Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them, do not. Miss them, do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is... Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose."

-- Yoda

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"Music and John were inseperable. There was always music in our life."

-- Yoko Ono, to Mary Huhn in the New York Post, today.

Image from Blog Alice.


"It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up".

W. Somerset Maugham


"If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years."

-- Bertrand Russell


"All of us are on journey to the future, yet all of us live in the present. Too many people get caught up in what could be, instead of appreciating what is. Appreciate what you have, and who you have, because the future can take it all away from you."

Laike, Lunar Silver Star Story Complete
. (As suggested by J.D.)


"The trouble with facts is that there are so many of them".

-- Samuel McChord Crothers


"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron".

-- H.L. Mencken
, Baltimore Evening Sun on July 26, 1920. (Thanks to Curtis for the quote )


"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents".

-- H.P. Lovecraft
"When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him".

Thomas Szasz


"If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane".

-- Jimmy Buffett

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"I'm a modern man,
digital and smoke-free;
a man for the millennium.

A diversified, multi-cultural,
post-modern deconstructionist;
politically, anatomically and ecologically incorrect.

I've been uplinked and downloaded,
I've been inputted and outsourced.
I know the upside of downsizing,
I know the downside of upgrading.

I'm a high-tech low-life.
A cutting-edge, state-of-the-art,
bi-coastal multi-tasker,
and I can give you a gigabyte in a nanosecond.

I'm new-wave, but I'm old-school;
and my inner child is outward-bound.

I'm a hot-wired, heat-seeking,
warm-hearted cool customer;
voice-activated and bio-degradable.

I interface with my database;
my database is in cyberspace;
so I'm interactive, I'm hyperactive,
and from time to time I'm radioactive.

Behind the eight ball, ahead of the curve,
ridin' the wave, dodgin' the bullet,
pushin' the envelope.

I'm on point, on task, on message,
and off drugs.

I've got no need for coke and speed;
I've got no urge to binge and purge.

I'm in the moment, on the edge,
over the top, but under the radar.

A high-concept, low-profile,
medium-range ballistic missionary.

A street-wise smart bomb.
A top-gun bottom-feeder.

I wear power ties, I tell power lies,
I take power naps, I run victory laps.

I'm a totally ongoing, big-foot, slam-dunk
rainmaker with a pro-active outreach.

A raging workaholic, a working rageaholic;
out of rehab and in denial.

I've got a personal trainer,
a personal shopper,
a personal assistant,
and a personal agenda.

You can't shut me up;
you can't dumb me down.

'Cause I'm tireless, and I'm wireless.
I'm an alpha-male on beta-blockers.

I'm a non-believer,
I'm an over-achiever;
Laid-back and fashion-forward.
Up-front, down-home;
low-rent, high-maintenance.

I'm super-sized, long-lasting,
high-definition, fast-acting,
oven-ready and built to last.

A hands-on, footloose, knee-jerk head case;
prematurely post-traumatic,
and I have a love child who sends me hate-mail.

But I'm feeling, I'm caring,
I'm healing, I'm sharing.
A supportive, bonding, nurturing
primary-care giver.

My output is down, but my income is up.
I take a short position on the long bond,
and my revenue stream has its own cash flow.

I read junk mail, I eat junk food,
I buy junk bonds, I watch trash sports.

I'm gender-specific, capital-intensive,
user-friendly and lactose-intolerant.

I like rough sex; I like tough love.
I use the f-word in my e-mail.
And the software on my hard drive
is hard-core—no soft porn.

I bought a microwave at a mini-mall.
I bought a mini-van at a mega-store.
I eat fast food in the slow lane.
I'm toll-free, bite-size, ready-to-wear,
and I come in all sizes.

A fully equipped, factory-authorized,
hospital-tested, clinically proven,
scientifically formulated medical miracle.

I've been pre-washed, pre-cooked, pre-heated,
pre-screened, pre-approved, pre-packaged,
post-dated, freeze-dried, double-wrapped
and vacuum-packed.

And . . . I have unlimited broadband capacity.

I'm a rude dude, but I'm the real deal.
Lean and mean.
Cocked, locked and ready to rock;
rough, tough and hard to bluff.

I take it slow, I go with the flow;
I ride with the tide, I've got glide in my stride.

Drivin' and movin', sailin' and spinnin';
jivin' and groovin', wailin' and winnin'.

I don't snooze, so I don't lose.
I keep the pedal to the metal
and the rubber on the road.
I party hearty, and lunchtime is crunch time.

I'm hangin' in, there ain't no doubt;
and I'm hangin' tough.
Over and out."

-- George Carlin


"Everyone has duties and obligations, so don't make a big issue of whatever it is you are expected to do today. Also, when doing a task you do not much care for don't be tempted to let your standards slip. Not only will it harm your reputation but you will have to do it again later - and if it was boring the first time the second time will be worse."

-- Sally Brompton, today's forecast for Cancerians.


"Part of what comes with the territory of fame is a lot of intrusiveness. But I've got a philosophy about that. You either learn to do it well and handle it or you're a putz."

-- Pat Morita, 1930-2005

"To be happy, is a decision..."

-- Todd Stockman


"Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another".

-- H.L. Mencken


"I'm open to everything... There are moments for soft gentle sex. And there moments for a good spank in the butt."

-- Ricky Martin, Blender magazine.

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"Thanksgiving is more important than Santa. Please don't rush past this holiday to get to Christmas".

-- Sophiana Botich, age 6, Crown Point, IN, Northwest Indiana Times.


"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under."

-- H.L. Mencken


"Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood".

-- H.L. Mencken


"All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it."

-- H.L. Mencken


"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin."

-- H.L. Mencken


"My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is."

-- Ellen DeGeneres


"Never give a party if you will be the most interesting person there".

-- Mickey Friedman


"Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed."

-- Corita Kent


"Do not wait for ideal circumstances; they will never come".

-- Janet Erskine Stuart


"Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there".

-- Will Rogers


"We're all peculiar, aren't we?"

-- Brent Spiner

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"For men. Friends and more, past, present, and future. You know who you are."

-- Maureen Dowd, dedication to her book,
Are Men Necessary?


"Today, I am reminded that life must be accepted for the way it is, and not as I may want it to be. That I must not give up my trust in God at any time. To despair truly does bring forward a dark cloud making it difficult for the light from the almighty to enter. Remembering to stay strong, and accepting the love and kindness of others, rather than isolating myself, is necessary to cope with any pain that one may be feeling. It must also be remembered that one cannot resolve all problems, and that learning how to live with unresolved problems is a wonderful lesson to embrace. From this day foreward, life, as I know it, will be a true roller coaster ride."

-- Barbara from California, Women on the Verge of Thinking.

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"The trouble with being a giver is that you are very good at giving and having friends who need you. The sorrowful part is that you aren’t very good at finding friends who can be there when you need a listening ear. Too many people confuse the mouth and the ear when it comes to being there for another person. They don’t know how to say 'I hear you. I feel your pain. Don’t give up.' In my case, I listen to my head and say those things under my breath."

-- Joel Sax, Pax Nortona


"We have a president who is basing even legislation on faith-based morality, and yet we invade a country whose whole govermental system is faith-based except that it's their faith and not ours... Why can't we see that that a faith based society, no matter what the faith, is not really a democratic society?"

-- Shirley MacLaine in Interview Magazine.

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"Sit down and eat yer fuckin' meatballs!"
-- A lady, as overheard by Joe.My.God


"I love it when I see in the paper who's made a complete jack-off of themselves - it amuses me... So, I get it, but at some point at the end of the nineties, studios and insurance companies suddenly started using your private persona to get you a sobriety coach and five hours of fucking Gestalt therapy a week - or we don't pay you."

-- Robert Downey Jr., in Wonder Boy by Logan Hill in New York Magazine.

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"We'll bomb, strafe and send missiles against their people even though our security's not directly threatened... This is contrary to international law. It's also contrary to what every president has done in this country for more than 100 years, Democrat or Republican."

-- President Jimmy Carter

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"A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men".

-- Roald Dahl


"I am a fashion God."
-- Michael Brown, former FEMA Director, in e-mails he wrote during the recent New Orleans disaster.

"Brownie, You're doin a heck of a job!"
-- George W. Bush


"Why the f*ck is everyone so dressed up?"

-- Elaine Stritch, at MoMA royal reception for Prince Charles, last night, as quoted by Cindy Adams.


"My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long."

-- Armistead Maupin


"As a singer, I have minimal skills. As a dancer, I have even 'minimaller' skills."

-- Rosie O'Donnell, on Inside the Actor's Studio.


"Ho, ho, ho!"

-- Elmer Dresslar, Jr., Voice of the Green Giant, 1925-2005.

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"Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address".

-- Lane Olinghouse


"I am going to have a great Friday and a fantastic weekend, and hope you do too."

-- Karl Rove
said as he left his home this morning, as reported by CNN.


"You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense."

-- Rick Warren


"What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease."

-- George Dennison Prentice


"I'd like people to say I'm a person who always wanted to be free and wanted it not only for myself; freedom is for all human beings."

Rosa Parks, 1913-2005.

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“Fat kid got lucky.”
-- Gordon "Porky" Lee, Star of The Little Rascals, 1933-2005.

Image from Star-Telegram.


"The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference".
--­ Anonymou


"Children... if we really love them must be allowed to struggle, for only through the struggle of adolescence can they acquire the security of adulthood."

-- Michael DeSisto


"Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else".

-- James M. Barrie


"It promotes co-operation. When people aren't happy, you see it. When people aren't getting along, you see it. People also want to feel included, and everybody wants - I keep saying this - recognition and respect."

-- Michael Bloomberg, on his unusual office arrangement in the center of a large open room with all of his Deputies and aids surrounding his desk, as quoted in yesterday's New York Times.

Image from The New York Times.


"I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it".

-- Edith Sitwell


"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts".
-- Charles Dickens


"I now attract new friends who are exciting, loving, caring, accepting, funny, and generous"

-- Louise Hay


"Do or do not, there is no try".

-- Yoda


"Ozone and friendship will be our stimulants - let the drugs, tobacco, and strong drink go forever. Natural joy brings no headaches or heartaches."

-- Elbert Hubbard


"Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities."

-- Aldous Huxley


“Teaching is like being a parent over, and over, and over.”

-- A. De Vito


"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: WOW - What a Ride!"

-- Anonymous


"To be amused by what you read--that is the great spring of happy quotations".

-- C.E. Montague


"The mediator between brain and hands must be the heart!"

Fritz Lang's Metropolis, 1927.


"Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence".

-- Henrik Tikkanen


"A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child".

-- H. L. Mencken


"He who turns the other cheek will get hit with the other fist."

-- Nipsey Russell, 1923-2005.

Image from Comic Strip El Paso.


"Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength."

-- August Wilson, 1945-2005

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"Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you any more. There's no more money to spend--you used up all of that. You can't start another war because you used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people.

"Listen to your Mom. The cupboard's bare, the credit cards maxed out. No one's speaking to you. Mission accomplished.

"Now it's time to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service and the oil company and the baseball team. It's time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or space man? Now I know what you're
saying: there's so many other things that you as President could involve yourself in. Please don't. I know, I know. There's a lot left to do. There's a war with Venezuela. Eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space program over to the church. And Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving embryos the vote.

"But, Sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You've performed so poorly I'm surprised that you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man.

"Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire city to rising water and snakes. "On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans. Maybe you're just not lucky. I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side.

"So, yes, God does speak to you. What he is saying is: 'Take a hint.'"

-- Bill Maher


"On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog".

Peter Steiner


"It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too."
-- H.W. Shaw


"Life is difficult."

--M. Scott Peck, 1936-2005, author of
The Road Less Traveled


"Sorry about that, Chief."

-- Don Adams (Donald James Yarmy), 1923-2005, as Maxwell Smart.

Image from USA Today.


"The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all of your time".

-- Willem de Kooning


"Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on".

-- Samuel Butler


"I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it".

-- Edith Sitwell


"Not winning does not mean you are a bad person. It just means you're not a good actor."
-- Ellen Degeneres, at the 2005 Emmy Awards.


"Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else's can shorten it".

-- Cullen Hightower


"You come to New York with a dream. But luck doesn't smile on everyone, and sometimes, life here is more horror film than romantic comedy."

Elizabeth Gold, Goodbye to All That, The New York Times, yesterday.


"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't."

-- Erica Jong


"Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad".
Diogenes the Cynic


"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative".
-- Oscar Wilde


"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars".

-- Charles A. Beard
, as quoted by Higher Powered.


"Quit saying that word! It's the only decade that scared the hell out of me. It's just the sound of it. Eight, holy shit! No, I don't like the sound of that. But it's here and I'll deal with it. You'd better believe it. Because not to deal with it is exit city."

-- Elaine Stritch,
Elaine Stritch: Still Here, New York Magazine, this week.


"Among the few certain truths of September 11, 2001, is one that applies to every day that dawns. That there is no guarantee of tomorrow, or the next five minutes. This is the central provision of all contracts between people and their lives. No plans, large or small, are exempt."

Paul Vitello, The Eleventh of Never, in The New York Times, today.


"With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in man, than any other association of men".

-- Clarence Darrow


"I feel challenged without feeling overwhelmed. The first month should be pretty hectic, but like the room, things will get sorted."

Glenn, at Glennalicious


"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

-- William Butler Yeats


"Gilligan's Island is wherever you want it to be in your mind".

Bob Denver, (1935-2005) as quoted by Brainy Quote.

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"During this time of year, when students are going back to school. I allow myself to be open and receptive to learning new ideas. I monitor my self-talk, making sure that it is uplifting and supportive of myself and others."

-- Louise Hay


"I work for enjoyment and satisfaction - and not just to earn a living. I use my mind and thoughts to enhance my life."

-- Louise Hay


"There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening."

-- Marshall McLuhan


"The ghosts of the past
which follow us into the present
also belong to the present moment.
To observe them deeply,
recognize their nature
and transform them,
is to transform the past."

Thich Nhat Hanh

Image from Harvard University.


"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."

Mahatma Gandhi


"Things you have no control over, you can't be beat up with. You wouldn't be a happy person."

-- Jimmy McHale, owner of McHale's Tavern at West 46th and 8th Avenue, on news that the building that houses his family business for more than 50 years has been sold. As quoted in today's The New York Times.


"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

-- Edith Wharton


"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone".

--­Bill Cosby

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"I felt that I could go and have a 'vacation' (making quote marks with her fingers in the air), "this was a time to think about the future. I pretty much thought about a lot of serious good things."

Martha Stewart, on her impending freedom, as quoted in today's New York Times.

(Image from The New York Times)


"The basic rule of human nature is that powerful people speak slowly and subservient people quickly, because if they don't speak fast nobody will listen to them".

Michael Caine

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"Channeling is just bad ventriloquism. You use another voice, but people can see your lips moving".

Penn Jillette, as quoted on The Quotations Page.

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"When you grow up your mother says, 'Wear rubbers or you'll catch cold.' When you become an adult you discover that you have the right not to wear rubbers and to see if you catch cold or not. It's something like that".

-- Diane Arbus


"The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind."

-- Diane Arbus


"God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference".


"I was coming home from kindergarten--well they told me it was kindergarten. I found out later I had been working in a factory for ten years. It's good for a kid to know how to make gloves".

-- Ellen DeGeneres

Image from Adweek.


"Art is an accurate statement of the time in which it was made".

-- Robert Mapplethorpe

Photo from Georgetown University.


"Once you have made a decision that nothing is more important than that you feel good, and you have decided that you are going to consciously look for some things to appreciate today, the object of your attention has now become the feeling of appreciation. You have now established a circuit between you and that object of appreciation that the Law of Attraction will begin working on immediately, so you will start seeing more things to appreciate right away."

Abraham, in Ask and it is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks.


"If you want things to change to different things, you must think different thoughts. And that simply requires finding unfamiliar ways of approaching familiar subjects."

Abraham, Ask and it is Given by Hicks, pg. 96.


"I'd always said it doesn't matter if I'm fat. But now that I'm not fat, I'm like eww."

Kirstie Alley, after losing 50 plus pounds recently, as quoted in today's The New York Times.

Image from New York Metro.


"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


"Once you deliberately choose a thought and consciously feel the improvement in the way you feel, you have successfully utilized your own guidance system, and you can now be on your way to the freedom that you desire and deserve - for there is nothing that you cannot be, do, or have."

-- Abraham, Ask and it is Given, by Hicks, pg 111.


"When you remember that everyone who asks is given, then how wonderful and appropriate it is for you to make the choices for you - for the Universe operates much more efficiently without a middleman interceding on your behalf. No one else knows what is appropriate for you - but you do. You always know in the moment what is best for you."

-- abraham
, ask and it is given by hicks, pg 98.


"Others cannot understand the vibrational content of your desires, and they cannot understand the vibrational content of where you are, so they are not equipped to guide you. Even when they have the very best of intentions and want your absolute Well-Being, they do not know. And even though many of them attempt to be unselfish, it is never possible for them to separate their desire for you from their own desire for themselves."

-- abraham, ask and it is given by hicks, p. 96.


"The greatest gift that you could ever give to another is your own happiness, for when you are in a state of joy, happiness, or appreciation, you are fully connected to the Stream of pure , positive Source Energy that is truly who you are. And when you are in that state of connection, anything or anyone that you are holding as your object of attention benefits from your attention."

-- Abraham, Ask and it is Given, by Hicks.


"There is no condition so severe that you cannot reverse it by choosing different thoughts. However, choosing different thoughts requires focus and practice. If you continue to focus as you have been, to think as you have been, and to believe as you have been, then nothing in your experience will change."

Abraham, in Ask and it is Given, pg 95.


"Love is an irresistable desire to be irresistably desired."

-- Robert Frost

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"They're always making me play well-bred ladies. I'm not very well bred, and I'm not much of a lady."

Barbara Bel Geddes, (1922-2005, to People magazine in 1982, and quoted by The New York Times, today.

Image from DVD Toile.


"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler."

-- Henry David Thoreau


"If you build castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them".

-- Henry David Thoreau


"There are a lot of people who think our job is to reassure the public every night that their home, their community and their nation is safe. I don't subscribe to that at all. I subscribe to leaving people with essentially, sorry it's a cliche, a rough draft of history. Some days it's reassuring, some days it's absolutely destructive."

-- Peter Jennings
, (1938-2005), in an interview with Jeff Alan.

(Image from ABC News Store).


"He's simply got the instinct for being unhappy highly developed."

-- Saki


"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results."

-- Willie Nelson


"So you swim, you don't wear eye make-up, you have short hair and you are a prison officer and you are heterosexual? Come on!"
-- Anne Robinson, Hostess of Britain's The Weakest Link.


"We are what we repeatedly do".

-- Anonymous, from a sign hanging in a Queens elementary school.


"The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it".

-- W.M. Lewis


"The imagination is a discovering faculty, a faculty for seeing relationships, for seeing meanings that are special and even quite new."

-- Thomas Merton


"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt, as cited by Nicomar

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"I can't imagine myself not performing. I like to be in harness. I'm good. I know I'm good. And I'm ready."

Hildegarde, 1906-2005., as quoted in 1995 by The New York Times.

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"Never confuse movement with action".
-- Ernest Hemingway


"Always keep several get well cards on the mantel, so if unexpected guests arrive they will think you have
been sick and unable to clean".

Lady Donothing, in an e-mail forward.

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"Dear Jesus, please protect us from your righteous followers."

-- Anonymous


"There are two kinds of light--the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures".

James Thurber


"Romper Bomper Stomper Boo,
Tell me,
Tell me,
Tell me do.
Magic Mirror, tell me today?
Did all my friends,
Have fun at play?"

-- Romper Room, Children's TV Series, 1960's


"The wit makes fun of other persons; the satirist makes fun of the world; the humorist makes fun of himself, but in so doing, he identifies himself with people--that is, people everywhere, not for the purpose of taking them apart, but simply revealing their true nature".

James Thurber

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"Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers."

T.S. Eliot

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"You ask people why they have deer heads on the wall. They always say, 'Because it's such a beautiful animal'. There you go!... I think my mother's attractive, but I have photographs of her!"

Ellen DeGeneres

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"Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent".

Sophia Loren

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"The warp drive is a hopeless pile of junk."

-- James Doohan, 1920-2005, as "Scotty" in Star Trek, The Doomsday Machine, stardate 4202.9, Episode 35

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"I was forgotten, so I had nothing to live up to. It was the best thing in the circumstances. I could start at the bottom learning the new craft of directing."

Geraldine Fitzgerald, 1913-2005, while directing Mass Appeal on Broadway, after starring in films Wuthering Heights and Arthur.

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"The buck stops over yonder."

President Harry S. Truman, a sign he used to keep on his desk at the White House.

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"Have you ever noticed that people who say they lack self-esteem seem to spend their entire lives overcompensating for it?"

Clive Barnes, in his review of The Blonde in the Thunderbird, in today's New York Post.


"When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half."
Gracie Allen


"You've learned to take care of yourself first. That is a big change. It's jolting for people who expect you to be more accomodating. You appear selfish and rejecting, but only in contrast to how fawning and pliable you used to be. You're more impatient, self-righteous, and intolerant of other people's addictions and weaknesses".

Susan Shapiro, Lighting Up, p. 208


"People don't realize it, but overload of stuff is a terrific source of stress."
Don Aslett


"A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know."

H.L. Mencken


"Each moment is a place you've never been."
Mark Strand, as quoted by Liz Smith.


"In the beginning there was nothing. God said, 'Let there be light!' And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better".
Ellen DeGeneres

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"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
- Carl Sandburg


"People come to Coney Island for something unique. It should be more hip hop and more artsy. It's a bunch of New Yorkers running around half naked!"
Dick D. Zigun, as quoted in Newsday.

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"I'm absolutely outraged by the failure of the administration to release the [rail security] funding that Congress approved last year..."We are woefully behind where London and other subway systems are because London does have the video surveillance," she fumed. "I just don't understand what the holdup is... It is imperative that the millions of New Yorkers who travel on trains and buses know that our tunnels and facilities continue to operate with the highest security operations in place. The President’s budget calls for a $50 million cut in funding for rail and transit security this year, which is clearly a step in the wrong direction... I will work to ensure that we provide the resources needed to meet our rail and transit security needs."

-- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

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"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion".
-- Abraham Lincoln

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