Eclectic quotations accumulating in Hell's Kitchen, NY, USA.
-- Eric Zorn
-- Josh Billings
"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
-- Jay Leno
-- 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.
-- Phillip Lopate
-- Frank Rich, Two Gay Cowboys Hit a Home Run, The New York Times
-- Henry Ward Beecher
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
Image from Cancellieri.org
Image from Chez Dafyd
-- Bertrand Russell
-- Laike, Lunar Silver Star Story Complete
. (As suggested by J.D.)
-- H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun on July 26, 1920. (Thanks to Curtis for the quote )
-- H.P. Lovecraft
-- Thomas Szasz
digital and smoke-free;
a man for the millennium.
A diversified, multi-cultural,
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,
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.
I'm super-sized, long-lasting,
oven-ready and built to last.
A hands-on, footloose, knee-jerk head case;
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
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 . . . 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
-- Sally Brompton, today's forecast for Cancerians.
-- Pat Morita, 1930-2005
-- Todd Stockman
-- Ellen DeGeneres
-- Barbara from California, Women on the Verge of Thinking.
Image from Madsci.org.
-- Joel Sax, Pax Nortona
-- Shirley MacLaine in Interview Magazine.
Image from Ian Miles.
-- Robert Downey Jr., in Wonder Boy by Logan Hill in New York Magazine.
Image from Dead Bodies Inc.
-- President Jimmy Carter
Image from CNN.
-- 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
-- Michael DeSisto
-- 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.
-- Elbert Hubbard
-- August Wilson, 1945-2005
Image from SUNY.
"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
-- Elaine Stritch, Elaine Stritch: Still Here, New York Magazine, this week.
-- Paul Vitello, The Eleventh of Never, in The New York Times, today.
-- Clarence Darrow
-- Louise Hay
-- 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.
-- Martha Stewart, on her impending freedom, as quoted in today's New York Times.
(Image from The New York Times)
-- Diane Arbus
-- Abraham, in Ask and it is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks.
-- Mark Twain
-- Abraham, Ask and it is Given, by Hicks, pg 111.
-- abraham, ask and it is given by hicks, pg 98.
-- abraham, ask and it is given by hicks, p. 96.
-- Abraham, Ask and it is Given, by Hicks.
-- Abraham, in Ask and it is Given, pg 95.
-- Henry David Thoreau
-- Henry David Thoreau
-- Peter Jennings, (1938-2005), in an interview with Jeff Alan.
(Image from ABC News Store).
-- Thomas Merton
-- Eleanor Roosevelt, as cited by Nicomar
Image from Divas - The Site
-- James Thurber
Image from Tralfaz.
-- Geraldine Fitzgerald, 1913-2005, while directing Mass Appeal on Broadway, after starring in films Wuthering Heights and Arthur.
Image from the Guardian Unlimited.
-- Susan Shapiro, Lighting Up, p. 208
- Carl Sandburg
-- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
Image from the U.S. Senate