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


"I'm a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy."
-- Oscar Levant.


"Could have, should have, and a shovel will dig you a hole."
--Old Yiddish Expression


"...You can also resolve to steer clear of people who always go on about your faults and failings simply because it makes it easier for them to keep you under their thumb. Make the break today."
-- Sally Brompton


"It's the friends that you can call at 4 a.m. that matter."
-- Marlene Dietrich

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"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."
-- Kahlil Gibran

Image from University of Oklahoma.


"No one wants to die who can live."
-- Phivos Kitromelides, on the day of his death, last week.

(Image from Namasthenri).


“If you want to look young and thin, hang around old fat people.”
-- Jim Eason


“I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.”
-- George Burns

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"If you want to empower women in America, give 'em a gun."

- Tom DeLay, addressing the NRA, as quoted on Blog to Eleven

"I, 15 years ago, had a problem because I behaved inappropriately. The ethics committee stepped in. Newt Gingrich had a problem. He was reprimanded; the ethics committee stepped in. The difference between us and Mr. DeLay is, I think, we changed our behavior. Mr. DeLay changed the ethics committee."

-- Barney Frank, as quoted on Boozhy Blog.


"A person who is severely impaired never knows his hidden sources of strength until he is treated like a normal human being and encouraged to shape his own life."
-- Helen Keller

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"Got some room for improvement in the happiness department? These tips may come in handy:

* Realize that enduring happiness doesn't come from success as it's often defined.
* Take control of your time.
* Act happy.
* Seek work and leisure that engages your skills.
* Get aerobic exercise.
* Get enough sleep.
* Give priority to close relationships.
* Focus beyond yourself.
* Appreciate what you have. Try keeping a gratitude journal of what you're thankful for.
* Nurture your spiritual self.
* Tell positive stories about your life. Tell the truth, but look for the good.
* Live a multidimensional life.
* Focus on your choices and any power you have in your situation.
* Find and lead with your strengths."

-- David G. Myers, PhD, a psychology professor at Michigan's Hope College, and Dan Baker, PhD, a medical psychologist at Canyon Ranch. Myers' books include The Pursuit of Happiness; Baker wrote What Happy People Know, as quoted on WebMD.


"Everything has been said before. But because nobody listens we have to keep going back to the beginning and starting all over again."
-- Andre' Gide


"Cause you never can tell
what goes on down below!
This pool might be bigger
than you and I know."
-- Dr. Seuss, McElligott’s Pool

Image from Born-Today.


"You may feel like dwelling on your limits or your fears. Don't do it. A perfect prescription for a squandered, unfulfilled life is to accommodate self-defeating feelings while undercutting your finest, most productive ones".
-- Marsha Sinetar, To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love


"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
-- Mahatma Gandhi


"Real change of self isn't found in some new way to think about yourself, but in freedom from the need to think about yourself at all."
-- Guy Finley, The Secret of Letting Go.


"Imagine waking up each day knowing that you are standing on a clean slate. Your past is behind you, your tasks are up to date and your projects are complete. What could you create if there were no unresolved issues, projects or relationships to divert your attention?

"In order to create the best year of your life - one that will inspire you to create each year as your very finest - it is essential to take some time to clean your slate by bringing completion to the past before trying to move ahead. Many of us skip this step because we are anxious to get on to the next idea, goal or project. But there is great value and insight to be extracted from the process of honestly reflecting on where we've been, where we are now, and where we hope to go. By honestly examining the areas where we've fallen short, we can avoid similar pitfalls in the future. And by wholeheartedly acknowledging ourselves for what we've done well, we build our confidence and set the stage for even greater success and fulfillment.

"In the midst of this glorious spring season, I want to support you in taking a thorough inventory of where you currently stand. Look to see what is working in your life, what isn't, what you have accomplished so far in 2005 and what you would like to create as the year progresses.

"Claim the remaining days of April as a focused time for bringing renewed energy and intention to creating the life of your dreams. To help you get the energy moving, here is a process you can use to clean your slate and prepare for a phenomenal summer."

-- Debbie Ford, The Best Year of Your Life,


"If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude".
-- Amy Tan


"It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had."
-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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"Between Terri Schiavo and the pope, we've feasted on decomposing bodies for almost a solid month now."

"What's disturbing about this spectacle is not so much its tastelessness; America will always have a fatal attraction to sideshows. What's unsettling is the nastier agenda that lies far less than six feet under the surface. Once the culture of death at its most virulent intersects with politicians in power, it starts to inflict damage on the living."

"We don't know the identity of the corpse that will follow the pope in riveting the nation's attention. What we do know is that the reality show we've made of death has jumped the shark, turning from a soporific television diversion into the cultural embodiment of the apocalyptic right's growing theocratic crusade."

-- Frank Rich, A Culture of Death, Not Life, The New York Times, today.


"Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do."
-- Liz Smith

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"So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
And remember that life’s a great balancing act.

"And will you succeed?
Yes! You will indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)


-- Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go

Image from the NEA.


"You want to make a difference. You want to make the world a better place. But what can one person do? Quite a lot, as it happens, but perhaps not in the way that you imagine. The best way to change the world is to first change yourself. Like ripples on a pond, those changes will spread out to touch everyone who lives."
-- Sally Brompton, Astrologer


"Some of you have noticed in the last several days that I wasn't covering the pope. However, as some of you now know, I have learned that I have lung cancer. I was a smoker until about 20 years ago. …. I have been reminding my colleagues today who have been incredibly supportive that already 10 million Americans have been living with cancer, and I have a lot to learn from them. And living is the key word. We are survivors from the moments of diagnosis. I will continue to broadcast on good days. My voice will not always be like this. Certainly it's been a long time, and I hope it goes without saying that a journalist who doesn't deeply value the audiences is in the wrong work. Even I was taken aback by how far and fast news travels. Finally, I wonder if other men and women ask their doctors right away, okay, when does the hair go? At any rate, that's it for now. Have a good evening. Thanks and good night."

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"I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men."
-- Lao Tzu


"There are a few other weird things about this deal. The proposed 75,000-seat stadium - surrounded by the dense, traffic-jammed neighborhoods of Hell's Kitchen, Times Square and Chelsea - will be built with no new provisions made for parking. On game days, the entire West Side of Manhattan will be paralyzed. Fans driving to the stadium will be lucky to make it inside before the final gun."
-- Bob Herbert, The Billionaires' Club, in today's New York Times.


"Time's fun when you're having flies."
-- Kermit the Frog

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"It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this [gay marriage issue] is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man,"
-- Pope John Paul II, 1920-2005, Memory and Identity, his autobiography.

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"It takes a tough man to raise a tender chicken."

"My chickens eat better than you do. A chicken is what it eats. If you want to start eating as good as my chickens, take a tip from me - eat my chickens."

"Freeze my chickens? I'd rather eat beef!"

"The president of the United States? What does he know about chickens?"

-- Frank Perdue, 1920-2005.

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"Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two, but can't remember what they are."
-- Matt Lauer, as quoted on Higher Powered.