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


"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.

Image from NYT.


"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.

Image from Heart Gardens.


"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

Image from Sam Houston State University.


"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

(Image from Gazette UWO).


"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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"If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?"
-- Stephen Levine

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"Use everything to your advantage".


"The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape".
Samuel Johnson


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

-- Marcel Proust


"The female singer who wants to be gruff and convincing, she will tend to go ahead and do that quicker than a male singer will soften up and become sensitive. That's society, that's rearing, that's the package. I refuse to buy into that."

-- Luther Vandross, (1951-2005), as told to Richard Harrington , The Washington Post.

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"Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand".
-- Emily Kimbrough


"Live life so completely that when death comes to you like a thief in the night, there will be nothing left for him to steal."
-- Anonymous