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


"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.

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"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

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

-- Robert Mapplethorpe

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"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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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