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


"I don't have to do anything special. I'm in New York. Look at me, I'm in an elevator and it's in New York. I'm in a taxi, in New York. I'm in a subway and it's in New York."
-- William Hamb, Petty Officer First Class, on his shore leave during Fleet Week 2006, as quoted in The New York Times.


"Cabbage: A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head".
-- Ambrose Bierce


"I wanted it, and it was not to be. I am not pursuing it. I have been there, and I have done that."
Al Gore, in Back in the Limelight, Gore Insists He's Over Politics, The New York Times, Sunday.

(Image from Top Synergy).


"Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education positively fortifies it".
-- Stephen Vizinczey


"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones".
-- John Cage


"You can do one of two things: just shut up, which is something I don't find easy, or learn an awful lot very fast, which is what I tried to do."
-- Jane Fonda

(Image from USA Today).


"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."
-- Carl Jung


"Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."
-- Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, 1921-2006, in his debate with Dan Quayle in 1988.


"I'm on my boogie board. I'm just going to keep on riding."
-- Mayor C. Ray Nagin, relected as Mayor of New Orleans.


"Inside your home, you keep mementos of your past that help or hinder your movement into the future."
-- Kathryn L. Robyn


"I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer."
-- Jim Carrey, on the chalkboard at Giorgios Country Grill this morning.


"The senator does not reflect the ideals upon which this university was founded... This invitation was a top-down decision that did not take into account the desires and interests of the student body on an occasion that is supposed to honor us above all... Senator McCain will tell us today that dissent and disagreement are our civic and moral obligation in times of crisis, and I agree... I consider this a time of crisis, and I feel obligated to speak... Senator McCain will also tell us about his strong-headed self-assuredness in his youth, which prevented him from hearing the ideas of others, and in so doing he will imply that those of us who are young are too naïve to have valid opinions... I am young, and although I don't profess to possess the wisdom that time affords us, I do know that pre-emptive war is dangerous and wrong... Osama bin Laden still has not been found, nor have those weapons of mass destruction."
-- Jean Sara Rohe, 21, at graduation cerimonies for The New School, yesterday, as quoted by The New York Times.


"I am an obsessive, and the Internet rewards obsession".
-- Arianna Huffington


"You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly posess all you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality."
-- Florida Pier Scott-Maxwell


"If you continually give, you will continually have."
-- Fortune Cookie


"On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does."
-- Will Rogers


"One must be something, in order to do something."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"You can lead a whore to culture, but you can't make her think."
-- Dorothy Parker


"Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness."
-- Robertson Davies


"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a new door."
-- Milton Berle, on the chalkboard at Giorgios Country Grill, this morning.


"Don't ask, don't say. Everything lies in silence."
-- Fortune Cookie


"You can't think and hit at the same time."
-- Yogi Berra


"I'd like my legacy to be that Teacher's College continues to realize
its legacy, to be the great education school not only through its
research and contributions to knowledge to help us understand and
improve American education, but also to directly put those ideas ro
-- Dr. Susan H. Fuhrman, newly appointed president of Columbia
University's Teacher's College.


"I ask that you not try this yourself. This is a deadly, trying test of
-- David Blaine, Drowned Alive, at Lincoln Center last night.


"By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece".
-- GK Chesterton


"I do know enough to know I need help."
-- Patrick J. Kennedy, Congressman


"Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation".
-- Kin Hubbard


"I don't really trust a sane person."
-- Lyle Alzado


"I wasn't kissing her, I was whispering in her mouth."
-- Chico Marx


"When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'"
-- Sydney J. Harris


"Like many natural beauties, New York is effortlessly photogenic. It has fabulous bones and hardly any bad angles."
-- Holland Cotter, Art critic for The New York Times.


"If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?"
-- Harry Shearer