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


"To strive,
To seek,
To find,
And not to yield".

-- Alfred Lord Tennyson, (on the chalkboard at Giorgio's Grill this


"Conscience is a man's compass."
-- Fortune Cookie


"One thing you will probably remember well is any time you forgive and forget".
-- Franklin P. Jones


"Hear one side and you will be in the dark. Hear both and all will be clear."
-- Thomas C. Haliburton


"Fear builds walls to bar the light."
-- Baal Shem Tov


"Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip".
-- Will Rogers


"Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers."
-- Jimmy Breslin


"What New York has is hipsters; I never thought I would miss them, yet there's something comforting about being able to keep up with trends by just looking at people around you."
-- Ozlem Alkan Karakus, Editor, Time Out Istanbul.


"Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people's characters."
-- Margaret Halsey


"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."
-- Mark Twain


"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
-- Will Rogers

Image from Faded Giant.


"Unless you can interest people, you're never going to educate them."
-- Steven Goldstein, former Oprah Producer, as quoted in The New York Blade.


"Like Joseph Campbell says: 'If you're on a path and it's beaten it's not your path... It's having the initiative to say 'God, that looks somewhat treacherous over there... This might really stir up some personal stuff for me or there's an archetype there that I've been avoiding for a long, long time'... That shadow stuff, that trickster stuff, that authoritative stuff, that rebellious stuff... or that straight down the line simplicity. The answers are there from moment to moment..."
-- Robert Downey, Jr., on Inside the Actor's Studio.

Image from Deluca.


"I have no fans. You know what I got? Customers. And customers are your friends."
--Mickey Spillane, 1918-2006

Image from Interlog.


"If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time."
-- Edith Wharton


"What's another word for Thesaurus?"
-- Steven Wright


“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
-- William Butler Yeats


"I've been a performer all my life. It's a very satisfactory profession. You get paid off on the spot. When they cheer, that's payment."
-- Red Buttons, (Aaron Chwatt) 1919-2006

Image from Delafont Agency.


"Ah yes, my bright tie. I like bright ties. You know, when you reach a certain age, all you've got left is bright ties and bullshit."
-- Bill Clinton, as quoted by NY Magazine's Intellegencer, at opening night of Shakespeare in the Park, by Melena Ryzik.


"I'm a feeler. As a matter of fact, I think if we had more feelers and less thinkers we'd be a hell of a lot better off - not only in the theater, either."
-- Barnard Hughes, 1915-2006.

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"Some things have to be believed to be seen."
-- Ralph Hodgson


"Assume nothing."
-- Bumper sticker


"When all else fails, read the instructions."
-- Agnes Allen


"Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better."
-- Andre Gide


"We seem to believe it is possible to ward off death by following rules of good grooming".
-- Don Delillo


"It takes a long time to grow young".
-- Pablo Picasso


"Happy Birthday! You are young and beautiful and powerful and surrounded by great things".
Don Cummings


"Remember, if our founders hadn't done that brave thing 230 years ago, we'd all be helping pay Prince Charles' salary today."
-- Bob Schieffer, on Face The Nation, Sunday.


"You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart."
-- Fred Allen


"In the circle of life
It's the wheel of fortune
It's the leap of faith
It's the band of hope
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle, the circle of life...

"Some of us fall by the wayside
And some of us soar to the stars
And some of us sail through our troubles
And some have to live with the scars"

-- The Lion King, The Circle of Life.


"If you're looking to change an outdated behavior and annoying habit,
which you'd prefer to replace with something more positive, then the
perspective needed to deal with it is present today. Get serious,
Cancer, as this is the year to advance as far as possible. If stagnating
is not an option, then changes are necessary. Do what you have to do to make it happen, even if it means taking temptation out of arm's reach."

-- Susan Miller, Astrologer, New York Daily News today.