Wise Words

**(As I update the column on the right with new sayings, I will collect the older ones here so that you can come back and enjoy them again)**

“It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one’s thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them. ” (Isabel Colegate)

“I didn’t lie! I was writing fiction with my mouth.” (Homer Simpson)

“They cry for his head!
A head drops onto the floor.
Head between her knees.” (Mourn:  from Lahore in Haiku)

“You have to let people see what you wrote. It will never be perfect, but perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring.” (Tina Fey, Bossypants, 2011)

“Love me when I least deserve it because that is when I really need it.” (Swedish Proverb)

“Be obscure clearly.” (E.B. White)

“In comic strips, the person on the left always speaks first.” (George Carlin)

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.” (Stephen King)

“All of the angels,

Convene in an empty room.

Conspire in darkness.” (Light: from Lahore in Haiku)

“May you never forget what is worth remembering, nor ever remember what is best forgotten.” (Irish Blessings Quote)

“Autumn trees concede.

Elliptical Equinox.

Leaves blush with orange.”  (Leaves: from Lahore in Haiku)

“When I am with you, we stay up all night.

When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.

Praise God for those two insomnias!

And the difference between them.” (Rumi)

“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there.” (Norman Vincent Peale)

“Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.” (Edward Abbey)

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” (Mark Twain)

“One day, Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response. ‘I don’t know.’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.'” (Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland)

“A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.” (Groucho Marx)

“My approach to life can’t be summed up in a pithy quote, and if yours can, you’re in trouble.”  (Mark Rogers)

“How many people here have telekenetic powers? Raise my hand.” (Emo Philips)

“Day by day we move,

We make it work, yes we do.

Get up, to the grind.” (Labor: from Lahore in Haiku)

“I would really hate it if I could call up Kafka or Hemingway or Salinger and any question I could throw at them they would have an answer. That’s the magic when you read or hear something wonderful – there’s no one that has all the answers.” (Regina Spektor)

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (Maya Angelou)

“All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.” (Elias Canetti)

“I’ve got to keep breathing. It’ll be my worst business mistake if I don’t.” (Steve Martin)

“Words are but the signs of ideas.” (Samuel Johnson)

“Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” (Mark Twain)

“What you seek is seeking you.” (Rumi)

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of of the day that says ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.'” (Mary Anna Radmacher)

“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.” (Johnny Depp)

“Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.” (Markus Zusak, The Book Thief)

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” (Rumi)

“Alone. Yes, that’s the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn’t hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym.” (Stephen King)

“Something feels funny. I must be thinking too hard.” (Winnie The Pooh)

“The road to success is always under construction.” (Lily Tomlin)

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” (Socrates)

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” (George Orwell, 1984)

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.” (Thomas Edison)

“No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is.” (Irvin Himmel)

“You can avoid reality, but you can’t avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” (Unknown)

“The only thing better than a cow is a human! Unless you need milk. Then you really need a cow.” (John Noble as Dr. Walter Bishop in Fringe)


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