Your favorite quote.

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by gapsych, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    I got this idea from a post that 2104, Jean wrote on the FM/CFS board.

    What is your favorite quote? I know we all have several but if you had to pick one what would it be.

    I guess we could allow more than one quote, since we are all so flexible, creative and not a group who if fearful of a non sequitur.

    Here is one of mine:

    "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."

    Mark Twain/Samuel Langhorne Clemens

    BTW, I read a biography of Samuel Clemens about 30 years ago and it was fascinating. However, I can't remember why. Maybe I should reread it. I think it was based on a series on PBS(?).

  2. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    "Remember, as far as anyone knows, we are a normal family!"

    Saw that one on a t-shirt in a catalog and was going to get them for my entire family at Christmas, but was too cheap to do it!!
  3. lgp

    lgp Well-Known Member

    is by Gandhi:


    I taught this quote to my three daughters when they were quite small, so they would embrace it like a mantra. They have.

  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Mark Twain was still alive when my dad was young.

    Here's a quote from John Morley.

    "The great business of life is to be, to do, to do without,
    and to depart."

    This begs the question, who was John Morley. I found several
    blokes w/ this name on the net. The author of the quote was
    an English Viscount, politician, and author. Lived mainly in
    the l9th century.

    Another quote that I find appropo whenever I read the news, was
    often used by my mother: Reason totters!

  5. sisland

    sisland New Member

    "You reap what you sow",,,,
  6. lgp

    lgp Well-Known Member

    Walt Whitman

    My favorite Walt Whitman quote:

    “This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants….have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”
  7. TwoCatDoctors

    TwoCatDoctors New Member

    I heard this one a long time ago:

    "A good rule of life is do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup"
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  8. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I always liked that one!

    Since I often write 'stream of consciousness' posts/emails, I am going to add this to my signature at times, I think:

    "I apologize for the length of this letter but I didn't have time to make it shorter."

    And, given how those of us with CF/FM/ME, Lyme & Company, and the like:

    “To ignore the evidence, and hope that it cannot be true,
    is more an evidence of mental illness”
    (Wm. Blake)

  9. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    Great thread, Gap! I love quotes and have been collecting them for years and must have thousands of them by now.

    "My secret is that I have found the places within me that illness cannot touch. I have learned to honour them". ~ Floyd Skloot

    "As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might." ~ Marian Anderson

    "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
    ~ Ann Landers

    "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
    ~ Carl Jung
  10. Gingareeree

    Gingareeree New Member

    "Growing old isn't for sissies!!!" ~~Jeanne
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  11. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    "Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow."

    Steven Wright

    Serenity Prayer

    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.

    gap[This Message was Edited on 02/15/2010]
  12. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    Not exactly a quote, but close enough. I answered no until I got to the bottom. :>)

    If you can start the day without caffeine,

    If you can get going without pep pills,

    If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

    If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

    If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

    If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

    If you can take criticism and blame without resentment ,

    If you can conquer tension without medical help,

    If you can relax without liquor,

    If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

    ...Then You Are Probably The Family Dog!


    [This Message was Edited on 02/15/2010]
  13. lgp

    lgp Well-Known Member

    I wish I would have posted this in time for Valentine's Day.

    Ogden Nash:

    'Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker!'

    Gotta love the great Ogden Nash!

  14. victoria

    victoria New Member

    The only disease I DON'T have is hypochondriasis...

    If at first you don't succeed, redefine success.

    Just because your doctor has a name for your condition doesn't mean he knows what it is.

    Intellectual brilliance is no guarentee against being dead wrong.
    -David Fasold

    & to state the obvious:

    "As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know."
    -Donald Rumsfeld

  15. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    Ogdan Nash added this part during the sixties/seventies(?).

    Wine is divine.
    But say nope to dope.

    That may not be the exact wording but I can not find this on google. If anyone knows this updated version, please add it.



    ETA Could this version be an urban legend?[This Message was Edited on 02/15/2010]
  16. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I read Ogden Nash's biography last summer. I was surprised to find
    "Icebreaker" therein as I always thought it was by Dorothy Parker.

    So I looked on the net and found credit given to both of them. Separately;
    not as a team.

    Another bit of humorous verse that was popular when I was young was

    "I've never seen a purple cow.
    I never hope to see one.
    But I can tell you anyhow,
    I'd rather see than be one."

    Years later, Gelett Burgess wrote:

    Ah, yes, I wrote the Purple Cow.
    I'm sorry now I wrote it.
    But I can tell you anyhow,
    I'll kill you if you quote it.

  17. Gingareeree

    Gingareeree New Member

    It's from a movie some years ago..."Opinions are like a**holes....everybody has one! (Had to post it since it's sooo true!!~~~Jeanne
  18. victoria

    victoria New Member

    so true!

    "He's got a photographic mind. Too bad it never developed."
    - Leopold Fechtner.

    "A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never ceased to be amused."
    - Shirley Maclaine.

    "Procrastination is the greatest laborsaving invention of all time."
    - Anonymous.

    "Procrastination gives you something to look forward to."
    - Joan Konner.

    "The latest new dance craze is called, "The Politician." It's two steps forward, one step backward, and then a sidestep."
    - Anonymous

    "The shortest distance between two points is under construction."
    - Noelie Altito

  19. Gingareeree

    Gingareeree New Member

    Those are all good ones!!I especially liked the ones pertaining to procrastination...I have to be the world's biggest one!~~Jeanne
  20. Debra49659

    Debra49659 New Member

    Robert Heinlein:

    Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

    Albert Einstein:

    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.