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Favorite Quotes and Quotation Sources

Here are a few of my own favorite quotations, kept on faded paper awaiting the time when it's easy to share. Now - thank you, Internet - that time has come! And here is a new virtual wall for sharing some favorite quotes, along with a few prime links for finding favorite quotations.
Enjoy & Reflect!   :-)

Personal Favorites

Life is what happens while you are making other plans.
- John Lennon

I'm not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens.
- Woody Allen

Some people are more turned on by money than they are by love.
In one respect they're alike. They're both wonderful as long as they last.

- Abigail Van Buren

It has become appallingly clear that our technology has surpassed our humanity.
I hope that someday, our humanity might yet surpass our technology.

- Albert Einstein

America is the first country to have gone from barbarism to decadence without the usual intervening period of civilization.
- Oscar Wilde

There are no rules here -- we're trying to accomplish something.
- Thomas A. Edison

Never interfere with an enemy in the process of destroying himself.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

I do not know how the Third World War will be fought, but I can tell you what they will use in the Fourth -- rocks!
- Albert Einstein

We're developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won't be able to think.
- Rod Serling

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe and it has a longer shelf life.
- Frank Zappa

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
- William James

Intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
- W. B Yeats

The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
- Plato

There is infinite hope. But not for us.
- Franz Kafka

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
- Bertrand Russell

We must believe in free will. We have no choice.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.
- Virginia Woolf

All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
- Buddha

Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive
- Sir Walter Scott

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.
- Thomas Jefferson

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
- Confucius

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

All generalizations are false, including this one.
- Mark Twain

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
- Pablo Picasso

You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
- Robin Williams

Without music, life would be a mistake.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.
- Euripides

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.

- Dr. Seuss

All of us are much more human than otherwise.
- Harry Stack Sullivan

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
- Plato

Above all... look out for each other.
- Barack Obama

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
- Buddha


Here now: A newspaper clip I cut out a few decades back and still have. Worth a read! From the time when Neil Simon ruled on Broadway and would never have considered heading west to LA la land.

Simon on East and West

It won't be long before Neil Simon of Los Angeles moves back to New York full-time on a part-time basis, which is to say the writer misses this city more than he thought he would when he headed West in 1975, and will spend four months a year here instead of visiting occasionally for a week at a stretch. Having crossed the country and seen both sides now, Mr. Simon is keenly aware of the differences, and has articulated them more than once, but rarely as bitingly as he does in the February issue of Playboy:

"I think that in southern California, people are very concerned about making their life comfortable, while back East they're more concerned with making their life interesting. If I had to make one comparison, I'd say that when it's 5 below in New York, it's 78 in Los Angeles, and when it's 110 in New York, it's 78 in Los Angeles. But there are two million interesting people in New York - and only 78 in Los Angeles."

Dear Abby: Psychiatrists vs psychologists (circa 1970s-1980s)

DEAR ABBY: I've seen several references in your column pointing out the differences between a psychiatrist and a psychologist. I submit my favorite.

"A psychiatrist is a person who has studied medicine, which he does not practice, then attempts to practice psychology, which he has not studied."
-Clinical Psychologist, Columbus, Ohio

[In the interest of fairness and context, this was before the age of Prozac, Adderall and a drug for every mental issue. It was the age of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy rather than treatment by pills. But the point about training in human psychology is still valid. - maf]

Finally, here are a few sites I've found which continue to be great resources over time.
More to come - you can quote me on that... Enjoy! (Now where did I put that Pensieve?)   :-)


For purists, there's
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations page, which includes chronological listings and word search.

And here is perhaps the ultimate 21st-Century
Online Quotation Database.

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