Quotable Quotes

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"We just gotta put one foot in front of the other and get on with this gooey slime of living." - Laura Crouch (artist)
  “If you can't fly, then run.
If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl.
But whatever you do, keep moving.”
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Life does not imitate art, it imitates bad telivision.”- Woody Allen (comedian)
Procrastinate now. Do not wait un till tomorrow .” - Ellen Degeneress (comedian)

“Guns don’t kill people..

Apes with guns kill people.” - Charltin Heston (actor, NRA spokesman)

“Wouldn’t Ponochio II be a great musical, now that he has to face the real world and get a wife... job. Now he wants to be a toy again.” - Rufus Wainwright (singer, songwriter)

“When asked about Western Civilization, Ghandi responded: ‘It would be a good idea.’”-Robin Williams (comedian)

“It's kind of a week in the life of a heartbreak." - Beck Hansen (musician)
Demitri Martin
"Whale watching is equal to water staring" - Demitri Martin (Comedian, Law Student, Musician, Artist)
"A pipe is greater than a bong, because when you are smoking a pipe you at at least look like you are thinking about something"
"I like playing frisbee. It is the only sport where you can throw something at a person and it's okay."

"A turtle is greater than a baby nephew, because it is okay to drop a turtle."

Words. Words are fun to play with, but they also have a lot power. For example: The Sentence "I HATE YOU," becomes even stronger when the principle of removal is applied and then you have, "I ATE YOU." Then it becomes suddenly weaker with another removal, "I ATE YO." Then just attention grabbing, "A YO." Then just kind of a celebration, "A O."

“Raised in Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood; now living in the Twighlight Zone.”

“Being sober on a bus is, like, totally differ ant than being drunk on a bus.”-Ozzy Osbourne (singer)
“I wouldn’t want to be normal, even if I knew what it is.”
“I tried sanity once but the side effects were brutal.”
"In my retirement center at night, I do not mind entering the dark dining room at night to turn off the lights. My coworkers are quite scared and will not enter due to terrifying spirits that linger. The ghosts do not scare me because I know them all." -Tim Benjamin (artist)
"Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?" -Sai Bab
"I have had no true friends, only lovers." -Pablo Picasso (artist)

"With insomnia, nothing is real. Everything is far away. Everything is a copy of a copy of a copy."- Chuck Palahniuk (author)

"Creativity evolves, erupts, and explodes/diffuses in so many media and forms." - Laura Crouch (artist)
"A hard man is good to find." - Mae West (actress)
"An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises." - Mae West (actress)
"A man’s kiss is his signature." - Mae West (actress)
"Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often." - Mae West (actress)
"Sex is emotion in motion." - Mae West (actress)
When a fortune teller gazes into a crystal ball and says astonished to a passive Mae West, "I see a man in your future."
Mae West takes a drag off her cigarette and says, "Just One." - Mae West (actress)
"Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly." - Mae West (actress)
"Love isn’t an emotion or an instinct – it’s an art." - Mae West (actress)
"I believe that it’s better to be looked over than it is to be overlooked." - Mae West (actress)
"I’m a woman of very few words, but lots of action." - Mae West (actress)
"Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can’t figure out what from." - Mae West (actress)
"It's not the men in your life; it is the life in your man." - Mae West (actress)
"Cultivate your curves – they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided." - Mae West (actress)
"I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing." -Mae West (actress)
"I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure." - Mae West (actress)
"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before." - Mae West (actress)
"A woman in love can’t be reasonable – or she probably wouldn’t be in love." - Mae West (actress)
"I like my clothes to be tight enough to show I’m a woman… but loose enough to show I’m a lady." - Mae West (actress)
"It's not selling out, it is called making lots of money." Sir Mick Jagger (musician) On selling a Rolling Stone's tune to a Microsoft Windows advertisement.
"This is my 1963 Ford. It was the only car I could A-Ford." - Chuck Berry (musician, poet)
"Pah never had much reason to go to college, that is, until he saw Mama at college. Now he had a reason to go college." - Chuck Berry (musician, poet)
Mike Benjamin
"Sex is like a potato chip; once you have the first one, you want the entire manufacturing company." - Mike Benjamin (philosopher)
"Ten minutes behind a bush can ruin the rest of your life" - Mike Benjamin (philosopher)
"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much." - Oscar Wilde (playwright, poet and author)
"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."- Oscar Wilde (playwright, poet and author)
"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months." - Oscar Wilde (playwright, poet and author)
"Genius is born--not paid."- Oscar Wilde (playwright, poet and author)
"If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you." - Oscar Wilde (playwright, poet and author)
"Illusion is the first of all pleasures." - Oscar Wilde (playwright, poet and author)
"It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information." - Oscar Wilde (playwright, poet and author)

"Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace."- Oscar Wilde (playwright, poet and author)

"Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter." - Oscar Wilde (playwright, poet and author)
"I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones." - Oscar Wilde (playwright, poet and author)
"Strangely, some songs you really don't want to write. " - David Bowie (singer, songwriter, actor)
"When the musical keyboard was created in the 1970's, you had electronic geeks that had no background in music created these devises and gave them to musicians that had no background in electronics. The result was some of the wierd sounds that came out in the '70s." - David Bowie (singer, songwriter, actor)
"I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. " - Kurt Cobain (singer, songwriter)
"I'm so happy because today I found my friends - they're in my head. " - Kurt Cobain (singer, songwriter)
"The duty of youth is to challenge corruption. " -Kurt Cobain (Singer, Songwriter)
"A friend is nothing but a known enemy." - Kurt Cobain (singer, songwriter)
"I've always had a problem with the average macho man - they've always been a threat to me." - Kurt Cobain (singer, songwriter)
"If you ever need anything please don't hesitate to ask someone else first"-Kurt Cobain (Singer, Songwriter)
"Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock. " -Kurt Cobain (Singer, Songwriter)
"If it's illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail! " -Kurt Cobain (Singer, Songwriter)
"I started being really proud of the fact that I was gay even though I wasn't. " -Kurt Cobain (Singer, Songwriter)
"I bought a gun and chose drugs instead."-Kurt Cobain (Singer, Songwriter)
"Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight. " -Johnny Cash (Singer, Songwriter)
"I once shot a man in Vegas just to watch him die."

Steve Martin with some advise on writing: "One, copy a sentence in another author's work.   Second, if you feel that you are writing a depressing story, it might be where you are writing.   Try somewhere bright happy.   Take your writing and sit in a L.A. garden.   Look at your writing and find something like the short phrase:

Most People deceive themselves with a pair of faiths:
  They believe in eternal memory (of people, things, deeds, nations) and in irrepressibility (of deeds, sins, mistakes, wrongs).   Both are false faiths.   In reality the opposite is true: everything will be forgotten and nothing will be redressed. (Milan Kundera)
Now, sitting in your L. A. garden, let the above sentence through your mind.   The following paragraph can emerge:
  I feel pretty,
  Oh so pretty,
  I feel pretty and witty and bright. - Steve Martin (Comedian, Philosophy Meager)

Thomas Jefferson was the Third President, but is on the two dollar bill.   Jefferson was a great mind and fellow artist be diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.

The principal author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Jefferson was well equipped behind the pen and ink.   In his presidency, Jefferson was known to send his State of the Union addresses in letterform to be read aloud by someone else.

When the scandal of his affair with a slave rose, the still in office President did what so many future politicians should do, he just preferred to say nothing on the subject.   He felt that the world was so much better in the company of women and also felt that life is best lived in the avoidance of pain.   "The best sea captain steers clear of all rocks."

One of my favorite American historical figures, Founding Figures and Presidents is Thomas Jefferson.   Reserved to a point of pain, Jefferson had his own way about being a revolutionary, he never was one be outspoken and preferred to write his thoughts down and think them over before showing them to anyone.  

Not afraid to write what he felt to be right and what was evil, Jefferson was all too glad to sink England to the bottom of the Atlantic, "I would gladly lend my hand to sink the whole of Great Britain into the ocean." but did not ever make his dealing known on the for of the Continental Congress in pre Revolutionary America.   When John Adam, a soon to be close friend of Jefferson did hear Jefferson state these ambition in confidence, my ancestor Adams asked Jefferson why he did make his feeling known.   "I am not a great public speaker, Mr. Adams."

Thomas Jefferson quotes:
" Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today."
"The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead."
"The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money."
"When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred."
"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on."
"Never spend your money before you have earned it."
" I cannot live without books."
" Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper."
"Always take hold of things by the smooth handle."
"An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes."
"An injured friend is the bitterest of foes."
"Be polite to all, but intimate with few."
"Delay is preferable to error."
"Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing."
"Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it."
"Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do."
"Every generation needs a new revolution."
"Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind."
"He who knows best knows how little he knows."
"History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is."
"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."
"I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind."
"I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us."
"I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another."
"I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it."
"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
"I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
"Information is the currency of democracy."
"It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong."
"It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read."
"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
"Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations."
"My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me."

" No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden"

"One man with courage is a majority."
"One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more."
"Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it."
"Power is not alluring to pure minds."
"Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour."
"Taste cannot be controlled by law."
"The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave."
"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers."
"There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me."
"There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world."
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
"We never repent of having eaten too little."
"Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching."
"I'm increasingly persuaded that the earth belongs exclusively to the living, and that one generation has no more right to bind another to its laws and judgments than one independent nation has a right to command another." ~ Jefferson
"Slavery is an abomination and must be loudly proclaimed as such, but I own that I nor any other man has any immediate solution to the problem." ~ Jefferson
"Impartiality is always partial, John." ~ Jefferson
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
"You've a disconcerting lack of faith in your fellow man, Mr. A. And in yourself, if I may say." ~ Jefferson
John Adams
Abigail Adams
Jefferson observes toward John Adams: "You've a disconcerting lack of faith in your fellow man, Mr. A. And in yourself, if I may say." - Jefferson
John Adams responds:"Yes, and you display a dangerous excess of faith in your fellow man, Mr. Jefferson." ~ John Adams
While John Adams is looking at the famous portrait of George Washington in the tattered White House, he says: (not exactly quoted I'm sure) "The old man is either welcoming us or showing us the way out."
"You do not need to quote great men to show you are one." - Abigail Adams
"They would not call George Washington 'hermaphroditical!" ~ Abigail
"They could call him toothless though." ~ John
"Half-fed slaves building our nation's capital. What good can possibly come from such a place." ~ Abigail
"Franklin has asked me to marry him many times." -Franklin's French lover

"Has he indeed! An inconvenience to Mrs. Franklin, surely." ~Abigail Adams

Benjamin Franklin
"We're ALL contradictions, Mr. Adams."
"Well, I'm sure we'll disagree a great deal. Our country is founded on the right to disagree. Still, we must prevail, if only to prove Mr. Dickinson wrong, that we will not tear ourselves asunder after the defeat of our common enemy." ~ Franklin
"Diplomacy is seduction in another guise, Mr. Adams. One improves with practice." ~ Ben Franklin
"Do you not believe in saying what you think?" ~ Adams
"No, I'm very much against it. Thinking aloud is a habit responsible for much of the misery of mankind." ~ Ben Franklin
" The English LOVE an insult!" Ben Franklin, approving Adam's appointed post in France.

"Fish and guests both stink after three days"....Ben Franklin

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