Friday Question of the Day – Favorite Quote of All Time?



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With the passing of Yogi Berra the great baseball player and arguably, greater wordsmith – it got me thinking about quotes I love. Bob Marley’s “In the abundance of water the fool is thirsty” is one of my favorites. So in honor of Yogi Berra – what are some of your favorite quotes of all time?

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  • “Weather forecast for tonight: dark.” – George Carlin

  • “dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!” – peter venkman

  • Linc Park SE

    Not all those who wander are lost.

    – Tolkien

  • “Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”

  • Staying with Marley, and there are many, how about, “one good thing about music when it hits you feel no pain”
    Then sticking with the repetitive music lyrics that amplify in intensity Otis Redding, “Try and little a little tenderness”
    To continue the musical theme and tie one into the neighborhood, “you know the pusherman don’t care if you live or if you die”
    None of these are very deep, but PoP’s post had me focused on song lyrics

  • “The problem with quotes on the Internet, is that it is hard to verify their authenticity” -Abraham Lincoln

  • Obviously, you’re not a golfer.

  • Is not love not unlike the unlikely not that we unliken it to? – Leon Phelps

  • Be moderate in everything, including moderation.
    -Attributed to nearly everyone, but most likely Horace Porter

  • Research indicates that 84% of all statistics are made up right on the spot.

  • This is a fantastic Friday question, and a difficult one.

    “Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”
    ― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • “No matter where life takes me, I’ll never be so fancy as I can’t pee off my porch.”

    My mom attributes that quote to Dolly Parton, but I’m not so sure about that.

    • Emmaleigh504

      “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap!” Dolly Parton <3

    • “The nicest thing I can say about her is all her tattoos are spelled correctly.” –Dolly Parton (as Truvy in Steel Magnolias)

    • Love for all these Dolly quotes
      Some of my favs:
      “I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.”
      “Thanks to Botox and fillers, as well as the work that I’ve already had, my face pretty much maintains itself.”

  • “Wherever you go, there you are.” Buckaroo Banzai

  • *dusts off slouchy beany, puts on plastic rimmed glasses, sips soy extra hot pumpkin spice latte, opens Pinterest*
    “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss (The Lorax)
    “If you judge someone, you have no time to love them.” (Ma Theresa)
    “Not til we are lost do we begin to find ourselves.” Henry David Thoreau

  • Virtue is the truest nobility – Miguel de Cervantes

    Sorry, your seat belt seems to be broken, what do you recommend I do? – Mitch Martin

  • “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society.

  • “We are experiencing Residual Delays because of an earlier…”-WMATA

  • “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
    –Groucho Marx

  • Emmaleigh504

    “Look, I hate you both! Never talk to me again!”
    And everything the Dowager Countess of Grantham says.

  • “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

  • justinbc

    “Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.”
    ― Terry Pratchett, Thief of Time

  • “Never, never, never give up.” –Winston Churchill
    and along the same vein… “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” (Also Churchill)

  • Emmaleigh504

    “If you want to fuck with the Eagles, you have to learn to fly.” Heather Chandler

  • justinbc

    And some of my favorite food related ones:
    “Great restaurants are, of course, nothing but mouth-brothels. There is no point in going to them if one intends to keep one’s belt buckled.” – Frederic Raphael
    “Desserts are like mistresses. They are bad for you. So if you are having one, you might as well have two.” – Alain Ducasse
    Death, to Albert: “THERE ARE BETTER THINGS IN THE WORLD THAN ALCOHOL, ALBERT.” Albert: “Oh, yes, sir. But alcohol sort of compensates for not getting them.” – Terry Pratchett

  • Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.


  • Emmaleigh504

    “Hasten forward, quickly there!” Theodore Roosesvelt

  • “Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things” — J.V. Paterno

  • Two from Kingsley Amis:

    “If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.”


    “The rewards for being sane may not be very many, but knowing what’s funny is one of them.”

    And one from his friend, Philip Larkin:

    “Life is an immobile, locked,
    Three-handed struggle between
    Your wants, the world’s for you, and (worse)
    The unbeatable slow machine
    That brings what you’ll get. Blocked,
    They strain round a hollow stasis
    Of havings-to, fear, faces.
    Days sift down it constantly. Years.”

  • Escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience. – Mitch Hedberg

  • “Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” – Anthony Bourdain

  • “Just because I don’t care doesn’t mean I don’t understand”
    -Homer J. Simpson

  • “The mountains are calling and I must go” – John Muir

  • Quotia Zelda

    “Horseplay leads to tears.” (Parviz Mojgani)

    “Come the Revolution, there’ll be no limousines!” (the Burdette Street Philospher, courtesy of some hippy guy in Vermont)

    • Emmaleigh504

      He’s a stat senator in New Hampshire!

      How could I forget about horse okay. I’m so ashamed, it’s goin on my tombstone!

  • Quotia Zelda

    And my real favorite:
    “New Orleans, she smells like summer rain, sweet olive and coffee.” (Chris Rose)

  • “The Dude abides.”

    –Jeffrey Lebowski

  • “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.” – David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel

  • I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.
    Allen Ginsberg

  • “Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best.” — Frank Zappa

  • “Tradition is the illusion of permanence.” – Woody Allen

  • These three:

    “I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave’s a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that’s what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.”
    ― Joan Didion

    “I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.”
    ― Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

    “Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.”
    ― Joan Didion, On Self-Respect

  • “The real problem is how to wallow with the eagles at night and then soar with the pigs in the morning”

  • Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

  • I Dont Get It

    “Well doggies! “–Jed Clampett

  • “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

    -Edmund Burke

  • “We have no dreams at all or interesting ones. We should learn to be awake the same way – not at all or in an interesting manner.” – Nietzsche, The Gay Science, Sec. 232

  • “Just living until you die is hard work” – Bukowski

  • Whoa, did somebody step on a duck?

  • “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – Muir

    “Get action…” – T. Roosevelt

  • Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet. – Gen. James Matthis

  • “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela

  • “When the going get weird, the weird turn pro”
    -Hunter S. Thompson

  • Inspirational quote: “Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach
    Funny quote: “This shirt is dry clean only. Which means… It’s dirty.” – Mitch Hedberg
    Lyrics that are getting me through these last four months: “Somehow I know, we’ll meet again, not sure quite where and I don’t know just when, you’re in my heart so until then, wanna smile, wanna cry, saying goodbye.”- Muppets Take Manhatten

    • I need to go home right now and watch Muppets Take Manhattan again! I don’t remember that song but I want to!

  • “Branching paths. The turning of days and seasons and years. Life offered you love sometimes, sorrow often. If you were very fortunate, true friendship. You did what you could to shape your own peace, before you crossed over to the night and left the world behind, as all men did, to be forgotten or remembered, as time or love allowed.

    Every single tale carries within it many others, noted in passing, hinted at, entirely overlooked. Every life has moments where it branches, importantly (even if only for one person), and every one of those branches will have offered a different story.”
    – Guy Gavriel Kay, “Under Heaven”

    • Also, so hard to choose my favorite Discworld quote, but maybe…

      There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What’s up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don’t think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass! Who’s been pinching my beer? And at the other end of the bar the world is full of the other type of person, who has a broken glass, or a glass that has been carelessly knocked over (usually by one of the people calling for a larger glass) or who had no glass at all, because he was at the back of the crowd and had failed to catch the barman’s eye.
      — (Terry Pratchett, The Truth)

    • That One Guy

      That’s a beautiful quotation.
      Mono no aware.

  • “I like the South, legacy….traditions. We don’t have that up North. We have sarcasm…and iced coffee.”–Nancy Botwin in Weeds

  • “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • jim_ed

    “God is love. Therefore he who dwells in love, dwells in God, and God in he.” – John 4:16.
    “When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.” – Jonathan Swift

  • “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” — Rilke

  • “When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would this itch. When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age.In middle age I was assured greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job. Nothing has worked. Four hoarse blasts of a ships’s whistle still raise the hair on my neck and set my feet to tapping. The sound of a jet, an engine warming up, even the clopping of shod hooves on pavement brings on the ancient shudder, the dry mouth and vacant eye, the hot palms and the churn of stomach high up under the rib cage. In other words, once a bum always a bum. I fear this disease incurable. I set this matter down not to instruct others but to inform myself….A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we not take a trip; a trip takes us.” -John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

  • “You won’t do it at the right time. You’ll be late. You’ll be early. You’ll get re-routed. You’ll get delayed. You’ll change your mind. You’ll change your heart. It’s not going to turn out the way you thought it would. It will be better.” —Kate Moller

  • Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.–Robert Frost

    What a difference a day makes–sung by Dinah Washington. My mom loved this song and often said this phrase to me when I was a teen and worried or obsessed too much.

  • “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”

    -Norman Maclean “A River Runs Through It”

  • “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” – Churchill

  • “It’s easier to put on slippers than to carpet the world.” Stuart Smalley
    “Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.” Cher

  • If you can’t blind them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.
    -WC Fields

  • Two of my favorites:
    Unexpected intrusions of beauty. That is what life is. – Saul Bellow (Herzog)
    A man has to know he had a choice before he can enjoy what he chose. – Kesey (Sometimes A Great Notion)

  • “Some days the bear will eat you, some days you eat the bear.” I attribute it to Joan Armatrading, though it could have originated somewhere else.

  • northeazy

    “Trust arrives on foot and leaves on horseback.”

    Also, keeping with horse references and being a tad crass, nevertheless, always loved “F*ck you and the horse you rode in on.”

  • “The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering.”
    Tom Waits

  • Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.
    Mother Jones

  • all this will not be finished in the first 100 days. nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. but let us begin…john f. kennedy, jr.

    travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice and narrow-mindedness. broad,
    wholesome and charitable views cannot be acquired by vegetating in one tiny corner of the globe…mark twain

  • They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”

    Jack Kerouac, On The Road

  • At the moment:

    “I’m going crazy. I’m standing here solidly on my own two hands and going crazy.” — Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn), The Philadelphia Story

  • And also this gem:

    Clare Booth Luce, holding door for Dorothy Parker: Age before beauty.
    Dorothy Parker, sailing through door: Pearls before swine.

  • The larger number of senses involved the better chance of transmitting a reliable copy of the senders mental state.

    -Johnathan Miller

  • Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

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