Favorite Quotes

My most favorite of course is in my signature but here are a few others I really enjoy

Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

  • Mark Twain

It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.
-Mark Twain

A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

  • Mark Twain

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

  • Albert Einstien

For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.

  • Sun Tzu

A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human.

  • Alan Turing

What are some of your favorite quotes?

Thats it then...its all over…[i]Eliza/Psycho[/i] rules OK


…"I used to be Snow White, but I drifted! Mae West

Also from Mark Twain:

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.


Not verbatim, but near enough, “When I was 14, I was embarrassed by how ignorant my old man was, but when I was twenty one, I was staggered by how much he had learned in just seven years.” Mark Twain.

Nothing is so useless as a general maxim.

  • Lord Macauley

This is just the sort of arrant nonsense up with which we shall not put.

  • Churchill, mocking those who rail against split infinitives

I don’t think you ever really learn ‘how to write a book’. You just learn ‘how to write this particular book’.

  • Neil Gaiman

A professional writer is simply an amateur writer who never stopped.

  • Unknown

Ha, you can find a whole bunch of my favourite quotes… But I can’t tell you how, as at Easter you are supposed to search for the eggs yourself…

What’s this? Buckets of Twain but no Wilde? Come on Britishers, you ought to hold up your end of this jig.

A sentimentalist is someone who doesn’t yet know that an emotion must be paid for

  • Oscar Wilde

and for Fluff’s benefit:

Inspiring bold John Barleycorn, What dangers thou canst make us scorn! Wi’ tippenny, we fear nae evil; Wi’ usquebae, we’ll face the devil!

  • Robert Burns ('o course!)

“The Greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” - Nat King Cole

“Let these be your desires: To melt like a running brook that sings it’s melody into the night.” - Gibran

“Give your hearts, but not into eachother’s keeping.
For only the hand of life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in eachothers shadows.” - Kahlil Gibran

“In the beginning the world was without form and void and the spirit of god hovered over the water” - Genesis

“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” - Psalm 139 (not Christian but some of the Bible is beautiful poetry)


-Miranda Tufnell

“He is a finished man. He has no lawyer, no counsel, nobody to represent and defend him, or love him, or care for him.” - Steven Berkoff/Franz Kafka

"The Tao is called the Great Mother:
empty yet inexhaustible,
it gives birth to infinite worlds.

It is always present within you.
You can use it any way you want." - Tao Te Ching

“Love is letting her warm her feet on yours” - Kim Casili

That’ll do for now.

“Ask not what Vista can do for you. Ask what you can buy for Vista”

  • PC

“You have come to a sad realization. Cancel or Allow?”

  • Vista Security

Beer has its own household budget.
Reginald Ward

I reject your reality and substitute it with my own.

  • Adam Savage ?

I lost myself when I lost my motivation.

  • Josh Clayton-Felt

Seriously, everyone, I need some help.

Somewhere in my tiny pea brain is a vague memory of someone famous saying (re: baseball), “Doesn’t anybody here know how to play this game?”

I want to use this to start my rant/screed about the disappearance of English in the US, but I need attribution. Have searched various internet sites unsuccessfully.

Any help would be gratefully appreciated. In payment I can ship you some of the beautiful snow that fell today.

Thanks in advance.

Casey Stengel. He was watching the Mets play.

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Thank you so much! I knew it was someone like that–I was trying to fit the words into Yogi Berra’s mouth, but it wasn’t working. Well, I must continue my rant…maybe something will come of it.

Hey, all of mine were Britishers! There’s more to wit than Wilde, you know :stuck_out_tongue:

“Your Highness is like a stream of bat’s piss.”

Or more likely:

Wee, sleekit, cow’rin’, timorous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi’ bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an chase thee
Wi’ murd’ring pattle!


Attributable to Fingall O`Flahertie Wills, on his deathbed

“Either those curtains go or I do”
“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.”

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”

“Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.”

More anyone?

“Just finish.”

Robert Towne, screenwriter of Chinatown on the secret of writing success.

“A good plan, violently executed today, is far and away better than a perfect plan next week.”

  • Gen. George S. Patton

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”

  • Wayne Gretzke

“Never trust an editor. Never trust an editor. Never trust an editor.”

  • Edna Buchanan, who won a Pulitzer in the 80s for her work as crime beat reporter for the Miami Herald

“They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty nor security.”
-Benjamin Franklin

Extension of the above

My all-time favorite quote:

“It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage.”
– Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought –
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.