Archive for the ‘Quotations’ Category

The Joys of “Getting Away!”

August 10, 2017

Vacations are wonderful . . . the process of “getting away” from the day to day drudge is ever so important for one’s mental health and well-being.  But how many of us are guilty of not taking advantage of our vacations to relax and recharge our physical and emotional batteries?  I know that I’ve been guilty of not taking appropriate vacations or travel (from time to time), but I’m certainly striving to do better in this department lately. Speaking of travel, here are some humorous definitions (by way of quotations) on the topic of “travel” and “tourist.”

Travel
“The process of journeying thousands of miles away from people to avoid them, and then sending them a card saying, ‘Wish you were here.'”  (E.C. McKenzie)

“What’s only glamorous in retrospect.”   (Paul Theroux)

And, regarding a “tourist,”

“A man who travels hundreds of miles just to get a photograph of himself standing beside his car.”  (Hal Roach)

Source: The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone.

My Humblest Apologies!

July 9, 2017

How hard is it to offer an apology when an honest mistake is made?  Not very hard at all, and yet so many people are challenged (or refuse) to do so.  I would have to say that it would be best for all concerned (in the long run) to just swallow your pride, apologize, get over it, and move on.  Life is too short to have to endure the ill-feelings that are sure to result from not having done so.  Here are a few of my favorite quotations regarding an apology.

Apology has been defined as . . .
“Egotism the wrong side out.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)

“The only thing that will allow you to get the last word in with a woman.”  (Danny Cummins)

“An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be.”  (Steve Martin)

Source: The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone.

Civilization!

June 10, 2017

Yes, it is the twenty-first century and we certainly have all the trappings of being a civilized society:

  • marked by well-organized laws and rules about how people behave with each other
  • polite, reasonable, and respectful
  • pleasant and comfortable
  • showing concern for what is correct according to social rules

But are we really?  Violence continues to lead the headlines, our prisons are overflowing, and moral corruptness is exemplified on a daily basis.  Despite all of these counter indications, I truly believe that we are still managing to maintain some semblance of civility as a society.

That being said, here are some of my favorite quotations about “civilization.”

“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”  (Ariel Durant)

“Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary  necessities.”  (Mark Twain)

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

“Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty and dies with chaos.”  (Will Durant)

How Farcical!

May 10, 2017

Most people would define “farce” as an absurd event and may even go so far as to use words like  buffoonery or horseplay; events such as these would including crudeness and highly ludicrous or improbable situations.  Here are some of my favorite quotations on the topic of farce . . . (Source:  The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone)

“A genre that’s nearer to tragedy in its essence than comedy is.”  (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

“Tragedy with the trousers down.”  (Brian Rix)

Additionally, I found some additional quotations that are equally amusing . . .

“Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.”  (Arthur Rimbaud)

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”  (Karl Marx)

“The farce is finished. I go to seek a vast perhaps.”  (Francois Rabelais)

“Farce treats the improbably as probable and the impossible as possible.”  (George Pierce Baker)

“There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce.”  (Mark Twain)

Nonconformity!

April 29, 2017

Happy Saturday!  How about some oxymoronica to start the weekend?  According to Dr. Mardy Grothe, the word oxymoronica is used “to describe quotations that contain imcompatible or incongruous elements.”  Here’s a quotation from Bill Vaughn on nonconformity that exemplifies this point beautifully.

“If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it’s another nonconformist who doesn’t conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.”

Source: Oxymoronica by Dr. Mardy Grothe

Are You Responsible?!

March 22, 2017

Happy Wednesday!  Congratulations, you are nearly halfway through the week.  I ran across a great joke the other day  . . .

EMPLOYER: We need someone who is highly responsible.

APPLICANT: In that case, I’m your man.  At my last job, every time something went wrong, they told me I was responsible.

As I pondered the whole idea of responsible (and responsibility) I remembered a couple of quotations on the topic that really hit the mark:

“Responsibilities are given to him on whom trust rests. Responsibility is always a sign of trust.”  (James Cash Penney)

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”  (Winston Churchill)

Yawning!

March 9, 2017

From the book titled: oxymoronica (by Dr. Mardy Grothe), G.K. Chesterton was quoted as saying “A yawn is a silent shout.”  I’ve heard that yawns were a sign of an oxygen deficiency to the brain and they generally occur during time of relaxation and drowsiness.  There are several theories as to the why . . . physiological theory, evolution theory, boredom theory, brain-cooling theory . . . and who knows what other reasons may get posited at one time or another.  What about the “contagious” theory?  Here’s an interesting video to help explain it all.  Or, if you want to read more, here’s a link to some additional information.

Speaking of Tuesday . . .!

February 21, 2017

Happy Tuesday!  And speaking of Tuesday, one of my favorite books was Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.  If you’re not familiar with the book, the gist of it is as follows (courtesy of Shmoop):

“Morrie is an extremely lovable college professor who—in his late sixties—finds out that he is dying. The story of his last few weeks on earth is told by Mitch, one of Morrie’s former students, who happens to bump into him during his final days.”

So in light of the fact that it is Tuesday, here are a few memorable quotations from the book.  Enjoy!

“Accept who you are; and revel in it.”

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

“Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hold on too long.”

“I give myself a good cry if I need it, but then I concentrate on all good things still in my life.”

Source: www.shmoop.com and www.goodreads.com

Reading in Fundamental!

December 17, 2016

I remember well the “Reading is FUNdamental” campaign from the mid-60s (and celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year [2016]).  This nonprofit organization was one of the earliest advocates for improving children’s literacy in the United States.  Some quick facts (from http://www.rif.org):

  • 65% = the number of  fourth-graders who can’t read at the 4th-grade level.
  • 80% = the number of low-income children who are “at-risk” of falling behind in school.
  • 8,000 = the number of high school students who dropout each day.

I’m certainly grateful for my literacy and cannot imagine the inability to read.  Here are some of my favorite quotations on the topic of reading.  Enjoy!

“The man who doesn’t read has no advantage over the man who can’t read.” (Author unknown)

“A good book should leave you… slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.”  (William Styron)

“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” (Author unknown)

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”  (Paul Sweeney)

“We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind.”  (Anna Quindlen)

“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”  (Mark Twain)

“It is better to have your nose in a book than in someone else’s business.”  (Adam Stanley)

Change!

December 14, 2016

Change is all around us and is a reality of the world . . . but there continues to be great resistance to change by many people.  Whenever I think of change, I’m reminded of a book title (courtesy of http://www.simpletruths.com) — “Change is good . . . you go first!”  Here are few other quotations on the subject of change . . .

“One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up instead of what they have to gain.” – Rick Godwin

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
― Leo Tolstoy

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”  ― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein