Archive for the ‘Quotations’ Category

Let’s Travel!

October 7, 2017

I ran across a couple of travel-related quotations the other day and decided that they were worth sharing.  I’ve always been a fan of travel (and try to do so at every available opportunity), so for me this is second nature, but for most of the U.S. population, vacation seems to be a dirty word as we slave away at our jobs without taking the necessary steps to take care of ourselves.

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.’  (Unknown)

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Here are some interesting articles on the state of our vacations:

Yikes!  Don’t you think it is time for a vacation?  Plan one just for the health of it!  You won’t regret it.

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We Are All Endowed . . . !

September 7, 2017

According to Stephen Covey . . .

“Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”

Let’s look at these individually, shall we?

  • Self-awareness represents our capacity for introspection and our ability to recognize our unique personality and character (individuality from everyone else).
  • Conscience represents our ability to differentiate right from wrong; an awareness of the morality of our behaviors.
  • Independent will represents our capacity to act; to act based upon some guiding principle as opposed to reacting to emotion or circumstances.
  • Creative imagination represents the ability to form mental images or concepts of things not physically present to your senses.

Let’s use these endowments to choose, respond, and change in a productive manner.

Historical Fiction at Its Best!

August 23, 2017

The time has come for me to once again re-read the The Far Pavilions (which I do every three-to-four years for pure entertainment).  An epic novel of British-Indian history that was originally published in 1978 by M. M. Kaye (Mary Margaret).  I cannot explain exactly why I find this read so enthralling except for the possible reason that I’m a hopeless romantic deep down inside and enjoy the total “escapism” by reliving the story over and over.  It is by no means a quick read, either.  At just under 1,000 pages, this tome is a major undertaking, but is worth every treasured moment as I’m transported to nineteenth-century India for many evenings of adventure and romance.

In the opinion of Nancy Banks-Smith (critic for The Guardian), this book is “One of those big, fat paperbacks, intended to while away a monsoon or two, which, if thrown with a good overarm action, will bring a water buffalo to its knees.” (on 4 January 1984)

Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, category: Books, entry #2, p. 41.

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.