Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thursday 13 - Favorite Quotes - 5/15/08

There was apparently no theme this week so I came up with my own. That will teach you. My topic this week is some of my favorite quotations. I tried, unsuccessfully, to limit myself to 13, but as I am an undisciplined lout, that was impossible. None of these deserved to be cut. It took a lot of effort to prune my list to those listed below:

1. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ...Albert Einstein

2. The nice part of living in a small town is that when I don't know what I'm doing, someone else does. ....Source Unknown

3. Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. ....John F. Kennedy

4. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? ...Stephen Levine

5. Bigamy is having one spouse too many. Monogamy is the same. ...Oscar Wilde

6. I went to the American School of Redundancy School ...Jack A. Goodman

7. Stand firm in your refusal to remain conscious during algebra. In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra. ...Fran Lebowitz

8. Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose. ...Baltazar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, 1647

9. Just because you have a computer, doesn't mean you can't be stupid. ...Beavis and Butthead

10. The Ten Commandments contain 297 words. The Bill of Rights is stated in 463 words. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address contains 266 words. A recent federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words. ...Atlanta Journal

11. (A journalist asked if there was room for forgiveness toward the people who abetted the 9/11 terrorist attacks against America.)

I believe that forgiving them is God's function. Our job is simply to arrange the meeting. ...General Norman Schwartzkopf

12. Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. ...ANDRE GIDE

13. When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. ...Mark Twain

14. If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember. ....Kahlil Gibran

15. A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain. ....Robert Frost

16. A casual stroll through a lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything. ...Fredrick Nietzsche

17. No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible ...Voltaire

18. It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. ...Winston Churchill

19. Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that. ....George Carlin


maggies mind said...

I loved these! Great idea for a 13 list, too. Happy TT!

gLaDieZz said...

#1 is always in my head. I'm impressed how the outcome is different when the effort is the same?

Tiffany Aller said...

Fabulous Thursday Thirteen - thanks for coming to visit me!

I use the first quote in a leadership course I teach to college students - and we actually use it around my house quite a lot too. The second quote accurately describes my hometown. I often tell people that when I would sneeze growing up, my phone would ring and a neighbor from down the road would say "God Bless You!"

I also love the Norman Schwartzkopf quote - hilarious! Hadn't seen that one before.

One of my personal favorite quotes is "The sole earthly judge of right and wrong is success." That is attributed to Adolf Hitler - and history has proven him prescient. His devastating campaigns failed and so have proven his beliefs and methods wrong!

Neen said...

Some great quotes there.

mom huebert said...

Oh, you're right, there's no way you could pare that list down. Those are GREAT.

Number two reminds me of something my husband likes to quote: "There's not much to do in a small town, but what you hear makes up for it."

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

You're right. Why stop at 13???

I really like #17, in fact. Snowflakes, avalanches... you remember it. It's a good one.

Hazel Nut said...

Can relate to #2 coming from a village of 1800. Now I live in a city - I know my neighbours but also enjoy some privacy. People aren't as nosy in the city, in my view. Thank God.

Lucy said...

Wow, I love them all! It would be hard to choose a favorite, but #11 gave me chills. You did a great job with this theme.

Brenda ND said...

All your quotes require thought, time to ponder. Good TT!

shammi said...

Actually I'm really glad you didnt stick to the regulation 13. In fact, if you'd added dozens more still, you'd not hear a peep of complaint from me :)

verabear said...

14. If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember. ....Kahlil Gibran
-- How true, if you really think about it. Thanks for sharing your quotes :) (I'm late visiting TTs this week. Hehe)

giggles said...

Number 3 is one of my favorite quotes too, and number one is something I quote often! Well done....enjoyed the cabbage one!!

Hugs Sherrie

Redheels said...

I think my favorite is #17.

#1 is the one that runs thru my mind daily and still I continue do it the same....insanity.