If you're the die-hard fan I am, you'll remember most of these.
"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
"Grand. There's a word I really hate. It's a phoney. I could puke every time I hear it"
"I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetary. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody."
"If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late? Nobody."
"I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect."
"I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life."
"Religion is a necessary evil. Indeed,our enemies kill in the name of religion, but a lot of good does come out of it. If some people did not have something to believe in, they'de be lost and dangerous. Personally, I don't care if they worship a ham and cheese sandwich,as long as the sandwich doesn't tell them to kill anyone but to respect others and treat them like you'd want to be. Blind faith in politics or religion is a dangerous thing. Too much faith in anything is dangerous. God is the original "Big Brother." Fine. The first Santa! Someone to keep you in line when you're alone. A great tool to keep children in line. As for the question: "Why are we here?" Simple. We're food for the space aliens." Chris Vinski.
"The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination." Alan Watts
"Ma'am, I'm not tryin' to be sexy. Ah didn't have any clear idea of trying to sell sex. It's just my way of expressin' how I feel when I move around. It's all leg movement. I don't do nothin' with my body." Elvis Presley, speaking to reporters in 1956.
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom." Martin Luther King Jr.
On another post a few years back -- you can find it on the blog -- I published the whole "I have a dream" speech." It's a must-read today, the anniversary of its first delivery. It's also the day a mixed race (african-european) candidate makes history as becoming the Democratic candidate for the upcoming race.
That's a nice irony. I wonder if it was intentional. Then again, with most of my career spent working with sharp-eyed PR people, I don't think there's a need to wonder. Still. Nice touch.
Do you think he can win? I'd like to know. I'll post comments as I can fit them -- and as they don't include biting or insulting language to either candidate.
As Eric's kindergarten teacher says, peace and quiet on I'm Gina Smith today.
"It is to the credit of human nature, that, except where its selfishness is brought into play, it loves more readily than it hates. Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility." Nathaniel Hawthorne.
"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!" Ralph Waldo Emerson.
A wonderful new year's quote to start the year. gs
"This is the true joy in life: the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." G. B. Shaw.
"We are nowhere near the Millennium. In fact, at this point in history, the most radical, pervasive, and earth-shaking transformation would occur simply if everybody truly evolved to a mature, rational, and responsible ego, capable of freely participating in the open exchange of mutual self-esteem. There is the "edge of history". There would be a real New Age." -- Up from Eden , p. 328
" The greatest pleasure in life is doing what other people say you cannot do." Walter Bagehot.
On a side note, boy, does this resonate with me. My entire life, people have been telling me I can't do things: You can't get on a major newspaper, you won't make it to a major magazine, you could never host a radio show, never make it on network TV on-air, never write a NYT best-seller. The odds, they said, were against me.
In my opinion, the odds are against people who believe this complete and utter bullshit. Excuse the French.
If I could give anyone advice who is starting out right now, I'd say, find what you're good at and do everything you need to get to the top. Figure out a plan, examine the steps you'll need to take, and walk yourself up them, one by one.
The people who tell you that you can't make it themselves couldn't make it. For the few who actually have the nerve to ignore the naysayers, the odds of making your goals come true are actually pretty good.
""The thing that bugs me is that the people think the FDA is protecting them. It isn’t. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it’s doing are as different as night and day." Dr .Ley, former Commissioner of the FDA
"Reality never lies. There is truth behind every piece of information you receive, even when it is not obvious on the surface. Don't deny or ignore truth. Truth doesn't deny or ignore you. We sometimes trip over truth. It is worth the tumble. Senses can be fooled, but more often it is our evaluation of sensory input that is at fault. Watch what people do as well as what they say. Watch how they use their bodies and their time. Watch what they consume and what they discard. Watch what they avoid and what they prefer. Watch what they praise and what they criticize. Notice whose convenience they adopt. Notice their followers and their foes. Choose your companions and your teachers wisely. Often they are the same persons." Stephen K. Reynolds, from his unpublished writings from his website. (link in last posting).
"I believe in the pure Surrealist joy of the man who, forewarned that all others before him have failed, refused to admit defeat, sets off from watever point he chooses, along any other pat save a reasonable one, and arrives wherever he can." Andre Breton.
“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’ ” Kurt Vonnegut (quote excerpted from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Thanks to Chattering Mind.)