What Is Your Favourite Quotation?

  

Category:  Mental Health and Wellness

By:  buzz-of-the-orient  •  last year  •  120 comments

What Is Your Favourite Quotation?

What is Your Favourite Quotation?

This is probably a good time to share the messages that can bring hope, joy or inspiration — a line from a book, a short verse of poetry, words from a speech or song lyrics you love. You can never know who might find comfort in those words, as well as you..

It's hard for me to choose, there are so many that I cannot break the tie.

"Don't take life too serious, son. It ain't nohow permanent."   (Churchy La Femme of Pogo fame)

"Don't believe anything you read or hear, and only half of what you see."   (Somebody's grandpappy)

""Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."   (I shouldn't have to identify JFK - I'd be shocked if there was anyone who doesn't know it)

And so, let's see your favourites.


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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1  author  Buzz of the Orient    last year

And so, let's see your favourites.

 
 
 
Citizen Kane-473667
Professor Guide
1.1  Citizen Kane-473667  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    last year

Pray for Smart: Plan for Stupid!

It's a saying I created 20 years ago in the Tradeshow Industry.  We pray that people will be smart enough to get the job done correctly, but we plan for the idiot who could screw up a wet dream...

 
 
 
Drakkonis
Masters Guide
1.2  Drakkonis  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    last year

"I shall return! And when I do, I'll be back!"

General Douglas McArthur, Mad Magazine

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1.2.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Drakkonis @1.2    last year

Sounds like a Yogi Berraism.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
2  JohnRussell    last year

"Regret Is Vain" 

attributed to the Buddha by the buddhist writer Christmas Humphreys, although probably unsubstantiated. 

My second choice would be one or more of the many memorable things said by Mark Twain. 

 
 
 
Kathleen
Professor Principal
3  Kathleen    last year

Before marriage keep you eyes wide open, after... keep them half shut.

 
 
 
Kathleen
Professor Principal
3.1  Kathleen  replied to  Kathleen @3    last year

I saw it in a cookbook.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
4  Kavika     last year

''it is what it is''

The phrase appeared in a column written by J. E. Lawrence in the Nebraska State Journal:

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
PhD Quiet
5  Ed-NavDoc    last year

"With Congress, every time they make a joke it's a law, and every time they make a law it's a joke."  

Will Rogers

Fallback quote: "You can't cure stupid".

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
5.1  JBB  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @5    last year

"I do not belong to an organized political party. I am a Democrat" - Will Rogers

"I refuse to join any group with standards so low they accept people like me" - Groucho Marx 

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
6  JBB    last year

Upper class English lady to Winston Churchill, "Sir, if I were your wife I would put poison in your food"...

Churchill, "Madam, were I your husband I would eat it".

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
6.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JBB @6    last year

He said it to Lady Astor but it was coffee not food.

 
 
 
Sunshine
PhD Guide
7  Sunshine    last year

May you stay forever young

Bob Dylan

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
8  JBB    last year

"If you don't have anything nice to say come sit by me" - The Unsinkable Molly Brown 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
8.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JBB @8    last year

It was also used in Steel Magnolias.  My favorite line is....

"You screw me, I screw you back.  I'm a lady like that." (Camron Diaz...The Other Woman.)

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
9  JBB    last year

"Oops" - Rick Perry

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
10  pat wilson    last year

"it'll all be okay in the end.

If it's not okay, it's not the end.

                           John Lennon

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
11  JBB    last year

"The next time I tell you that someone is entirely unfit to be the President of the United States...listen to me" - The Inimitable Molly Ivins

 
 
 
Steve Ott
Professor Quiet
11.1  Steve Ott  replied to  JBB @11    last year

Ah yes. Loved reading her columns every week.

"What you need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority." ~ Molly Ivins

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
12  JBB    last year

"Poor George...he was born with a silver foot in his mouth" - The Iconic Ann Richards 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
12.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JBB @12    last year

Many years ago I was in the audience in Dallas and witnessed Ann Richards giving a keynote speech. I walked away thinking that she should have been POTUS rather than just the Governor of Texas. 

 
 
 
Sunshine
PhD Guide
13  Sunshine    last year

If everything is coming at you, you are in the wrong lane.

My mother

 
 
 
katrix
Sophomore Guide
13.1  katrix  replied to  Sunshine @13    last year

I need to remember that one.

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
14  JBB    last year

"YEEEEE HAW" - Former Vermont Gov Howard Dean 

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
15  JBB    last year

"GERONIMO" - Geronimo 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
16  author  Buzz of the Orient    last year

"Seek not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee." 

(This is a simplification of a line from Meditation XVII written in the 17th century by John Donne.  It has been explained as follows: "Donne seems to be saying that whatever affects one affects us all. This is highlighted by the famous 'no man is an island' line at the beginning of the 'for whom the bells tolls' paragraph."  "For whom the bell tolls" was the title of Hemingway's masterpiece, which was also adapted to be a movie of the same title starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman.)

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
PhD Quiet
18  Ed-NavDoc    last year

Ignorance is forgivable because someone does not know something is wrong. Stupidity on the other hand is unforgivable because they know something is wrong and do it anyway. My own.

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
19  pat wilson    last year

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,

or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." 

                                                       Abraham Lincoln

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
20  pat wilson    last year

Buzz, some Canadian friends said a common phrase there was "You're an idiot, ya idiot". (I like it)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
20.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  pat wilson @20    last year

I never heard or read it.

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
21  JBB    last year

"Never let go Rose. Never let go" - Jack

 
 
 
katrix
Sophomore Guide
21.1  katrix  replied to  JBB @21    last year

Or Brad Pitt: I would have shared the raft.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
21.2  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JBB @21    last year

"Last night I slept under a bridge, and tonight I'm drinking champagne with you fine folks."

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
21.2.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @21.2    last year

Jack from The Titanic.

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
Professor Participates
22  Dean Moriarty    last year

"I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."  John Galt

 
 
 
Lucifer Morningstar
Professor Guide
22.1  Lucifer Morningstar  replied to  Dean Moriarty @22    last year

Who doesn’t love that one

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
22.2  JBB  replied to  Dean Moriarty @22    last year

"Of course I depend on Medicare and am collecting my Social Security. I'm not crazy" - Ayn Rand

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
Professor Participates
22.2.1  Dean Moriarty  replied to  JBB @22.2    last year

"It is obvious, in such cases, that a man receives his own money which was taken from him by force, directly and specifically, without his consent, against his own choice. Those who advocated such laws are morally guilty, since they assumed the "right" to force employers and unwilling co-workers. But the victims, who opposed such laws, have a clear right to any refund of their own money—and they would not advance the cause of freedom if they left their money, unclaimed, for the benefit of the welfare-state administration."  Ayn Rand

 
 
 
lady in black
Professor Participates
23  lady in black    last year

Quoth the raven, "Nevermore!"

Also

We loved with a love that was more than love.

 
 
 
katrix
Sophomore Guide
23.1  katrix  replied to  lady in black @23    last year

Was the last one Annabel Lee? I'm assuming it's also Poe, and can't think of where else he would have said it.

 
 
 
lady in black
Professor Participates
23.1.1  lady in black  replied to  katrix @23.1    last year

Yes, it was Annabel Lee.

 
 
 
GregTx
Sophomore Quiet
24  GregTx    last year

"When was the last time you did something for the first time"

David Lee Roth, also..

"I like the way the line runs up the back of those stockings. I've always liked those kind of high heels too. No,no,no,no! Don't take 'em off, leave 'em on. Yeah, that's it, a little more to the right"

 
 
 
katrix
Sophomore Guide
24.1  katrix  replied to  GregTx @24    last year

Where is Vic Eldred? I think he'd share your love for that second quote.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
24.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  katrix @24.1    last year

Ya, I'm aboard now. Kat you got that right!  Voted up!


For my second choice, maybe what I had to constantly hear in the old neighborhood growing up... "When the going gets tough...the tough get going!"

 
 
 
katrix
Sophomore Guide
24.2  katrix  replied to  GregTx @24    last year

And along the same lines, from Bullet for my Valentine: "Keep on those high heel shoes and rip off all your clothes"

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
25  JBB    last year

"I don't know about all that" - My Dad to a liar...

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
26  JBB    last year

"My Dear, you are positively glowing" - Pierre Curie

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
27  JBB    last year

"FUCK ME" - General George Armstrong Custer

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
28  pat wilson    last year

"If wishes were horses beggars would ride".

                                                       My Mom

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
Professor Guide
29  Larry Hampton    last year

“...artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up.

- Evey , V is for Vendetta

 
 
 
Lucifer Morningstar
Professor Guide
30  Lucifer Morningstar    last year

“If she didn’t fuck there would be a bounty on her ass”

Do you know who I’m talking about.

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
31  JBB    last year

"You just hate me because I'm beautiful and I slept with your dad" - written on a bathroom stall

Followed by, "Go home Mom. You are drunk"...

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
32  JBB    last year

"What are you looking up here for? The joke is in your hand" - Graffiti Above A Urinal 

 
 
 
katrix
Sophomore Guide
33  katrix    last year

A bastardized version of the more popular quote, "Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do and die" (or something like that). The one I use at work a lot is "Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to limit the damage."

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
33.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  katrix @33    last year

Sign at a fabric company....

We who about to dye salute you.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
PhD Participates
33.1.1  r.t..b...  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @33.1    last year
Sign at a fabric company....

Sign at a hair salon...

    "Curl up and Dye"

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
PhD Quiet
33.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  katrix @33    last year

During my Navy days, ours went "Ours not to reason why, our but to do or get written up!"

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Principal
33.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  katrix @33    last year

It's from Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade".

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
   Someone had blundered.
   Theirs not to make reply,
   Theirs not to reason why,
   Theirs but to do and die.
   Into the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.
 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
34  JBB    last year

"I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way" - Jessica Rabbit

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
Professor Principal
34.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  JBB @34    last year

I get a chuckle from Roger, when nobody he asked could tell him where Eddie was, until:

"But the liquor store guy - he knew!"

 
 
 
Enoch
Masters Participates
35  Enoch    last year

"What, Me Worry"?

Alfred E. Newman. Mad Magazine.

 
 
 
katrix
Sophomore Guide
35.1  katrix  replied to  Enoch @35    last year

Always a good one!

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
35.2  Ender  replied to  Enoch @35    last year

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Quiet
36  charger 383    last year

Now, Look what you have went and done

  and

What do you have to say for yourself?

both from Charger's father

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
37  author  Buzz of the Orient    last year

Nobody can go higher than this one...

"I AM WHO I AM"

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katrix
Sophomore Guide
37.1  katrix  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @37    last year

Popeye could, if you gave him enough spinach.

 
 
 
katrix
Sophomore Guide
38  katrix    last year

An Irish blessing:

May you be in Heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you're dead

..and, conversely .. a Chinese curse that's very clever:

May you live in interesting times.

 
 
 
PJ
Masters Participates
39  PJ    last year

"Despite the constant negative press covfefe

Leader of idiots aka Donald Trump

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
39.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  PJ @39    last year

I guess I should have put up a notice asking to refrain from politics - but then I'm sure it's burdening every American's mind these days.

 
 
 
PJ
Masters Participates
39.1.1  PJ  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @39.1    last year

Yeah you probably should have no matter how hypocritical it would have been since you quoted JFK in your opening remarks.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
39.1.2  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  PJ @39.1.1    last year

It's hypocritical to quote a politician who's been dead for more than half a century?  I'm thinking of present day politics - which is in my opinion IN BAD TASTE to post.  So please do me a favour and don't post your insulting comments on my articles. 

 
 
 
PJ
Masters Participates
39.1.3  PJ  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @39.1.2    last year

It's hypocritical to quote a politician and demand that someone else not quote a politician.  You move the bar constantly depending on your mood.  I have no problem skipping over your articles and will do so going forward but before I never communicate with you again I do have one question that has bothered me over the years.

[Deleted]

 
 
 
r.t..b...
PhD Participates
40  r.t..b...    last year

great lines from a few great movies...

   "Leave the gun, take the cannoli"

   "Charlie don't surf"

   "Tis but a scratch" 

and my all-time favorite: "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self-awareness." ~Annie Savoy

"Thanks, Buzz." ~r.t..b...

 
 
 
It Is ME
Masters Principal
41  It Is ME    last year

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

Confucius.

 
 
 
It Is ME
Masters Principal
41.1  It Is ME  replied to  It Is ME @41    last year

I'm undeniably myself, and I think realizing that is the way to live life.

Colton Underwood

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
42  author  Buzz of the Orient    last year

Two more JFK quotes:

"I'm the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris"  (said by JFK at a welcoming banquet in Paris)

"Ich bin ein Berliner"   (announced by JFK to a huge crowd by JFK in Berlin)  "ein Berliner" is actually translated to mean a jelly donut.

And as Yogi Berra said...."It's never over til it's over."

 
 
 
PJ
Masters Participates
42.1  PJ  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @42    last year

But......but I thought you didn't want quotes from politicians.   Oh......I think I understand now, you just don't want political quotes that make your guy look dumb.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
42.1.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  PJ @42.1    last year

Who is my guy?  You KNOW I'm not an American.  I've been posting quotes from a dead politician who I admired, and he was a DEMOCRAT.  At least I have the good taste to NOT post quotes from present-day candidates for POTUS.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
42.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @42    last year

"Let him have the women, you have the money and the name."  JFK's mother to Jackie

 
 
 
Sunshine
PhD Guide
44  Sunshine    last year

You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln 

 
 
 
JaneDoe
Sophomore Silent
45  JaneDoe    last year

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” — ?

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
45.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JaneDoe @45    last year

Freud

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
45.2  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JaneDoe @45    last year

"I'm surrounded by Assholes."  (the movie Spaceballs)

 
 
 
GregTx
Sophomore Quiet
45.2.1  GregTx  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @45.2    last year

"Encumbered by idjits, we pressed on" the movie Billy the Kid.

 
 
 
PJ
Masters Participates
46  PJ    last year

The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubt, while the stupid people are full of confidence.

  Charles Burkowski

 
 
 
PJ
Masters Participates
47  PJ    last year

Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.

Frank Dane

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Principal
48  MrFrost    last year

"Clever tyrants are never punished; they have always some slight shade of virtue: they support the laws before destroying them."

---Voltaire

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
48.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  MrFrost @48    last year

My favourite Voltaire quotation:

800

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Principal
49  MrFrost    last year

"I'm Rick James, bitch!"

---Rick James

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Principal
50  MrFrost    last year

This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

-----William Shakespeare

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Principal
51  MrFrost    last year

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.

----Friedrich Nietzsche

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
52  Perrie Halpern R.A.    last year

My favorite quote is on my personal page:

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but few think of changing themselves. 

Leo Tolstoy

 
 
 
1stwarrior
Professor Guide
53  1stwarrior    last year

“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” Willy Shakespeare.

 
 
 
Jordan G
Freshman Silent
54  Jordan G    last year
“Wise men speak when they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something”

 
 
 
Gordy327
Professor Principal
55  Gordy327    last year

“We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.” 
― Gene Roddenberry 

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
56  Tacos!    last year

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” - Matthew 22:36-40.

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
57  Tacos!    last year

Two from TJ:

"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education." - Thomas Jefferson

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them" - Thomas Jefferson

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
58  JohnRussell    last year

“I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”
― Mark Twain

 
 
 
Kathleen
Professor Principal
58.1  Kathleen  replied to  JohnRussell @58    last year

Good but terrible... lol

 
 
 
Dulay
Professor Principal
59  Dulay    last year

Politics:

"If the society today allows wrongs to go unchallenged, the impression is created that those wrongs have the approval of the majority." 
Barbara Jordan

Love:

The lifetime I have left
I open up to you
to tread upon
and travel through.

You pave the road
I'll follow,
You build the bridge,
I'll test it first.

-Rod McKuen, Caught in the Quiet

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
PhD Quiet
60  Ed-NavDoc    last year

It is better to keep one's mouth shut and let the world think them a fool than to open one's mouth and prove it. - Mark Twain

 
 
 
TTGA
Professor Quiet
61  TTGA    last year

Here are a few.

Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (if you seek a beautiful peninsula, look about you)-Motto on the flag of the State of Michigan.

"Congress is the only distinct criminal class in this country"

(Regarding a school board) "A board is long and hard and narrow; it is made of wood"

"I came in with Halley's Comet and I will go out with Halley's Comet" 

(NOTE:  He did)

Born November 30, 1835

Died April 21, 1910

All three by Mark Twain

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
PhD Quiet
61.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  TTGA @61    last year

I'm from the dark side of the moon, and I'm going back there. - Air America.

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
62  pat wilson    last year

A few more from musicians:

Reporter:
"Are you a mod, or a rocker?"

Ringo:
"Um, no. I'm a mocker."

"If you don't become the ocean you'll be seasick everyday."

                                                                     Leonard Cohen

"If the phone doesn't ring it's me."

                             Jimmy Buffet

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
62.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  pat wilson @62    last year

I could quote Leonard Cohen (my favourite singer-songwriter-poet-author) all day.  I like this one from "Anthem".

"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in."

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
62.1.1  pat wilson  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @62.1    last year

I loved Leonard Cohen too.

 
 
 
Nona62
Professor Silent
65  Nona62    last year

" This too shall pass"

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
67  Ender    last year

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
PhD Quiet
68  Ed-NavDoc    last year

"If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong, and at the worst possible moment." - Murphy's Law

 
 
 
lib50
Professor Quiet
69  lib50    last year

'When life turns to shit, look for the pony'.

 
 
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