What Is Your Favourite Quotation?

By:  buzz-of-the-orient  •  one month ago  •  120 comments

By:   Buzz of the Orient

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
1  author  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

And so, let's see your favourites.

Citizen Kane-473667
1.1  Citizen Kane-473667  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    one month ago

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...

1.2  Drakkonis  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    4 weeks ago

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

General Douglas McArthur, Mad Magazine

Buzz of the Orient
1.2.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Drakkonis @1.2    4 weeks ago

Sounds like a Yogi Berraism.

2  JohnRussell    one month ago

"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. 

3  Kathleen    one month ago

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

3.1  Kathleen  replied to  Kathleen @3    one month ago

I saw it in a cookbook.

4  Kavika     one month ago

''it is what it is''

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

5  Ed-NavDoc    one month ago

"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".

5.1  JBB  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @5    one month ago

"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 

6  JBB    one month ago

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
6.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JBB @6    one month ago

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

7  Sunshine    one month ago

May you stay forever young

Bob Dylan

8  JBB    one month ago

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

Paula Bartholomew
8.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JBB @8    one month ago

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.)

9  JBB    one month ago

"Oops" - Rick Perry

pat wilson
10  pat wilson    one month ago

"it'll all be okay in the end.

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

                           John Lennon

11  JBB    one month ago

"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
11.1  Steve Ott  replied to  JBB @11    one month ago

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

12  JBB    one month ago

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

Buzz of the Orient
12.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JBB @12    one month ago

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. 

13  Sunshine    one month ago

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

My mother

13.1  katrix  replied to  Sunshine @13    one month ago

I need to remember that one.

14  JBB    one month ago

"YEEEEE HAW" - Former Vermont Gov Howard Dean 

15  JBB    one month ago

"GERONIMO" - Geronimo 

Buzz of the Orient
16  author  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

"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.)

17  MUVA    one month ago

Wherever you go there you are.

17.1  JBB  replied to  MUVA @17    one month ago

Yogi Berra

17.1.1  katrix  replied to  JBB @17.1    one month ago

It's like deja vu all over again!

Paula Bartholomew
17.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  MUVA @17    one month ago

Mike Brady.

Paula Bartholomew
17.3  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  MUVA @17    one month ago

Mike Brady.

18  Ed-NavDoc    one month ago

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
19  pat wilson    one month ago

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,

or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." 

                                                       Abraham Lincoln

pat wilson
20  pat wilson    one month ago

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

Buzz of the Orient
20.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  pat wilson @20    one month ago

I never heard or read it.

21  JBB    one month ago

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

21.1  katrix  replied to  JBB @21    one month ago

Or Brad Pitt: I would have shared the raft.

Buzz of the Orient
21.2  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JBB @21    one month ago

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

Paula Bartholomew
21.2.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @21.2    one month ago

Jack from The Titanic.

Dean Moriarty
22  Dean Moriarty    one month ago

"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

Freedom Warrior
22.1  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Dean Moriarty @22    one month ago

Who doesn’t love that one

22.2  JBB  replied to  Dean Moriarty @22    one month ago

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

Dean Moriarty
22.2.1  Dean Moriarty  replied to  JBB @22.2    one month ago

"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
23  lady in black    one month ago

Quoth the raven, "Nevermore!"


We loved with a love that was more than love.

23.1  katrix  replied to  lady in black @23    one month ago

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
23.1.1  lady in black  replied to  katrix @23.1    one month ago

Yes, it was Annabel Lee.

24  GregTx    one month ago

"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"

24.1  katrix  replied to  GregTx @24    one month ago

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

Vic Eldred
24.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  katrix @24.1    one month ago

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!"

24.2  katrix  replied to  GregTx @24    one month ago

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

25  JBB    one month ago

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

26  JBB    one month ago

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

27  JBB    one month ago

"FUCK ME" - General George Armstrong Custer

pat wilson
28  pat wilson    one month ago

"If wishes were horses beggars would ride".

                                                       My Mom

Larry Hampton
29  Larry Hampton    one month ago

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

- Evey , V is for Vendetta

Freedom Warrior
30  Freedom Warrior    one month ago

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

Do you know who I’m talking about.

31  JBB    one month ago

"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"...

32  JBB    one month ago

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

33  katrix    one month ago

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
33.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  katrix @33    one month ago

Sign at a fabric company....

We who about to dye salute you.

33.1.1  r.t..b...  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @33.1    one month ago
Sign at a fabric company....

Sign at a hair salon...

    "Curl up and Dye"

33.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  katrix @33    one month ago

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

33.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  katrix @33    one month ago

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.
34  JBB    one month ago

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

34.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  JBB @34    one month ago

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

"But the liquor store guy - he knew!"

35  Enoch    one month ago

"What, Me Worry"?

Alfred E. Newman. Mad Magazine.

35.1  katrix  replied to  Enoch @35    one month ago

Always a good one!

35.2  Ender  replied to  Enoch @35    one month ago

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

charger 383
36  charger 383    one month ago

Now, Look what you have went and done


What do you have to say for yourself?

both from Charger's father

Buzz of the Orient
37  author  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

Nobody can go higher than this one...



37.1  katrix  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @37    one month ago

Popeye could, if you gave him enough spinach.

38  katrix    one month ago

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.

39  PJ    one month ago

"Despite the constant negative press covfefe

Leader of idiots aka Donald Trump

Buzz of the Orient
39.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  PJ @39    one month ago

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.

39.1.1  PJ  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @39.1    one month ago

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
39.1.2  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  PJ @39.1.1    one month ago

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. 

39.1.3  PJ  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @39.1.2    one month ago

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.


40  r.t..b...    one month ago

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
41  It Is ME    one month ago

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


It Is ME
41.1  It Is ME  replied to  It Is ME @41    one month ago

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

Colton Underwood

Buzz of the Orient
42  author  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

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."

42.1  PJ  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @42    one month ago

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
42.1.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  PJ @42.1    one month ago

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
42.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @42    one month ago

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

44  Sunshine    one month ago

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 

45  JaneDoe    one month ago

“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
45.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JaneDoe @45    one month ago


Buzz of the Orient
45.2  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JaneDoe @45    one month ago

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

45.2.1  GregTx  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @45.2    one month ago

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

46  PJ    one month ago

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

  Charles Burkowski

47  PJ    one month ago

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

Frank Dane

48  MrFrost    one month ago

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


Buzz of the Orient
48.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  MrFrost @48    one month ago

My favourite Voltaire quotation:


49  MrFrost    one month ago

"I'm Rick James, bitch!"

---Rick James

50  MrFrost    one month ago

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

51  MrFrost    one month ago

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

----Friedrich Nietzsche

Perrie Halpern R.A.
52  Perrie Halpern R.A.    one month ago

My favorite quote is on my personal page:

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

Leo Tolstoy

53  1stwarrior    one month ago

“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
54  Jordan G    one month ago
“Wise men speak when they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something”

55  Gordy327    one month ago

“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 

56  Tacos!    one month ago

“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.

57  Tacos!    one month ago

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

58  JohnRussell    one month ago

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

58.1  Kathleen  replied to  JohnRussell @58    one month ago

Good but terrible... lol

59  Dulay    one month ago


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


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

60  Ed-NavDoc    one month ago

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

61  TTGA    one month ago

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

61.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  TTGA @61    one month ago

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

pat wilson
62  pat wilson    one month ago

A few more from musicians:

"Are you a mod, or a rocker?"

"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
62.1  author  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  pat wilson @62    one month ago

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
62.1.1  pat wilson  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @62.1    one month ago

I loved Leonard Cohen too.

Goodtime Charlie
63  Goodtime Charlie    one month ago

"Never put on paper what you don't want others to know" my grandfather

My grandmother a notoriously bad cook said to my son a smoker " If God wanted you to smoke he would have put a chimney on your head" My son replied "Grandma if God wanted you to cook he would have put two burners on your chest instead of tits"

Heard on a TV show about names men give their dicks. " Old man it doesn't matter what you call your dick, it ain't going cum anyway"

Goodtime Charlie
64  Goodtime Charlie    one month ago


65  Nona62    one month ago

" This too shall pass"

Just Jim NC TttH
66.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  MUVA @66    one month ago

Classics for the ages.

67  Ender    one month ago

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

68  Ed-NavDoc    one month ago

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

68.1  loki12  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @68    one month ago

Always borrow money from a pessimist, They don't expect it back. : )

69  lib50    one month ago

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


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