Posts Tagged ‘Quotes’

I would imagine that more than just famous people say witty and insightful things but we never get a chance to hear it.  While anonymous might be the most highly quoted person, you have to have a certain level of fame to have a quote attributed to you.

Although the famous are often misquoted and misattributed.  When Elvis sings the song Are You Lonesome Tonight? in the middle he says “You know someone said that the world’s a stage And each must play a part.”  (Even Shakespeare gets forgotten).

So do you know who is responsible for these quotes?  Check your answers at the end.

1. I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

2. Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

3. Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable

4. I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself

5. An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.

6. Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

7. Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

8. Brevity is the soul of lingerie.

9. A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.

10. Why do you have to be a non-conformists like everyone else.


1. Groucho Marks, 2. John Kennedy, 3. Mark Twain, 4. Oprah Winfrey, 5. Dwight Eisenhower, 6. Will Rogers, 7. Albert Einstein, 8. Dorothy Parker, 9. H.L. Mencken, 10. James Thurber

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I wanted to share with everyone one of my favorite cynics, H.L. Mencken.  Since he died in 1956 most people haven’t heard much about him.  But for his time, he was a noted cynic and satirist.  He was the one who actually coined the phrase “monkey trial” from his coverage of the Scopes trial.  He did one of the first books talking about the difference between American and British English.  I know him best from his quotes.  Here are some of my favorites;

  • For every complex problem there is a solution, clear, simple and wrong.
  • A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin
  • A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.
  • An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
  • Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
  • Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient.
  • It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.
  • It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
  • It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.
  • Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that 99 % of them are wrong.
  • Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
  • Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
  • The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.

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Here’s a short collection of quotes about education and learning.  Why not add your favorites?

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.   Oscar Wilde

To know what to leave out and what to put in; just where and just how, ah, THAT is to have be educated in the knowledge of simplicity. Frank Lloyd Wright

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action Herbert Spencer
“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”  Oliver Wendell HolmesSomebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. Albert Einstein

Personally, I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.  Winston Churchill

In the first place God made idiots.  This was for practice.  The he maide School Boards.  Mark Twain

Learning is not a spectator sport.  Anonymous

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.  Albert Einstein

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn Alvin Toffler

Many public-school children seem to know only two dates–1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don’t know what happened on either occasion Mark Twain

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.  William Butler Yates.

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One of my favorite quotes is from the Elvis Presley song “Are you lonesome tonight?” where he sing, “Someone once said, the world is a stage…”  Well I think that person was Shakespere but I could be wrong.  Having the right quote at the right time can add a lot to your writing and speaking.  So here are some quotes from some very quotable people, feel free to submit your favorites:

  • Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.
    H. L. Mencken
  • Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.
    Orson Welles
  • About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation.
    Will Rogers
  • Another thing that freaks me out is time. Time is like a book. You have a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s just a cycle.
    Mike Tyson
  • A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.
    Mark Twain
  • I don’t think silicone makes a girl good or bad.
    James Caan
  • For days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow, but phone calls taper off.
    Johnny Carson
  • I found there was only one way to look thin, hang out with fat people.
    Rodney Dangerfield
  • A word to the wise is not sufficient if it doesn’t make sense.
    James Thurber
  • A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
    Ernest Hemingway
  • I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.
    Arnold Palmer
  • Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.
    Yogi Berra
  • I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.
    Yogi Berra
  • I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
    J. D. Salinger
  • I guess when you turn off the main road, you have to be prepared to see some funny houses. Stephen King
  • At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.
    Salvador Dali
  •  I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it. Clint Eastwood
  • Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.
    Bob Dylan

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