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Mr.D. Plus / August 12, 2009 6:17 AM

"Everyone in this room is wearing a uniform, and don't kid yourselves." -Frank Zappa

y a j / August 12, 2009 8:51 AM

This quote is posted here in my office:
The only thing necessary for the perpetuation of evil is for good people to do nothing. Edmond Burke

Vespine Gallery / August 12, 2009 9:20 AM

Esse quam videri - To be, rather than to seem

Danny Hein / August 12, 2009 9:58 AM

"Beware all enterprises that requirer new clothes." - Thoreau

David / August 12, 2009 10:12 AM

Also posted in my office:

"None of you seem to understand. I'm not locked in here with you; you're locked in here with me."

David / August 12, 2009 10:35 AM

"There are no vital and significant forms of art; there is only art, and precious little of that."

- Raymond Chandler

charlie / August 12, 2009 11:14 AM

"I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time". So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance."

Steven Wright

Guy Smiley / August 12, 2009 11:16 AM

"Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead."

"It is better to sit at the back and be discovered than sit in the front and be found out."

"Everyone is ignorant but only in different subjects."

annie / August 12, 2009 11:27 AM

David - do you work at the Post Office? (ha)

I like "Be the change you want to see in the world." - Gandhi

I don't live by it, I just like it.

I also like and understand "Being Irish, 'he' had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained 'him' through temporary periods of joy.'” - Yeats

Cinnamon / August 12, 2009 11:40 AM

"In the haunted house of love, art is the only stair that doesn't creak." Tom Robbins.

Good Luck - The Imposter / August 12, 2009 11:41 AM

I like my drinks stiff, like my men like me.

jlp / August 12, 2009 12:53 PM

somewhere along the line of development we discover who we really are, and then we make our real decision for which we are responsible. make that decision primarily for yourself because you can never really live anyone else’s life not even your child’s. the influence you exert is through your own life and what you become yourself.

-- e. roosevelt

Amanda / August 12, 2009 1:00 PM

"I am of the order whose purpose is not to teach the world a lesson, but to explain that school is over." Henry Miller

Amanda / August 12, 2009 1:06 PM

Oh, and another:

"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that's holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. And thank God for that."
-- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat. Pray. Love.

Mucky Fingers / August 12, 2009 1:31 PM

"80 percent of success is just showing up."
— Woody Allen

kate / August 12, 2009 1:41 PM

Voltaire: "The secret of being a bore is to tell everything"

Carlotta / August 12, 2009 1:46 PM

"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets or steal bread.” -- Anatole France

"When you're going down in flames, hit something big." -- uttered by a beleaguered satirical cartoonist in "Comic Book Confidential" although it probably predated him.

Guy Smiley / August 12, 2009 1:47 PM

Let that be a lesson to you: Never eat a Bugle filled with hot sauce."

My old man.

Lily / August 12, 2009 2:50 PM

I'm glad I did it, partly because it was worth it, but mostly because I shall never have to do it again. - Mark Twain

Meems / August 12, 2009 3:25 PM

"Il bel far niente" - The beauty of doing nothing.
I simply cannot do nothing so it just sounds nice.

Andy / August 12, 2009 3:32 PM

"Only sissies go back the way they came!"

My uncle, right before we got lost in the woods for 4 hours. Fun way to go through life though, if not the woods.

chad / August 12, 2009 3:39 PM

“Rules are meant to be broken, only exceptionally.” Ed Fella (1997)

Mo / August 12, 2009 3:45 PM

"Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana."

Groucho Marx

Vespine, are you from NC?

Cheryl / August 12, 2009 4:12 PM

"Either this wallpaper goes, or I do."

Oscar Wilde, on his deathbed

Guy Smiley / August 12, 2009 4:14 PM

"Yeah, that's what they all say...they all say 'd'oh.'"

Chief Wiggum

I know quoting The Simpsons is juvenile but there is something in that statement that makes sense to me. At some point in life, we all say "D'oh!", meaning we're human.

Cheryl / August 12, 2009 5:28 PM

"The United States is the New York Yankees of the world--all the other nations fear and respect us. At least up to the year 2000.:

Homer Simpson

qwerty / August 12, 2009 7:00 PM

"Grief has limits, apprehension has none"

Pliny the younger

mike-ts / August 12, 2009 11:08 PM

Revenge may not always be sweet, but it is always revenge.

- from some sci-fi movie back in the 80's.

Val / August 13, 2009 7:31 AM

I wanted to live in an apartment across from a park in the heart of a city. I wanted to step outside my front door and be somewhere.
Bill Bryson


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

Not all those who wander are lost.
J. R. R. Tolkien

Antonio / August 13, 2009 8:36 AM

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."


"Change before you must."

mike / August 13, 2009 11:48 AM

A great man is he who does not lose his child heart.

Dennis FRitz / August 13, 2009 4:26 PM

"A cynice is a man who, upon smelling flowers, looks around for a coffin."--H.L. Mencken

JenniferG / August 13, 2009 4:29 PM

"So I got that going for me, which is nice" - Carl Spackler

Al / August 13, 2009 4:33 PM

Random post, and I don't know where to leave this. But I lived in Chicago a few years ago and always loved the box of clocks in the lower level of the MCA. Does anyone know who did this or where I can find an image online? Thanks!

Katie / August 13, 2009 9:52 PM

y a j -

"All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to say 'it's a business.' "

--someone on Boston Legal

Amber / August 13, 2009 10:10 PM

"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, it matters less and less whether I am afraid." -Audre Lorde

"New rule: not everything in America has to make a profit. If conservatives get to call universal healthcare 'socialized medicine," I get to call private for-profit healthcare 'soulless vampire bastards making money off human pain.' " -Bill Maher

"Sweetie, if they're going to be journalists they're going to have to learn how to write drunk." -Lorelai on Gilmore Girls

Steven / August 14, 2009 3:19 AM

"Cocaine isn't habit-forming. I should know -- I've been using it for years." Tallulah Bankhead

Vespine Gallery / August 14, 2009 9:12 AM

No, I'm not from NC and only recently learned one of my favorite quotes was their state motto. Kind of ruined it for me, that it was any state's motto.

"Alcohol: the cause of and solution to, all of life's problems." Homer (Simpson)

Jen / August 14, 2009 3:35 PM

"People accepting or bragging of the cynicism of their ideas breaks my heart. As though the hatred of humanity were somehow grown-up and hip." -Penn Gillette

"Never trust a heart that's so bent it can't break." -Conor Oberst

joshua / August 14, 2009 6:20 PM

what is it that gives us the greatest gratification in life? it is the experience of joy. what exactly is joy? it is a spontaneous Yes to life that springs up from inside, sometimes when we least expect it. it is an affirmation of what we are, or rather what we feel we are.
-Fernando Savater

when we love, we always strive to be better than we are.
-Paulo Coelho

walk on air against your better judgment.
-Seamus Heaney

the heart will always go one step too far.
-Neko Case

the desire to understand has a built in brutality that erases what you seek to comprehend. only experience is sensitive.
-Peter Hoeg

also, that Eleanor Roosevelt quote is quite inspiring.

Alice / August 15, 2009 3:38 PM

Less a quote than a proverb, but I still consider it a personal motto:

"Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe."

Another proverb I love:

"At the end of the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box."

CVAL / August 20, 2009 3:44 PM

"The secret to success is pace. The secret to pace is concentration" Alfred North Lord Whitehead

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