A brief list of some of my favourite quotes


”Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”  –Oscar Wilde

“Most men don’t like women for their minds.  They are more often attracted to them by what they don’t mind.”  – GYPSY ROSE LEE

“You can call me Peter.  You can call me Paul.  Just don’t hang my picture on your bedroom wall.”  – ROB HIRST

“Don’t have a relationship.  Have breakfast instead.”  – The TRIUS SISTERS

“The ones you want, you can’t get.  The ones that want you, you usually don’t want.  And the ones you settle for, screw you up.”  – MIKE HICKEY & MIKE CRITCH

“Life is a warm, short moment and death is long, cold rest.  You get your chance to try in the twinkling of an eye.  Eighty years, with luck, or even less.”  – ROGER WATERS

“…[I]t is part of the painful process of history that people are always made by the world they reject and that the rage they express at it, is in large measure, rage at themselves.”  – FOUAD AJAMI (reviewing V.S. Naipaul’s Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey)

“I leave before being left.  I decide.”  – BRIDGETT BARDOT

“An ambitious man doesn’t stop looking for work, even when he has a job.”  – WINSTON CHURCHILL

“When you steal from one, it’s plagiarism.  When you steal from many, it’s research.”  – MIZNER

“How therapeutic it is to surround yourself with people weirder than yourself.”  – SPALDING GRAY

“A Man said to the Universe, ‘Sir, I exist.’  ‘However,’ said the Universe, ‘it does not fill me with a sense of obligation.’”  – STEPHEN CRANE

“Maybe I think too much.”  – PAUL SIMON 

“More often than I like, I am saddened by a historical myth.  I can’t help thinking of the Venetian Republic in their last half-century.  Like us, they had once been fabulously lucky.  They had become rich, as we did, by accident…They knew, just as clearly as we know, that the current of history had begun to flow against them.  Many of them gave their minds to working out ways to keep going.  It would have meant breaking the pattern into which they had crystallized.  They were fond of their pattern, just as we are fond of ours.  They never fond the will to break it.”  – C.P. SNOW (from The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution)

“Obligation becomes cranky.”  –  KEN DRYDEN

“The price tag of being a little bit different…is to keep your own distance.”  – BERNIE TAUPIN

“Researchers have already cast much darkness on the subject, and if they continue their investigations, we shall soon know nothing at all about it.”  – MARK TWAIN

“Gentlemen, history will be kind to us, because I intend to write it.”  – WINSTON CHURCHILL (to his WWII Tory Cabinet)

“When Bruce Cockburn is perfect, he can come and tell me how to live.”  – SEAN PANTING

 “Do you know what an optimist is?  An accordion player with a pager,”  – JERRY LEWIS

“Listen–some things are worth worrying about. Impending doom is not one of them.” – The Trash Heap in Fraggle Rock, Boober’s Birthday

”Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

”A computer terminal is not some clunky old television set with a typewriter in front of it. It is an interface where the mind and the body can connect with the universe and move bits of it around.” – Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

“On justice and on friendship there is no price. But there are established credit limits.” – The Tick in The Tick, The Tick vs. Arthur’s Bank Account

”When one remembers how the Catholic Church has been governed, and by whom, one realizes that it must have been divinely inspired to have survived at all.” – Hilaire Belloc

”The dumber people think you are, the more surprised they’re going to be when you kill them.” – William Clayton

”English, I know you … you are German with a license to kill.” – Leonard Cohen, French and English

”People are just about as happy as they decide to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The media inspires boredom, not waking up one Monday morning and butchering your kids. That takes something else, man. That takes a whole different kind of inspiration.” – Detective in The Watchmen (Chapter V)

”My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.” – Woody Allen

”Disco satisfied social as well as musical needs. Disco people got to dress up all the time and go to places… where everybody sort of ‘looked good’ – and later, after an evening of chemical alteration, everybody looked even better, and the next thing they knew, they were getting The Blow Job. Punk, in the late seventies, purported to be a rebellion against that sort of silly behavior. Maniac bands started thrashing away in dingy little places with no decor, developing their own silly behavior. … New wave evolved from punk, basically, by sterilizing its own safety pin.” – Frank Zappa, The Real Frank Zappa Book

”Adults are obsolete children, and the hell with them.” – Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

”There’s a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker.” – Charles Schulz

”By the time the culture produces Marilyn Manson, the big harm has long since been done.” – Glenn McDonald, The War Against Silence, Heaven on Earth

”This is a celebration of individual freedom, not of homosexuality. No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are those who don’t – Rita Mae Brown at the Gay Olympics, 1982

“It’s my tar.  I’ll brush what I want with it.”  Me

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