Quotable Quotes
...Inspiration, education, silliness, and some actual wisdom...

"The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue."  

-  Antisthenes 

Well now, there's a mouthful.   I encountered that one written on the wall of my Chiropractor's office.  Had to read it three times to get it, but hey it gets to the heart of what this website is about, so it's got to be featured.  After all, I'm hoping folks will rethink the choices they've made, so they can live happier lives, and we can prevent imminent environmental collapse.

As for the rest of these, well they're mostly stolen directly from the Sunbeams page of the Sun Magazine or cribbed from good books.  Got to put my crack habit (oops I mean book-junkieness) to use somehow, I suppose.  Hey, do you think I can write off all the books I buy, if I mine them for quotes... ?  Probably not.  Sigh.  Anyhow, enjoy these quotes, and stop back soon for even more.  And of course, "read more fine book and better magazines"!


"If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito." - Betty Reese

"Do not commit the error, common among the young, of assuming that if you cannot save the whole of mankind, you have failed." - Jan de Hartog 

"If you lend someone $20.00 and never see them again, it was probably worth it.  On the other hand, if you lend them $20,000.00 and never see them again, you may want to hire a detective." - Charles Farr

"I am, indeed, a practical dreamer.  My dreams are not airy nothings.  I want  to convert my dreams into realities as far as possible."  - Gandhi

"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful."  -  Ann Landers

"The human race's prospects for survival were considerably better when we were defenseless against the tigers than they are today, when we have become defenseless against ourselves." - Arnold Toynbee

"If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, whom would you call and what would you say?  And why are you waiting?" - Stephen Levine 

"For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press 3" - Alice Kahn 

"Live adventurously and search for lasting change.  Sometimes it's 2 steps forward and 2 steps back... and sometimes it's 2 steps forward and off a cliff!" - Jonathan Woolley 

"Do you want me to tell you something really subversive?  Love is everything it's cracked up to be.  That's why people are so cynical about it.... It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.  And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more." - Erica Jong

"He's turned his life around.  He used to be miserable and depressed, now he's depressed and miserable." - David Frost 

"Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will be split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before." - Jacob A. Riis

"I get up every morning determined to both change the world and to have one hell of a good time.  Sometimes this makes planning the day difficult." - E.B. White

"The best years in life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.  You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president.  You realize that you control your own destiny." - Albert Ellis

“Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn’t mean we deserve to conquer the universe.”
- Kurt Vonnegut 

"Green - it's the new Black." - Carrie Blendechek

"Far better to work on the arts of persuasion, than to perfect the armaments of coercion." - me 

(on the question of God as an Intelligent Designer) "I was extremely doubtful about the idea of god, but I just didn't know enough about anything to have a good working model of any other explanation for, well, life, the universe, and everything to put in its place.  But I kept at it, and I kept reading and I kept thinking.  Sometime around my early thirties I stumbled upon evolutionary biology, particularly in the form of Richard Dawkin's books the Selfish Gene and then the Blind Watchmaker, and suddenly, it all fell into place.  It was a concept of such stunning simplicity, but it gave rise naturally, to all of the infinite and baffling complexity of life.  The awe it inspired in me made the awe that people talk about in respect of religious experience seem, frankly, silly beside it.  ...  I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day." - Douglas Adams 

"I never thought I'd live this long.  Clean living and dirty thoughts probably did it.  I don't believe in adhering to rules I don't support and didn't vote for.  To hell with what people think.  Just be who you are and you'll be happy." - Willie Nelson