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Quotations We Like

  1. I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. [Sir Winston Churchill]
  2. The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. [Albert Einstein]
  3. Imagination is more important than knowledge. [Albert Einstein]
  4. Anyone who uses the phrase 'easy as taking candy from a baby' has never tried taking candy from a baby. [Unknown]
  5. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. [Albert Einstein]
  6. If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. [Thomas A. Edison]
  7. Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. [Sir Winston Churchill]
  8. Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. [Thomas A. Edison]
  9. Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. [Kurt Vonnegut]
  10. Fish is the only food that is considered spoiled once it smells like what it is. [P.J.O'Rourke]
  11. We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. [Kurt Vonnegut]
  12. Political language—and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists—is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. [George Orwell 1946]
  13. It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. [Sir Winston Churchill]
  14. Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. [George Orwell]
  15. All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. [James Thurber]
  16. I loathe the expression "What makes him tick." It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm. [James Thurber]
  17. I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed. [James Thurber]
  18. An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it. [Jef Mallett]
  19. Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb. [Sir Winston Churchill]
  20. Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room. [Sir Winston Churchill]
  21. We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. [Sir Winston Churchill]
  22. The weirder you are going to behave, the more normal you should look. It works in reverse, too. When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person. [P.J.O'Rourke]
  23. The purpose of a funeral service is to comfort the living. It is important at a funeral to display excessive grief. This will show others how kind-hearted and loving you are and their improved opinion of you will be very comforting. [P.J.O'Rourke]
  24. No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it. [Charles M. Schulz]
  25. Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, "Where have I gone wrong?"
    Then a voice says to me, "This is going to take more than one night." [Charles M. Schulz (Charlie Brown in Peanuts)]
  26. A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top. [Unknown]

If you have a favorite that you think belongs on this list, please email it to me: bob@bobbinlane.com