Archive for the 'Quotes' Category

I Want to be David Pogue

“…I’m just the sort of person who kind of knows what he wants to say; I can’t remember ever staring at the blank screen, trying to think of what to write.”

~Pogue’s Productivity Secrets Revealed, NY Times

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Challenge Me

…American pilots rarely have a chance to demonstrate their prowess any more, because no one is crazy enough to challenge them.

~James Fallows on the F-22 fighter plane

Sounds like me…. Yeah, right. I wish!!

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Over and Over Again

angry coffeeThe older I get, the more I feel this way.

It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another; it is one damn thing over and over.

~Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet, playwright, first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry


“Maths” as the Brits say

keith devlin“I wasn’t even good at math.”

~Stanford mathematics professor Keith Devlin, winner of the Carl Sagan Prize for popularizing science.

Who knew. I could have been a math professor too!

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Bosses Are Forever

little miss bossyWhen you retire you switch bosses, from the one who hired you, to the one who married you.

~ Grounds Services crew supervisor Mary Nolan, speaking at a picnic in honor of groundskeeper Arturo Rodriguez, who retired after working at Stanford for 42 years.


Lipstick on a Pig

miss piggymdmhvonpa of White Lightning Axiom sure has a way with words. Referring to a woman who repeatedly blocks the access lane of a handicapped parking (HP) spot:

Speaking of suckage, on Monday I found the HP-Hostile woman had parked her car in the slot again. The kids asked me if I were going to write her a note. I said no, that would be like putting lipstick on a pig. A lot of effort and it would still be a pig. I’m kinda hoping they repeat that if we see her next time.

Maybe that’s why I’ve never bothered with lipstick.


Follow Through

rules for renegades christine comaford-lynchGreat quote from an interview of Christine Comaford-Lynch, author of Rules for Renegades:

People say life is 90% about showing up. That’s nonsense. Life is 90% about following through.

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Anything You Want, Darling

The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children.

~King Edward VIII

And it’s not just America…. Boy, we’re in a heap o’ trouble.


The Speed of Good News vs Bad News

“Good news comes right away; bad news never comes.”

This rule applies when you’re waiting to hear whether people liked an idea, a proposal, a draft, etc. If you don’t hear back pretty quick, they didn’t like it.

~The Happiness Project

Ouch. Guess now I know.

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Post-It Flags Will Save Me

Something’s got to. Why not Post-It Flags?

And we must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days, are effective for a much larger and nobler cause. They are here to save our lives. I know the idea seems strange, but I also know that it just so happens to be true. And, so it was, a wristwatch saved Harold Crick.

~Stranger Than Fiction

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