Fine words, some wisdom, a little humor

Put your own oxygen mask on first. ~ Your friendly airline attendant. It’s a good piece of advice for life in general.

She’s past her sell-by date. ~ Heard in passing. Hmmm.

The IQ fairy didn’t pay her a visit. ~ Yet another one just overheard along the way. I really have to learn to stay out of those coffee places.

Zero sum management ~ from my witty neighbor Margaret who says her years as a police detective taught her that this means “do it yourself.” Don’t know why it made me laugh so hard that I had to be escorted out of one of those coffee places.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Write 50 words. That’s a paragraph. Write 400 words. That’s a page. Write 300 pages. That’s a manuscript. Write every day. That’s a habit. Edit and rewrite. That’s how you get better. Spread your writing for people to comment. That’s called feedback. Don’t worry about rejection or publication. That’s a writer. When not writing, read. Read from writers better than you. Read and perceive. ~ Ajay Ohri

The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful. ~ e.e. Cummings

It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of through that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts. ~ K.T. Jong

Sonnet 130 My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips’ red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. I have seen roses damasked, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go; My mistress when she walks treads on the ground. And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare. ~ William Shakespeare

Alan Rickman reads Sonnet 130. (Like no one else can.)

Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women. ~ Nora Ephron


Whether there is a God, an afterlife, a parallel universe or spirits hanging around are all questions I stopped bothered asking as there will be no definitive answer. What I am more concerned with is how to live this one and only life I was lucky enough to get: with integrity, passion, fulfillment, compassion, love and ethic principles I could abide by. ~ Claudia, The Accidental Chef

Philip Larkin

They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do, They fill you with the faults they had And add some extra, just for you. But they were fucked up in their turn By fools in old-style hats and coats, Who half the time were soppy-stern And half at one another’s throats. Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can And don’t have any kids yourself. ~ Philip Larkin, This Be The Verse


I slept under a roof my father owned, in a bed my father bought. Nothing was mine except my heart, and my fears, and my growing knowledge that not every road was gonna lead home anymore. ~ Kevin Arnold character (in the middle of the photo, left), The Wonder Years, and the great writers who put the words in his mouth

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done. ~ Steven Wright

Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. ~ William Shakespeare

Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead

. . . I love books. I like that the moment you open one and sink into it you can escape from the world, into a story that’s way more interesting that yours will ever be. ~ Elizabeth Scott, Bloom

for such a long while i have deceived you i’m not really me anymore the doppelgänger me is sleepwalking through my days faking a smile, completing my tasks semi-efficiently while i remain curled protectively around my heart no one is the wiser and it’s been better this way but now… the black tide is rising and i’m growing too tired to swim the doppelgänger me is beginning to crack the painted smile is fading it’s getting too hard alice is falling through the glass you will soon know that i am no more and that leaves me with nothing. ~ Rainey Daze and Crazy Nights doppelgänger April 1, 2012

Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace

You, you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one I hope some day you’ll join us And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You, you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one I hope some day you’ll join us And the world will live as one

~ John Lennon

In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people’s home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a part on your first day. You work for 40 years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and the Voila! You finish off as an orgasm! ~ Woody Allen

Desiderius Erasmus

The desire to write grows with writing. ~ Desiderius Erasmus

Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence? ~ Sai Baba

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals. ~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet


I asked God for a bike but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness. ~ anonymous

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public. ~ anonymous (Anonymous just always has the best things to say.)

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice. You’re never too old to learn something stupid. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure. ~ The Edge, The Oregonian

One of the greatest tragedies in life is to lose your own sense of self and accept the version of you that is expected by everyone else. ~ KL Toth

6 thoughts on “Fine words, some wisdom, a little humor

  1. “I love books. I like that the moment you open one and sink into it you can escape from the world, into a story that’s way more interesting that yours will ever be” – I love this one. So true!

  2. Of course you do!! I loved the words and the way you put them together to express the sentiment. This is my page and you belong here if I say so!

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