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Archives - May 2010

May 1, 2010

Household tasks are easier and quicker when they are done by
somebody else.

– James Thorpe

May 2, 2010

How little do they see what really is, who frame their hasty
judgments upon that which seems.

– Robert Southey

May 3, 2010

They were so strong in their beliefs that there came a time when it
hardly mattered what exactly those beliefs were; they all fused
into a single stubbornness.

– Louise Erdrich

May 4, 2010

What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to
find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every
day.

– George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion, Act 2

May 5, 2010

She had an unequalled gift... of squeezing big mistakes into small
opportunities.

– Henry James

May 6, 2010

Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it
requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's
success.

– Oscar Wilde, “The Soul of Man under Socialism”

May 7, 2010

Everybody likes to go their own way --- to choose their own time
and manner of devotion.

– Jane Austen, MANSFIELD PARK

May 8, 2010

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you
will always find forgiveness.

– Honoré de Balzac

May 9, 2010

First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something
that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I
should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write
in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.

– Robert Cecil Day Lewis

May 10, 2010

The reason death sticks so closely to life isn't biological
necessity --- it's envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen
in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it
can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or
two of no importance, and gloom is just a passing shadow of a
cloud.

– Yann Martel, LIFE OF PI

May 11, 2010

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.

– William Hazlitt

May 12, 2010

I had an epiphany a few years ago where I was out at a celebrity
party and it suddenly dawned on me that I had yet to meet a
celebrity who is as smart and interesting as any of my
friends.

– Moby

May 13, 2010

You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about
birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin,
and even vagueness --- ignorance, credulity --- helps your
enjoyment of these things.

– Walt Whitman

May 14, 2010

Muscles come and go; flab lasts.

– Bill Vaughan

May 15, 2010

Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The
most any of us can do is sign on as its accomplice. Instead of
vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and
abet.

– Tom Robbins, STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER

May 16, 2010

Life is a long lesson in humility.

– James M. Barrie

May 17, 2010

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the
charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

– Marcel Proust

May 18, 2010

Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.

– Jimi Hendrix

May 19, 2010

I base my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.

– Gilda Radner

May 20, 2010

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the
things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.

– Andy Rooney

May 21, 2010

We must dare to think "unthinkable" thoughts. We must learn to
explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a
complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and
not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about
"unthinkable things" because when things become unthinkable,
thinking stops and action becomes mindless.

– J. William Fulbright

May 22, 2010

Cheese, wine, and a friend must be old to be good.

– Cuban Proverb

May 23, 2010

Happiness arises in a state of peace, not of tumult.

– Ann Radcliffe, THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO

May 24, 2010

A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman
under lock and key.

– Paul Valery

May 25, 2010

Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth
know.

– William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

May 26, 2010

The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim,
for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus
the novelists' discoveries, however old they may be, will never
cease to astonish.

– Milan Kundera

May 27, 2010

Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all.

– Toni Morrison, BELOVED

May 28, 2010

Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you
want, be sure that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure
that is what you feel.

– T. S. Eliot

May 29, 2010

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers
exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will
instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre
and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this
has already happened.

– Douglas Adams

May 30, 2010

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the
inheritance of a great example.

– Benjamin Disraeli

May 31, 2010

While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.

– Publilius Syrus (100 BC), Maxims

May 31, 2010

Conventional wisdom tells writers to “write what you
know.” I say, write what you love. Write what you wish for.
The rest will follow.

– Jeri Smith-Ready