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A Few Good Quotes February 24, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.

Donald-Duck-Diving Do It!  Let’s Get Off Our Buts by Peter McWilliams  contains a plethora of fantastic quotes.

Here are a few favorites:

1.  Do or do not.  There is no try. ~ Yoda

2.  It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. ~ Sally Kempton

3.  Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed. ~ Michael Pritchard

4.  Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function. ~ Garrison Keillor

5.  Only two things are infinite ~ the universe and human stupidity.  And I’m not sure about the former. ~ Albert Einstein

Donald-Duck-Baseball6.  The ancestor of every action is a thought. ~ Emerson

7.  Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny. ~ Kin Hubbard

8.  Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another. ~ Madonna

9.  The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse. ~ Jules Renard

10.  Do not do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Their tastes may not be the same.  ~ George Bernard Shaw

11.  Never keep up with the Joneses.  Drag them down to your level.  It’s cheaper. ~ Quentin Crisp

12.  I always wanted to be somebody.  I should have been more specific. ~ Lily Tomlin

Donald-Director13.  How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward. ~ Spanish Proverb

14.  Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. ~ Jules Renard

15.  The sun will set without thy assistance. ~ The Talmud

16.  A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to leave alone. ~ Thoreau

17.  There is only one success ~ to be able to spend your life in your own way. ~ Christopher Morley

18.  What is money?  A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. ~ Bob Dylan

19.  There is more to life than increasing its speed. ~ Gandhi

Donald-Duck-Painting20.  A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. ~ Abraham Maslow

21.  When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

22.  He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh. ~ The Koran

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. suzicate - February 24, 2014

These are great!

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

Glad you enjoyed, Suzi. I had fun picking out a few to share.

2. Maggie - February 24, 2014

I think #14 is my favorite in this list. I took a couple days off work and am feeling lazy, but then I remember that it’s OK to just do nothing sometimes. 🙂

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

Yes, it is. Most periods of indolence are followed by increased productivity. We rest, we recharge, we jump back into the thick of things refreshed.

3. Judson - February 24, 2014

“Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them!” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

That ties in well with #20, Judson.

4. Rainee - February 24, 2014

Excellent quotes Nancy. I tried to select a favourite but there were too many good ones …

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

Glad you enjoyed, Rainee. I find I am happiest with a balance between “doing” and “being,” with LOTS of laughter tossed into the mix.

5. Pix Under the Oaks - February 24, 2014

All excellent quotes Nancy. I like Thoreau and I like #16! #15 too!

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

We are pushed to “Do, Do, Do” . . . sometimes we must press pause and allow ourselves to Just Be.

6. Grannymar - February 24, 2014

No 15 reminded me of this one:

“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself.” ― Matsuo Bashō.

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

I love that, GM!

We can become obsessed with accomplishing another thing, and another thing, and another thing . . . for what?

To prove we matter?

Grannymar - February 24, 2014

Sometimes we matter most when we have time to sit and listen!

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

Yes! “You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.”

7. jannatwrites - February 24, 2014

There are so many good quotes here, I can’t pick one favorite. The Einstein one cracked me up though, since I went to Costco this weekend and got an overdose of stupidity (if it was a glimpse into our evolutionary future, we’re in trouble 🙂 )

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

Yes! I’m sure that a trip to Costco would satisfy Einstein that human stupidity is an infinite commodity. :mrgreen:

8. Don - February 24, 2014

Two leapt out at me, Nancy.The one by Einstein and the other by George Bernard Shaw. Loved the others as well though,

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

That Golden Rule quote is great ~ if we don’t want others to judge us by THEIR yardstick, we shouldn’t judge them by OURS.

If you’re interested:


9. colonialist - February 24, 2014

Not sure about 9, That is freedom from good manners and from anyone caring a fig about you.

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

Does “good manners” require us to proffer an excuse for turning down a social engagement that doesn’t interest us? How’s this:

“Thanks for inviting us but we have other plans for that evening.”

Aah . . . FREEDOM!

colonialist - February 24, 2014

That is offering an excuse!
‘Thanks but no thanks,’ or simply, ‘No,’ would be the sort of ‘freedom’ put forward here.

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

You’re interpreting the quote in a different way than I did.

To me, an “excuse” is an iron-clad socially acceptable reason why one could not possibly attend . . . even though one would dearly love to be there.

Whereas, unspecified “other plans” could mean . . . watching paint dry, filing my nails, washing my hair, etc. :mrgreen:

10. ericjbaker - February 24, 2014

Yoda’s quote went downhill in the later Star Wars movies when he converted from Taoist to Secretary of War.

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

Bwahaha! Yoda . . . the sellout!

11. diannegray - February 24, 2014

Oh Wow, Nancy – I just love these. If I had to pick faves they would be 2, 3 & 5. Bookmarking this page now 😀

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

Yay! Glad you got a kick out them. I love #2 and #3. And #5 is Einstein eloquent. 😀

12. Patricia - February 24, 2014

Dang, I want to be quotable. Hope it happens before I am dead.

nrhatch - February 24, 2014

I am going to start studying your posts for quotable quotes! 😀

13. Val Boyko - February 25, 2014

These are terrific. Yoda always cracks me up in his simplicity!

nrhatch - February 25, 2014

Yoda is great. Today, following his “advice,” I decided that “do not” made the most sense in the situation I was facing. I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders.

14. Three Well Beings - February 26, 2014

These are just great! “It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.” Isn’t this just the most fabulous? I will definitely remember this one!

nrhatch - February 27, 2014

“When we have conquered the enemy within, there are no enemies left to conquer.” 😕

15. Perfecting Motherhood - February 27, 2014

That Yoda quote has always been one of my favorite. I use it on my kids often, since they get the Star Wars connection.

nrhatch - February 27, 2014

Yoda knew how to say MORE with LESS. A good quote for encouraging kids ~ as long as they default to “do not” when asked to clean their rooms. 😀

16. bluebee - February 28, 2014

Love number 9.

nrhatch - February 28, 2014

I’m a fan of that one too. I used to feel I needed an iron-clad excuse before I could send my “regrets.”

Now, I know I just need to say, “no thanks.” 😀

17. My Light Bag - February 28, 2014

I love these quotes. Number 9 and number 12 really got me thinking. I will make sure I am more specific 🙂

nrhatch - February 28, 2014

I remember hearing Lily Tomlin say that in one of her Stand Up Routines . . . so funny! And worth thinking about.

18. Booksphotographsandartwork - February 28, 2014

I love #9! I wish people would understand that an invitation is just that and not a demand. You aren’t obligated to accept or give a reason for declinning!

#10 is pretty good also.

nrhatch - February 28, 2014

Exactly! An invitation is an invitation, not a “command performance.” Glad you enjoyed.

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