Favorite Quotes

Both these two quotes have been hanging on my wall since I was in my early 20's. 'Christy' took my breath away the first time I read it and still lightens my heart when I read it now. My parents ever understood why I kept moving, was always looking towards the horizon – but this was why…

From: 'Christy'
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!
As tho' to breathe were life. Life piled on life.
Lord Tennyson


Heinlien seemed to embody my approach to life. So much to do, learn, experience, be – and so little time.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
…Lazarus Long (Robert A Heinlien)

A ragtag collection of pieces from songs and books that caught my attention. Quotes put into words something that we have a hard time saying for ourselves. They speak for me. It's like they open a window to a piece of the inner person that we were aware of but hadn't quite defined. I love it when words and life fall together and I get this light going on in my head – this "aha!" – and my world is never the same afterwards – I have seen it in a new light.


It’s the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it’s high time you joined in the dance
It’s high time you joined in the dance.
Dan Fogelberg


I enjoy this life as a jester,
It seems to keep me moving along.
Jimmy Buffett


There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you please unless it causes harm to others. With it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.
P.J. O’Rourke

“...Used to say there was four women in every man’s heart. The Maid in the Meadow, the Demon Lover, The Stouthearted Woman, the Tall and Quiet Woman. It was just a thing he said. I don’t know what it means. I don’t know where he got it.” (P171)
The Shipping News by E. Annie Prouix

from the book 'Time Enough for Love' by Robert A Heinlien

…from the notebooks of Lazarus Long:

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of – but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.

"I came, I saw, she conquered." (The original Latin seems t have been garbled.)
(Braden's version: "I saw, I came, she conquered…")

Masturbation is cheap, clean, convenient, and free of any possibility of wrongdoing – and you don't have to go home in the cold. But it's lonely.

Darling, a true lady takes off her dignity with her clothes and does he whorish best. At other times you can be as modest and dignified as your persona requires.

Everybody lies about sex.

The second most preposterous notion is that copulation is inherently sinful.

Never underestimate the power of stupidity.

Yield to temptation; it may not come your way again.

Animals can be driven crazy by placing too many in too small a pen. Homo sapiens is the only animal that voluntarily does this to himself.