Favorite sayings


by my Chandra

It takes a village — to do a crossword. (my own)

If there is a heaven, there are bubble baths there. (my own)

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things other people think of us. (Quentin Crisp, 1908-1999, openly gay writer, actor.)

Quentin Crisp

Quintin Crisp

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends. (Oscar Wilde)

young Oscar Wilde

Young Oscar Wilde

Some cause happiness where ‘er they go; others, whenever they go. (Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, gay poet, playwright.)

Worry is interest paid on a debt you may not owe. (? told me by my friend Sandy)

The greatest delusion about communication is that it exists. (?)

How long a minute is depends on which side of the bathroom door you are on.  (Zall)

The road of modern culture leads from humanitarianism via nationalism to bestiality. (Stefan Zweig, Austrian Jewish author, 1881-1942, committed suicide.)

Many amusing events occur in Egypt, but the laughter there can resemble crying. (great 10th century poet Al-Mutanabbi)

Go ahead, travel first class. Your heirs will. (Sign on a local travel agent’s wall)

I no longer have the time to be angry. (My wise friend Berta)

Everyone has a photographic memory — some of us just don’t have any film. (Steven Wright, comedian)

Creativity is our most precious gift. (my friend Ian Wallace)

Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth. (actor Peter Ustinov)

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. (Native American Proverb)

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. (Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher)

Jan Struther

Jan Struther

If silence is golden, then speech is platinum. It spreads wisdom, dispels ignorance, ventilates grievances, stimulates curiosity, lightens the spirits and lessens the fundamental loneliness of the soul. (Jan Struther, 1901-1953, author)

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun,. Enjoy the trip. (?)

You don’t have to believe everything you think. (?)

What your mother tells you now, in time you will come to know. (?)

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. (Bertrand Russell)

Burtrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

The time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time. (Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970, controversial philosopher/mathematician/Nobel Prize winner for literature)

Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who will get the blame. (Bertrand Russell)

From Susan Kauffmann: The obstacle is the path. (Zen Proverb)

From Bill Keuntje: I’ve learned not to play the notes with emotion, but to play the emotion with the notes. (Bill is a composer/musician)


15 thoughts on “Favorite sayings

  1. Great quotes, Muriel! I like the Zen proverb: “The obstacle is the path.” I guess we should think of obstacles like a mountain or cliff. Like climbers say when they are asked why they climb the obstacle: “Because it is there.”

    • For me, “The obstacle is the path” is about the many times I have run into an obstacle/difficulty, felt pain, fear, frustration, etc. in trying to deal with it, then realized that I was sent into a new direction of knowledge, strength, and overall growth because I was forced to deal with the obstacle. My horse Gryphon was a prime example. He was incredibly challenging in so many ways, but because of the difficulties he presented, my whole life changed and opened up in ways it never would have without the “obstacles” he put in what I thought was my path. Just lost that amazing teacher about a month ago. He was with me for 20 years.

      • Susan: What a great name for a horse! “Gryphon”! Wow. That says it all.
        . . . I worked on a ranch, and it only had 120 head, so we didn’t use horses and just ran around on our own feet. But, they had gotten a black colt for their son (who was actually named Colt). And they let this 4 year old boy name the horse.
        . . . And they didn’t spend enough time with the colt/horse, so he got kinda wild and feral I guess. Anyway, he was like those horses you see in nightmares and fantasies, rearing up into a stormy sky. He was pretty intense.
        . . . And he had a very unusual name. Their 4-year old son has named him:

        That was a name that struck terror into the hearts of all of us who worked on the ranch. The boss would sometimes nonchalantly ask us to perform some errand with him: “Chris, would you go and round up Tiddly-poo, as he got out of his field last night.”
        . . . Just the mere mention of his name would cause all blood to drain out of our faces.

        It was always fun when a new guy started at the ranch. We’d all be quaking in our boots at the thought of anything to do with Tiddly-Poo, and the new guy would say, “Tiddly-Poo? Sounds easy, I’ll do it!” Then he’d come back a few hours later with pieces of his shirt front hanging off him and a few bruises elsewhere…

      • Hi Chris: I see you really got into this post. So glad you enjoyed it. Susan will be here in Sept. You two will have to meet….. I’m sure she appreciates your understanding of her love for Gryphon.

      • That’s too bad, Susan, that Gryphon had to go. He sounds like he meant a lot to you and that you two forged quite a bond. I guess that is the way of the ephemeral world.
        . . . As I’m heading into my 60’s, and Christmas whips around faster and faster, I’m really trying to stop procrastinating, and start taking life more seriously, and take into account this emphemeral-ness, both for myself, and Karen, my wife.

  2. I like many of Oscar Wilde’s quotes. He seemed very insightful and compassionate.
    . . . I’d heard of Quentin Crisp, but I didn’t realize he was alive for most of my lifetime – he lived from 1908 to 1999! I thought of him as someone who died in the 60’s… Strange how someone well known enough to be on television in one country is almost completely unheard of in another.

    • Hi Chris: I had never heard of him at all, which shows you how much I know. I somehow got my hands on a DVD about him and was blown away by his courage and talent. I think I got it from the library. Worth seeing. All the best.

      • Yeah, Muriel. He sounds amazing. The first or second time I’d heard of him, someone I was reading was referring to Crisp. I can’t remember what Crisp said, but it was one of those things that are mind-blowingly appropriate for the situation.
        . . . The situation was one where Crisp was in the middle of a beating by some youths, and when the gang had taken a breather, Quentin had said something amazing and perceptive about the boys and/or himself that wasn’t pejorative, but rather inclusive. It was so perceptive and bang-on, that the gang of youths had to laugh.
        . . . I don’t know if it saved him from further beating or not. I just remember thinking: Wow. To have that presence of mind and intellect to come up with something incredibly preceptive and witty to say while you were being beaten up, that spoke to the people beating you up and reached them.

  3. Muriel, another movie along the lines of Quentin Crisp, is “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109045/
    Its about 4 guys transgendering into female, driving a giant camperized bus across Australia. It stars Terence Stamp and some other good actors I hadn’t heard of. I’d give it 3.5 or 4 out of 5. Gets a 7.5/10 on IMDB. A good quality movie. Insightful and beautiful.

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