You Can Quote Me On That

With all my free time these days, I've been trying to get as much reading in as I can, although the pile of yet-to-be-read books seems to get larger rather than smaller. Being that I am a hopeless listmaker, I have a number of book related lists that I keep. I have a list of every book I've read since the beginning of high school, which is always good for a browse whether to remind you of an old favorite author or if a friend is looking for reading suggestions. But one of my favorite book related lists to browse through is my quotes list. When I read, I try to keep a pen and paper near by to record memorable quotes. I then transfer them to the master list kept in my computer.

In the interest of fun, I thought I'd share a few of my favorites here. Please feel free to share one of your own. Please note that I don't necessarily support or reject this ideas presented. I just found them interesting.
  • "It is to erase the fixed smiles of sleeping couples that Satan trained roosters to crow at 5 in the morning." -Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume
  • "The universe always conspires to help the dreamer." -Paul Coehlo, By the River Piedra I Wept
  • "Listen: We are here on earth to fart around. Don't let anyone tell you any different." -Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake(?)
  • "Sober men don't dance." -Will Ferguson, Happiness
  • "Don't let the muggles get you down." -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter
  • "There's birth, there's death, and in between, there's maintainence." -Tom Robbins, Fierce Invalids Home from a Hot Climate
  • "Lunch justifies any morning and sedates the worst of afternoons" -Tom Robbins, Fierce Invalids Home from a Hot Climate
  • "Just keep your bowels open and try to lead clean lives." -Ernest Hemingway, Islands in the Stream
  • "But I comfort myself by believing that shallowness is a key part of being a complicated male." -Randy Wayne White, Everglades
  • "The mind's ability to rationalize its own short comings is unlimited" -Robert Heinlein, Stranger from a Strange Land
  • "Mayhem was mayhem even if people were having a good time." John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany


Saturday January 20 2007File under: books

Toggle Comments (17)comment?
on Sat 20th Jan, 2007 06:10 am UTC Mom said:
Well, then, I find it interesting that you find these interesting. Yes, it explains alot.
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on Sat 20th Jan, 2007 06:30 am UTC Jack Kerouac said:
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars...
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on Sat 20th Jan, 2007 06:53 am UTC Herman Melville said:
If you can get nothing better out of the world, get a good dinner out of it, at least.
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on Sat 20th Jan, 2007 06:57 am UTC Benjamin Franklin said:
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy
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on Sat 20th Jan, 2007 07:56 am UTC Hemingway said:
There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games
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on Sat 20th Jan, 2007 10:59 pm UTC wren said:
This is awesome! Proof that internet exists in the afterlife! And they read BdW!
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on Sat 20th Jan, 2007 11:43 pm UTC Albert Einstein said:
If you've never failed, you've never tried anything new.
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on Sun 21st Jan, 2007 05:09 am UTC A Bene Gesserit Litany said:
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
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on Sun 21st Jan, 2007 09:25 am UTC John Killinger said:
Life is only an infinite succession of "nows".
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on Sun 21st Jan, 2007 02:21 pm UTC Horge (channelled by the spirit of Douglas Adamas) said:
From one of the Hitchhiker's series, paraphrased "The trick to teaching yourself to fly is to fall at the ground, and miss..."
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on Mon 22nd Jan, 2007 08:14 pm UTC D. David McMillen said:
Seattle's motto: Wet dries.
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on Tue 23rd Jan, 2007 07:40 am UTC Willy Wonka said:
Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.
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on Wed 24th Jan, 2007 03:01 am UTC Ogden Nash said:
That last quote was mine Willy! And you thought I only wrote childrens poems! The cow is of bovine ilk, one end moo, the other milk
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on Fri 26th Jan, 2007 07:06 am UTC said:
Poor indeed is the man whose mind is not enriched by some phrase of lasting truth and beauty which serves to restore his soul in the exigencies of life.
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on Sun 28th Jan, 2007 10:56 pm UTC Joseph Conrad said:
It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it's just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome.
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on Fri 02nd Feb, 2007 11:03 pm UTC Marcel Proust said:
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
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on Mon 12th Feb, 2007 02:19 am UTC amanda said:
i love kurt vonnegut (ooohhh, Timequake, but i liked God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater better), but, hello? didn't you read catch 22? there should be at least ONE quote from the book listed here!
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