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Other People's Words...

After reading Robert Fulghum's book, Words I Wish I Wrote, I realized just how many quotes I consider important to my sanity. Welcome to my collection.



Friendship/Relationships/Gender Wars






Cats/Music (the finer things in life)

Books and cats and fair-haired little girls make the best furnishings for a room. - French proverb

Cat people are different, to the extent that they generally are not conformists. How could they be, with a cat running their lives? - Louis J. Camuti

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want. - Joseph Wood Krutch

Free to a good home - female cat or husband. Husband says either he goes or cat goes. Cat fixed, husband isn't. - Ad in the Flint, Michigan Weekly World News

I got rid of my husband. The cat was allergic.

I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior. - Hippolyte Taine

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul. - Jean Cocteau

I put down my book, The Meaning of Zen, and see the cat smiling into her fur as she delicately combs it with her rough pink tongue. Cat, I would lend you this book to study but it appears you have already read it. She looks up and give me her full gaze. Don't be ridiculous, she purrs, I wrote it. - Dilys Laing

If animals could speak the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much. - Mark Twain

Little one, I would like to see anyone -- prophet, king or god -- persuade a thousand cats to do anything at the same time. - Neil Gamin, A Dream of a Thousand Cats

Love to eat them mousies, Mousies what I love to eat. Bite they little heads off... Nibble on they tiny feet. - B. Kliban

Music is God's gift to man, the only art of heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to heaven. - Latitia Elizabeth Landon

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between notes and curl my back to loneliness. - Maya Angelou

Music washes away from the soul the dust of every day life. - Berthold Auerbach

Never try to outstubborn a cat. - Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"

Of all the creatures in the world, cats an' women has the hardest time.

One is never sure, watching two cats washing each other, whether it's affection, the taste, or a trial run for the jugular. - Helen Thomson

Sometimes even music can't substitute for tears. - Paul Simon

The cat has too much spirit to have no heart. - Ernest Menaul

The notes I handle no better than many pianists, But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides! - Artur Schnabel

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. - Albert Schweitzer

There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

With the qualities of cleanliness, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats? - Fernand Mery

Women, poets, and especially artists, like cats; delicate natures only can realize their sensitive nervous systems. - Helen M. Winslow

You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats. - Colonial American proverb


A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out. - G. C. Lichtenberg

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. - P. J. O'Rourke

Everything that is written merely to please the author is worthless. - Blaise Pascal

How do you put on a meaningful drama or documentary that is adult, incisive, probing, when every fifteen minutes the proceedings are interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits with toilet paper? - Rod Serling

Imitation is the sincerest form of television. - Fred Allen

Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you would not have in your home. - David Frost

The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense. - Tom Clancy

There is a young and impressionable mind out there that is hungry for information. It has latched on to an electronic tube as its main source of nourishment. - Joan Ganz Cooney

What bothers me about TV is that it tends to take our minds off our minds. - Robert Orben

What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. - Logan Pearsall Smith

When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before. - Clifton Fadiman

X-rated movies are all alike... the only thing they leave to the imagination is the plot.


A billion hours ago, human life appeared on earth. A billion minutes ago, Christianity emerged. A billion Coca-Colas ago was yesterday morning. - 1996 Coca-Cola Company annual report

I don't understand all this gay stuff, but I think it's tragic he was murdered and that people are protesting his funeral. - little old grandmother from Oklahoma at Matthew Shepard's funeral

I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball. - Gerald Early

Ice hockey combines the best features of figure skating and World War II. - Alfred Hitchcock

"Is it true what the old man had said, that everything evil begins with an forgotten longing?" "No, it begins even earlier, with a disappointed hope."

It is not certain that everything is uncertain. - Blaise Pascal

It is the same breeze which lifts girl's skirts that blows sand in your eyes.

May this continent, the last explored by humankind, be the first one to be spared by humankind. - Jacques-Yves Cousteau, 1973, on Antartica

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. - Napoleon I

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

Something is wrong. What? I don't know, which is part of what's wrong. - Jeff Sudol

Sometimes the magic works; sometimes it don't. - "Little Big Man"

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax. Albert Einstein

There is no freedom without responsibility. - Mom

This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper. - T S Eliot, The Hollow Men

When buying a used car, punch the buttons on the radio. If all the stations are rock and roll, there`s a good chance the transmission is shot. - Larry Lujack

When it came to slaughtering sacred cows with such crude yet perfect musical precision, there was no one better than Frank. I wonder what songs he's teaching the angels right now? Good luck God! You've got your hands full this time. - Terry Gilliam on Frank Zappa

When the minority becomes the majority it is time to change sides. - Mark Twain

When you are standing on the edge of a cliff, a step forward is not progress.

Words are among one of the greatest ways to express our soul. Sadly, they are also one of the most misinterpreted too.