Pearls of Wisdom

...a treasure store of quotes...

Keep an eye on this page - hopefully it will be added to many times as I find further quotes that beg to be passed on. A really good quote comes in handy in all sort of situations..... used judiciously it can be a show stopper.... I ought to know - I used them often enough!.....

My favourite Quote of the moment
Morality is doing what is right, irrespective of what we're told; Religion is doing what we're told, irrespective of whether it is right.

My favourite writer....TERRY PRATCHETT RULES......

First of all a number of classic lines from the pen of my favourite author who is, perhaps, one of the most wonderful, quotable writers ever....

    "It was the sort of smile that lies on sandbanks waiting for incautious swimmers.".... (Mort)

    "...History isn't like that. History unravels gently, like an old sweater. It has been patched and darned many times, reknitted to suit different people, shoved in a box under the sink of censorship to be cut up for the dusters of propaganda, yet it always - eventually - manages to spring back into its old familar shape. History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it. History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It's been around a long time.".... (Mort)

    "Whoever designed the dress didn't know when to stop. They'd put lace over the silk and trimmed it with black vermine, and strung pearls anywhere that looked bare, and puffed and starched the sleeves and then added silver filigree and then started again with the silk.
    In fact it really was amazing what would be done with several ounces of heavy metal, some irritated molluscs, a few dead rodents and a lot of thread wound out of insects' bottoms.".... (Mort)

    "There must be a hundred silver dollars in here," moaned Boggis, waving a purse. "I mean, that's not my league. That's not my class. I can't handle that sort of money. You've got to be in the Guild of Lawyers or something to steal that much."..... (Wyrd Sisters)

    "Destiny was funny stuff, he knew. You couldn't trust it. Often you couldn't see it. Just when you knew you had it cornered, it turned out to be something else - coincidence, maybe or providence. You barred the door against it, and it was standing behind you. Then just when you thought you had it nailed down it walked away with the hammer".... (Wyrd Sisters)

    "Granny Weatherwax was often angry. She considered it one of her strong points. Genuine anger was one of the world's great creative forces. But you had to learn how to control it. That didn't mean you let it trickle away. It meant you dammed it, carefully, let it develop a working head, let it drown whole valleys of the mind and then, just when the whole structure was about to collapse, opened a tiny pipeline at the base and let the iron-hard stream of wrath power the turbines of revenge".... (Wyrd Sisters)

    "As she tucked in her hair and observed herself critically in the mirror she sang a song. She sang in harmony. Not, of course, with her reflection in the glass, because that kind of heroine will sooner or later end up singing a duet with Mr Blue Bird and other forest creatures and then there's nothing for it but a flamethrower.".... (About Agnes - the heroine in Carpe Jugulum)

    "Lancre operated on the feudal system, which was to say, everyone feuded all the time and handed on the fight to their decendants. The chips on some shoulders had been passed down for generations. Some had antique value. A b----- good grudge, Lancre reckoned, was like a fine old wine. You looked after it carefully and left it to your children.".... (Carpe Jugulum).

Food for the mindFOOD FOR THOUGHT

    "One man, with courage, is a majority"... Andrew Jackson

    "The only place where success comes before work is in a dictionary"... Vidal Sassoon

    "The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour"... Vince Lombardi

    "What matters is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"... Bear Bryant

    "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock"...

    "It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it"... Somerset Maugham

    "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear"... Mark Twain

    "A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner"...Proverb

    "Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go"... William Feather

    "Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out".... James B. Conant

    "A ship is safe in the harbour - but that is not what ships are for".... Albert Nimeth

    "If you think education is expensive - try ignorance".... Derek Bok

    "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars".... Charles A. Beard

    "You cannot depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus".... Mark Twain

    "Fear is that darkroom where negatives are developed".... Michael Pritchard

    "You never conquer a mountain. You stand on the summit a few moments; then the wind blows your footprints away" .... Arlene Blum

    "One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time".... André Gide

    "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars".... Les Brown

    "Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent".... Eleanor Roosevelt

    "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former".... Albert Einstein

    "People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost".... H. Jackson Browne

    "We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars".... Oscar Wilde

    And a couple from GranGran's page on the web:
    "Having a good attitude will not solve all your problems but it will irritate enough people to make it worthwhile"....

    "Explain not: your friends won't expect it and your enemies won't believe it"....

    "I do not believe in that word fate. It is the refuge of every self-confessed failure"... Andrew Soutar
Many a true word....RAISING MORE SMILES...

    "Such an attractive lass. So outdoorsy. She loves nature in spite of what it did to her".... Bette Midler (re a certain member of a royal family....).

    "I hate to spread rumours - but what else can one do with them?".... Amanda Lear.

    "The hatchet is buried...though to a very nice observer a bit of its handle may still be seen protruding from the ground".... Rhoda Broughton

..who said that?...SHEER POETRY

    "For each man kills the thing he loves, wrote Oscar in his cell
    The difference 'twixt love and hate not even he could tell.
    We find too late that Heaven's Gate is very near to Hell....."....Author Unknown.

    "It is the duty of the student
    always to be prudent.
    If smarter than his teacher - tact
    demands that he conceal the fact".... Author Unknown.

..who said that?...EMAIL SNIPPETS

    Reason to smile: Every 7 minutes of every day, someone in an aerobics class pulls a hamstring.

    My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.

    Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.

    I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That's my idea of a perfect day.

    Getting lost in thought may put you in unfamiliar territory.

    99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

    Perhaps you're diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

    Despite the high cost of living, it's still extremely popular.

    The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

    Support bacteria; they're the only culture some people have.

    For every action there is an equal and opposite criticism.

    To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

    The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

    A clear conscience is frequently the sign of a bad memory.

    If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

...pearls of wisdom...