23 thoughts on “Favorite Five Friday: Quotes

  1. “If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” -John Lennon
    “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test.In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” -Tom Beddet
    “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”
    – John F. Kennedy
    “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” -Vince Lombardi
    “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” -Winston Churchill

    • These are great, Arindam. I especially like the first two, which I’d never heard. Thanks for sharing your Favorite Five!

  2. “There are two means of refuge from the misery of life–music and cats.” Albert Schweitzer

    “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi

    “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” Mother Teresa

    “I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” Joan Didion

    “Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance.” Dan Greenburg

    • Clearly you are a cat person! :-) We just went to look at puppies yesterday so I’m sure those quotes will apply to me soon if I substitute in the word dogs. And Didion’s quote is a classic. I have that written in a journal somewhere. The other two? It says everything about who they were, and why they will always be remembered. Thanks for dropping your five on us Tina! Hope you have a great weekend.

  3. “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John Bingham

    “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
    St Augustine

    “You may only be someone in the world, but to someone else, you may be the world.” – Unknown

    “They can because they think they can.” – Virgil

    “Hard things are put in our way not to stop us, but to call out our courage and our strength.”

  4. Becky,
    love this assigment – here is a list I give my students in my creativity workshops (Jane Austen’s is framed in my office)
    “In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining who we are.” Mac DePree

    “Thoughts become things. Choose the good ones.” Mike Dooley TUT.com

    “I love myself. I am more than enough.” You.

    “Act the part.” The Universe

    “When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.” Tuli Kupperburg

    “Focus on the critical few, not the insignificant few.” Anonymous

    “I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” Lily Tomlin

    “People often tell me that motivation doesn’t last, and I tell then that bathing doesn’t either. That’s why I recommend it every day.” Zig Ziglar

    “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Woody Allen

    “I would rather spend two minutes among the notorious than an hour with the dull.”
    Jane Austen

    “We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” Carlos Castaneda

    “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” Anonymous

    “When life becomes unfair, just change the rules.” Camille Strawn Age 7

    and one that I came up with one day in class – “the art shows up.”


    • Wow, Elizabeth, these are great. I especially like the 7-year old wisdom: “When life becomes unfair, just change the rules!” Thanks for sharing this fabulous and eclectic bunch!

  5. What fun! (not a quote) . . .

    ‘I dwell in possibility. . . .’ Emily Dickinson
    ‘We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.’ The Talmud (although often attributed to Anais Nin)
    ‘There is a crack in everything . . . that’s how the light gets in.’ Leonard Cohen
    ‘Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is wisdom.’ Tao te Ching
    ‘ET phone home’

    • Deborah, I knew you would have some beauties. There is no better approach to life than dwelling is possibility!

      ET phone home! Somehow I see that related to your blog post about technology and the connection you and your daughter have with your iPhones. :-)

      Thanks for dropping your five on us! Congrats again on your new book. I hope a lot of people download it today! Click here everybody to find out what a fabulous writer Deborah Batterman is: http://www.amazon.com/Because-my-name-mother-ebook/dp/B007R6ILYC

  6. Sorry this isn’t as profound as some others, but it really is true! “I was grateful to be able to answer promptly and I did. I said I didn’t know.” — Mark Twain

    • David, so great to see you here commenting for your first time! I love this quote, and actually it is profound in its own simple way. I wish more people would just say, “I don’t know,” when they don’t know. Thanks for dropping in and sharing your two cents. Have a great weekend.

  7. “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny.”

  8. “Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your Heart” Tecumseh 1809

    “Women are meant to be loved, not understood.” Oscar Wilde

    “And the night shall be filled with music. And the cares that infest the day, shall fold their tents like the Arabs, and as silently steal away.” Longfellow

    • Ha ha. The Oscar Wilde quote is a classic. And the Longfellow quote has me imagining you tango-ing into the night. Great stuff.

      “Live with no regrets” and “Don’t die wondering” also top my favorite quotes–kind of similar in tone to your first one. Thanks for dropping a few of your favorites on us. Happy Friday!

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