"All the world's a stage

And all the men and women merely players

They have their exits and their entrances....."

...Shakespeare, As You Like It


This little collection of quotes has been in the making for several years
and I continue to add to it as I stumble upon little gems that please me.
Some are just common sense truths...
others cause me to think a little harder about things...
and some are just plain silly ...
and they make me smile.
I enjoy them all and hope that you will too.

"All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream."
...Edgar Allen Poe, A Dream Within a Dream

"Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger now"
...Bob Dylan

"Conversation is a game of circles"
...Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shows and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence."

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts
and we are never, ever the same."

"The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost."
...G.K. Chesterton

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver"
...Proverbs 25:11

"Language is the dress of thought."
...Samuel Johnson

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind."
...Rudyard Kipling

"When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things,
you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you
is quite different
when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it."
... A.A. Milne, from the House at Pooh Corner

"Not every truth is the better for showing its face undisguised,
and often silence is the wisest thing for a man to heed."

"He has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful".
...Sydney Smith from Lady Holland's Memoirs

"Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold"
...Leo Tolstoy

"'The time has come,' the Walrus said
'To talk of many things:
Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing wax --
Of cabbages -- and kings --
And why the sea is boiling hot --
And whether pigs have wings.'"
...Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

"Life is like riding a bicycle. You don't fall off unless you stop pedalling.
...Claude Pepper

"A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging;
it is the skin of living thought and changes from day to day as does the air around us."
...Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Living is like licking honey off a thorn."

"Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties."
...Jules Renard

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away."
...Henry David Thoreau

"'You are old, Father William,' the young man said
'And your hair has become very white,
And yet you incessantly stand on your head --
Do you think, at your age, it is right?'

'In my youth,' Father William replied to his son,
'I feared it might injure the brain;
But, now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again.'"
...Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

"Humour is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn"
...Irvin S. Cobb


"Man does not cease to play because he grows old,
he grows old because he ceases to play"
...George Bernard Shaw

"One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that
we may turn around to find the future has run out on us".
...Michael Cibenko

"When one door closes, another door opens;
but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door,
that we do not see the ones which open for us."
...Alexander Graham Bell

"'Well," said Pooh, 'what I like best...' and then he had to stop and think
Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do,
there was a moment just before you began to eat it
which was better than when you were,
but he didn't know what it was called."
...A.A.Milne, from The House at Pooh Corner

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
...Berthold Auerbach

This poem makes a lot of sense to me


Happiness is like a crystal,
Fair and exquisite and clear,
Broken in a million pieces,
Shattered, scattered, far and near.
Now and then along life's pathway,
Lo! some shining fragments fall;
But there are so many pieces
No one ever finds them all.

You may find a bit of beauty,
Or an honest share of wealth,
While another, just beside you
Gathers honor, love, or health.
Vain to choose or grasp unduly,
Broken is the perfect ball;
And there are so many pieces
No one ever finds them all.

Yet the wise, as on they journey,
Treasure every fragment clear,
Fit them as they may together,
Imagining the shattered sphere,
Learning ever to be thankful,
Though their share of it is small;
For it has so many pieces
No one ever finds them all.

...Priscilla Leonard

"Happiness, that grand mistress of ceremonies in the dance of life
impels us through all its mazes and meanderings,
but leads none of us by the same route."
...Charles Caleb Colton

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans"
...John Lennon

This really makes me smile.


"When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple."
...Jenny Joseph