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"For in and out, above, below,
'Tis nothing but a Magic Shadow-show
Play'd in a Box whose Candle is the Sun,
Round which we Phantom Figures come and go"

...The Rubaiyat of Omar Khyam


The following little bits and pieces please me... some amuse me and some make me think a little.
I hope you'll find they please you too...

"The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages
are perpetuated by quotations"

.....Benjamin Disraeli

"Language is a city
to the building of which
every human being brings a stone"
.....Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Where shall I begin, please, your Majesty?""Begin at the beginning", the King said gravely
"and go on till you come to the end; then stop"

...Lewis Carrol in Through the Looking Glass

"Talking is like playing the harp;
there is as much in laying the hand on the strings to stop their vibrations
as in twanging them to bring out their music"

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

"The real art of conversation
is not only to say the right thing at the right time
but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment"

...Dorothy Neville

"No one is exempt from speaking nonsense
the misfortune is to do it solemnly.


"Eloquence is the painting of the thoughts"


"The unluckiest insolvent in the world is the man
whose expenditure of speech
is too great for his income of ideas"

...Christopher Morley

"Wear your learning like a watch,
in a private pocket
and do not pull it out and strike it merely to show you have one.
If you are asked what o'clock it is,
tell it
but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked, like the watchman"

...Lord Chesterfield

"A thing may be too sad to be believed or too wicked to be believed or too good to be believed;
but it cannot be too absurd to be believed
in this planet of frogs and elephants, of crocodiles and cuttle-fish"

...Maycock, The Man Who Was Orthodox

"Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense."

...Mark Twain

"Blessed are they who have nothing to say
and who cannot be persuaded to say it."

...James Russell Lowell

"Those who dream by day
are cognizant of many things
which escape those who dream only by night"

...Edgar Allen Poe

"Life isn't about the breaths we take,
it's about the moments that take our breath away"


"People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out
but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed
only if there is a light from within"

...Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

"'There's no use trying', she said, 'one can't believe impossible things.'
'I daresay you haven't had much practice', said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day.
Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast'"

...Lewis, Carrol, Through the Looking Glass

"Your assumptions are your windows on the world.
Scrub them off every once in a while,
or the light won't come in"

...Alan Alda

"You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."

...Yogi Berra

"The world is round
and the place which may seem like the end
may also be only the beginning"

...George Baker

"Love is like quicksilver in the hand.
Leave the fingers open
and it stays.
Clutch it,
and it darts away"

...Dorothy Parker

"Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children,
often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well;
making them old men and women inexorably enough,
but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour.
With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand
in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch
in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life"

...Charles Dickens

"It is not how old you are, but how you are old."

...Marie Dressler

"Dreams are renewable.
No matter our age or condition,there are still untapped possibilities within us
and new beauty waiting to be born"

...Dr. Dale Turner

"I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person"

...Pogo in the comic strip by Walt Kelly

"'Contrariwise', continued Tweedledee,
'If it was so, it might be;
and if it were so, it would be;
but as it isn't, it ain't.
That's logic'"

...Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane
by those who could not hear the music"

...Angela Monet

"Life is like playing a violin solo in public
and learning the instrument as one goes on"

...Samuel Butler

""The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."

...Samuel Johnson

""In the end, everything is a gag."

...Charlie Chaplin

""I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

... Thomas Watson (1874-1956), Chairman of IBM, 1943

""I like nonsense - it wakes up the brain cells.
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.
It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope....
and that enables you to laugh at all of life's realities"

... Theodore S.Geisel, aka "Dr. Seuss"

"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud
was more painful
than the risk it took to blossom"

... Anais Nin

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."

... Anonymous