Quotations for Daily Use

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"A modest man with much to be modest about." Winston Churchill referring to Attlee, the Prime Minister of Great Britian at the time

"All I lack of bein' dead is th' news gettin' out!" Lily, a character in To Be Where You Are, a book in The Mitford Series by Jan Karon

"Always go to the bathroom when you have a chance." King George V, Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936.

"Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung." Voltaire, François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state.)

"Asked if she had felt like a bird when flying with her brother, Katharine responded, "I don't know exactly how a bird feels. Birds sing, I suppose, because they are happy. I sang, I know, and I was very happy indeed. But like the birds, I sang best after the flight was over." Katharine Wright (Katharine Wright Haskell)(August 19, 1874 March 3, 1929) was the only sister who lived past infancy of aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright. She was a high school teacher and later became an international celebrity when she accompanied her famous brothers in Europe.

"Assassins!" Arturo Toscanin,( March 25, 1867 – January 16, 1957) was an Italian conductor.) This was said to his orchestra.

"Being too good is apt to be uninteresting." Mamma Truman, Harry Truman's mother, Martha Ellen Young Truman

"Chester McGraw! He was your size exactly. I remember seeing him from behind at Logan's in Wesley, and thinking it was you. Timothy! I said. What are you doing in the pantyhose section? But it was Chester." Cynthia Kavanagh in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

"Don't worry! Things will go along like this for a long time. Then for some unexplainable reason, they'll get worse."  Unknown

"For every complicated problem there is a simple, easy to understand, wrong answer." H. L. Mencken, (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was a German-American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English.

"How unpardonable would it have been in you to have been a blockhead."
Lady Abigail Adams, (November 22, 1744 – October 28, 1818) was the wife of John Adams and the mother of John Quincy Adams. She wrote this to her husband, John Adams.

"I think that I shall never see a completed genealogy!"  Unknown, written on a genealogy website run by Denise Sproed

"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). This was found in the book To Be Where You Are, a book in The Mitford Series, by Jan Karon

"If I had a nickel for every one, I'd be rich as cream and on a cruise to the North Pole to look climate change in the eye." Hesie Mayhew, a character in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

"I'll moider da bum!" Tony Galento (March 12, 1910 July 22, 1979) was an American heavyweight boxer. Nicknamed "Two Ton" for his reasoning to his manager for being nearly late to one of his fights: "I had two tons of ice to deliver on my way here". He said this, "I'll moider da bum!" when asked what he thought of William Shakespeare.

"It's all very well in practice, but it will never work in theory." Warren Buffet, born August 30, 1930) is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is the most successful investor in the world. He was commenting about how the academic community views his investment approach..

"It is all very well to be able to write books, but can you wiggle your ears?" J.M. Barrie -Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. This was found in the book To Be Where You Are, a book in The Mitford Series, by Jan Karon

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." Groucho Marx, (October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977) was an American comedian and film and television star.

"Life is too short to eat bad food." (This was on a sign-board in the Swedish Crown, an eatery in Lindsborg, Kansas.)

"One only needs two tools in life - WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop." G. Weilacher (Any information about who G. Weilacher is?)

"Remember, no matter where you go, there you are!" from the cult film Buckaroo Banzai

"Some say you shouldn't prune except at the right time of year. I generally do it when the saw is sharp." George Aiken, (August 20, 1892 – November 19, 1984) was an American farmer and politician.

"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." Tom Clancy, (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American novelist best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and after the Cold War.

"The highest thought she ever had was how to dye her old go-go boots black so she could wear 'em to a funeral." Hesie Mayhew, a character in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

"There are moments when everything goes well; don't be frightened, it won't last." Jules Renard, (February 22, 1864 – May 22, 1910) was a French author and member of the Académie Goncourt

"Things are more like they are now than they ever were before." Dwight D. Eisenhower, October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961

"To the physicians of his generation, Garfield’s death proved with certainty that, as the poet Thomas Gray had written more than a century earlier, 'Ignorance is Bliss.' " This was written by a 33 year-old surgeon who was scornfully critical of Dr. D. Willard Bliss’s care of 20th USA President James A. Garfield.

" . . . victim of the use of water as a beverage" Sam Houston speaking about James Polk (James Polk was not a teetotaler, but he used alcohol sparingly.) Samuel "Sam" Houston (March 2, 1793 – July 26, 1863) was an American politician and soldier, best known for his role in bringing Texas into the United States as a constituent state.

"When others speak of staying in shape, I wonder what shape it is precisely they have in mind." By Joseph Epstein, writing about turning 80 for The Weekly Standard

"Yabba Dabba Doo!" F. Flintstone, protagonist of the animated sitcom The Flintstones

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