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September 25, 2007

A Quotations Update

The updating process continues, with about half of the Quotations collection now converted to the new format. Among the newly updated areas are Quotations from Poetry, (#12), Malapropisms (#8) and Quotations by Women (#9).

Here’s a smattering.


Sit at the western window. Take the sun
Between your hands like a ball of flaming crystal,
Poise it to let it fall, but hold it still,
And meditate on the beauty of your existence;
The beauty of this, that you exist at all.
   Conrad Aiken, Chiarascuro: Rose

Water, water, everywhere,
   Nor any drop to drink.
   Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Ancient Mariner, II, Verse 9

The worlds revolve like ancient women
Gathering fuel in vacant lots.
   T. S. Eliot, Preludes, IV, 15-16

For we have thought the longer thoughts
And gone the shorter way.
And we have danced to devil's tunes
Shivering home to pray;
To serve one master in the night,
Another in the day.
   Ernest Hemingway, [Chapter Heading, 1923]

Patience is a plant
That grows not in all gardens.
   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Michael Angelo, Part ii

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Indeed, unless the billboards fall
I'll never see a tree at all.
   Ogden Nash, Song of the Open Road

Learn to live, and live to learn,
Ignorance like a fire doth burn,
Little tasks make large return.
   Bayard Taylor, To My Daughter

 I have spread my dreams beneath your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams...
   William Butler Yeats, He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

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American is a very difficult language mixed with English.
  -- Anonymous

An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last chapter missing.
  --Quentin Crisp

As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.
  --Joan Gussow, 1986

None of us can boast about the morality of our ancestors. The records do not show that Adam and Eve were married.
  -- Ed Howe

Moral indignation is, in most cases, 2% moral, 48% indignation, and 50% envy.
  --Vittorio de Sica

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.
  --Mark Twain

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One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I'm having a good time.
  Lady Nancy Astor

Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
  Agatha Christie

It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their finest hour.
  Lillian Hellman

It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their finest hour.   Oh, to be only half as wonderful as my child thought I was when he was small, and only half as stupid as my teenager now thinks I am.
  Rebecca Richards

September 19, 2007

Where do we go from here?

OK, I'm looking for some input.

 As I wade through the Quotations collection and update each of the collections, its obvious that I will be eliminating or consolidating some of the older collections. I like the idea of maintaining 30 collections to keep a wide variety of subjects and formats, so I'm contemplating some new collections.

 Here are some of the subject areas under consideration:

(a) Of Biblical Proportions - a collection of quotes from biblical and other religious sources.

(b) Found in Translation - a collection of quotes in other languages with translations in english

(c) Historical Quotations - quotations by or about historical events and personages

(d) Quotations from Popular Song

(e) Theatrically Speaking - other than Shakespeare (who already has his own collection)

(f) Lingua Latina - quotes in Latin

 So, if you have an opinion, please give me some feedback, and let me know your first and second choices.



September 15, 2007

This Just In.....

The Quotations Home Page has just received a substantial update. The major reference pages have been updated and a new file format with improved readability has been introduced. This format is on alll of the index pages, as well as every page that has been updated (u) recently.

 Along with the format update (the first in six years), collection # 27, African American Expression, has been substantially enlarged to over 600 entries.

Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.
--Marian Wright Edelman, 1992

It is easy to look back, self-indulgently, feeling pleasantly sorry for oneself and saying I didn't have this and I didn't have that. But it is only the grown woman regretting the hardships of a little girl who never thought they were hardships at all. She had the things that really mattered.
--Marian Anderson, 1956

Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time.
--James Baldwin, 1962

 Shaking hands with the Queen of England was a long way from being forced to sit in the colored section of the bus going into downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.
--Althea Gibson

In the beginning there was neither nothing nor anything. Darkness hid in darkness -- shrouded in nothingness.
  -- Zora Neal Hurston, Moses, Man of the Mountain 1939

 What Clinton did with Monica Lewinsky does not add up to Bush lying to the world, saying, Let's invade Iraq because they've got weapons of mass destruction. It just doesn't add up. The man cheated on his wife, but nobody died. Americans are not coming home in body bags because of that.
--Spike Lee

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
--Charlie Parker

For most entertainers, there is a single experience, one defining moment, when confidence replaces the self-doubt that most of us wrestle with.
--Charley Pride

Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life.
--Jackie Robinson

Wishing, of all strategies, is the worst.
  --Andrew Young

September 02, 2007

OK, One Last Diversion

I'm not certain why three always seems to be an appropriate number for certain things. I suspect Tony Shaloub would say it is never appropriate.

 Anyway, here is the third and final crossword puzzle. On a scale of 1(easy) to 10(tough), this one would be about a 7.

 Click HERE to download the puzzle as a GIF image. This should print OK in portrait mode.

 Send me an e-mail if you like it, or if you are in desperate need of the solution key. 


September 01, 2007

Puzzling Update

 To start off September, here is another, more challenging crossword, also based on poets and their works. Once again, the answers to everything can be found at Poets' Corner.  On a scale of 1(easy) to 10(tough), this one d be about a 6.

 Click HERE to download the puzzle as a GIF image. This should print OK in portrait mode.

 Send me an e-mail if you like it, or if you are in desperate need of the solution key. 


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