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AGE
“Age is of no importance unless you are a cheese.”
— Unknown

ALEXANDER McQUEEN
“People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of my personality.”

“It is important to look at death because it is a part of life. It is a sad thing, melancholy but romantic at the same time. It is the end of a cycle—everything has to end. The cycle of life is positive because it gives room for new things.”

“I want to empower women, I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.”

“I’m not big on women looking naive. There has to be a sinister aspect, whether it’s melancholy or sadomasochist.”

AMY POEHLER
“If you are lucky, there is a moment in your life when you have some say as to what your currency is going to be. I decided early on it was not going to be my looks. I have spent a lifetime coming to terms with this idea and I would say I am 15 to 20 percent there. Which I think is great progress. I am not underestimating the access I get as a BLOND, WHITE lady from AMERICA. Believe me, blond hair can take you really far, especially with the older men. It can really detract from the face. … Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier.”

“Going from crying to laughing that fast and hard happens maybe five times in your life and that extreme right turn is the reason why we are alive, and I believe it extends our life by many years.”

“Getting older also helps you develop X-ray vision. The strange thing is that the moment people start looking at you less is when you start being able to see through people more.”

“Good for her! Not for me. That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again.”

“Don’t get undressed and start pointing out your flaws or apologizing for thing you think are wrong with your body. Men don’t notice or care. They are about to get laid! They are so psyched. Men are very visual, so if you don’t want them to look at your stomach just out fake mustaches on your breasts to distract them.”

“The lessons? Women are mighty. George Clooney loves bits. Doing something together is often more fun than going it alone. And you don’t always have to win to get the pudding.”

“Let me take a minute to say I love bossy women. Some people hate the word, and I understand how ‘bossy’ can seem like a s–tty way to describe a woman with a determined point of view, but for me, a bossy woman is someone to search out and to celebrate.”

“If it’s not funny, you don’t have to laugh.”

“Fighting aging is like the War on Drugs. It’s expensive, does more harm than good, and has been proven to never end.”

“Saying ‘yes’ doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no and saying ‘please’ doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission.”

“Apologies have nothing to do with you. They are balloons in the sky. They may never land.”

CHILDHOOD
“What we remember from childhood we remember forever – permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen.”
— Cynthia Ozick

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairytales.”
— Albert Einstein

DEATH
“The idea is to die young as late as possible.”
— Ashley Montagu

“From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.”
— Edvard Munch

“Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.”
— John Muir

“Watching a peaceful death
of a human being
reminds us of a falling star;
one of a million lights
in a vast sky
that flares up
for a brief moment
only to disappear
into the endless night
forever.”
— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself plainly when you have need of him.”
— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

“You died on a Saturday morning. And I had you placed here under our tree. And I had that house of your father’s bulldozed to the ground. Momma always said dyin’ was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn’t. Little Forrest, he’s doing just fine. About to start school again soon. I make his breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth every day. Teaching him how to play ping-pong. He’s really good. We fish a lot. And every night, we read a book. He’s so smart, Jenny. You’d be so proud of him. I am. He, uh, wrote a letter, and he says I can’t read it. I’m not supposed to, so I’ll just leave it here for you. Jenny, I don’t know if Momma was right or if, if it’s Lieutenant Dan. I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there’s anything you need, I won’t be far away.”
–Forrest Gump

FATHERS
“It’s only when you grow up and step back from him – or leave him for your own home- it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it.”
— Margaret Truman

FEMINISM/WOMEN

“There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.”
— Madeleine K. Albright

“Women are not the weak, frail little flowers that they are advertised.  There has never been anything invented yet, including war, that a man would enter into, that a woman wouldn’t, too.”
— Will Rogers

“And no one will tell you this, but you can’t be a man. Don’t even try. Be a woman.. powerful business when done correctly.”
— Bobbie Barrett

“Every man needs a woman when his life is a mess, because just like the game of chess, the queen protects the king.”
— Unknown

FOOD
“Is there anything better than butter? Think it over, any time you taste something that’s delicious beyond imagining and you say ‘what’s in this?’ the answer is always going to be butter. The day there is a meteorite rushing toward Earth and we have thirty days to live, I am going to spend it eating butter. Here is my final word on the subject, you can never have too much butter.”
— Julie Powell

“The best [food] adviser would have a very specific body type: pudgy or just a little overweight. This makes it clear they have a somewhat unhealthy relationship with food, but not a clinical problem.”
— Jim Gaffigan

“If you like shellfish, do me a favor: next time you see a really big cockroach, just tell yourself, ‘If that could swim, I’d eat it.'”
— Jim Gaffigan

“Shellfish are bugs. They have a shell like a bug. They have tons of spindly legs and crawl around like bugs (I have a four-leg maximum on things I’ll eat). They even have antennae like, well, monsters, frankly. Shellfish are probably monsters.”
— Jim Gaffigan

“Some of my favorite things on this planet are from Wisconsin: beer, bratwurst, cheese, and, of course, my wife, Jeannie, in that order. Good food is everywhere you look. If you visit someone’s house in Wisconsin, a cheese plate is put out. It could be eleven in the morning or ten o’clock at night. There will be a tray with Cheddar cheese and summer sausage. As a result of this plethora of edible happiness, people in Wisconsin eat all the time. Eating is important in Wisconsin. Even the beloved Green Bay football team is called the Packers. The state is about eating. It makes sense that the serial killer from Milwaukee was also eating his victims. He was simply doing what a serial killer from Wisconsin should do.”
– Jim Gaffigan

“Nobody really wants fruit. We only act like we do. A false desire for fruit is oven into the fabric of our culture. We are told that Adam and Eve were kicked out of paradise for eating an apple. An apple? Would an apple ever really tempt you? I would’ve look at the serpent, ‘An apple? Uh, cover it in caramel and come back to me. You got any cake back there?'”
— Jim Gaffigan

“My advice to you, dear reader, is to eat well and eat frequently. Our time here is pretty short. It’s filled with disappointments and drama, and food can make it better. I’m not proposing that every meal be a Shake Shack burger or a falafel, but it is important that you enjoy your life. That’s why a decent cheeseburger is always a good decision.”
— Jim Gaffigan

“I’m sure some of you are reading this and thinking, Sorry, white-trash guy. I don’t eat at McDonald’s. I have friends who brag to me about not going to McDonald’s. ‘I would never go to McDonald’s.’ I always think, Well, McDonald’s wouldn’t want you because you’re a jerk. I’m tired of people acting like they’re better than McDonald’s. You may’ve never set foot in a McDonald’s, but you have your own McDonald’s. Maybe instead of buying a Big Mac, you read US Weekly. That’s just a different type of McDonald’s. It’s just served up a little differently. Maybe your McDonald’s is telling yourself your Starbucks Frappaccino is not a milkshake, or maybe you watch those Real-Housewives-of some-large-city shows. It’s all McDonald’s. It’s McDonald’s of the soul: momentary pleasure, sure followed by incredible guilt, eventually leading to cancer. We all have our own McDonald’s.”
— Jim Gaffigan

HARRY POTTER
“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 1999, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
— J.K. Rowling, “Padfoot Returns,” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000, spoken by the character Sirius Black

“You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think we don’t recall them more clearly than ever in times of great trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself plainly when you have need of him.”
— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

“Always.”
— Severus Snape, Harry Potter at the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

HEARTBREAK
“[A] final comfort that is small, but not cold:  The heart is the only broken instrument that works.”
–T.E. Kalem

“I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. And how it can actually ache in places you didn’t know you had inside you. And it doesn’t matter how many new haircuts you get, or gyms you join, or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your girlfriends… you still go to bed every night going over every detail and wonder what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood. And how in the hell for that brief moment you could think that you were that happy. And sometimes you can even convince yourself that he’ll see the light and show up at your door. And after all that, however long all that may be, you’ll go somewhere new. And you’ll meet people who make you feel worthwhile again. And little pieces of your soul will finally come back. And all that fuzzy stuff, those years of your life that you wasted, that will eventually begin to fade.”
— Iris, The Holiday

“And she said losing love
Is like a window in your heart
Everybody sees you’re blown apart”
— “Graceland”, Paul Simon

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
— James Baldwin

HOLIDAYS
“Christmas – that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance – a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.”
— Augusta E. Rundel

“It’s Christmas Eve. It’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year we are the people that we always hoped we would be.”
— Scrooged

JENNY MOLLEN
“Before you meet the love of your life, there’s usually one guy you date that you try to convince yourself is him. Let me save you some time. He’s not.”

“We live in a society that propagates the notion that a successful woman is hot; has perfect teeth and hair; loves giving blow jobs; drinks beer but doesn’t gain weight; has a boyfriend she isn’t sick of after two years of him not proposing; looks young enough to still get carded buying cigarettes, dresses like she works for Anna Wintour; and never looks like she’s trying as hard as she’s actually trying to be motherf*cking perfect.”

“When women ask you to be in their wedding, they might as well just say, ‘give me a check for a thousand dollars and all your attention for the next six months.’”

LIFE

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”
— Vincent Van Gogh

“If plan A fails, remember you have twenty-five more letters left.”
— unknown

“The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.”
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with their imagination.”
–Robert Fulghum

“The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.”
— Leo Buscaglia

“Take hold of your own life.
See that the whole existence is celebrating.
These trees are not serious, these birds are not serious.
The rivers and the oceans are wild,
and everywhere there is fun,
everywhere there is joy and delight.
Watch existence,
listen to the existence and become part of it.”
— Osho

“Our lives are a flood of images and we are collectors who keep a strange assortment of images: moments of extreme emotion, pain, beauty, and fear stand out. Events we’re taught to remember: weddings, graduations, births, deaths. Then there are the millions of images that we can’t shake out of our heads, that come to us at strange times – things we can’t remember why we remember: the gold threads in an old stereo speaker, the way the light hit a thousand cars in a parking lot by the water, the face of a stranger in a restaurant, a friend standing in a pool – you can’t remember where, slapping the water with the flat of her hand. Memory is a sieve that holds curious things. A life is a trail of strange, colorful memories.”
–Risa Mickenberg

“I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me… but it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst… And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life… You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry… you will someday.”
–Lester Burnham, American Beauty

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Most of life is choice — the rest is pure luck.”
— Unknown

“Learn to expect to get what you deserve rather than what you want.”
— Unknown

“Wisdom lies in understanding not only the big things, but also the little things in life.”
— Unknown

“Whether it’s good or bad, it won’t last long.”
— Unknown

“Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.”
— Asha Tyson

“Enjoy yourself.  It’s later than you think.”
— Chinese Proverb

“As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do.”
— Zachary Scott

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
–Henri J.M. Nouwen

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
— Unknown

“A smart person knows what to say. A wise person knows whether or not to say it.”
— Unknown

“Never confuse education for intelligence.”
— Unknown

“May the bridges I burn light the way.”
— Unknown

“A person who is nice to you but not the waiter is not a nice person.”
— Unknown

“Be good, and if you can’t be good, be careful.”
— Unknown

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.”
— William Gibson

“Nostalgia – it’s delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound.” It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards… it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It let’s us travel the way a child travels – around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved.”
— Don Draper, Mad Men

“The cure for everything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.”
— Isak Dinesen

“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.”
— CS Lewis

“Beyond the rightness or wrongness of things there is a field, I’ll meet you there.”
— Rumi

“I’m not a big ‘everything happens for a reason’ guy, because that suggests that there’s more order to life than there is. But things happen, and there are consequences.”
— Jon Hamm

LOVE
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”
— Mignon McLaughlin

“Love is for the lucky and the brave.”
— Unknown

“Later that day I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.”
— Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

“You’re not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: this girl you’ve met, she’s not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you’re perfect for each other.”
— Robin Williams as Sean in Good Will Hunting

PHOTOGRAPHY
“A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.”
— Albert Einstein

PLANET EARTH
“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe:, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
— Carl Sagan

“If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.”
— George Carlin

PROFESSION
“Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.”
— Albert Einstein

“We know that science and art can be allies. We need far more women in politics. We need a religious view that embraces nature and does not fear science; business leaders who know and accept ecological and spiritual limits; political leaders who have spent time working in schools, factories, or farms and who still write poems. We need intellectual and academic leaders who have studied both history and ecology, and like to dance and cook. We need poets and novelists who pay no attention to literary critics. But what we ultimately need most is human beings who love the world.”
— Gary Snyder

RANDY PAUSCH
“Brick walls are there for a reason. They let you know how badly you want things.”

“Find the best in everybody. Just keep waiting no matter how long it takes. No one is all evil. Everybody has a good side, just keep waiting, it will come out.”

“When there’s an elephant in the room introduce him.”

“Believe nothing a man tells you and everything he shows you.”

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”

“All my adult life I’ve felt drawn to ask long-married couples how they were able to stay together. All of them said the same thing: “We worked hard at it.”

“Don’t bail. The best of the gold’s at the bottom of barrels of crap.”

“Be good at something. It makes you valuable.”

“We all stand on the dart board and very few of us catch the darts. Do not think it is unfair. It is fair but you are unlucky.”

“Proper apologies have three parts: 1) What I did was wrong. 2) I’m sorry that I hurt you. 3) How do I make it better? It’s the third part that people tend to forget…. Apologize when you screw up and focus on other people, not on yourself.”

SEASONS
“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
— William Cullen Bryant

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”
— Andrew Wyeth

SLEEP
“Without sleep, we all become two year olds.”
— unknown

STRENGTH
“I don’t want you to stop being a pussy, I want you to stop being a scrotum. Pussies are fierce and can take a pounding and spit out human beings. It’s Scrotums that are weak and nervous, and you can’t even tap them without people screaming and falling to the floor.”
— Dan Savage [Savage Love]

 

“Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
— Mary Anne Radmacher

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
— Winston Churchill

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”
— Kenji Miyazawa

“You can’t appreciate the good weather until you’ve been through a few shitty winters.”
— Paul Rudd

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