Favorite Quotes

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel like I should be doing something else.
— Gloria Steinem

The only truly dead are those who have been forgotten.
— Jewish saying

Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain. — Anonymous

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
— Michael Jordan, NBA All-Star/Professional Athlete

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
— Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, multiple championship-winning football coach for the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins

I’m too tired to yawn.
— DD, age 6

I’ve never, ever, in 51 years, done a play that has come easy to me.
— Dame Judi Dench, multiple award-winning actress of theatre, movies and TV

Never blame the crowd.
— B.J. Novak, writer/actor for The Office, on learning how to write good comedy

The miniskirt enables young ladies to run faster, and because of it, they may have to.
— John V. Lindsay, 1921-2000, former NYC Mayor, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and ex-Republican

If you don’t feel like you’re going to throw up, you aren’t taking enough risks.
— Alison Covarrubias, Ladies Who Launch

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
— Confucius, Chinese Philosopher & Reformer (551 BC – 479 BC)

Diplomacy is letting someone else have your way.
— Lester Pearson, Canadian Politician and Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

It’s not the despair, Laura. I can take the despair. It’s the hope I can’t stand.
— Brian Stimpson (John Cleese), Clockwise, 1986

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
[The more things change, the more they stay the same.]
— French saying

It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.
— Jimmy Duggan (Tom Hanks), A League of Their Own, 1992

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.
— Dr. Seuss

I’m a believer in the old-fashioned technique of outlining — that is, you don’t sit down and write until you pretty much know how it goes, what the logical structure is.
— Stephen Jay Gould

Life must be understood backward, but it must be lived forward.
— Soren Kierkegaarde

The better you know yourself, the better your relationship with the rest of the world.
— Toni Colette

The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive and more constructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.
— Dr. Frank Barron

For all eternity, God lies on a birthing bed, giving birth. The essence of God is birthing.
— Meister Eckhart

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
— Nelson Mandela

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
— Chinese proverb

People who do not break things first will never learn to create anything.
— Tagalog proverb

Something we were withholding made us weak.
— Robert Frost

More people fail at becoming successful businessmen than at becoming artists.
— John Gardner

If we can’t kill it, it’s immortal.
— Didi Snavely (A Tuna Christmas)

Dyfal donc a dyr y garreg.
[A steady tapping breaks the stone.]
— Welsh proverb

Sometimes life hits you on the head with a saucepan. But I’m not here to talk about saucepans.
— Toni Colette

For thousands of years, people worshipped cats. Cats have NEVER forgotten this.
— Unknown