Friday, June 27, 2008

Mantras, Quotes, etc.

My most recent favorite quote: "You don't suffer from terminal uniqueness." Thank you to Natalie of Dolphin Fixtures for that. This is the slightly cheese-ish, yet both palatable and campy, more modern version of Emerson's "To believe that what is true in your private heart is true for all men, that is genius." (Which pretty much tops my All-Time list)

An incomplete list of other things said by other people I find myself repeating often:

There's got to be a horse in here somewhere.
Everything happens for a reason.
All is well. All will be well. And all manner of things will be well.
When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
You always have boundaries. Let someone else choose them for you and they're restrictions. Choose them for yourself and they're principles.
The best of the night's adventures are reserved for those with nothing planned.

I could go on...I wish I had a list of stuff Dorothy Parker ever opened her mouth and said.

And my stash of Mom-isms could go on forever. In retrospect, my mother was a bit of a cynic but it was a healthy temper to my incessant "glass if half full" perspective. These are remembered favorites:

You grew it. You chew it.

This is a muffin of your own design.

Feel it. Learn from it. Move on.

If I had three wheels, I'd be a tricycle.

People in hell want ice water.

I'm on your side.

People only have as much power over you as you give them.

Nobody pays as much attention to you as you think they do.

A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.

If I can't trust you, I don't have any use for you.

Can't see it from an airplane.

It's good enough for government work.

Pretty is as pretty does.

What can you do about it right now?

This time next month, it will all be different.

I got along fine before I met you; I'll get along fine after you're gone.

If anything happens to my daughter while she's in your care, you better hope something worse happens to you.

Splash your face with cold water, or your eyes will be puffy in the morning.

Thanks Mom for all those reality checks, for giving me a name that's an out-of-this-world icebreaker and for all the posthumous great parking spaces.

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