Friday, July 30, 2010

Soul Bits

I keep a notebook. I used to carry it around every day. Lately it has been relegated to my headboard. This morning, it's back in my purse.

This notebook? Contains little pieces of me as described by someone else. It is full of both vocabulary words (defined) as well as quotations that are meaningful to me. My best friend also kept a notebook. She never let anyone but me read it. It's amazing how much you can tell about a person from what they keep in such a book.

I don't know why I do this. For a long time, I had no idea my friend did the same thing. Sometimes, when I'm a hot mess & I need too cool off & straighten up, I read through them & laugh. Or think "wow" and I feel my brain cells stretch a little. Sometimes, they soothe me.

Today, I'm cheating. I have a lot of work to do, but I need to blog. I'm getting a twitch from not blogging. It has just been one of those weeks. So today? I'm sharing some of those bits.

Enjoy my soul bits. And perhaps? You'll know me a little better.

Percipient - adj - discerning

Acumen - n - mental keenness

"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."
~Oscar Wilde

"The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything."
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

"It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others."
~John Andrew Holmes

"Other than that, how did you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln?"

"Twenty years from now, you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did."
~Mark Twain

"Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter."
~W.R. Inge (1860-1954)

"A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms."
~George Wald

catachresis - n - (1) use of the wrong word for the context. (2) use of a forced & especially paradoxical figure of speech

rectitudinous - adj - (1) characterized by straightness or moral integrity. (2) Piously self-righteous

"It's dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."

"in fact, Mozart's preoccupation with the anus and anal products never waned."

"It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!"
~Friedrich Nietzche

"A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of."
~Burt Bacharach

"We hang the petty thieves & appoint the great ones to public office."
~Aesop (620BC - 560BC)

"He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death."
~Saki (1870-1916)

"If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you."
~Don Marquis (1878-1937)

"Only 2 things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
~Albert Einstein

"Any woman who thinks the way to a man's heart is through his stomach is aiming about 10 inches too high."
~Adrienne E. Gusoff

"The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else."
~Umberto Eco

"Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use."
~Wendell Johnson

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  1. You carry a notebook so you can share such great gems of wisdom with your adoring public.
    Great bits there. Thanks.

  2. My notebook? Is filled with illegible chicken scratches and bits of conversations. Yours is way grown-up.

  3. Hee!

    One of my faves (as a communication specialist) is also by Oscar Wilde: The biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred.

    Great notebook!

    -Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points

  4. I love these quotes! I keep a notebook too and I collect quotes. These are great and so are you! Thank you for sharing.

  5. I love Oscar Wilde, too. Met you through peace and love and muesli. I tried to follow, but computer won't let me. I'll try later. Love your blog, espec. your post on "weight." Nice to meet you. I'll be back later to follow.

  6. I'm a HUGE quote fan, and in fact, that Albert Einstein one is also one of my favorites! It's on my blog on the right side under "Lil' Bits 'o Wisdom". I love that Wendell Johnson quote, too and I'm gonna add that one on!

    Sorry I've been MIA lately - I'm (trying) to get back into the swing of things :)