Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thursday Thirteen 222: Random Quotes

The other day I was flipping through some of my older journals, searching for something I never did find, when some of the random quotes jotted down caught my attention. I am constantly copying down quotes I run across, bits of TV dialogue, song lyrics or passages from books I am reading. I thought some of these might make for a good Thursday Thirteen, so here are a few of the random quotes from the journal dated Feb-April 2009. Enjoy!

"Sure you got the right place?" Kid asked.
"Dunno. I plugged 'crime scene' into MapQuest and this is what it spit out."

(HIDE by Lisa Gardner)

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The problem is, there's no soundtrack for real life. In the movies, you know when something bad is going to happen, because the heavy bass tells you so. There isn't a person alive whose heart doesn't race upon hearing the theme song from JAWS, and frankly, that's a comforting thing. We like our markers. It gives the world a sense of order. Bad things may happen, but only after the background picks up with da-dah, da-dah, da-dah-da-dah-da-dah.

The real world isn't like that...

Life changes in an instant, with no soundtrack to be your guide.

(HIDE by Lisa Gardner)

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Our heads are round so that thoughts can change direction.
~Francis Picobia, painter & poet

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Life is not a reality show. Get one, and you'll see.
~Leonard Pitts Jr, writer

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The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
~Maureen Dowd, writer

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Until we lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.
~Henry Miller, writer

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The problem is we think we exist. We think our words are permanent and solid and stamp us forever. That's not true. We write in the moment.

(WRITING DOWN THE BONES by Natalie Goldberg)

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As with most fine things, chocolate has its season. There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose name contains the letter A, E, or U is the proper time for chocolate.
~Sandra Boynton

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Fear impoverishes, while the acceptance of sorrow can enrich.

(SEDUCING HUNTER by Cathie Linz)

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But what are we but our bad habits? They make us feel alive, don't they?
~Marilyn Harris

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Half of our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.
~John Churlton Collins

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Monsters are real, and ghosts are real, too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.
~Stephen King

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Sometimes tracking a thought is a futile pursuit.
~Me, to friend VSB, July 2000

What about you? Do you ever write down the words of others that inspire or speak to you at a particular moment?

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Hazel said...

Maybe I should but I forget and then I regret it. "Acceptance of sorrow can enrich" - I've noticed that to be true.

Ron. said...

Enjoyed the list; am in substantial agreement with the "bad habits" quote.

Heather said...

Hazel: Wishing I'd written something down is one of the reasons I started copying stuff into my journals.

Right now I regret not jotting down a few keywords to jog my memory about the dream I woke from at 6am, before I fell back to sleep. Its contents are right on the edge of my brain, and I almost had it earlier tonight, but it slipped away again before I had it. Yeah...there's a reason I keep pen and paper on the stupid night stand! (grumble, grumble)

Ron: There are times bad habits should be indulged. They make the daily rut more bearable, don't they? *G*

Xakara said...

The second quote reminds me of a simpler version I've heard and used "Life would be so much easier if you could hear the background music."

Great quotes!

Happy T13,

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anthonynorth said...

Some excellent sayings there. Enjoyed the post.

Shelley Munro said...

I think I need to read that Lisa Gardener book. A great collection of quotes. I often scribble down lines from sitcoms.

Heather said...

Some great and thought provoking quotes, thanks very much. I particularly liked the settling for less one. Scary to read because I know I'm doing and am not currently brave enough to put a stop to it.

Adelle Laudan said...

I ditto wanting to read Lisa Gardner I'm forever looking for quotes for this and that. Great list. Happy T13!

Caridad Pineiro said...

Love the quotes. Thanks for sharing.

SusanB-knits said...

I too collect quotes but most of mine are from Star Trek.

"You may find that having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical, but it is often true." -- Spock (Amok Time)

I enjoyed reading your quotes.

CountryDew said...

Those are great quotes. I did quotes today, too. Must be something in the air.

Heather said...

Xakara: Long or short, life would definitely be easier at times with background music!

Anthony: Thank you, and thanks for stopping by!

Shelley: I love it when I happen upon a quote in my journals from a program (sitcom or drama), and I can remember the exact episode it was from. You might like the Lisa Gardner book. She writes good rom suspense!

Heather said...

Heather: It's easy to become settled in our daily ruts. Knowing we need to change things up is a start, but doesn't make it any easier to do.

Adelle: I love Lisa Gardner. I've read about half a dozen of her books, with a few more in the TBR pile to catch up. Too many great authors, so little time...

Caridad: Thank you, I'm glad you liked!

Heather said...

Susan: I can honestly say that none of my quotes are from Star Trek. Definitely not a fan, though I do like your Spock quote.

Anita: must be something in the air, since Hazel did quotes (of a sort) too. *G*

colleen said...

These are great! I copied a few. I also thing our heads are round causing our thoughts to go round and round!

Jana said...

Love all these...especially the one about chocolate. ;-)

And your own quote there at the end is absolutely true!

Heather said...

Colleen: Thanks, I'm glad you liked.

Jana: LOL, I should have known you'd glom onto the chocolate one. Thanks also for liking my quote to Vi. *VBG*

Alice Audrey said...

Great selection of quotes, from funny to serious.

Kimberly Menozzi said...

The Stephen King line is one I recall, too. I always felt it was something any writer would do well to remember. Not just horror writers, either, but any kind of writer. The ghosts and monsters within us sometimes have undue influence over our decisions - they're what we have to fight against, and so should our characters.

Thanks for sharing all of these!

Happy TT!

Pearl said...

yay, Boynton on chocolate.

Dowd has a good point.

I am Harriet said...

I love the Pitts quote!

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!

Alice Audrey said...

Hey, did you get all the internet problems worked out?

Heather said...

Yup. This post would not be here if I hadn't. ;)

Anonymous said...

I came in after Thursday but I just want to say, I love Lisa Gardner's Hide. Good choice!


Heather said...

Hi JD, stragglers are always welcome. Hide was a good book. Lisa Gardner is an author I came to late, and whose backlist I am still trying to catch up on. Thanks for stopping by!