Favorite Quotes

A compilation of my favorite quotes which can be used as signature lines & status remarks, by anyone, so if you have a few winning quotes, send them for addition here. Likewise, feel free to borrow from my list since these quotes are in the public domain & are not owned by anyone, nor copyrighted or trademarked. I'll be adding to this page as new quotes come in over time. Bold type entries are ones I am using currently, or are my favorites to use regularly, so if possible, choose from the others, but if you just MUST have it, go right ahead. Enjoy!


  1. Adults are always asking children what they want to be when they grow up because they're looking for ideas. Paula Poundstone, comedian.
  2. What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. Salman Rushdie.
  3. I never panic when I get lost. I just change where it is I want to go. Rita Rudner.
  4. No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. Stanislaw Jerzy Lee, writer.
  5. I'm free of hypochondria--although I've got everything else. Keith Richards.
  6. I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. Diane Ackerman, author & poet.
  7. Winning might not be everything, but losing has little to recommend it. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
  8. If I don't ask "why me?" after my victories, I cannot ask "why me?" after my setbacks & disasters. Arthur Ashe.
  9. Have you ever noticed that when people use the expression "I have to say", what follows usually needn't be said? Richard Russo, writer.
  10. Life is too short to eat vanilla ice cream and dance with boring men. Anonymous.
  11. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path. Paulo Coelho, novelist
  12. Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right. Marian Wright Edelman, children's-rights activist
  13. To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks. A. A. Millne
  14. He who limps is still walking. Stanislaw Lec, poet
  15. What I look forward to is continued immaturity followed by death. Dave Barry
  16. It is alright to hold a conversation but you should let go of it now & then. Richard Armour
  17. I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. Jane Wagner
  18. Never be afraid to laugh at yourself; after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century. Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries)
  19. They say marriages are made in heaven. But so is thunder & lightning. Clint Eastwood
  20. If you can't be kind, at least be vague. Judith "Miss Manners" Martin
  21. Unexpected intrusions of beauty. That is what life is about. Saul Bellow
  22. A narcissist is someone better=looking than you are. Gore Vidal



Mark Twain: Words of Wisdom to Live By

1. If you’re going to talk about yourself all day every day, you’d better make clear why people should care

2. Don’t rob the dickens out of people, morally or financially. You could end up in someone’s autobiography, and they could say really not nice things about you!

3. Don’t proclaim your expertise. A real expert may hear you.

4. Cherish the people you care about while you can. Once they’re gone, all you can do is remember them.

5. Don’t make promises you can’t keep.

6. Don’t try to pretend you go “way back” with someone when you don’t. Twain often talks about people who would come up to him and say, “Oh, I went to school with you.” He would say (to himself, of course), “Uh, no you didn’t.” It just made the person look foolish in his eyes.

7. Be honest about your intentions.

8. Don’t be too trusting of people, especially if they want something.

9. Don’t assume that anyone but you has your best interest at heart (and make sure you really do have your best interests front and center. Otherwise you can really get taken for a ride).

10. If you challenge someone to a duel of any kind, be fully prepared to get shot
(in other words, if you can’t take it don’t dish it).

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