Don’t quote me, but I have not been inspired to write. Blame it on all the awful news of late. Blame it on the presidential election coverage, which seems to go on forever. I’m worried!
My personal trainer, Anthony, says I worry too much and that I should do what he does and not pay attention to the news. Frankly, I can’t help myself, even if Anthony says I have a better chance of dying from processed foods, carbs and sugar overload than I do from being gunned down by a terrorist (which is something I worry about more so than the M&M’s I’m craving right now, but don’t tell Anthony–he’d be mortified! Honestly, how can such pretty, colorful morsels of candy hurt anyone?)
I’m a news junkie and what’s going on in the world today is enough to make me want to hunker down in my bed, and pine for my childhood days when I could ride my trusty bicycle all over town without a care in the world, and no fears of being kidnapped, gunny-sacked or snuffed out.
In light of all this, I turn to quotes. After all, I love a good quote, even in times of woe. Quotes that resonate, pique my interest, tickle my funny bone and soothe my soul. Here are but a few:
“Take what she says with a grain of salt. She has a very casual relationship with reality.” — Janeane Garafolo in Lifetime Channel’s Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce.
“Is it hard to let go of your beauty? Yes, very. I was pretty, so it’s tough. But why would I put a knife to my face and think that’s going to reverse time?” — Kate Mulgrew in “Entertainment Weekly” magazine, April 2015
“If you have a Rolls-Royce, you don’t put crud in it.” — Cicely Tyson, age 91, on why she eats healthy
“You can’t leave us. We’re a danger to ourselves. We’re a family of fire starters, poison eaters and online prostitutes.” — From the ABC series, “Modern Family.” The character, Phil Dunphy to his youngest daughter, Alex, who the family thought brought them bad luck.
What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. — John Steinbeck, “Travels with Charley”
“It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.” — From the book, “The Whole 30,” on eating healthy and losing weight
“It wasn’t what I saw that’s stayed with me all these years later. It’s what I heard. It’s what I felt. And kept feeling, every time I walked into that building. I was an Island kid, straight to the core, raised on Roosevelt Field and Roosevelt Raceway, raised to believe the lighthouse at Montauk Point was the guiding hand of God Himself, raised to squeeze every summer hour possible at Jones Beach and Adventureland, raised on the playgrounds of Prospect Park in East Meadow and Hickey Field in Rockville Centre, raised in saloons like Fezziwig’s and the Runway and the Barefoot Peddler and St. James.” — Mike Vaccaro in a “New York Post” article about the closing of Nassau Coliseum. Aug 5, 2015
“Think before you speak. Will what you’re going to say advance the conversation or create a roadblock?” — Deanna Mackey (friend, colleague and my former boss), at her farewell party.
“What was more, Mr. Thompson’s machine proved to be a mirror of mid-century American history. For bound up in the story of its introduction is the story of Jewish assimilation, gastronomic homogenization, the decline of trade unionism, the rise of franchise retailing and the perennial tension between tradition and innovation.” — Margalit Fox, September 21 issue of “New York Times” in obit of Daniel Thompson, the man who invented the a machine for making bagels.
“We are what we remember, and the less we remember the less we are.”– Carlos Ruiz Zafón, author of “Shadow of the Wind.”
From my new favorite series, “The Grinder,” starring Rob Lowe as Dean:
Todd: Dean, I need to tell you something and it’s important.
Dean: Well Todd, You can always tell me anything.
Todd: Because we’re friends?
Dean: I wouldn’t get hung up on why.
“If libraries are to be not only repositories of society’s memory and symbols of its identity but the heart of larger social centers, then these changes must be made consciously from an intellectually strong institution that recognizes its exemplary role, and teaches us what books can do: show us our responsibilities toward one another, help us question our values and undermine our prejudices, lend us courage and ingenuity to continue to live together, and give us illuminating words that might allow us to imagine better times. According to the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus, one of the ancient libraries he saw in Egypt carried above its entrance the words: ‘Clinic of the Soul.'” — From The New York Times Opinion page, written by Alberto Manguel an Argentine-born Canadian writer, translator and editor, and the author of “Curiosity.”
And One More:
One of the victims of the recent terrorism in San Bernardino, had posted on Facebook a quote from Albert Einstein:
“The world is a dangerous place not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”