Saturday, May 19, 2012


I’ve collected a few more snippets from my journals---little sayings and quotes I found interesting or poignant or funny, and these small jottings hold reams and pages:

Rule #1: Wear red shoes. Or red lipstick. Or red underwear. Red is Ordinary's Kryptonite.
Kelle Hampton

Absence is to love as wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.       deBussy-Rabutin

On family discord: 

Does this china shop really need a bull?   Carolyn Hax

You don't look back along time but down through it, like water. Sometimes this comes to the surface, sometimes that, sometimes nothing. Margaret Atwood

The daisy amongst the magnificent chrysanthemums told the tale, like a parvenu which had strayed by mistake into noble company.   Edgar Wallace

What is home?   The speaking fire inside each thing, woven of dust and yearning.

Li-young Lee

"A "no" uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a "yes" merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble."
Mahatma Ghandi

Chris, on why we don’t have bumperstickers:

Either you’re preachin’ to the choir, or you’re drawin’ fire---either way, why bother?

Sometimes the issue isn’t whether you’re right, it’s whether there’s any value in being right.   Dear Abby   Feb 2012

From an Amazon book review of THE MARRIAGE PLOT:

  . . . for me, reading it was like sitting between two members of the literary intelligentsia at a dinner party, as they try to one-up each other with the depth and breadth of their vast knowledge. I was simultaneously bored, lost and annoyed.    

…..”Don’t flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

Mammaw’s neighbor, Miz Blackwood:   If I wanna do it, it’s my PEROGADY.   (I hoped for several years for a perogady of my own, along with a dresser skirt and curly hair).

Sometimes you have to jump off a bridge and grow wings on the way down.

Danielle Steele   Full Circle

Every rock and bump and detour in the road puts one more muscle in my moral constitution.    Barney Fife


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

The "bridge" comment. I've grown so many pairs of wings...not always easy but you'll hit the ground pretty hard..especially when you fly as high as I tend to do. :) Great quotes..I loved the post..

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Rachel:
These are so very amusing and, indeed, thought provoking. What a marvellously eclectic collection. One we should add although its attribution we have long since forgotten is....'do not be afraid to make giant leaps, a chasm cannot be crossed in small steps'!!!!

L Vanel said...

So thoughtful of you to have collected these and share them with us now.

Beverly said...

Ah, Rachel. I love each one. I could never choose a favorite. You made me smile.♥

Southern Lady said...

I love each and every one of those, Rachel ... but my favorite is the one about "Does this china shop really need a bull?"

Loved Chris's comment about bumper stickers, too. He's right on target!

Thanks for sending some sunshine and smiles my way this morning.

jeanne said...

Good morning Rachel, I'm back and so happy to be here. I am enjoying my coffee and feeling quite content posting and visiting again.

I always enjoy reading quotes and these are all so meaningful...and true. It gets you musing on the meanings that the authors want us to know. I especially loved Chris's quote.

Here is one of mine if you don't mind. I think the angels put this in my head. Smile.

The real truth is...when we are tested and we still hang on for dear life, we know everything will be alright. Sometimes we need the love from others to keep us going but the hope is there. Most important of all is the love that we have to give to those whose very smiles we adore. It is what makes our world go round and life so worth living.

Jeanne's words of wisdom for those who are hanging on for dear life. Sometimes that is me. Smile. I must be feeling melancholy this morning.

Happy days to you and yours my dear blogging friend.
Love, Jeanne

Tonja said...

not whether you're right, but is there any value in being right. I love that. We could all do well to think on that one from time to time! Loved them all! Thanks!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Oh Barney, where ever you are, I hope you are right!!

Kim Shook said...

Wonderful stuff. I have a HUGE Word document stuffed full of snippets of this and that - things I WISH I'd said! We are a bumpersticker-less family, too. We've had a few back window 'clings' over the years, but never could find one permanent sticker that we felt we could commit to over the life of the car. This family tendency helped keep Jessica TATT-free over the tattoo danger years, though!