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Denise Gangnes
<span>This week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called for a nationwide ban on using cell phones to make calls or text while driving. Some states already have similar laws in place making texting illegal, while others extended the censure to cell phone use of any kind. </span> <br /> The action has enraged motorists, who cite the interference of individual's rights. It reminds us of the words of <a href="/quotes/author/Albert/Einstein">Albert Einstein</a>, who remarked: <em><strong>&quot;In a healthy nation there is a kind of dramatic balance between the will of the people and the government, which prevents its degeneration into tyranny.&quot; </strong></em><strong></strong> <br /> Some would argue that we're not that far off as government continues to expand its reach into our personal lives in the name of protecting us from ordinary and everyday evils such as cell phones. <br /> In announcing the recommendation to ban cell phones while driving, the NTSB points to several accidents over the past 5 years that resulted in death or injury in the double digits; a recent example involved several vehicles in a chain reaction in Missouri in 2010. The driver of the pickup had received five text messages and sent six in the moments leading up to the collision. As he apparently was going for a seventh, he plowed into the back of a tractor-trailer. Two school buses then careened into the wreckage, killing two people and injuring more than 20. At the time of the tragedy, texting while under the age of 21 was against the law in Missouri. <br /> Really? It should be a no-brainer that texting should be against the law. Unlike talking on a cell phone, texting requires that you use one or both hands to type. Additionally, most people have to look away from the road to see what they are typing to make sure that they aren't sending nonsense to a friend. Despite the potential dangers, roughly 20% of Americans &quot; mostly under the age of 24 &quot; admit that they still text while driving. <br /> It's hard to argue that texting behind the wheel can lead to disaster, particularly among younger drivers. And as any parent and driving instructor knows, teens have enough problems mastering the skills of controlling a vehicle without the added distractions of blaring music and fussing with electronic devices. <br /> But teens shouldn't entirely take the rap for doing the majority of talking on the phone or even texting. How often have you observed drivers performing tasks like putting on their make up, reading a book or the newspaper, adjusting their tie, drinking coffee or smoking, or even shaving and brushing their teeth! <br /> What about other driver distractions? For example, should dogs be banned from riding shotgun or sitting in their owner's laps because of potential driving hazards? Perhaps mothers should be prevented from driving more than one child to school at a time because of the dangers of paying more attention to youngsters sitting in back seat than what's happening on the road in front of them. <br /> Yet, the NTSB doesn't want to make any of these activities illegal. They seem to be fixated on cell phone use - a fixation that may be like spitting into the wind, considering the current scramble by automakers to offer as many electronic devices as possible in their automobiles in order to lure upper-middle-class, gadget-obsessed generation of new car buyers back into silent showrooms. <br /> And chances are, this ruling won't lower the accident rate in this country. Is it really safer to suddenly pull off the road and onto the shoulder of a busy highway to call in your pizza order? Or swerve into a parking lot at a moment's notice because you're running late for a meeting and need to call the office? Will the vision of drivers looking furtively in their rear view window for a police cruiser instead of watching the flow of traffic in front of them become the norm? <br /> The goal of reducing the number of traffic accidents and fatalities caused by distractions is indeed a noble one. But the NTSB seems obsessed with just one thing &quot; cell phones &quot; not the countless others that cause drivers to distraction. And their suggestion that oversight devices be installed on our roads to catch drivers breaking the law, similar to traffic cameras that snap a photo of you driving 30 mph in a 25 mph zone and then send you a big fat ticket in the mail? It's just a little too Big Brother in our minds. <br /> As President <a href="/quotes/author/Ronald/Reagan">Ronald Reagan </a>once said,<strong><em> &quot;We must not look to government to solve our problems. Government is the problem.&quot;</em></strong> It certainly seems to be true in this case.<br /> <br /> <a href="/"><strong><em>Quotes</em></strong></a><em><strong> - a point of view</strong></em><strong></strong><br /> <a href="/">www.great-quotes.com</a>
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Denise Gangnes
<strong><strong><a href="/quotes/keyword/Generosity">Generosity</a></strong></strong> or Grincherosity this holiday season? Your shopping is almost over, you've purchased the "roast beast" from the butcher, the tree is looking festive and the glow of the menorah has brightened up the season.  It's almost time for the big day! Tipping of your service providers is just part of the holiday regimen, and although this may have you feeling Grinch like, it's a good time to remember the <a href="/quotes/author//Euripides">Euripides</a> quote, "To generous souls, every task is noble. " Perhaps the last thing on your list is a reminder that the season brings with it the custom of showing generosity to those people who take care of you and your loved ones throughout the year.  No, not your parents or children or even your boss. We're talking about the hairdresser, babysitter or nanny, mailman, trash collector, personal trainer, gardener, even your newspaper delivery person. This <strong><em>"noble task,"</em></strong> as <a href="/quotes/author//Euripides">Euripides</a> put it, is one I struggle with each December.  Just a week ago, our newspaper arrived with the annual holiday card, enclosed in a stamped envelope pre-addressed to the carrier who is not-so-subtly suggesting a reward is in order for getting my newspaper dropped in the driveway every morning.  And last week, my bi-weekly housecleaner mentioned, "Oh, I guess this will be my last cleaning before Christmas" (hint hint). I don't mind tipping some of these service providers.  For example, I'm well aware that the newspaper delivery person gets paid pennies per paper to deliver the Daily Digest at the crack of dawn, often in very unpleasant weather. It occurred to me, while watching another excellent performance of the Scrooge story, that at this sacred time of year, we should ponder the quote of Swiss philosopher <a href="/quotes/author/Jean-Jacques/Rousseau">Jean Jacques Rousseau</a>, <em><strong>"When a man dies, he clutches in his hands only that which he has given away during his lifetime." </strong></em><strong></strong> So now that I'm committed to cheerily watching my wallet shrink for the sake of genial generosity, how much is it going to cost me? According to the tipping charts in the news recently that suggest the amount of extra sugarplums that service providers deserve at the holidays, a housecleaner or hairstylist should be gifted an amount equal to the pay for one session:  for example, anywhere from $50 - $100 or more.  The Scrooge in me calculates that the average cleaner charges $30 an hour, a hairstylist almost twice that, and in addition, there's an expectation that a bit more should be added on to the tab at the end of the day.  Theoretically, these people are already receiving up to $200 a year from me in tips over the cost of the service they just provided.  Is that not reward enough?  A stylist who has 20 or 30 clients could conceivably rake in thousands of dollars by the time the last candle is lit on the menorah. That's a lot of mistletoe! According to the Consumer Credit Council, the average person spends $1,000 on Christmas shopping each year, just for family members.  Holliday gifting to service providers could conceivably drain an additional $400 to $500 from your wallet. Perhaps I should adopt my coworker's Eberneezerly attitude of miserly tipping at every opportunity.  To my knowledge, he has never given his hairdresser a penny over the $50 she charges for a cut, probably saving the cost of two visits in a year. Perhaps he believes, as 19th Century French novelist and memoirist George Sand noted, "Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it."  About this time I hear the voice of Bob Cratchit whispering in my ear about the spirit of the holidays, and remember that these people are struggling through the season just like the rest of us, many without health insurance or a 401K plan or any other form of bonus. Statistics show that waiters and waitresses rely on tips for nearly 70% of their income, and hairdressers attribute tips as 25% of their take-home pay. What to do? A few ideas:  Tip what you can, or give a non-monetary gift, such as a seasonal plant or wreath, a basket of baked goods, or a nice aromatic candle.  And who doesn't love the sight of a bottle of "Christmas Cheer" wrapped with a bow! Fortunately, it's pretty easy to pick up something drinkable for less than $20. Bottom line:  Don't break the bank, and don't give something tacky, but do remember these people for the value they add to your life.  Think of it as investing in a future that pays better dividends than what we're reaping on Wall Street.  
Denise Gangnes
#Christmas

Denise Gangnes
<strong><em><br> &quot;I am realistic -- I expect miracles.&quot;</em></strong> This quote from self-help guru <a href="/quotes/author/Wayne/Dyer">Wayne Dyer</a> reflects the widespread attitude of overdue optimism this holiday season. Whether it's the surprising reduction in the jobless rate that has spurred an encouraging turnaround of the stock market, the feigned confidence of a litany of presidential candidates, or the wide-eyed innocence of a child sitting on Santa's lap, this is THE month where miracles are expected. <br> But aren't miracles about the unexpected? Consider the recent story of a young boy who, while swimming in the ocean at Long Beach, Washington, got sucked under by a strong current. After being submerged in the water for more than 20 minutes, searchers and onlookers had given up hope. Surprisingly, he was rescued after heroic efforts and flown to a nearby hospital, where the only option was to put him in an induced coma. After struggling for life for three weeks, he made a miraculous recovery. Supporters attribute his rescue and survival to the power of prayer. &nbsp; But few will credit economic recovery to the power of prayer. Rather, a quote by 17th century French author <a href="/quotes/author/Jean/de+la+Bruyere">Jean De La Bruyere</a> sums up the situation in the business world:  <em><strong>&quot;Out of difficulties grow miracles."</strong></em> One clear example is the recent unexpected turnaround by JetBlue Airlines. The discount carrier suffered loss after loss throughout the first three quarters of 2011, its stock dropping 50% over the course of the year. Unexplainably, in the past month, a miracle seems to have transpired. The stock regained all of its losses, has stabilized, and is climbing. The airline secured eight additional slots to expand their presence at LaGuardia and Reagan National airports and is opening up new routes to popular vacation destinations. <br> Certainly, this kind of miracle seems trivial compared to the sight of babies on the news being pulled out of the rubble of a massive earthquake, or even the wonder of the great pyramids, whose construction in ancient times still seems practically impossible. And yet it's hard to deny that small, minor miracles happen every day in our own lives. <br> What's the secret? Perhaps it's as simple as this quote from <a href="/quotes/author/Albert/Einstein">Albert Einstein</a>, <em><strong>&quot;There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.&quot;</strong></em> A recent study of physicians found that 74 percent of U.S. doctors believe that miracles have happened in modern medicine, and that they will continue to happen. Is it this resounding faith (or what nonbelievers might consider blind hope) in the unexplained that creates an opportunity for miracles to occur? Even science fiction fans, who can be notoriously agnostic, have wholeheartedly embraced the acceptance of <em><strong>"the force."</strong></em><strong></strong> &nbsp; At the holiday season, these magic moments seem to happen in spades.  It may be as simple as a volunteer showing up at your door with a bagful of food that you desperately need, or a letter from your credit card company offering the option to skip your December payment. The moderate weather we've experienced nationwide this month, enabling flights to land on time and loved ones to arrive safely for the holidays without incident, can certainly be claimed as a miracle - one that we hope holds for the entire holiday season! &nbsp; <a href="/quotes/author/Wayne/Dyer">Wayne Dyer</a> would assert that to make a better 2012, one should focus on thinking positively and surround ourselves with those who ascribe to the same philosophy. Whether you are Hindu or Atheist, Catholic or Rastafarian, try to celebrate the season with optimism in whatever faith you believe. Appreciate your time with loved ones, hope for the best for the economy, live without fear and yes, expect miracles! &nbsp;
Denise Gangnes
#Christmas

Denise Gangnes
<h3>Inspirational Quotes for a New Year!</h3> Theoretically, the holiday season should be treasured as being one of the most inspirational times of the year. If you are Christian, it could be the highly anticipated miracle of the birth of Christ. Another religious tradition, that of the mystery of the Menorah oil, is celebrated by people of Jewish faith for 12 days in December. These sacred ceremonies are filled with reverent and <a href="/inspirational_quotes_main.htm">inspirational contemplations</a>. Those in the secular world may be comforted by one of the simplest inspiration <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/">quotes</a> from actress, fashion icon and humanitarian <a href="/quotes/author/Audrey/Hepburn">Audrey Hepburn</a>, who offered,<em> &quot;Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'.&quot;</em><em></em> <a href="/inspirational_quotes_main.htm">Inspiration</a> is also sorely needed as we ready ourselves for the long list of resolutions we all seem to make for the New Year. Who doesn't need inspiration to stick with a goal to lose weight, or stop smoking, or get your marriage back on track? As we prepare to lift our glass and sing Auld Lang Syne, we look for advice from those who have passed before us and realize that some of the most <a href="/inspirational_quotes_main.htm">inspirational quotes</a> came from the amazing intellect of the highly successful visionary and Apple founder, <a href="/quotes/author/Steve/Jobs">Steve Jobs</a>. Widely recognized for his insightful advice on both business and life, he counseled, <em>&quot;Your time is limited, don't waste it living someone else's life... and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.&quot; </em> <a href="/quotes/author/Henry/Ford">Henry Ford</a>, another incredibly successful entrepreneur and father of the automobile, offered this inspirational quote, <em>&quot;There isn't a person anywhere who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can.&quot;</em> Try using this mantra as you are trying to convince yourself that the treadmill at the local gym really is your new best friend, or that finally, this is going to be the year to ditch that dead-end job. Perhaps your goal for 2012 is less measurable but more meaningful; in other words, you want to make the world a better place, or be a kinder, gentler person. Inspiration from world leader and peacemaker <a href="/quotes/author/Mahatma/Gandhi">Mahatma Gandhi</a> may help you focus your meditations, as we remember one of his famous quotes, <em>&quot;We must become the change we want to see.&quot; </em> The famous lecturer <a href="/quotes/author/Ralph+Waldo/Emerson">Ralph Waldo Emerson</a> was no stranger to<a href="/inspirational_quotes_main.htm"> inspirational quotes</a>, having given 1,500 speeches on the subject in his lifetime as he spread the practice of Transcendentalism. One of his most memorable was the observation, <em>&quot;What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.&quot; </em> By this time, it may occur to you that these motivational icons all have the same message in common: that the <a href="/inspirational_quotes_main.htm">inspiration</a> we look for outwardly must first come from within. This could be a difficult proposition for the struggling individual who views their goal as one would observe Mt. Everest: incredibly intimidating at worst, and at best, an uphill climb. This would be an excellent time to pause, take a deep breath, and recall an <a href="/inspirational_quotes_main.htm">inspirational quote</a> by American theologian <a href="/quotes/author/Reinhold/Niebuhr">Reinhold Niebuhr</a>, <em>&quot;God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.&quot;</em> <a href="Inspirational quotes">Inspirational quotes</a> are something we need to reflect on every day in 2012 to effect the change we desire. Realists may offer that perhaps it is best not to look too far down the path and just live the best you can in the present. Again, as explained by the great <a href="/quotes/author/Audrey/Hepburn">Audrey Hepburn</a>, <em>&quot;Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.&quot;</em>
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Denise Gangnes
As we look back at 2011 and remember those who shed their earthly bounds, it is striking how they significantly impacted our world and left us with many remarkable quotes. The following are just a few notables who passed before us, leaving a lasting impression and some very sage advice. They will not be forgotten. <a href="/quotes/author/Steve/Jobs">Steve Jobs</a>, the creative genius behind the iPod and iPad and founder of Apple, NeXT and Pixar Studios, passed away last fall after a well-publicized battle with cancer. His quote, <em>&quot;Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become,&quot; </em>reflects his drive and confidence even at a young age, when he dropped out of Reed College after just one quarter and never looked back. His commitment to high standards is reflected in the quote, <em>&quot;Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.&quot;</em> <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/quotes/author/Geraldine/Ferraro">Geraldine Ferraro</a> was the first woman to be nominated on a major party presidential ticket in 1984. The Democratic congresswoman passed away after a long battle with cancer, but left behind many astute remarks about the political process. Her political quote,<em> &quot;I said the thing... the only thing that would scare me in a campaign or running the country is that debate that you'd have to do during the campaign,&quot; </em>would bring a chuckle to those who have followed the unending string of debates that occurred in the last few months of 2011. Film legend and three-time Academy Award-winning actress<a href="/quotes/author/Elizabeth/Taylor"> Elizabeth Taylor</a> was 79 when she died last March. Suffering from a variety of illnesses late in life, she finally succumbed to heart failure. Her quote, <em>&quot;I have a woman's body and a child's emotions&quot; </em>reflects her early beginnings as a child star and later, a femme fatal. Taylor was notorious for her multiple marriages, and could arguably be considered an expert on the male species, noting in one of her quotes about men, <em>&quot;I suppose when they reach a certain age some men are afraid to grow up. It seems the older the men get, the younger their new wives get.&quot; </em> <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/quotes/author/Andy/Rooney">Andy Rooney</a>, the curmudgeonly commentator on the news magazine 60 Minutes, was a multiple Emmy and lifetime achievement winner and author of more than a dozen books and 800 essays in his 93 years. Rooney developed a reputation for wry and lighthearted quotes, observing, <em>&quot;The average dog is a nicer person than the average person,&quot;</em> although people may not realize that he is also attributed to many thoughtfully astute quotes, such as<em> &quot;Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.&quot;</em> Dolores Hope, married almost 70 years to comedian Bob Hope, helped establish the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, and numerous charities. She spent the majority of her 102-year life span helping the less fortunate and supported the U.S. military for more than 50 years through USO trips overseas. Although she worked out of the limelight, Bob Hope quotes could fill a book; one that strikes a chord with much of the population struggling through the recession, is &quot;A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.&quot; <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/quotes/author/Betty/Ford">Betty Ford</a>, one of the most outspoken first ladies in the White House, compiled an enviable record of accomplishments in her 92 years of life. Her liberal viewpoints and staunch support of women's rights were groundbreaking in her day, reflected by one of her quotes about women;<em> &quot;The search for human freedom can never be complete without freedom for women.&quot; </em>But it was Betty's public battles with breast cancer and alcoholism that most people remember, and to this day, the Betty Ford Center is one of the foremost treatment centers in the United States.
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#New Year

Denise Gangnes
<em>&quot;Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.&quot;</em>  Most of us are familiar with this famous quote, but did you know it is attributed to the American poet, <a href="/quotes/author/Carl/Sandburg">Carl Sandburg</a>?  We celebrate this brilliant writer's 134th birthday this week, on January 6, which gives us a chance to reflect on his many timeless quotes that have become engrained into the fabric of American conversation and literary history.<br><br> Born in the Midwest, birthplace of many prolific authors, <a href="/quotes/author/Carl/Sandburg">Sandburg</a> won three Pulitzer Prizes for his writing, including one for a comprehensive biography of Abraham Lincoln.  Fitting that a man born in the "Land of Lincoln" would spend years documenting his life.  Much of Sandburg's writing has been condensed into memorable quotes that we hear in everyday life. The lyrical <a href="/quotes/author/Carl/Sandburg">Carl Sandburg quote</a>, <em>&quot;The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on,&quot;</em> is actually taken from the famous poem, Fog, part of his Chicago Poems collection published in 1916. <br><br> Sandburg's experiences traveling the country and working menial jobs built a strong sense of character that inspired many meritorious <a href="/quotes/author/Carl/Sandburg">Carl Sandburg quotes</a>.  This accomplished author quit school when he was barely a teenager and spent the next 10 years shining shoes, delivering milk, laying bricks, working on farms, and eventually, finishing college and serving as a solider in the Spanish-American war.  Perhaps the latter prompted his Sandburg quote, <em>&quot;Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come."</em><br><br> His meager travels as a hobo forged observations of life from a unique perspective, providing practical advice that readers would be wise to heed.  For example, the subtle message of the quote, <em>&quot;The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring&quot;</em> offers a perspective that many of us should adopt; suggesting that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.<br><br> In addition to wisdom, Sandburg was blessed with abundant wit and the ability not to take himself too seriously, as reflected by his quote, &quot;There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud."  His self-deprecating humor, balanced with beautiful prose, explains how he became one of our most beloved American treasures.  Another <a href="/quotes/author/Carl/Sandburg">Carl Sandburg quote</a>,<em> &quot;I never made a mistake in grammar but one in my life, and as soon as I done it I seen it,&quot;</em> is an amusing observation that elicits a chuckle from even the most stoic reader. <br><br> Sandburg's legacy lives on in numerous schools and institutions that bear his name.  From Washington State to Virginia, his name is engraved on plaques in front of libraries, office buildings and educational facilities.  In Pennsylvania, Sandburg Middle School proudly displays a split tree trunk engraved with another inspirational <a href="/quotes/author/Carl/Sandburg">Carl Sandburg quote</a>, <em>&quot;Man is born with rainbows in his heart and you'll never read him unless you consider rainbows." </em> Yet another <strong>famous quote</strong> that has been inscribed on many school buildings bearing Sandberg's moniker is the simple thought <em><strong>&quot;Nothing happens unless first we dream.&quot;</strong></em><br><br> So whether your library contains a book of Sandberg's poems, you've passed by a building bearing his name, studied his writings in school, or have unwittingly uttered one of his <strong>famous quotes</strong>, be thankful that this immensely talented poet graced this earth for 92 years.  His beautiful prose lights our world and inspires us all to look at our world in a more gentle light.  In the end, he left us with this haunting quote,<em> &quot;A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.&quot;</em>  Carl, you were indeed both a genius and a masterpiece.
Denise Gangnes
#Birthday

Denise Gangnes
<a href="/quotes/movies">Movie</a> award season is upon us. Testing the waters will be the 17th Annual Critics Choice Awards held this week in Los Angeles followed by the Golden Globes on January 15. Here at great-quotes.com, we have to wonder how many memorable quotes will be uttered from this year's nominees? Will they match the <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/">great quotes</a> from movies past? According to the American Film Institute, no film made after 1992 contains quotes that have earned a spot in the Top 50 movie quotes of all time. Evidently, the best quotes from our favorite movies took years to become popular, and most have become even better "as time goes by." So, in the spirit of the "best of" lists that are all the rage this time of year, we have compiled our favorite<a href="/quotes/movies"> movie quotes</a> in no particular order, attributing them to the most esoteric categories we could devise: <strong>Best Quote Repeated in a Record 23 Movies</strong> &quot;...Bond. James Bond.&quot; Three words that pretty much say it all. <strong>Most Repeated Line Spoken by a Variety of Life Forms</strong> A clear winner with "May the force be with you," quoted more than 50 times in six different Star Wars movies. Best Quotes by a 2nd Career Movie Star who Became Governor of California (apologies to <a href="/quotes/author/Ronald/Reagan">Ronald Reagan</a>). Two winning quotes in this category, both attributed to strongman-turned actor-turned politician <a href="/quotes/author/Arnold/Schwarzenegger">Arnold Schwarzenegge</a>r, in his sci-fi action pic, The Terminator. The prophetic<em> &quot;I'll be back&quot;</em> from the 1984 release was followed with even more machismo in 1991's follow-up film quote, the multi-lingual, <em>"Hasta la vista, baby!"</em> <strong>Best Comparison of Food to the Meaning of Life</strong> Simply put, this one goes to <a href="/quotes/movie/Forrest+Gump">Forrest Gump</a>, with the memorable conclusion, My momma always said,<em> &quot;Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.&quot;</em> <strong>Most Unusual Dinner Menu </strong> The culinary admission,<em> "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti"</em> was effectively delivered by <a href="/quotes/author/Anthony/Hopkins">Anthony Hopkins </a>as Hannibal Lecter in 1991's Silence of the Lambs. His chilling performance helped garner the film five Academy awards. <strong>Biggest Understatement</strong> <em>"You're gonna need a bigger boat,"</em> uttered by a stunned Roy Scheider in 1975's classic thriller, Jaws. <strong>Most Successful Theatrical Rise to Power</strong> In 1954, <a href="/quotes/author/Marlon/Brando">Marlon Brando</a> was firmly established as a star in Hollywood, proving his mettle in On The Waterfront as down-and-out longshoreman Terry Malloy with this poignant quote, <em>"You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am."</em> By 1972, he had made the dramatic on-screen transformation into the high-powered Don Corleone in <a href="/quotes/movie/The+Godfather">The Godfather</a>, demonstrating a slightly different approach to success with his marble-mouthed quote, <em>"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."</em> Both efforts landed Brando Academy Awards. <strong>Most Replicated Shoes</strong> When Judy Garland utters, <em>"There's no place like home"</em> in 1939's <a href="/quotes/movie/The+Wizard+of+Oz">Wizard of Oz</a>, females of all ages scrambled to find out where they could buy a pair of those sparkling ruby slippers. <strong>Best Movie-Ending Quotes by Manly Men</strong> A tie in this category from two classics:<em> &quot;Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!&quot;</em> decisively delivered by the ruggedly handsome <a href="/quotes/author/Clark/Gable">Clark Gable</a> in 1939's multi-award winner, <a href="/quotes/movie/Gone+with+the+Wind">Gone With The Wind</a>, and the eternally rugged <a href="/quotes/author/Humphrey/Bogart">Humphrey Bogart's</a> observation to Claude Rains as Captain Renault at the conclusion of 1942's classic <a href="/quotes/movie/Casablanca">Casablanca</a>, <em>"Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."</em> With so many classic quotes, choosing winners is always difficult. If you don't see your favorite movie quote listed here, stay tuned for Part II of our posting on Best Movie Quotes. Because after all... <em>"Tomorrow is another day."</em>
Denise Gangnes
#Movie

Denise Gangnes
If it's been a while since you sat in a school gymnasium and listened to speakers extoll the historical impact of<a href="/quotes/author/Martin+Luther/King"> Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.</a>, you're not alone. After 22 years of celebrating this day, we forget its meaning. Meanwhile, millions of Americans enjoy the holiday by taking advantage of the time off to watch sports, put away those final holiday decorations, or race to the mall for yet another day of store sales. Many, however, join the President and First Lady in performing service instead, a fitting tribute to the man and his work. The legacy of this amazing minister turned civil-rights leader is a call to action for Americans of every color and creed, as evidenced by many timeless<a href="/quotes/author/Martin+Luther/King"> Martin Luther King, Jr., quotes</a>. Will we hear that call? <br> From the start, Dr. King was no ordinary person. Graduating from Morehouse College at just 19, King showed wisdom at an early age, as evidenced by his declaration, <em>&quot;Intelligence plus character is the true meaning of education.&quot;</em> Receiving his doctorate of philosophy in his mid 20s, King was a voracious learner, greatly influenced by the teachings of both Mahatma Gandhi and fellow theologian and activist Howard Thurman. <br> <a href="/quotes/author/Martin+Luther/King">Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes</a> speak not just of the injustices endured by people of color, but reflect on our place in society and how we treat others. In his challenging quote,<strong> &quot;One who condones evil is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it,&quot;</strong> King set the bar high for our behavior and moral conscience. A multi-dimensional man who was no stranger to sin, King admits, <em>"There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."</em> <br> Inspiring millions with his riveting speeches, <a href="/quotes/author/Martin+Luther/King">Martin Luther King quotes</a> were marked by intensely hued images of hope and reconciliation, such as <em>&quot;Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, and that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty."</em> A powerful orator, Dr. King advocated nonviolent protests to effect change and raise awareness within Black Americans of their rights as a free people. <br> <a href="/quotes/author/Martin+Luther/King">Dr. King's quote</a>,<em> &quot;No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream,&quot;</em> underscored his commitment to bring basic human rights to all Americans. His call to action was not only for people of color, but for all Americans who witnessed the disparaging treatment of protestors during nonviolent rallies. His vow, <em>&quot;We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends&quot;</em> reflects a belief that to stand by and watch silently was a sin against God. &quot;The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy&quot; is a <a href="/quotes/author/Martin+Luther/King">MLK quote</a> that harkens back to the Revolutionary War and our fight for freedom from oppression. <br> Martin Luther King, Jr., <a href="/quotes/author/Martin+Luther/King">quotes</a> relate to our basic needs as human beings, such as <em>&quot;Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.&quot; </em> <br> His education as a philosopher and his belief in a higher power forged a love for his fellow man that he willingly shared in many eloquent speeches. <br> History has proven that the power of one man can change the world. In American history, this is certainly true of<a href="/quotes/author/Martin+Luther/King"> Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.</a> This year, make a commitment to serve your country in his honor. See <a href="http://www.serve.gov/">http://www.serve.gov/</a> for more information. &nbsp;
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Denise Gangnes
Here at<a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/"> great-quotes.com</a> you may notice a continuing theme of <a href="/quotes/category/Motivational">motivation</a> in these articles as we try to help you keep your resolutions in 2012. Knowing how difficult it can be to achieve <a href="/quotes/category/Success">success</a> - no matter how big or small the goal - we felt it might be a good time to offer some of our favorite <a href="/quotes/category/Success">success quotes</a> to help you stay motivated and keep <em>"your eye on the prize." </em> One of my favorite inspirational authors in my formative years was the great <a href="/quotes/author/Norman+Vincent/Peale">Norman Vincent Peale</a>. Although he passed away almost 20 years ago, I often wish I could have heard one of his passionate sermons. His timeless books on the power of positive thinking have sold millions of copies, for good reason. His <a href="/quote/518121">quote</a>, <em>&quot;We've all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it's more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors&quot;</em> is the key to his philosophy of thinking proactively. <a href="/quotes/author/Norman+Vincent/Peale">Peale's</a> reminder that success is possible for people of every economic and social background was equally powerful, as he explained in his quote,<em> &quot;Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.&quot;</em> A precursor to Peale who embodied this success quote was the sales guru <a href="/quotes/author/Dale/Carnegie">Dale Carnegie</a>. Raised on a farm, his career started with cow milking and progressed into a worldwide empire on motivational training. His quote,<em> &quot;Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success&quot;</em> has inspired millions to achieve even higher goals. Perhaps he borrowed the line from 19th century poet <a href="/quotes/author/Ralph+Waldo/Emerson">Ralph Waldo Emerson</a>, who was attributed with the quote<em> &quot;Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.&quot;</em> <a href="/quotes/author/David/Brinkley">David Brinkley's</a> success as a new reporter was marked by droll observations of public perception to news making events. His broad experience with politicians and businessmen formed this opinion,<em> &quot;A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.&quot; </em> Speaking of throwing bricks, <a href="/quotes/author/Vince/Lombardi">Vince Lombardi</a> was well known for his hard line approach to leadership during his successful career coaching professional football in the 1960s. His much-publicized one-liners are known for emphasis on hard work and determination, resulting in a record-breaking career of winning seasons. A classic <a href="/quotes/author/Vince/Lombardi">Vince Lombardi quote</a> is <em>&quot;The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.&quot;<br> </em><br> Our founding fathers were certainly no strangers to hard work, reflected in this success <a href="/quotes/author/Thomas/Jefferson">Thomas Jefferson Quote</a>, <em>&quot;I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.&quot;</em> President <a href="/quotes/author/Abraham/Lincoln">Abe Lincoln</a> survived constant scrutiny and adversity in his fight to end slavery, holding tight to his belief: <em>&quot;Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.&quot;</em> It's mind boggling that <a href="/quotes/author/Thomas+A./Edison">Thomas Edison</a> was only the fourth most successful inventor in history, having created the motion picture camera, the light bulb and the phonograph, among over 1,000 patents. His quote, <em>&quot;Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up,&quot;</em> reflects his dogged determination to succeed. Another of his thoughtful success quotes is the advice that<em> "The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.&quot;</em> Finally, remember that no matter how many of these <a href="/quotes/category/Success">success quotes</a> have inspired you, there's one that is critical to success but seemingly difficult to implement, from literary critic and poet <a href="/quotes/author/George/Woodberry">George Woodberry.</a> <em>&quot;Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.&quot;</em> <strong>In other words, "Just Do It!"</strong>
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#Success

Denise Gangnes
<h4><a href="/quotes/category/Love">Funny Love Quotes</a> to Prepare for Valentine's Day </h4> Have you noticed how the retail market skips directly from one holiday to the next? Two days after Christmas, my local store already had installed a complete <a href="/quotes/category/Valentine's+Day">Valentine's Day</a> display to tempt the serial shopper. At first I resisted the implications, but as the day draws closer I find myself sucked into the spirit of the season. February is just around the corner, and <a href="/quotes/category/Valentine's+Day">V-Day</a> will be fast approaching. This seems an appropriate time to review some memorable funny love quotes that you can use to impress your friends and fill the silence of those relationships that present an awkward moment on the <a href="/quotes/category/Valentine's+Day">Day of Love</a>. Legendary comedian<a href="/quotes/author/Mort/Sahl"> Mort Sahl</a> has a long history of penning memorable <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/">quotes</a> - including those written to spice up the speeches of <a href="/quotes/author/John+F./Kennedy">President Kennedy</a>. He observed, <em>&quot;The bravest thing that men do is love women&quot; </em>which could be a precursor to the appropriate analogy, <em>&quot;Love is like a game of chess: One false move and you're mated.&quot;</em> Indeed, the <a href="/quotes/category/Love">game of love</a> is a popular reference in<a href="/quotes/category/Funny+AND+Love"> funny love quotes</a>. Hungarian actress <a href="/quotes/author/Eva/Gabor">Eva Gabor</a> noted,<em> "Love is a game that two can play and both can win."</em> Scottish philosopher <a href="/quotes/author/Thomas/Carlyle">Thomas Carlyle</a> is credited with the infamous quote,<em> &quot;Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness."</em> This quote <em>"came to light"</em> during a recent power outage when a group of us huddled around a fireplace recalling that the pilgrims certainly found other ways to amuse themselves on cold winter nights in the absence of video games and internet connections. Singer and entertainment personality <a href="/quotes/author//Cher">Cher</a> has more than a little experience with men, leading to the conclusion, <em>&quot;Husbands are like fires - they go out when they're left unattended."</em> This seems an opportune segue to a line from comedian <a href="/quotes/author/Groucho/Marx">Groucho Marx</a>, whose repertoire contained a plethora of<a href="/quotes/category/Funny+AND+Love"> funny love quotes</a>; among them,<em> &quot;One of the best hearing aids a man can have is an attentive wife."</em> Like <a href="/quotes/author//Cher">Cher</a>, his comment serves not only as an amusing anecdote, but perhaps a hint to pay close attention to the quality of one's relationship. <a href="/quotes/author/Groucho/Marx">Groucho</a> also quipped, <em>"Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot,&quot;</em> and we can almost picture him tipping his ever-present cigar as he delivers the line. <a href="/quotes/author/William/Shakespeare">Shakespeare</a> contemporary <a href="/quotes/author/Christopher/Marlowe">Christopher Marlow</a> wryly observed the timeless fact,<em> &quot;Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position.&quot;</em> Many have added<a href="/funny_quotes.htm"> humorous twists</a> to the phrase, but we like this version a quote by American Playwright <a href="/quotes/author/Clare+Boothe/Luce">Clare Boothe Luce</a>: <em>"Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable."</em> While we're on the British Isles, how about some<a href="/quotes/category/funny+AND+love"> funny love quotes</a> from <a href="/quotes/author/Thomas/Dewar">Thomas Robert Dewar</a>, whose claim to fame was helping create the fine Scotch that bears his family name. His extravagant life as a Scottish baron prompted the confession,<em> &quot;Love is an ocean of emotions entirely surrounded by expenses.&quot; </em>This telling remark is supported by the observation: <em>&quot;Judge not a man by his clothes, but by his wife's clothes.&quot;</em> <a href="/quotes/author/Thomas/Dewar">Baron Dewar</a> perhaps spent more time tipping the glass than he did tracking his wife's spending habits. You think? Whether you are in a relationship, blissfully free of encumbrances, or strategizing a successful seducion of the object of your desires, we hope these <a href="/quotes/category/funny+AND+love">funny love quotes</a> will help guide you through the murky waters of romance as February 14th looms ever closer. Perhaps one of our favorite comments comes from Canadian writer <a href="/quotes/author/Laurence/Peter">Laurence Peter</a> who offers the practical advice,<em> &quot;It's better to have loved and lost than to have to do forty pounds of laundry a week.&quot;</em> Kudos to Canada for their optimistic outlook on the labyrinth of love.
Denise Gangnes
#Valentine's Day #Love

Denise Gangnes
Anyone who has a <a href="http://www.facebook.com/greatquotesweb">Facebook</a> account knows that there are more than a few users who like to brag about the number of friends they have. A person can even categorize them as acquaintances, close friends, relatives, etc. While this is done primarily for reasons of convenience and privacy, it forces us think a little more deeply about our relationships and how we relate to those with whom we've forged a connection. Indeed, <a href="/quotes/category/Friends+Or+Friendship"><strong>Friendship Quotes</strong></a><strong> are one of the most researched topics on the Internet.</strong> Hopefully, this is a reflection that although our interaction with others on the World Wide Web at times seems superficial, it has the potential for long-lasting support and hopefully, actual physical contact. Many prolific writers have penned very astute observations over the past several centuries on the subject of <a href="/quotes/category/Friends+Or+Friendship">Friendship Quotes</a>. As a result, it's easy to find heartfelt and meaningful thoughts that not will not only impress your friends, but help you consider what friendship really means on a deeper level. The Greek philosopher <a href="/quotes/author//Aristotle">Aristotle</a> summed this up well in this friendship quote: To the query, <em>''What is a friend?''</em> his reply was <em>''A single soul dwelling in two bodies.&quot;</em> This would explain the phenomenon we experience when one person starts a sentence and the second finishes it without a beat. Much-loved author and <a href="/quotes/author/Mark/Twain">humorist Mark Twain</a> was well known for a wicked <a href="/funny_quotes.htm">sense of humor</a>... something that must have tested his friends from time to time. One of his better known pranks involved a Facebook-like "posting" that wreaked havoc among his closest chums:<em> &quot;I once sent a dozen of my friends a telegram saying 'flee at once - all is discovered.' They all left town immediately.&quot;</em> What this says about the character of Twains' friends is left up to the reader. Perhaps the true test of <a href="/quotes/category/Friends+Or+Friendship">friendship</a> occurs when one party suffers misfortune or tragedy. Many <a href="/quotes/category/Friends+Or+Friendship">friendship quotes</a> touch on the importance of the support of friends in hard times, as noted by 19th century poet and essayist <a href="/quotes/author/Ralph+Waldo/Emerson">Ralph Waldo Emerson</a>, <em>&quot;Real friendship is shown in times of trouble; prosperity is full of friends."</em> Sometimes in times of despair it's our friends who lift us up again, as in <em>"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.&quot;</em> Newspaper editor <a href="/quotes/author/Edgar/Howe">Edgar Howe</a> takes this one step further in his proactive advice, <em>&quot;When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.&quot;</em> Real friends accept us for who we are: all the flaws, mistakes, warts and all, as quipped in this <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/quotes/category/Friends+Or+Friendship+AND+Funny">humorous friendship quote</a>,<em> &quot;A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked."</em> Not only do they love us despite our faults, but sometimes friends need to be honest enough to help us face a difficult fact, as gently explained by composer <a href="/quotes/author/Robert/Brault">Robert Brault</a>,<em> &quot;Cherish the friend who tells you a harsh truth, wanting ten times more to tell you a loving lie.&quot;</em> And although it is said that blood is thicker than water, you might agree with this <a href="/quotes/category/Friends+Or+Friendship">friendship quote</a> by the insightful actress <a href="/quotes/author/Audrey/Hepburn">Audrey Hepburn</a>, <em>&quot;True friends are families which you can select"</em>. Although whether your friends would be able to offer you their kidney is another story! Perhaps the most optimistic <a href="/quotes/category/Friends+Or+Friendship">friendship quote</a> of all is attributed to the great <a href="/quotes/author/Will/Rogers">Will Rogers</a>, who said, <em>"Strangers are just friends I haven't met yet."</em> Something tells me that if he were alive, <a href="/quotes/author/Will/Rogers">Will Rogers'</a> compilation of friends on Facebook might be the longest list of all.
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#Friends Or Friendship

Denise Gangnes
Are you sitting down? Good. Grab a pencil, because you're about to get a massive dose of <a href="/quotes/category/inspirational+AND+Life">inspirational quotes about life</a> that you will want to remember. Whether you are suffering from the post-holiday letdown, anxious about the upcoming Valentine's Day love lottery, or just feeling like everyone around you is more talented and successful, we can help! These <a href="/quotes/category/Life">quotes about life</a> are guaranteed to lift your spirits, help you find direction, and make you sound wiser to your friends with a few insightful snippets to throw into everyday conversation. <br> Let's start at the top with someone who led an amazingly inspirational life,<a href="/quotes/author/Mahatma/Gandhi"> Mahatma Gandhi</a>. A mural in our home honors him one of his many quotes about life,<em> "Live simply so that others may simply live."</em> An even more direct <a href="/quotes/category/Life">life quote</a>, <em>&quot;My life is my message,&quot;</em> may not mean much if you live under a rock and don't know his story, but thankfully, there's an award-winning movie you can rent to get up to speed. In his later years, <a href="/quotes/author/Mahatma/Gandhi">Gandhi</a> led an austere life focused on helping his fellow man. It's a great lesson to bring one down to earth about what's really important. <br> Like <a href="/quotes/author/Mahatma/Gandhi">Gandhi</a>, many of us draw strength and direction from a higher power. If you are a believer, you may recognize one of his <a href="/quotes/category/Life">quotes about life</a> that has comforted many in difficult times: <em>&quot;God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.&quot;</em> <br> Another kind of belief is reflected in the scene from Peter Pan where Tinkerbell is poisoned (oops, spoiler alert). Only through the participation of the audience who must show that they believe in fairies is she brought back to life. This incredibly popular fantasy, brought colorfully to life by the author <a href="/quotes/author/James+M./Barrie">James M. Barrie</a>, reflected his upbeat perspective, as found in one of his <a href="/quotes/category/Life">quotes about life</a>,<em> &quot;Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."</em> Want to try putting this one into practice? Try this: for no reason at all, say a kind word to a stranger or smile at someone on the bus or in the grocery store. If you don't get a similar reaction back at you 4 out of 5 times, I will eat a smiley face sticker. <br> I would love to be <a href="/quotes/author/Souza/">Souza</a> and have the royalties to one of his most famous <a href="/quotes/category/Life">quotes about life</a>, as it appears everywhere etched in stone, on posters, coffee mugs and greeting cards. <em>"Dance as though no one is watching you, Love as though you have never been hurt, Sing as though no one can hear you, Live as though heaven is on earth.&quot;</em> I bet <a href="/quotes/author/Oprah/Winfrey">Oprah</a> wishes she had said that. <br> American Philosopher <a href="/quotes/author/James/Conant">James Conant</a> looked to the animal kingdom for <a href="/quotes/category/inspirational+AND+Life">inspirational quotes about life</a>. When he says, <em>"Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out,"</em> I try not to think about the fact that some of those who stuck out their necks ended up losing their heads as a result. But that's another story. <br> Ending things on a more positive note, let's close with one of Baptist preacher Charles quotes about life, who certainly delivered a good share of eulogies in his name. His suggestion? <em>&quot;A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.&quot;</em> My advice would be to carve your name on an edible heart, such as a cookie or cake, as <a href="/quotes/category/Valentine's+Day">Valentine's Day</a> is not far away. <br> So there you go. Are you feeling more inspired or at least a little more cheerful? If not, you'll find other <a href="/quotes/category/inspirational+AND+Life">inspirational quotes about life</a> here that may do the trick. It's some of the best free advice you can get in life, and certainly a lot cheaper than seeing a therapist.
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#inspirational #Life

Denise Gangnes
Have you ever noticed how many<a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/"> famous quotes</a> are attributed to the wrong author? <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/">Quotes</a> from the Bible are often attributed to <a href="/quotes/author/William/Shakespeare">Shakespeare</a> or <a href="/quotes/author/Mark/Twain">Mark Twain</a>, and vice versa. Today we're going to clear up some of the misquoted phrases written by The Bard, and, recognizing his gift with romantic prose and the upcoming celebration of <strong><em>"V-Day"</em></strong>, let's throw in some of <a href="/quotes/author/William/Shakespeare">Shakespeare love quotes</a> (just in case you thought they were written by someone at Hallmark). <br> Here's one of the <a href="/quotes/author/William/Shakespeare">Shakespeare quotes</a> often attributed to other authors:<em> &quot;This above all: To your own self, be true.&quot;</em> Some of you will know the line is spoken by Polonius giving advice to his son, Hamlet. Lesser known is the surprising number of <strong><em>rappers</em></strong> that have incorporated versions of this phrase into some well-known hip-hop downloads. Now that's versatility! <br> How many times have you heard the quote, <em>&quot;Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them&quot;</em> in a graduation service or motivational speech? Shakespeare fans will recognize these words read by Malvolio in <em>Twelfth Night</em>, but they have been also coined in movies like <em>Night at the Museum</em> and She's the Man (a contemporary version of the classic Shakespeare play). Another common phrase, <em>"Out! Damned spot"</em> has been overused in many cleaning commercials, although no stain remover exists that would have helped <em>Lady Macbeth</em> try to clean imaginary blood. <br> I've always enjoyed<a href="/quotes/author/William/Shakespeare"> Shakespeare quotes</a> about wine, although I find the quote, <em>"Good wine needs no bush"</em> a bit obvious, since by the time grapes are made into wine, the foliage has long since<em> "died on the vine"</em> so to speak. Wine is mentioned most often (and most contrarily) in the play <em>Othello</em>. Naturally, in the beginning it's all fun and games: <em>&quot;Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used; exclaim no more against it&quot;</em> but when things turn sour in this epic tragedy, the mood changes and we hear, <em>"O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil!"</em> Perhaps Othello was blaming his actions on a bad vintage. <br> Let's focus on <a href="/quotes/author/William/Shakespeare">Shakespeare quotes</a> of a more <a href="/quotes/category/Love">romantic</a> nature.<em> &quot;The course of true love never did run smooth&quot;</em> is attributed to Lysander in <em>Midsummer Night's Dream</em>, a whimsical play that was turned into a delightful movie starring Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer. This comedy is a hotbed for famous <a href="/quotes/author/William/Shakespeare">Shakespeare quotes</a>, among them <em>&quot;Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.&quot;</em> During the play the reference is made to a fool that has been turned into an ass (the animal kind), and basically means, <em>"love is blind."</em> Whether you think this is a good or bad thing I'll leave to your own interpretation. <br> <a href="/quotes/author/William/Shakespeare">Shakespeare's sonnets</a> contained many romantic <a href="/quotes/author/William/Shakespeare">Shakespeare quotes</a>.<em> &quot;To me, fair friend, you never can be old. For as you were when first your eye I eyed, such seems your beauty still&quot;</em> is meant as a compliment, but I'm not sure the intent always comes across as such. It's better to stick with a flowery <a href="/quotes/author/William/Shakespeare">Shakespeare quote</a> such as,<em> "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou are more lovely and more temperate,"</em> suitable for both greeting cards and posts on social networking sites. <br> Still cringing at the approach of <a href="/quotes/category/Valentine's+Day">Valentine's Day</a>? If your heart has been recently broken, you might appreciate the image of Shakespeare's epic witches conjuring up a batch of bad juju in Macbeth, chanting<em> &quot;Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.&quot;</em> <br> Just like Hallmark, <a href="/quotes/author/William/Shakespeare">Shakespeare</a> has a quote for every occasion! <br>
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#Shakespeare

Denise Gangnes
February 7 marks 200th anniversary of <a href="/quotes/author/Charles/Dickens">Charles Dickens'</a> birthday and all stops are being pulled out in Britain to celebrate the occasion, with a graveside ceremony attended by descendants of the Victorian novelist as well as luminaries from literature, theater, and members of the Royal Family. Even Google got into the act with a special Dickens version of their logo. It's not surprising, given the vast extent of Dickens' contributions to the world of literature, expanding our understanding of the Victorian world he inhabited and leading us with some terrific <a href="/quotes/author/Charles/Dickens">Dickens quotes</a> that have stood the test of time. Many <a href="/quotes/author/Charles/Dickens">Dickens quotes</a> have found their way into our language.<em> "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," </em>is a familiar quote, penned by Dickens in the opening of <em>A Tale of Two Cities</em>. The full 120-word Dickens quote, a short version which is here on <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com">great-quotes.com</a>, reflects the complicated social and political events taking place in Europe in his day. Dickens was no stranger to social injustice, and many of his novels focused on the plight of the poor, prompting this reflection: &quot; day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.&quot; Many popular <a href="/quotes/author/Charles/Dickens">Dickens quotes</a> come from his most recognized work,<em> "A Christmas Carol,"</em> with its miserly lead, Ebenezer Scrooge being visited by three ghosts representing the past, present and future. Even nonreaders have probably emphatically interjected <em>"God bless us, every one!"</em> and <em>&quot;Bah, Humbug!&quot;</em> from time to time. Many other novels, including <em>David Copperfield, Great Expectations</em>, and <em>Oliver Twist</em>, have become major motion pictures and stage plays. Watch for the upcoming movie release of <em>Great Expectations</em>, starring Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter by the way. Dickens wasn't shy about voicing opinions about his own life and times whether in books or in interviews. One <a href="/quotes/author/Charles/Dickens">Dickens quote</a> addressed the plethora of mediocre authors in his time, <em>&quot;There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts,&quot;</em> which is certainly as true today as it was in Victorian times. A more well-read fellow writer friend of mine surmises that Dickens would have loved blogging and social network sites because he hated his publisher so much. My meager indoctrination to Dickens was a 1967 Monty Python sketch written by John Cleese and Graham Chapman, where a snooty bookstore owner becomes exasperated by an ignorant shopper who systematically bastardizes the names of several famous Dickens' books (some of which cannot be mentioned here). The skit includes this interaction: <em>Chapman: I wonder if you might have a copy of 'Rarnaby Budge'?<br> Cleese: (excitedly) You mean 'Barnaby Rudge'!<br> Chapman: No, 'Rarnaby Budge' by Charles Dikkens. That's Dikkens with two Ks, the well-known Dutch author.<br> Cleese: (exasperated) No, well we don't have 'Rarnaby Budge' by Charles Dikkens with two Ks, the well-known Dutch author, and perhaps to save time I should add that we don't have 'Karnaby Fudge' by Darles Chickens, or 'Farmer of Sludge' by Marles Pickens, or even 'Stickwick Stapers' by Farles Wickens with four M's and a silent Q!!!!! Why don't you try W. H. Smith's?<br> Chapman: Ah did, They sent me here.</em> Curious about the distorted book titles, I was intrigued to find out more about Dickens, and now, like millions, I'm in awe of his work. Well, we all have our paths to enlightenment. How would Dickens have felt about this skit? I hope he would have had a hearty laugh and appreciated the humorous tribute, for as he said in one of his own <a href="/quotes/author/Charles/Dickens">Dickens quotes</a>: <em>&quot;It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.&quot;</em> Hats off to you, <a href="/quotes/author/Charles/Dickens">Charles Dickens</a>. How many of us will have our contributions to society celebrated 200 years after our demise? The best we can do is agree that, <em>"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known."</em> And yes, that too was a <a href="/quotes/author/Charles/Dickens">Dickens quote</a> too.
Denise Gangnes
#Birthday

Denise Gangnes
Is it just me or was this the longest week ever? I blame it on the moon. Scientists confirm that the moon slows down the rotation of the earth... is it possible that a full moon makes the days seem longer? But it's the weekend... time to adjust our <a href="/quotes/category/Attitude">attitude</a> so we can fully enjoy the glorious onslaught of those precious 48 to 60 hours of relaxation and/or productivity (depending how much sleep you have planned). <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/quotes/category/Attitude">Attitude quotes</a> are helpful reminders that we control the vertical and horizontal hold... wait, that's isn't that from the Twilight Zone? But you understand where I'm going with this. As American author <a href="/quotes/author/Brian/Tracy">Brian Tracy</a> explains it, <em>&quot;You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you." </em>Radio host and <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/quote/69949">Pastor Charles Swindoll</a> put it this way: <em>"Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to</em> it." So, say you're stuck in traffic heading home from work or on the way to the movies. You impatiently sit there fuming (or are those the fumes of the car in front of you?). Instead of getting frustrated, try making the time productive by thinking about how you're going to decadently indulge your spouse on <em><strong>Valentine's Day</strong></em> or take a napkin and wipe off that dust that's been collecting on your dashboard. When you feel down because you had a bad week, think of world leaders who are faced with unending adversity. <a href="/quotes/author/Dwight+D./Eisenhower">Dwight D. Eisenhower</a> was credited with the canine-inspired attitude quote, <em>&quot;What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog."</em> And <a href="/quotes/author/Winston/Churchill">Winston Churchill</a> seemed to have no shortage of attitude quotes forming in his massive head. A good example of his incredible constitution is, <em>&quot;If you are going through hell, keep going.&quot;</em> Now that's determination! The<em> "experts" </em>have written tons of books full of attitude quotes. <a href="/quotes/author/Spencer/Johnson">Spencer Johnson</a>, author of the bestseller,<em> "Who Moved my Cheese?"</em> asks the simple question: &quot;What would you do if you weren't afraid?&quot; This is the basic premise of a great movie, <em>"Defending Your Life,"</em> a hilarious film with the message that overcoming fear is the key to living a full and satisfying life. And after all, isn't fear just an attitude? Successful football coach <a href="/quotes/author/Vince/Lombardi">Vince Lombardi</a> was a virtual encyclopedia of attitude quotes, many along the lines of <em>"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.&quot;</em> Those words must have been on the mind of <a href="/quotes/author/Eli/Manning">Eli Manning</a> last weekend. He was sacked several times early in the Superbowl before turning things around for the Giants and winning the game in a fantastic finish. American author <a href="/quotes/author/Og/Mandino">Og Mandino</a> encourages us to keep learning in one of his attitude quotes: <em>&quot;Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.&quot;</em> Ok, I have a question: What kind of name is Og anyway? Oh. That's probably not the kind of question he was talking about. You can always count on proverbs for some colorful attitude quotes. An old <a href="/quotes/author/Italian/Proverb">Italian proverb</a> offers an unusual perspective, <em>&quot;Since the house is on fire, let us warm ourselves.&quot;</em> Grazie, amico, but I think I'll go with the <em>"lemons and lemonade"</em> analogy... it sounds safer! I like the perspective of <a href="/quotes/author/Oscar/Wilde">Oscar Wilde</a>:<em> &quot;We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.&quot;</em> And while you're down there, take some time to appreciate the luminous light of the moon while it's still mostly full - if you're lucky, somebody may lasso it for you!
Denise Gangnes
#Attitude

Denise Gangnes
<a href="/quotes/category/Valentine's+Day">Valentine's Day</a> is upon us! Are you excited? In a state of panic? Depressed? Here at great-quotes.com we're here to help, not just with <a href="/quotes/category/Love">love quotes</a>, but because we care, we have some suggestions for making the day as successful as possible. If it is true that <em>"There is only one happiness in life--to love and be loved,"</em> as suggested by one of <a href="/quotes/author/George/Sand">George Sand's</a> love quotes (did you know he was a woman, by the way?), then we should be putting 100% into making our relationship the best it can be. I agree with this <a href="/quotes/category/Love">love quote</a> by <a href="/quotes/author/Robert+A./Heinlein">Robert Heinlein</a>, <em>"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."</em> So here's <strong>Suggestion #1</strong>: Compliment him/her. Even if you don't mean it. "That dress looks fabulous on you" or "Thanks for buying my favorite beer" goes a long way toward making a person feel good about themselves - and you. <a href="/quotes/author/Albert/Einstein">Albert Einstein</a> was a genius in many things, not just science. One of his love quotes is, <em>"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love"</em> brings us to <strong>Suggestion #2</strong> - if you want your sweetie to know how you feel, write a little love note and put it in their purse/briefcase, lunchbox, or someplace surreptitious where they will eventually discover it. You can use a well-known love quote like<em> "I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach,"</em> so eloquently penned by <a href="/quotes/author/Elizabeth+Barrett/Browning">Elizabeth Barrett Browning.</a> Or perhaps, <em>"For you see, each day I love you more. Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow,"</em> one of the <em><strong>great love quotes</strong></em> penned by <a href="/quote/2220824">Rosemonde Gerard</a>. This suggestion is really great if you run out of time or are feeling a financial pinch. Is there anything more romantic on <a href="/quotes/category/Valentine's+Day">Valentine's Day</a> than a marriage proposal? If this is the year for this magical moment, remember <strong>Suggestion #3</strong> - say the right thing.  <a href="/quotes/author/Antoine+de/Saint-Exupery">Antoine de Saint-Exupery</a> offers an excellent love quote for this situation, <em>"Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction."</em> Who could resist a big <em>"thumbs up"</em> to that? If your intended is a film buff, they may be interested to know that <a href="/quotes/author/Judy/Garland">Judy Garland</a> wrote a book of poems, which included love quotes such as,<em> "For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul." </em>Major swoon factor. <a href="/quotes/author/Mark/Twain">Mark Twain's</a> summary: <em>"Love: the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired"</em> reminds us that even if you aren't actually <em>"in"</em> a relationship, you can make someone feel wanted and loved.<strong> Suggestion #4</strong> - bake something! My (unattached) teenage daughter will soon be consumed with making cookies, brownies, and chocolates for friends she cares about. No matter what age, everyone likes to be remembered - not just on <a href="/quotes/category/Valentine's+Day">Valentine's Day</a>, but every day! Remember that, <em>"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."</em>   How about one of <a href="/quotes/author/Sam/Keen">Sam Keen's</a> love quotes, <em>"You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly,"</em> may remind you how messy your lover's apartment always seems to be. <strong>Suggestion #5</strong>, arrange to have a house cleaner come to their place and tidy things up a bit - we can't all be Martha Stewart! <br> <br> My apologies if your <a href="/quotes/category/Valentine's+Day">Valentine's Day</a> will be spent alone. You may feel that, <em>"Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species."</em> as suggested by one of <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/quotes/author/W.+Somerset/Maugham">W. Somerset Maugham's</a> love quotes. If this is the case, whatever you do, DON'T go to a bar or restaurant and watch lovers canoodling. Instead, see a <a href="/quotes/movies">funny movie</a> or action film ... it's a great way to take your mind off the day and nobody will see you silently weeping in the dark. Our last suggestion is from songwriter and musician <a href="/quotes/author/Stephen/Stills">Stephen Stills</a>: <em>"Love the one you're with."</em> <strong>Happy Valentine's Day!</strong><br>
Denise Gangnes
#Love #Valentine's Day

Denise Gangnes
In honor of Presidents' Day, <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com">greatquotes.com</a> has compiled a pop quiz of quotes by Famous Men in American History (aka, the guys we can thank for our holiday on Monday). Let's see if you can guess which one of our Founding Fathers is responsible for the following presidential quotes? <blockquote> <em>&quot;You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.&quot;</em> <em>&quot;Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.&quot;</em> <em>&quot;Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.&quot;</em> </blockquote> If you guessed these are <a href="/quotes/author/Abraham/Lincoln">Abraham Lincoln quotes</a>, give yourself 3 points. Our 16th president, responsible for freeing the slaves during the Civil War, was a gifted and thoughtful president, composed under pressure during an extremely stressful time in our history. One of the most famous presidential <a href="/quotes/author/Abraham/Lincoln">quotes from Lincoln</a> comes from his leadership during the Civil War crisis:<em> &quot;A house divided against itself cannot stand.&quot;</em> If you did really well on that one and now feel incredibly knowledgeable, let's take <em>"Revolutionary War Presidential Quotes for $400, Alex"</em>. Here are a few you may or may not recognize. <blockquote> <em>&quot;America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.&quot;</em> <em>&quot;Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.&quot;</em> </blockquote> Not as easy? Here are some clues: This president was a delegate from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress, nominated <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/quotes/author/George/Washington">George Washington</a> for president, and his son also became president. Any guesses? If you surmised these were the presidential quotes of <a href="/quotes/author/John/Adams">John Adams</a>, you are correct! Our second president was defeated in the election for his second term by the founding father responsible for these quotes: <blockquote> <em>&quot;Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.&quot;</em> <em>&quot;The most valuable of all talents is never using two words when one will do.&quot;</em> <em>&quot;Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.&quot;</em> </blockquote> If you know your Famous Men from American History at all, you will recognize these as <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/quotes/author/Thomas/Jefferson">Thomas Jefferson presidential quotes</a>. Our 3rd president served as governor of Virginia, authored the Declaration of Independence, and lived at Monticello. A progressive and multi-faceted leader responsible for the Louisiana Purchase, <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/quotes/author/Thomas/Jefferson">Jefferson</a> lived up to his quote, <em>&quot;I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.&quot;<br> </em> Ready for the Daily Double in presidential quotes? Try these on for size: <blockquote> <em>&quot;Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.&quot;</em> <em>&quot;It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.&quot;</em> </blockquote> This leader had the intimidating responsibility of taking on the role of president for our newly created government. <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/quotes/author/Thomas/Jefferson">George Washington's quote,</a> <em>&quot;Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses&quot;</em> likely reflects his experiences dealing with the overwhelming political challenges involved with ruling a new country and presiding over the writing of the Constitution - all that without a decent set of teeth! We hope you did well on our quiz today, and that you impress your friends with quotes from these Famous Men from American History. Visiting our nation's capital is a wonderful way to find out more about their accomplishments; viewing the movie about <a href="/quotes/author/John/Adams">John Adams</a> starring Paul Giamatti or the Ken Burns' film on <a href="/quotes/author/Thomas/Jefferson">Thomas Jefferson</a> are also great ways to honor our presidents. I can almost hear them singing ... <em>"Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims' pride, From ev'ry mountainside Let freedom ring!"</em>
Denise Gangnes
#Presidents

Denise Gangnes
Another week is underway, and maybe you're recovering from an overscheduled weekend, perhaps the friends you invited over for dinner stayed a little too long, or frankly, you just dread getting out of bed and heading to the office or the classroom. You need some <a href="/funny_quotes.htm">funny quotes</a> to help you face the day... and the day after... and the month after that. We're here to help. For a little mental exercise, try memorizing a few of these jolly bits of inspiration to make the day a little more bearable. There's a smile in there somewhere! For those of you in the workplace, we'll start off with <a href="/funny_quotes.htm">funny quotes</a> from <em>"David Brent,"</em> aka the fictional character created by comedian/writer <a href="/quotes/author/Ricky/Gervais">Ricky Gervais</a> in the hit sitcom, The Office. <em>"If your boss is getting you down, look at him through the prongs of a fork and imagine him in jail."</em> Try it, but don't put a fork in your eye! Your wisdom in keeping your opinions in check, combined with a strong work ethic, will pay off. In one of many <a href="/funny_quotes.htm">funny quotes</a> from comedienne Lily Tomlin, <em>&quot;The road to success is always under construction.&quot;</em> Being a student can be very stressful and requires <a href="/funny_quotes.htm">funny quotes</a> just to keep you sane, especially if final exams are right around the corner. If you're having trouble staying awake during your teacher's long dissertation about Human Computer Interaction for Agoraphobics, you may appreciate this observation by poet <a href="/quotes/author/W./Auden">W.H. Auden</a>, <em>&quot;A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.&quot;</em> If you really want to stump your teacher, ask them, <em>&quot;If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?&quot;</em> just one of hundreds of funny quotes by the comedian <a href="/quotes/author/Steven/Wright">Stephen Wright</a>. Sometimes you just need to go out on that limb and ask the questions that others are afraid to. <a href="/quotes/author/Mae/West">Mae West</a> was certainly wasn't shy about speaking her mind, and quick to make a keen observation, such as <em>"Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?"</em>  Note: you can substitute banana or Tootsie Roll or whatever object you choose...<strong>be creative!</strong> Another jewel that stems from basic powers of observation is, <em>&quot;Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?&quot;</em> You may have noticed that this year's presidential race has been a virtual petri dish for cultivating <a href="/funny_quotes.htm">funny quotes</a>. It is true that presidents need a broad sense of humor, as demonstrated by <a href="/quotes/author/George+W./Bush">George W. Bush</a>: <em>&quot;I've often thought that the process of aging could be slowed down if it had to go through Congress.&quot;</em> <a href="/quotes/author/Albert/Einstein">Albert Einstein</a> was renowned more for his highly intelligent discoveries than his ability to impress his friends with funny quotes, but his superior intellect manifested itself in some pretty amusing observations, such as, <em>&quot;Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."</em> It seems that intelligence and common sense are closely related. For example, it is often said that knowledge is wisdom, but it has also been said that, <em>&quot;Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.&quot;</em> But sometimes it's just best to leave the <a href="/funny_quotes.htm">funny quotes</a> to the professionals. You may not have heard of the Welsh comedian <a href="/quotes/author/Tommy/Cooper">Tommy Cooper</a>, but you've probably heard this one: <em>&quot;I had a dream last night; I was eating a ten pound marshmallow. I woke up this morning and the pillow was gone.&quot;</em> Tommy was also responsible for the classic quip, <em>&quot;I went into a French restaurant and asked the waiter, 'Have you got frog's legs?' He said, 'Yes,' so I said, 'Well hop into the kitchen and get me a cheese sandwich.'&quot;</em> Yes, we hear you groaning out there, but I bet there's a smile that goes with it!
Denise Gangnes
#Funny

Denise Gangnes
Not too long ago, I was cruising through an office supply store when I noticed among the 2012 calendars a version memorializing <a href="/quotes/author/Steve/Jobs">Steve Jobs quotes</a> - a different picture of Jobs and a quote for every month. <em>"Wow," </em>I thought <em>"this is really carrying things a bit too far."</em> The media covered his passing similar to other royalty before him, such as Princess Di and Elvis (well, he was The King, right?). I didn't buy the calendar that day, or the book on Steve Jobs' life, or download it onto the iPad that I don't own. But since 99% of us have been affected by his life's work, reflecting on the man behind his multi-billion dollar industry is definitely worth another look, in honor of his 56th birthday this weekend. The world is always fascinated by the incredibly successful, for good reason - we admire those who truly live their dream. <a href="/quotes/author/Steve/Jobs">Steve Jobs</a> quotes are sought after for their focused perspective, creative energy and unparalleled ingenuity. When the pioneering visionary behind Apple and former CEO of Pixar Studios died last fall after a well-publicized battle with cancer, the world mourned the passing of one who undeniably <em>"walked the walk and talked the talk."</em> His motto: <em>&quot;Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become,"</em> is one of the most inspirational of all <a href="/quotes/author/Steve/Jobs">Steve Jobs quotes</a>. Reed College's most famous dropout was a student on the campus for just one quarter. The creative genius had his sights set on tackling the emerging computer world, and from a meager beginning in the garage of his parent's home, Steve Jobs never looked back. His expectation that passion in life is mandatory and that mediocrity was unthinkable was the basis of the formation of his first company, Apple, formed in the mid-1970s. His business savvy and unmatched drive to succeed is reflected in one of the most telling <a href="/quotes/author/Steve/Jobs">Steve Jobs quotes</a> about success in life, <em>"I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what's next."</em> <a href="/quotes/author/Steve/Jobs">Steve Jobs quotes</a> are not just about <a href="/quotes/category/Success">success</a>. Many reflect hard lessons learned from his falling out with the board members at Apple and eventual return to power. He noted, <em>&quot;I'm the only person I know that's lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year.... It's very character-building.&quot;</em> He never compromised his principles and was dedicated to continuing to invent new and better ways to communicate on a global basis. <em>"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me ... Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful... that's what matters to me."</em> This <a href="/quotes/category/Success">Steve Jobs quote</a> from 1993 was a self-fulfilling prophesy, as he achieved immense wealth and changed technology forever. Part of his legacy is the inspiration he passed on through his lectures and his only commencement speech. One of <a href="/quotes/category/Success">Steve Jobs quotes</a> that summarizes his philosophy best is,<em> "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle."</em> These are good words to live by. The legacy of Steve Jobs lives on in our home, probably as it does in yours, every time we see a Pixar movie, or listen to the iTunes we download onto our iPods. And though we don't own every gadget that he helped develop (much to the chagrin of my teenage children), I think back to the dark days of DOS and know that our lives would be much different today if were not for his tireless work. For his innovative spirit, remarkable vision and focus on simplicity has brought us a world of products we didn't know we needed, but now, can't live without.
Denise Gangnes
#Success

Denise Gangnes
Let's face it - this can be a depressing time of year for many of us. Failed New Year's resolutions, frigid temperatures, unpaid holiday bills... should I go on? Hey, if you feel this way, you're not alone! Winter can be challenging for keeping a <a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/quotes/category/Attitude">positive attitude</a> (unless you're &quot;down under!&quot;). Once we recognize that this is a sucky time of year and do something positive, we can climb out of that rut. To save you time, I've consulted with the happiness experts here at great-quotes.com and boiled down their advice to some core <a href="/quotes/category/Happiness">Happiness Quotes</a> to lift those spirits! In the five minutes it will take to read this, you will feel better. Guaranteed. <em>&quot;Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.&quot; </em>This <a href="/quotes/category/Happiness">happiness quote</a> from James Barrie opens the door to two practical suggestions: <strong>#1</strong> - If you live in an area devoid of consistent sunshine, take Vitamin D! You'd be surprised how much this can affect your mental state. And <strong>#2</strong> - Consider volunteering. Those who care about others bring joy to themselves as well. As well-known do-gooder <a href="/quotes/author/Oprah/Winfrey">Oprah Winfrey</a> explains in one of her best happiness quotes, <em>&quot;I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.&quot;</em> (Gastronomically, this can be translated to <em>&quot;You are what you eat.</em>&quot;) BTW, am I the last person to know that <a href="/quotes/author//Buddha">Buddha</a> wasn't actually rotund? Evidently it was fasting that led to Nirvana and his <a href="/quotes/category/Happiness">happiness quote</a>, <em>&quot;Peace comes from within.&quot;</em> Frankly, I think anybody whose image is consistently shown with a contented <a href="/quotes/category/Smile">smile</a> on their face should be listened to. Maybe, like <a href="/quotes/author/Elvis/Presley">Elvis</a>, his followers just chose to immortalize him in his younger years before he gained a bunch of weight and started wearing white pantsuits. But I digress. Not all people who fast are experts on happiness, but it worked for both Buddha and Gandhi, who gave us this <a href="/quotes/category/Happiness">happiness quote</a> on the essence of self-fulfillment, <em>&quot;There is more to life than increasing its speed.&quot; </em>Suggestion <strong>#3</strong> - when you have finished reading this blog, try turning off the TV (unless you're watching one of those awesome exercise shows on cable), stand up and walk. Or run, or at least stretch! Even 10 minutes is a good start. If you're not in a position to exercise, just remember this quote from the wheelchair-bound <a href="/quotes/author/Franklin+D./Roosevelt">Franklin Roosevelt</a> <em>&quot;Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.&quot; </em>Take up painting, start an herb garden, learn a craft or read a book! Maybe you just feel like you can't do any of these things because of external experiences out of your control. Meditate on one of H<a href="http://www.great-quotes.com/quote/1373508">elen Keller's happiness quotes</a>: <em>&quot;When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.&quot;</em> Considering that she was both blind and deaf, this is pretty darned insightful. And a word to the wise from <a href="/quotes/author/Michael/Pritchard">Michael Pritchard:</a> <em>&quot;You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.&quot;</em> Suggestion <strong>#4</strong> - Laugh more! Check out our <a href="/funny_quotes.htm">Funny Quotes</a> for a good start. <em>&quot;A happy family is but an earlier heaven.&quot; </em><a href="/quotes/author/George+Bernard/Shaw">George Bernard Shaw</a> really hit the nail on the head with this happiness quote, also known as <em>&quot;If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.&quot;</em> Moms, take note. Your attitude sets the tone of your household. Which brings us to our last recommendation <strong>#5</strong>: Put yourself first sometimes! Do what makes you happy and the effect will flow to those around you. Feel better? Good! If you're craving more inspiration, there are <strong>more than 10,000 </strong><a href="/quotes/category/Happiness">happiness quotes</a> on this website to browse. If 2012 hasn't been stellar for you so far, try on this MMM mantra - Make March Memorable. Leave March madness to the sports fanatics!
Denise Gangnes
#Happiness

Denise Gangnes
<a href="/quotes/author/Dr./Seuss">Dr. Seuss Quotes</a> - Birthday<br> Dr. Seuss would have been 107 on March 2. It could be argued that the author of 46 perfectly nonsensical books brought more joy and imagination to our world than possibly any other author. Dr. Seuss quotes are an instant antidote to depression. Who can be sad when reading &quot;I like green eggs and ham! I like them Sam I Am!&quot; or the tongue twisting &quot;I am a zizzer zazzer zuzz as you can plainly see.&quot; <a href="Dr. Seuss Quotes">Theodor Seuss Geisel's</a> first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was written during his crossing of the Atlantic 75 years ago. Novice writers will appreciate that this early masterpiece was rejected by publishers more than 2 dozen times before finally appearing on bookshelves. He made no excuses for the escape from reality in his writing: &quot;I like nonsense,&quot; Seuss quoted, &quot;it wakes up the brain cells.&quot; His legacy reaches much farther than the title of author and illustrator of children's books. Seuss' experiences as a Captain in World War II, his passion for the environment, and his dedicated fight against illiteracy were effectively translated into his books. It is fitting that the theatrical release of the animated movie, The Lorax, takes place on Dr. Seuss' birthday. This allegorical commentary about the plight of the environment includes the quote, &quot;But now,&quot; says the Once-ler, &quot;now that you're here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.&quot; How true these words ring today in light of the alarming shrinking of the polar ice cap and other signs of global warming. <a href="Dr. Seuss Quotes">Dr. Seuss'</a> birthday has also been designated the annual date for National Read Across America Day in reflection of his significant contribution to literacy. The immortal Cat in the Hat was written in response to a challenge: to help children read some of the most used, basic words in the English Language. Remember this one? &quot;I know it is wet, and the sun is not sunny, but we can have, lots of good fun that is funny!&quot; A lighthearted reminder of the importance of reading is openly encouraged in the quote, &quot;The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go.&quot; The master of Anapestic tetrameter even weaved this rhyming scheme into advice for beginning authors in the <a href="Dr. Seuss Quotes">Seuss quote</a>, &quot;So the writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.&quot; Every sentence he penned was carefully crafted to extract the greatest amount of insightful prose and unabashed foolishness. He was liberal with the English language, employing a tremendous freedom in making up words right and left to complete his nonsensical rhyming schemes. In the quote, &quot;&quot;How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?&quot; we almost miss the newly created word &quot;flewn&quot; because it appears so naturally in the sentence. Perhaps the book with the <a href="Dr. Seuss Quotes">Seuss quotes</a> that make the greatest impact is &quot;Oh, the Places You'll Go,&quot; which would make an excellent commencement speech and should be mandatory reading for any high school graduate. And since any further words I could use would pale in comparison to the hundreds of brilliant <a href="Dr. Seuss Quotes">Seuss quotes</a>, let's close with some gems from that book as the best advice for everyday living: &quot;&quot;You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.&quot;
Denise Gangnes
#Birthday

Denise Gangnes
I've been tracking the presidential race pretty closely this year. It has been intriguing, amusing, and some days, mind boggling. After all, it was less than a month ago that I wrote about founding fathers and their <a href="/quotes/category/Wisdom">quotes of wisdom</a>. It reminds me of how desperately we need more of that insight and integrity in our presidential hopefuls. Perhaps they could take a break from pressing the flesh and thinking of clever sound bites to emulate the excellent epitaphs of some deep thinkers from the ages. For example, take <a href="/quotes/author//Confucius">Confucius</a>: <em>"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and Third by experience, which is the bitterest."</em> It conjures the image of <a href="/quotes/author//Confucius">Confucius</a> smacking his head and uttering, <em>"I just had a V-8 moment"</em>. Actually, the three tenets of this <a href="/quotes/category/Wisdom">wisdom quote</a> have become painfully apparent in teaching my youngest daughter to drive. She has been imitating my bad driving habits, which leads me to reflect that the large dent on the side of my car has been a bitter pill to swallow. I feel wiser already. Maybe we should move on to ancient Greek philosopher <a href="/quotes/author/Epicurus/Epicurus">Epicurus</a>. His teachings involve minimizing harm and maximizing happiness, as formulated in his Ethic of Reciprocity, developed around 300 BCE. Millions of followers through the centuries have been inspired by <strong>quotes</strong> such as <em>&quot;Of all things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.&quot;</em> If you surmise that the word <em>"Epicurean"</em> was derived from this enlightened philosopher, you are right, although I wish he could be credited with the phrase, <em>"the way to a man's heart is through his stomach."</em> Author and billiards expert <a href="/quotes/author/Robert/Byrne">Robert Byrne</a> takes liberties with this old English Proverb, <em>"Anybody who believes that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach flunked geography."</em> Sorry to put you behind the 8-ball, Mr. Byrne, but I believe that would be anatomy, not geography. Sounds like Byrne could pay attention to this wise quote from <a href="/quotes/author/Epicurus/Epicurus">Euripides</a>, <em>"Cleverness is not wisdom."</em> Again, if only politicians lived by these words. Remember our founding fathers? <a href="/quotes/author/George/Washington">George Washington</a> is credited with <em>"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.&quot;</em> This <strong>wisdom quote</strong> is also known as, <em>"A man is judged by the company he keeps."</em> Great advice, but who originally said it? A) <a href="/quotes/author/Ralph+Waldo/Emerson">Ralph Waldo Emerson</a>, B) the <a href="/quotes/category/Bible">Bible</a>, c) <a href="/quotes/author/Abraham/Lincoln">Abraham Lincoln</a>, or D) <a href="/quotes/author//Euripides">Euripides</a>. I was astonished to discover that according to the internet, all of these answers are correct, and a few more. Perhaps it's true that there are no new ideas. Let's jump into the 21st century to find <strong>wisdom quotes</strong> from someone we actually know personally...like <a href="/quotes/author/Oprah/Winfrey">Oprah</a>? Say what you like about her, but the combination of incredible popularity, an immense bank account and a dedication to philanthropic endeavors earn her a spot on this list. When <a href="/quotes/author/Oprah/Winfrey">Oprah</a> explains, <em>"I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity"</em> we know she's not the first to extract this thought from the original <em>"I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it"</em>. I would assert that <a href="/quotes/author/Thomas/Jefferson">Thomas Jefferson</a> may not have originally been responsible for this wisdom quote, but as we know, <strong>plagiarism runs rampant in the quote department.</strong> Perhaps instead of searching for intelligent signs of life from our political community, we should implement these <a href="/quotes/category/Wisdom">quotes of wisdom</a> in our own lives. If not, we could run the risk of emulating the deep thinker who said, <em>&quot;If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure.&quot;</em><br> Sometimes I really miss <a href="/quotes/author/Dan/Quayle">Dan Quayle</a>.
Denise Gangnes
#Wisdom

Denise Gangnes
My recent visit to the California wine country inspired an investigation of wine quotes by historical figures and notable celebrities from the past. Sometimes it seems that's where all the truly <a href="/quotes/category/Wine">great Wine Quotes</a> came from, why should wine-related observations be any different? For ease of reading, they are organized into three major categories - feel free to skip to the one that most trips your trigger, or as oenologists might say, &quot;pops your cork.&quot; <div style="float:left;margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align:center;"><a href="/quotes/category/Wine"><img src="[% document.photos.0.small_photo %]" alt="Wine Quotes" /><br />Wine Quotes</a></div><b>Famous Religious Winos</b> If you aren't familiar with <a href="/quotes/author/Martin/Luther">Martin Luther</a>, the great Protestant reformer, I can assure you he was one awesome guy, a radical in his time for 1) translating the Bible into a more accessible language than Latin, 2) challenging the pope about what it takes to get into the Kingdom of Heaven, and 3) coming up with the infamous wine quote, &quot;<em>He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.</em>&quot; Not surprisingly, this famous quote has been attributed to others along the way but trust me, he was the first to concoct the clever sing-song saying.<img Fans of champagne (count me in!) are probably aware that Dom Perignon is named after the monk who dedicated himself to refining the art of making sparkling wine. His effusive wine quote, <em>&quot;I am drinking the stars!&quot; </em>upon taking his first sip of bubbly was probably what started the rumor that he invented this marvelous drink, but it's a misnomer. However, it does remind us that those who come up with clever quotes are paving the path to fame and admiration... just a word to the wise. <b>Political Imbibers from History</b> We all know that <a href="/quotes/author/Thomas/Jefferson">Thomas Jefferson</a> was a man of many interests, winemaking certainly among them. <a href="/quote/2222205">Jefferson's quote</a>, <em>&quot;By making this wine vine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt&quot;</em> seems like a stretch, but I dare not question the validity of this wine quote without having tasted the grape. Fortunately, a winery that bears his name exists not far from his Monticello estate, so you can make your own judgment on your next trip to Virginia. At least if the wine is mediocre, the countryside is beautiful. Another great U.S. statesman, <a href="/quotes/author/Benjamin/Franklin">Benjamin Franklin</a>, offered the wine quote, <em>&quot;The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.&quot;</em> I would trust him on this one. Renowned as a man of science with many amazing inventions under his belt, Franklin certainly could be trusted not to lead us astray in matters of the grape. <b>Celebrity Lushes</b> If you're not familiar with the writings of the great <a href="/quotes/author/Dorothy+Rothschild/Parker">Dorothy Parker,</a> it's high time for an introduction. Her witty quotes could easily fill an entire column, but for our purposes today, the wine quote, <em>&quot;Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, content, and sufficient champagne&quot;</em> fits the bill. Dot had a reputation as a wickedly acerbic writer of the 20th century, observing society's foibles with a humor that would make Oscar Wilde chuckle in his grave. Another famous fan of the vine well known for his dry comments was the incomparable William Claude Dukenfield. &quot;Who?&quot; you say? We know him as the lovable <a href="/quotes/author/W.+C./Fields">W.C. Fields</a>, a man whose reputation for tipping a few was only surpassed by the belly busting banter that became his trademark. <em>&quot;What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?&quot; </em>he would sputter, his bulbous nose achieving a remarkable hue of magenta. Although I admit to having used his wine quote, <em>&quot;I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food&quot; </em>in my own kitchen a few times, I can safely say that wine and a good sense of humor are the only two things W.C. and I have in common. Lucky us!
Denise Gangnes
#Happiness #Wine

Denise Gangnes
<a href="/funny_quotes.htm">Funny Quotes </a>- When I was young I had a joke that I thought was the funniest thing I&rsquo;d ever heard. I would tell it at every opportunity, and I was always the one laughing the loudest. It goes like this: <a href="/quote/4445"><em>&quot;When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming, like all the passengers in his car.&quot;</em></a>One day when I was older, I told it to my boss in an attempt to impress him with my keen wit. To which he replied, <em>&ldquo;You&rsquo;re the funniest person you ever met.&rdquo;</em> If I had known to mention then what I know now, that this <a href="/quote/4445">funny quote</a> was written by one of America&rsquo;s greatest treasures: cowboy and humorist <a href="/quotes/author/Will/Rogers">Will Rogers</a>, it might have helped my standing in my bosses&rsquo; eyes. Evidently, anyone can write a funny quote - or many of them - but it&rsquo;s the delivery that makes the difference. Will Rogers&rsquo; birthright as a Cherokee-born Oklahoman seems to have blessed him with a unique wisdom and regular-guy persona that resonated with the public; his honest and amusing commentary of society&rsquo;s struggles and successes still thrive today. After traveling the world three times, he observed:  <a href="/quote/39886"><em>&ldquo;The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.&quot;</em></a>  I wish this funny quote was painted on the wall of every casino I&rsquo;ve ever visited - I&rsquo;d have a much fatter wallet right now. <a href="/quotes/author/Mark/Twain">Mark Twain</a> also had the gift of starting a sentence innocently enough and then whipping it around with a zinger that makes us laugh in spite of ourselves.  Here&rsquo;s an example<em>: <a href="/quote/211085">&quot;I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.&quot;</a></em>  Twain&rsquo;s secret weapon was his kindly, grandfatherly disposition that tricked many an unsuspecting victim. One of his better known pranks involved a Facebook-like &ldquo;posting&rdquo; that wreaked havoc among his closest chums: <em>&quot;I once sent a dozen of my friends a telegram saying 'flee at once - all is discovered.' They all left town immediately.&quot;</em> Twain&rsquo;s funny quotes were a combination of timeless advice and acerbic observations of life and politics in the late 19th century.  Who can&rsquo;t relate to his eloquent jab: <em><a href="/quote/4664">&quot;The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet.&quot;</a></em> Fortunately for today&rsquo;s reader, modern humorists are keeping us in stitches on a daily or &ldquo;as needed&rdquo; basis.  One of my favorites is Dave Barry, whose social commentary makes me both groan and snicker at the same time. One of his funny quotes, <a href="/quote/79077"><em>&quot;You can only be young once. But you can always be immature,&quot;</em></a> gives us license to be ourselves without having to apologize for our actions.  In these complicated times, we need an acceptable way to de-stress and be accepted for our foibles, and Dave Barry is an expert. Like Twain and Rogers, he leads us on an innocent path and then pulls the rug out when we least expect it. Here&rsquo;s an example<em>:  </em><a href="/quote/41949"><em>&quot;Computers are getting smarter all the time: scientists tell us that soon they will be able to talk to us. (By &lsquo;they&rsquo; I mean computers: I doubt scientists will ever be able to talk to us.)&quot;</em></a> So, take it from the experts when trying to be amusing with friends (and especially bosses). After all, we can&rsquo;t all be Donald Trump and adhere to the Hebrew Proverb: <a href="/quote/756148"><em>&quot;Marry for money, my little sonny, a rich man's joke is always funny.&quot;</em></a>
Denise Gangnes
#Funny

Denise Gangnes
My husband and I had a rare evening together this weekend ... the teenagers had flown the coop for the night, the gardening was done and we hadn't been to the theater in months. We searched the movie listings only to come up empty. Then I realized, this is the &quot;dead time&quot; before the arrival of the big summer blockbusters. Since we had the luxury of limiting the decision making to just two informed people rather than the five semi-developed brains that usually weigh in on the subject, the decision was simple: We own a copy of <a href="/quotes/movie/Casablanca">Casablanca</a>. For some reason, the subtle and effective nuances of movie quotes from that 1942 award winner seem to elude the teenage brain, but we sat transfixed by familiar dialogue that has become part of American repartee. The film is rife with famous quotes such as<a href="/quote/773432"> &quot;Here's looking at you, kid&quot;</a> and the epic conclusion, &quot;Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.&quot; Although romantics view this film as a love story between Humphrey Bogart as Rick and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa, movie quotes bear out that the relationship between Bogart and Claude Reins as Capt. Renault is far more intriguing - and entertaining. A typical bout of witty banter between Bogart and Reins: Renault: I've often speculated why you don't return to America. Did you abscond with the church funds? Did you run off with a Senator's wife? I like to think that you killed a man. It's the romantic in me. Rick: It's a combination of all three. Renault: And what in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca? Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters. Renault: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert. Rick: I was misinformed. Poor <a href="/quotes/author/Ingrid/Bergman">Ingrid Bergman</a> has only the responsibility of looking beautiful and uttering such innocuous lines such as, &quot;We'll always have Paris.&quot; Her famous movie quote in Casablanca, <a href="/quote/778873">&quot;Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time&quot;</a> is a somewhat trite contribution. In real life, Ingrid Bergman quotes are far more insightful; for example: <a href="/photo/2221805">&quot;A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.&quot;</a> Bogart was inspired by her, confessing, &quot;If a face like Ingrid Bergman's looks at you as though you're adorable, everybody does. You don't have to act very much.&quot; The public was eager to idolize these popular actors after the success of Casablanca, even though both were intensely private people. Bogart's quote, &quot;The only point in making money is so you can tell some big shot where to go&quot; is a clue that his movie persona as a hard-boiled cynic translated to his personal life. Two years after the release of Casablanca, he would meet Lauren Bacall, a rising starlet 25 years his junior, whom he eventually married. Their illicit relationship seems to fit the Casablanca quote, &quot;Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.&quot; <a href="/quotes/author/Ingrid/Bergman">Ingrid Bergman</a> was already famous in Europe when she was cast in Casablanca. Like Bogart, she had a torrid affair and marriage (to Roberto Rossellini) that was splattered across the tabloids. She admitted, &quot;I've gone from saint to whore and back to saint again, all in one lifetime.&quot; However, the public succumbed to her talent, and in the end, she outlived and out acted Bogart. Her famous quote, &quot;Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get&quot; reflects her inner beauty and exceptional intelligence, making her one of the top actresses of all time. In a world where the marriages of many stars appear to be publicity stunts, they would do well to keep their private lives out of the limelight. It gives new meaning to Bogart's quote, &quot;The only thing that you owe the public is a good performance.&quot;
Denise Gangnes
#Love #Love Affair