Scavenging On Old Collectibles

Posted: May 31, 2012 in Exceptional, Excerpts

As I was waiting for my boss’ instruction for today’s work, I stumbled upon an old blog of mine and saw in  there quite an interesting entry. Isn’t it funny when you get to read again something that you made from years back? It’s like it was done by another person, and somehow it amazes me (yes, you’ll be seeing a lot of this word) that what I am now is so much different from what I used to be, during the time when I wrote this.

The post is nothing but a collection of quotes I’ve read from the world wide web. I posted around 35 quotes in there, apparently they all appealed to me at that time. Well, I skimmed on all of them this morning, and I just want to share with you, and check on some qoutes that I think still apply to who I am right now, what I think, and the things that I am concerned about.


“The more you know, the less you understand.” – Roy R.  

(from a co-agent, during my ‘callboy” years)

“If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time.” – Josh Billings

“True love is like a ghost, which everybody talks about and few have seen.”

– Francois LaRochefoucauld

( “Boo.” – Casper)

“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.”
– Clarence Darrow

“Death is the only inescapable, unavoidable, sure thing. We are sentenced to die the day we’re born.”
– Gary Mark Gilmore

“The expert at anything was once a beginner.”
– Hayes

“Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”
– Anonymous (“I told you so.” – me talking to myself)

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”
– Samuel Johnson

“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”
– H. L. Mencken

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”
– William Shakespeare

“A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.”
– Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
– Japanese Proverb (this one’s used for a Dwyane Wade’s Adidas shoe ad)

Live your life so that when you come to die, even the undertaker will be sorry.”
– Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

(this should be every person’s ultimate aim)

“We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the luck of those we don’t like?”
– Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180) 

(I really wonder how great this ancient leaders are.)

“The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.”
– Lloyd Jones

(Air Mike got it. So should we.)

“Without hope we live in desire.”
– Lewis Mumford

“It isn’t what they say about you, it’s what they whisper.”
– Errol Flynn (1909-1959)

“Every man has three characters – that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.”
– Alphonse Karr

(I think I remember discussing this with a close friend, that one should be a multi-faceted individual when dealing with people, and choose one from those facets depending on the type of  people you’re dealing with;  and that you should maintain those boundaries between each of your facets. However, you should be aware of yourself, and be wary of what you want to show to others, what you think is being seen, and what you REALLY are showing. I think I just paraphrased that quote, haha!)

“Sex is like eating…Sometimes you have fast food, and sometimes you eat a gourmet meal.”
– Monica Lewinsky

(Take it from her. She’s an expert, on how to find gourmet meals.)

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.”
– Robert Anthony

(Okay, I get it. Next! haha… been on both sides, and up til now, I still can’t decide which one’s better.)

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
– Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)

“A parrot talks much but flies little.”
– Wilbur Wright (1867 – 1912)

“If a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

“Did you hear about that dyslexic, agnostic imsoniac who stayed up all night thinking if there was really a Dog?” -anonymous

(Well played…  well played.)

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”
– Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)

“I was in darkness, but I took three steps and found myself in paradise. The first step was a good thought, the second, a good word; and the third, a good deed.”
– Nietzche

“Law is a bottomless pit.”
– John Arbuthnot

(So is a glass of beer.)

“The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing – and then marry him. ”
– Cher

“I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.”
– Henry Miller

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
– Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”
– Oscar Wilde

(And that’s how it really should be.)

“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”
– Sam Keen

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”
– Harvey Fierstein

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”
– Lao-Tzu

(I can’t hear you, Lao)

“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”

– Oscar Wilde

“Is life worth living? That depends on the liver.”
– Unknown

“Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.”
-Saint Augustine

(For some reason, I am not a religious person, but the though about faith really fascinates me.)

“The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.”
– Herb Caen

“A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s. She changes it more often.”
– Oliver Herford

(Watch out! We got an anti-feminist bastard here!)

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
– Mohandas K. Ghandi

But here’s my favorite, from the man himself:

“I am tired as a dog but I will sleep as a God.”
– JP Rizal

(A dog… a God… wait, what? Let me read that again.)


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