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      28.11.2012 21:28
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      Laugh and the world laughs with you

      Unlike W C Fields who said "Start every day with a smile and get it over with", I think that actively seeking out the humour in everyday situations is what makes life bearable. Throughout my time on the planet I've found that if you can laugh in the face of adversity and, more importantly, laugh at yourself and your situation, nothing ever seems quite as terrible. Consequently, most of my favourite quotes are those that look at life from a slightly wry or humorous perspective rather than treating it as the serious business it sometimes can be. In the words of that most quoted of people, Oscar Wilde, "Life is far too important a thing to ever talk seriously about it."

      To err is human; To purr feline!

      Our last, much loved cat, Poppy, is now permanently snoozing in the back garden having clocked up over twenty years of largely inactive life. Anyone who has ever lived with a cat will agree with that well known person, Anon, who said "Dogs have owners, cats have staff." I have to admit to being rather fond of cats despite their very inflated idea of their place in the world and as there is a wealth of observations on the feline species, I'll have to confine myself to just a couple of my favourites.

      Robert A Heinlein, the science fiction author, certainly had the measure of not just cats but women, too, when he wrote "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."

      Another writer, H P Lovecraft, he of the scary horror story, made quite a few observations about cats and not only noted their affinity with those spooky things which humans can't see, but also recognised their untrainability. "Throw a stick, and the servile dog wheezes and pants and stumbles to bring it to you. Do the same before a cat, and he will eye you with coolly polite and somewhat bored amusement."

      Bill Dana, an American comedian from the 1950s also had a view of training cats. "I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not. Mine had me trained in two days."

      My favourite cat quote, however, which perfectly encapsulates the sheer contrariness of the entire species has to be "If cats could talk, they wouldn't." So true!

      Life, the Universe and Everything...

      In these materialistic times it's very easy to be envious of what your neighbours have but take a leaf from the late Quentin Crisp who advised, "Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level. It's cheaper."

      Not only has life become more materialistic but rather more dangerous due to all the religious extremists walking round with bombs strapped to them, willing to die to prove that their imaginary friend is better than that of somebody else. Even the greatest philosophers weren't willing to be quite that committed. Saint Augustine, the man credited with bringing Christianity to these islands, obviously enjoyed some of the more carnal aspects of life and was in no hurry to embrace a totally religious existence so he prayed "O Lord help me to be pure, but not yet." Bertrand Russell, one of the world's greatest philosophers, so well used to being able to prove or disprove the same theory, admitted "I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong."

      Like most people, E=MC² means diddly squat to me which probably proves Einstein's theory that "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." The man who thought it all up in the first place, explains relativity beautifully in layman's terms. "When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity."

      As I grow older, I'm also beginning to see the truth in Robert Oustin's observation that "Life is like a hot bath. It feels good while you're in it but the longer you stay in it, the more wrinkles you get!"

      A rose by any other name....

      Eleanor Roosevelt is a woman I've long admired. She not only fought tirelessly for civil rights in America but on a personal level put up with her husband's infidelity for many years. Rumour has it she may have been a closet lesbian so perhaps she didn't mind that so much. One thing is certain, however, Eleanor not only had a strong sense of what was right and just but also a great sense of humour, some of it quite self-deprecating. The first of her quotes is one well worth remembering. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

      Her opinion on war is no less unequivocal. "I cannot believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war."

      Both of those quotes are fairly serious so just in case anyone was ever in any doubt that Mrs R had a keen sense of humour, her remark about a rose which had been named after her is a classic.

      "I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall."

      And finally....

      I can't possibly write a piece about quotations without including a couple from the wonderfully caustic Dorothy Parker who managed to be extremely bitchy on the one hand and incredibly funny on the other. Her opinion about a book which was regarded as something of a masterpiece was, "This isn't a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force." I'm sure we've all read a few like that.

      With so many witticisms to choose from this queen of the clever quote, I think I'll finish instead with one of Dorothy's little poems.

      I wish I could drink like a lady
      I can take one or two at the most
      At three, I'm under the table
      At four, I'm under the host.

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        07.04.2011 15:05
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        Just a small collection if inspiring quotes

        After answering a question about my favorite quote, the first one to spring to mind was one by Walt Disney. An American hero - creator of Mickey Mouse, a man who changed the face of American culture. He turned animated film into an art form and made an outstanding contribution to folklore and the family vacation. His success story is like no other, the champion of imagination, his words still resonate and inspire today.

        So if you're looking for a little inspiration, check out a few of his most infamous words, and here's hoping they push you on to pursue your own dreams, after all, 'all our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them'.

        *"If you can dream it, you can do it"

        * "It's kind of fun to do the impossible"

        * "The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique"

        * "The way to get started it to quit talking and begin doing"

        *"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island"

        *"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths"

        * "When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable"

        * "When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do"

        *"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality"

        * "You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you"

        * "Quit throwing the good stuff away"

        *"Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world"

        * "The era we are living in today is a dream come true."

        * "Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work it until it's done and done right"

        *"Fantasy and reality often overlap"

        *"There are fashions in reading, even in thinking. You don't have to follow them unless you want to. On the other hand, watch out. Don't stick too closely to your favorite subject. That would keep you from adventuring into other fields. It's silly to build a wall around your interests"

        *"I do not like to repeat success, I like to move on to other things"

        *"Somehow I can't believe that there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in the four C's. Curiosity, Courage, Confidence and Constancy"

        *"I believe in being an innovator"

        *"All you've got to do is own up to your ignorance honestly, and you'll find people who are eager to fill your head with information."

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          07.02.2011 20:36
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          some of my favourite quotes

          "The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one."
          - Elbert Hubbard


          "Every second you spend thinking about someone else's dreams you take time away from your own."
          - Yogi Ramen


          "What the mind can conceive, it can achieve."
          - Napoleon Hill


          "If you're not willing to risk, you cannot grow. If you cannot grow, you cannot be your best. If you cannot be your best, you cannot be happy. If you cannot be happy, what else is there?"
          - Les Brown


          "Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they're yours."
          - Richard Bach


          "Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase."
          - Martin Luther King, Jr.


          "Confidence is not a guarantee of success, but a pattern of thinking that will improve your likelihood of success, a tenacious search for ways to make things work."
          -Dr. John Eliot


          "Watch your thoughts, they become words.
          Watch your words, they become actions.
          Watch your actions, they become habits.
          Watch your habits, they become characted.
          Watch your character, it becomes your destiny"
          - Lao-Tze


          "If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it."
          - Anthony J. D'Angelo


          "Life has no limitations, except the ones you make."
          - Les Brown


          "If you try, you might get exactly what you want. If you don't, you won't."
          - Unknown


          "To create more positive results in your life, replace 'if only' with 'next time'."
          - Unknown


          "There is always room in your life for thinking bigger, pushing limits and imagining the impossible."
          - Tony Robbins

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            I just want to see you smile!

            There are so many quotes I wish I could live my life by, if only it was that easy! Motivational, inspirational and 'Get off your butt and don't be so lackadaisical'!
            I myself, a bit of a sucker for romance, love to watch old movies and listen to the streams of undying love which seem to pour out of the actors mouth so beautifully!
            Some, just make me chuckle!

            The below quotes are ones that have stuck with me and I will always remember and often tell myself in the right moment when I'm feeling a bit down! I cannot guarantee they will all work but hey, worth a try!

            "I am not a has-been. I am a will be." Lauren Bacall

            ‎''I don't work out. If God had wanted us to bend over he would have put diamonds on the floor'' Joan Rivers

            ‎''To much of a good thing is wonderful'' Mae West

            ‎'I don't want to make money. I just want to be wonderful ' Marilyn Monroe

            ''Today is a gift, that's why the call it the present'' Not sure who first said this, but it stays in my mind as I have a photo frame that has this written on it with a picture of two dearly missed relatives. It reminds me not only of them but to be grateful for each day!

            ''Many loves have I, you were just one more. But someday I'll be kissed and maybe I'll doubt that I've been kissed before'' Rita Hayworth singing 'I've Been Kissed Before'

            ''What's meant for you won't go by you'' Unknown, this has just been said to me many times growing up. In someway I do believe you make your own fate but it's nice to believe that fate is working its magical ways to put you on your path!

            There are so many more but as often happens with me when I try to get what's in my brain into the screen it seems to disappear! But maybe one of the above has made you smile, and if they have then that's good to me!

            This may get updated very soon! :)

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              23.05.2010 15:09
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              Some of my favourite inspirational quotes.

              For months now I've been subscribing to a daily email. Each morning, when I open my inbox, I have a new, inspirational quote waiting for me and over the weeks I've really grown to look forward to it. So much so that I started to keep a note of my favourites. I send them on to my work colleagues and friends when I find something particularly powerful, thought-provoking or funny - there's no medicine like a good belly laugh in my humble opinion! I'd like to share with you a few of my favourite quotes so far. Each one has had a positive impact on me, whether it has galvanised me into action about something, caused me to think differently about a situation or issue or just made me smile when I read

              Some you'll doubt recognise and a few you won't. But I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I do and I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on them too.

              My personal 'favourite' favourite to date is the one by Thomas Jefferson, which you'll find towards the end of this article. I've had to tie quite a few knots in my time!

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              "Women have to harness their power -- it's absolutely true. It's just learning not to take the first no. And if you can't go straight ahead, you go around the corner."
              Cher

              "Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can."
              Danny Kaye

              "Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it."
              Dennis P. Kimbro

              "There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen."
              Jim Lovell

              "Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there."
              Will Rogers

              "The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for."
              Maureen Dowd

              "Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive it isn't. "
              Richard Bach (Illusions)

              "When our memories outweigh our dreams, we have grown old."
              Bill Clinton

              "I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief."
              Gerry Spence

              "An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory."
              Friedrich Engels

              "Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs."
              Henry Ford

              "The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good."
              Bertrand Russell

              "There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other."
              Douglas Everett (American Hockey Player)

              "When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on."
              Thomas Jefferson

              "How far that little candle throws his beams. So shines a good deed in a weary world."
              William Shakespeare

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                My Favourite Quotations

                I was looking for a review to write last night in the discussions section and I noticed that no-one had wrote a review on their favourite quotations and this is a subject I thought I could write a good review on so I thought Id get stuck in and write the very first favourite quotations review. I had loads of favourite quotes by some very different people but all of them I think mean something to me and I think they are really true. But anyway I wont bore you with my words so here are some by other people.

                Now i'm not saying females are perfect
                Cause we know it's not true
                But why must you be unfaithful
                If her heart is true to you?
                2Pac - Why Must You Be Unfaitful

                This quote is actually lyrics from a song rather than something he said but I really agree with the words.

                Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.
                Coco Chanel.

                This has got to be one of my favourite quotes ever. Its basically saying dont waste your time on someone or something that is just never going to change. Unfortunately I dont take that advice very often!

                In Order To Be Irreplacable One Must Always Be Different - Coco Chanel
                Im actually planning on having this quote tattoed on my back in french so that just goes to show how much I like it. As with the last one though I dont often take this advice when it comes to my own life.

                I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.
                Marylin Monroe

                When I first heard this quote I lol'd and Ive actually got a massive poster of this that my friends bought me for my birthday on my bedroom ceiling. I totally agree with the quote!

                Your Only As Strong As The Drinks You Mix, The Tables You Dance On & The Friends You Roll With. - Unknown

                This is the quote I use for life and the quote I love the most because to me it is ompletely true. And sadly Im not as strong as some of the drinks Ive drank hehe.

                Anyway those are a few of my faourite quotes, they may not be by famous authors or kings and queens in history but they are the ones that speak to me the most. Hope you enjoyed reading them.

                Thanks For Reading

                x0 Salz 0x

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