These are just random phrases I’ve heard people say or seen written in blogs/messages, etc.

  • …the inbetween time…
  • I live in my own little world but it’s OK, everyone knows me here.
  • “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”
    ~Abraham Lincoln
  • “And I think, Steam of their piss.  I’ll keep that for myself.  I’ll go around Limerick saying it, Steam of their piss, Steam of their piss, and when I go to America some day I’ll be the only one who knows it.”
    ~Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir
  • “…my uncle Pa Keating, he doesn’t give a fiddler’s fart what the world says and that’s the way I’d like to be myself.”
    ~Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir
  • “You have to study and learn so that you can make up your own mind about history and everything else but you can’t make up an empty mind. Stock your mind, stock your mind. It is your house of treasure and no one in the world can interfere with it.”
    ~Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir
  • “It’s lovely to know that the world can’t interfere with the inside of your head.”
    ~Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir
  • “I say, Billy, what’s the use in playing croquet when you’re doomed?
    He says, Frankie, what’s the use of not playing croquet when you’re doomed?”
    ~Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir
  • “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.”
    ~Mark Twain
  • I do not see the glass as half full or half empty. I see someone using the wrong sized glass!”
    ~John C. Dvorak, Twitter:
  • “When we call it a deathmarch, we’re not bitching about the long hours; we’re pissed about the poor planning.”
    ~Rands In Repose,
  • Everyone in the room knows when you don’t know what you’re talking about.”
    ~Rands In Repose,
  • The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a “warm body” democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction…. [O]nce a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader — the barbarians enter Rome.”
    ~Robert A. Heinlein, 
     ‘To Sail Beyond the Sunset’ published in 1987
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
    You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
    You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
    You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
    ~William J. H. Boetcker, 1916
  • “A Government Big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”
    ~Thomas Jefferson 
  • “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism, but under the name of Liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program until one day America will be a Socialist nation without knowing how it happened”
    ~Norman Thomas – Socialist Party Presidential candidate Civil Liberties Union, Houghton Mifflin, 1976
  • Nancy Pelosi: because America needs a scary croak-voiced robot auntie with crazy eyes that say “I put your cousins in the oven”
    ~Warren Ellis, Twitter
  • “If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have asked for a faster horse” – Henry Ford