If we opened our minds to enjoyment, we might find tranquil pleasures spread about us on every side. We might live with the angels that visit us on every sunbeam and sit with the fairies who wait on every flower. ~Samuel Smiles
Croning My Way Through Life
With the growth of social media, people are throwing out inspirational and tell-tale quotes left and right. So in honor of October, the month of Dreams, I have gathered some wonderful ditties you can post away whenever you are in need of something deep, warm, and mystical to say.
Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. ~ Oscar Wilde
I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now? ~John Lennon
It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream. ~ Edgar Alan Poe
All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. ~ T.E. Lawrence
A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars. ~ Victor Hugo
I’ve dreamed a lot. I’m tired now from dreaming but not tired of dreaming. No one tires of dreaming, because to dream is to forget, and forgetting does not weigh on us, it is a dreamless sleep throughout which we remain awake. In dreams I have achieved everything. ~ Fernando Pessoa
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe
All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together. ~ Jack Kerouac
The best thing about dreams is that fleeting moment, when you are between asleep and awake, when you don’t know the difference between reality and fantasy, when for just that one moment you feel with your entire soul that the dream is reality, and it really happened. ~ James Arthur Baldwin
All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own. ~ Plutarch
Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy. ~ Sigmund Freud
Deaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare. ~ H.F. Hedge
Dreams are more real than reality itself, they’re closer to the self. ~ Gao Xingjian
In sleep, fantasy takes the form of dreams. But in waking life, too, we continue to dream beneath the threshold of consciousness, especially when under the influence of repressed or other unconscious complexes. ~ Carl Jung
Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you. ~ Marsha Norman
A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul. ~ Erich Fromm
Dreams are the most curious asides and soliloquies of the soul. When a man recollects his dream, it is like meeting the ghost of himself. Dreams often surprise us into the strangest self-knowledge…. Dreaming is the truest confessional, and often the sharpest penance. ~ Alexander Smith
The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.” ~ Haruki Murakami
You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting. ~ J.M. Barrie
I was born to catch dragons in their dens
And pick flowers
To tell tales and laugh away the morning
To drift and dream like a lazy stream
And walk barefoot across sunshine days. ~ James Kavanaugh
Everyone is quoted now and then. Often it’s something like, “My mom said…”, or “The guy on the news said…”, or even “Don’t you remember what so-and-so said?” Philosophers, politicians, and celebrities all make a point to say meaningful things that will affect future generations.
Some time ago I wrote a blog, I Can’t Believe I Believed That https://humoringthegoddess.com/2011/08/11/i-cant-believe-i-believed-that/ which dispelled myths on what famous people Never said. For example, Captain Kirk never said “Beam me up Scotty.” (Go check it out!) I was going to add to the “misquote” pile this blog, until I stumbled upon something MORE entertaining – things famous people DID say. Oh, this sooooo much better…(and they all really did say these things!)
You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there. Yogi Berra, former American Major League Baseball player/manager
Hey, the offensive linemen are the biggest guys on the field, they’re bigger than everybody else, and that’s what makes them the biggest guys on the field. John Madden, former Coach and TV announcer
If Lincoln were alive today, he’s roll over in his grave. Former President Gerald Ford
(Q: If you could live forever, would you and why?) I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we can’t live forever, which is why I would not live forever. Miss Alabama, 1994 Miss USA Pageant
China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese. Charles De Gaulle
Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream. Former President George W. Bush
I like most of the places I’ve been to but I’ve never really wanted to go to Japan, simply because I don’t like eating fish, and I know that’s very popular out there in Africa. Brittany Spears
Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life. Brooke Shields
(ordering a salad) Be sure and put some of those neutrons on it. Mike Smith, baseball player
So where’s the Canne Film Festival this year? Christina Aguilera
Half the game is 90% mental. Danny Ozark, baseball manager
What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is. Former Vice President Dan Quayle
The only happy artist is a dead artist, because only then you can’t change. After I die, I’ll probably come back as a paint brush. Sylvester Stallone
Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country. Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, D.C.
(On the death of the King of Jordan) I loved Jordan. He was one of the greatest athletes of our time. Mariah Carey
The word ‘genius’ isn’t applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein. Joe Theisman, former NFL Quarterback and TV Announcer
You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours. Yogi Berra, former American Major League Baseball player/manager
Sure, there have been injuries and deaths in boxing – but none of them serious. Alan Minter, boxer
Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, “Thank God, I’m still alive.” But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again. Senator Barbara Boxer
I think the film ‘Clueless’ was very deep. I think it was deep in the way that it was very light. I think lightness has to come from a very deep place if it’s true lightness. Alicia Silverstone
Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know it’s tuna, but it says ‘Chicken by the Sea.’ Jessica Simpson
And, perhaps the most impressive of all…
Whenever I watch TV and see those poor, starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d like to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff. Mariah Carey
Urban legends are as old as Medusa turning those who look at her to stone — old as dirt. The more society has matured, the easier it is to decipher falsehoods from the truth-hoods. Or is it?
Here’s a list of ditties I found on my wanderings while doing research for my Great American Novel #3 (let’s hear it for the Internet and a few spare hours!)
Lizzie Borden took an Axe…
Unfortunately this myth rears its ugly head quite often, and often no amount of effort is sufficient to disprove it to the true believers. First off, Lizzie – she is famous through the children’s poem:
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
And when she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.
In fact, her father was axed 11 times and her step-mother 18 or 19 but that is not the real myth – the real myth is the belief that Lizzie Borden committed the crime at all. After a mere one hour of jury deliberation, Lizzie was found innocent of the crime.
It’s safe to eat dropped food as long as you pick it up within 5 seconds.
The 5-second rule is one of the biggest food myths around. The reality is that food picks up bacteria from the second it hits another surface. One study at Clemson University found that food acquired 1800 bacteria after just 5 seconds.
Can drinking coffee help a person sober up?
When you see a movie scene showing a drunk guy trying to sober up in a hurry, odds are he’ll be chugging a cup of stout black coffee to help speed up the process. But can a person who is drunk function better — and possibly pass as sober — after downing a cup or two? The answer: A resounding “no.”
Coffee does not help you get sober. If you’re plastered, you’re going to have to wait several hours for the alcohol to leave your system on its own. Drinking coffee won’t make your body metabolize alcohol faster. However, coffee can affect your drunken state by tricking your mind into thinking you’re close to sobriety. It turns out the caffeine in coffee is a stimulant, which can make you feel like you’re ready to handle certain potentially dangerous activities — like driving. Just say NO and stay put.
Captain Kirk Never Said “Beam me up Scotty”
When mentioning the series Star Trek people are very likely to say the famous phrase “Beam me up Scotty,” even if they have no clue who Scotty is or what it’s referring to. Unfortunately, the phrase is never really uttered on the show or in any of the movies. The closest version of the quote can be heard in the Star Trek IV movie when Captain Kirk says “Beam me up, Mr. Scott.” Shows you what we know.
Eli Wallach Never Said: “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”
In its original form in director John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), it was actually, “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”
Mama Cass died when she choked on the sandwich she was eating.
There may have been a partially eaten sandwich somewhere in the vicinity, but she died of heart failure brought on by the effects of obesity and crash dieting. The coroner found no evidence of anything, ham sandwich or otherwise, blocking her windpipe.
Ozzy Osbourne routinely bit the heads off of live bats as part of his outrageous live performance antics.
Given his trailblazing efforts in achieving a high shock value with his live concert shenanigans, this myth isn’t too hard to swallow. The fact is, Oz did bite a live bat onstage – once, and by accident. He thought it was a prop made of rubber. The fact that the bat bit back, requiring Osbourne to undergo rabies treatments, kept him from ever attempting it on purpose.
Mr. Rogers was a Navy Seal
Probably the most popular and downright ridiculous was the legend that claimed Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was a Navy Seal during the Vietnam War, and had numerous confirmed kills as a sniper. This same rumor often asserted that the only reason Rogers wore sweaters was to cover up all the tattoos he had gotten during his time in the service. Both tales are completely untrue, but this is one urban legend that refuses to die.
If you cross your eyes on purpose, they can get stuck there.
There is no way that you can make your eyes cross permanently. If you cross your eyes, you will tire your muscles out, but you won’t do any permanent harm.
So quit looking at me that way.
Need a quotation or two to throw out to friends and adversaries? Want to seem cerebral, etherial, and just plain smart? Here are a few bones to throw to your closest friends and snottiest enemies:
Food, love, career, and mothers, the four major guilt groups. Cathy Guisewrite, Cartoonist
Humor is just another defense against the universe. Mel Brooks, comedian, producer, actor
The hardest years in life are those between 10 and 70. Helen Hayes, actress
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates, philosopher
A word to the wise ain’t necessary — it’s the stupid ones that need the advice. Bill Cosby, actor, comedian
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. Aristotle, philosopher
I will never be old. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am. Francis Bacon, statesman, philosopher
Let us read and let us dance — two amusements that will never do harm to the world. Voltaire, writer
Nothing can confound a wise man more than laughter from a dunce. Lord Byron, writer
There is no art without intoxication. But I mean a mad intoxication! Let reason teeter! Delirium! Plunged in burning dementia! Art is the most enrapturing orgy within man’s reach….Art must make you laught a little and make you a little afraid. Anything as long as it doesn’t bore. Jean Dubuffet, artist
If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number? Robin Williams, Actor
Middle age is when you still believe you’ll feel better in the morning. Bob Hope, Actor
An intellectual is a person whose mind watches itself. Albert Camus, Playwright
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein, Scientist
And my favorite:
Nobody likes a clown at midnight. Stephen King, writer