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Spell Chick:
I found this quote - quite easily as my home page is Think Exist.

      "I am very interested in the Universe - I am specialising in the Universe and all that surrounds it." - Peter Cook

Do you have a quote that tickles your funnybone? One that is pithy? Something that makes you pause and search for deeper meanings?

What sort of quotes do you find meaningful? Enjoyable? Quotable?

My non-fiction work is essays with added quotes so I look for tons of other people's words. Do you have any to share? Can you tell why they are worth sharing?

The above quote just made me smirk. I want to know everything, too.


Fair to Middling:
I guess most people put quotes they like in their sig's.

As for your essay, I don't understand what you mean by 'words'.  You want to know if people have made up words?

Spell Chick:
Neologisms are nothing new. It is one of the ways we expand the language.

I love quotes. I love reading other people's succinct precise thoughts. I like witty quotes. I like philosophical quotes.

Not all quotes are by famous people. I liked something my son said and quoted it.

One of his asides is "He is a butter knife in a Ginsu world." I liked that.

Some quotes are funny and some thought provoking. Some quotes clarify a position and some are used for obfuscation. Some quotes are so famous that we don't even think of them as originally penned by one person.

There are games like Shakespeare or the Bible where you try to guess where a line came from.

Quotes are often, at least for me, a way to say something far better than I could have said it myself.

My essays are just that. 400-500 word essays on historical events happening on a specific date and then I look for quotes that enhance what I've written. They are either centered on the topic of my essay or they are quotes by the person in my essay.

I just wrote up Shays' Rebellion so my quotes were on democracy and taxation.
In a recent essay, I wrote about Napoleon's banishment to Elba. My quotes were all by Napoleon rather than about banishment or punishement or greed and power.

As the author, I get to make up the rules. That's fun.


Narnian Prince:
"When a statesman forsakes his conscience for the sake of his public duties, he leads his country, by a short route, to chaos."  St. Thomas More

I first heard this over 4 decades ago and it still remains one of my favourites.  I often find it a pity to be so true in today's politicians.



"There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line." -Oscar Levant

"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it." -- John Lennon


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