SURVEY SAYS: What's Your Favorite Quote?

February 19, 2009 ( - Great words can inspire great deeds...

…and sometimes they can just help you deal with a bad day.  Regardless, this week I asked readers to share their favorite quotes – enjoy!:

“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.” unknown author
Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.
I never gave anybody hell, I just told the truth and they thought it was hell. Harry S Truman
For work: What goes around comes around. Personal: There are some things you give up for other things.

“What fresh hell is this?” — Dorothy Parker

“I want to be sedated.” — The Ramones

“Those who do not know the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santyana

“If you want to keep a secret, go to the cemetary and tell three dead men.” — Attributed to Edna Dahood Elias

“I may despise what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” –Voltaire

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” — Oscar Wilde

“Love Conquers Fear” — Theme and Variation of 1 John 4:18

You see the world not as it is, but as you are.

“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” –  author unknown

He who holds the money wins. (don't know the source, might be mine for all I know)
Be the change you wish to see in the world. - Gandhi
Play it loud or don't play it at all.
"Honesty is something you can't wear out." - Waylon Jennings
So many to choose from! There are a few movies lines I really liked and can remember, but not sure if any would be my "favorite". "Tomorrow is another day" from GWTW; "Ask yourself; do you feel lucky?" and the line in Hunt for Red October where James Earl Jones says something like "You heard it hit the hull. And I was never here."
Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.
Have we now switched to movies and this is supposed to be movie quotation? If so: "I wonder what other people do on their vacations?" (From the Four Seasons, the delivery of the line was great.)
"There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee...that says, fool me once, shame on...shame on you. Fool can't get fooled again."
"S__t happens"
"Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going." - Knute Rockne
And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7

When I need a quote I alwas look to The wisdom of Will Rogers:

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in.

If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around.

After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

There's two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither one works.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.

Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.

It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.

Don't squat with your spurs on.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

When you're throwin' your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.

There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by read'n, The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to lean on the electric fence for themselves

People don't plan to fail...they fail to plan.
The oxen are slow, but the earth is patient. - from The High Road to China
Everything is temporary

"A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down the pants" (Quoted during the Eulogy for chuckles the Clown who died when he was tragically stepped on by an elephant) Mary Tyler Moore Show, here's a link to it:

"In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person will still think the sun shines out your a**. That's the person worth sticking with. Mac MacGuff in "Juno" 3.

"If I could master a stick shift, could a successful relationship be that far behind?" Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and The City

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

"It will all work out in the end"

" A persons grasp should exceed thier reach."

"Do the best you can with what you got"

And from a former boss: "You got a dollar waiting on a dime!"

"Find a need and fill it." Kaiser Cement
A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk. But the stump thunk the stump stunk. -- Unknown
Just do it.

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. - Frank Lloyd Wright

Good fortune shies away from gloom. Keep your spirits up. Good things will come to you and you will come to good things. - Glorie Abelhas

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. - William Arthur Ward

Things turn out the best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. - Art Linkletter

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog. - Mark Twain

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. - Winston Churchill

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. - Confucius

Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting golden delicious. - Bill Meyer

There's no free lunch.
Right now - Blessed are those who are flexible for they will not be bent out of shape. ~Anonymous
Whether you think you can or you think you can't, either way you're right. Henry Ford.
Just because you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town.
Everybody wants to be on a championship team, but nobody wants to come to practice - V Lombardi

Forrest Gump, "Sometimes there just aren't enough rocks".

Cool Hand Luke, "What we have here is a failure to communicate". Use that one at work all the time.

The Outlaw Josey Wales, "Endeavor to perservere".

Not my favorite, but very important considering the "stimulus" bill that was signed this week.. "Owners of capital will stimulate the working class to buy more and more of expensive goods, houses and technology, pushing them to take more and more expensive credits, until their debt becomes unbearable. The unpaid debt will lead to bankruptcy of banks, which will have to be nationalised, and the State will have to take the road which will eventually lead to communism." ...Karl Marx, Das Kapital, 1867
this too shall pass
More people should learn to tell their dollars where to go instead of asking them where they went. ---- Roger W. Babson
The poor and dumb will continue to cheat and steal so long as the rich and educated show them how. (Author unknown)
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." -- Pride and Prejudice
What a long strange trip it's been..... Jerry Garcia
"Things will get worse before they get better"......spoken by those with a terrific grasp of the obvious.
No one ever said on their deathbed, "I wish I spent more time at the office".

Probably the one I used in my closing line on my e-mails. It's from Henry Ford (or so I've been told): "Think you can. Think you can't. Either way, you'll be right."

If not that one, then I'd pick one spoken by Jason Robards in Max Dugan Returns: "I'm a popular man. Many people seek my company."

Perception is reality. Remembering this makes it very easy to deal with other people's views!
"Say when" (Tombstone) "If you're not first, you're last" (Talladega Nights)
When I'm ask what I think the market will do, I quote J.P. Morgan when he was ask the same question, "it will fluctuate".
The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.

And whiel these are ALL good - my two favorites were:

There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by read'n, The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to lean on the electric fence for themselves.

Just because you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town.

Thanks to everyone who graciously shared these quotations!