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Quips and Quotes

This week I stumbled upon several meaningful quotes while thumbing through newspapers and magazines. It was like finding water in the desert. I dedicate so much time to visual consumption that I have neglected one of my first passions … the written word, I love a well-crafted phrase. The right combination of words can be truly magical - evoking sentiment, laughter, insight or inspiration. I may produce a blog about “all things design” - that I admit is 85% photos - but I do consider the words as important as the images. Hopefully I engage my readers with each opening paragraph by delivering a thoughtful, humorous and/or compelling statement that reaches them as much as the subsequent eye candy. I guess I’ll find out when I review the stats for this post since it’s heavy on prose and light on pics. With that in mind, I should probably cease typing my amateur novella and bring you the words of those much wiser, wittier and emboldened than I.

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- Career / Success -

“By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.”

- Benjamin Franklin

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes of your goals.”

- Henry Ford

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

- Jim Rohn

“Nothing bothers me more than people who suck up and scream down.”

- Katie Couric

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”

- Winston Churchill


- Humor -

“Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

- Jim Carrey

“Guilt, the gift that keeps on giving.”

- Erma Bombeck

“Great ideas often start on cocktail napkins.

Especially when you consider a large vodka martini a great idea.”

- Advertisement for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas ; )


- Love -

“If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.

- Michel de Montaigne

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.”

- H,L. Mencken

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,

while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

- Lao Tzu


- Life & Wisdom -

“Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.”

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Be polite to all, but intimate with few.”

- Thomas Jefferson

“Wise men make more opportunities than they find,”

- Francis Bacon

“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”

- Lucille Ball


- Writing That Inspires -

My taste in writing is about as random as my taste in movies, music and art. If there is a

common thread among the writers below, I don’t know what it is. They’re just all so good!


Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre was the first book I read that made me sob aloud uncontrollably.

Edgar Allan Poe

I love a good fright and Poe knows how to build suspense and fear like no one else.

David Sedaris

Quite possibly the funniest !@%$#% person alive.

Just looking at the bookcover above makes me laugh.

Malcolm Gladwell

I have devoured his first three books – The Tipping Point,

Blink and Outliers – so What The Dog Saw is a must read.

And since we're on the subject of writing ...

Thank you to the following blogs for their recent accolades and mentions.

A Thoughtful Eye

Bijou and Boheme c/o Breakfast at Toast,

and Providence Ltd. Design

Stylish blogger

for the "Stylish Blogger Award".

Thrilled to be recognized by such talents! Tricia xo