Jimmy Winokur


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Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein


Of mixed mind...




Ambivalence is Everywhere!


Whatever we feel strongly about,
we feel emotions about it which would --
by simple rules of ordinary logic --
be flat-out contradictory.
There is aversion within desire
even a measure of hatred in our love.
We want constraint and structure,
yet want freedom from these limitations.
We seek, and yet avoid, power and responsibility
We are torn in prioritizing care
for self and care for others.

The stronger the feelings,
the greater the inherent tendency toward ambivalence.
Emotional health may be said to consist of
resolving the inherent conflict
so that the ambivalence is comfortably embraced,
as where it is a source of inspiration,
and perhaps the relative strength of emotions
in the balance of the ambivalence
moves substantially away from a 50-50 split
between conflicted emotions.

"The Principle of Ambivalence,"
Jimmy Winokur

(1970s, 2011)



It is one of the great troubles of life that we cannot have any unmixed emotions.  There is always something in our enemy that we like, and something in our sweetheart that we dislike.

William Butler Yeats


Love involves a peculiar
unfathomable combination
of understanding and misunderstanding.

Diane Arbus



If I am not for myself, who will be for me? 
But if I am only for myself, what am I? 
And if not now, when?

Rabbi Hillel
Ethics of the Fathers 1:14


The test of a first-rate intelligence is
the ability to hold
two opposed ideas in the mind
at the same time,
and still retain the ability to function.

F. Scott Fitzgerald





is not a pleasant condition,
but certainty is absurd




The dangerous man
is the one who has only one idea,
because then he’ll fight and die for it.

The way real science goes is that
you come up with lots of ideas,
and most of them will be wrong.

Francis Crick


Yin and yang,
male and female,
strong and weak,
rigid and tender, 
heaven and earth,
light and darkness,
thunder and lightning,
cold and warmth, 
good and evil...
the interplay of opposite principles
constitutes the universe.


To confront a man
with his own shadow
is to show him his own light.

Carl Jung







You yourself are participating
in the evil, or you are not alive. 
Whatever you do is evil for somebody. 
This is one of the ironies
of the whole creation.

Joseph Campbell.


One gets glimpses,
even in our country,
of that which is ageless --
heavy thought in the face of an infant,
and frolic childhood in that of a very old man.

C. S. Lewis


If my devils are to leave me, 
I am afraid that my angels will take flight as well.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1907)



New territory...


Nothing endures but change.



No one, but no one, ever -- not ever --
moves into new territory easily.

Homer Olsen, paraphrased.


One may not reach the dawn
save by the path of the night.
Kahlil Gibran


The only way around is through.

Robert Frost







There comes a time
when the risk to remain tight in the bud
was more painful than
the risk it took to blossom. 
Anais Nin





Even in our sleep,
pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
until, in our own despair,
against our will,
comes wisdom
through the awful grace of God.

quoted by Robert F.  Kennedy 
in Spring, 1968, 
on the occasion of 
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s  assassination , 
and referring back to his brother', J
FK's assassination 5 years earlier.
Within a few months, 
Bobby himself was assassinated 
upon winning the  California 
Democratic Presidential primary.







You wish to see? 
Listen; hearing is a step toward vision.

Manfred Eicher
(founder and producer, ECM Records)

Wisdom is the reward you get
for a  lifetime of listening 
when you'd have preferred  to  talk
Doug Larson

How do I know what I think
until I hear what I say?

Francis Crick


Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. 
When we listen to it, we find it fascinating.

John Cage







  • On the desk before which I sit lies a sheet of paper. If I have in mind to make some notes on the paper for my
    manuscript, I see the paper in terms of its whiteness; has it already been scribbled upon? If my intention is to
    fold it into a toy plane for my grandson, I see the paper in its sturdiness. Or if my intention is to draw a picture
    on it, I see the rough, course grained texture of the paper inviting my pencil and promising to make my lines
    bore interesting.
    …. Such is the amazingly intimate interrelation of my subjective experience with what goes on in the objective world:
    I cannot perceive something until I can conceive of it. Professor Donald Snygg has reminded us of that memorable
    event when the people in a primitive society were unable to see Captain Cook’s ship when it sailed into their harbor
    because they had no word, no symbol, for such a ship.

        What they did perceive I do not know – possibly a cloud or an animal;
    but at least it was something they did have a symbol for….

    The word “conceive” is used in our society to mean to become pregnant, and the analogy is not inappropriate.
    For the act of perceiving also requires the capacity to bring something in one’s self; if one cannot, or for some
    reason is not ready, to bring to birth in himself some position, some stance toward what he is seeing, he
    cannot perceive it.

    Rollo May, Love and Will (1969)

    The pleasure a man gets from a landscape would [not] last long
    if he were convinced a priori that the forms and colors he sees
    are just forms and colors, that all structures in which they play a role
    are purely subjective and have no relation whatsoever
    to any meaningful order or totality, that they simply and necessarily express nothing....
    No walk through the landscape is necessary any longer;
    and thus the very concept of landscape as experienced by a pedestrian
    becomes meaningless and arbitrary.  Landscape deteriorates altogether into landscaping.

    Max Horkheimer, The Eclipse of Reason (1947)  via Doug Linder



  • We know what it is to get out of bed on a freezing morning in a room without a fire, and 
    how the very vital principle within us protests against the idea. Probably most persons 
    have lain certain mornings for an hour at a time unable to brace themselves to the resolve. 
    We think how late we shall be, how the duties of the day [on Harvard's psychology faculty] 
    will suffer; we say, “I must get up, this is ignominious,” and so on. But still the warm couch 
    feels too delicious, and the cold outside too cruel, and resolution faints away and 
    postpones itself again and again just as it seemed on the verge of the decisive act. 
    Now how do we ever get up under such circumstances? If I may generalize from my own 
    experience, we more often than not get up without any struggle or decision at all. We 
    suddenly find that we have got up. A fortunate lapse of consciousness occurs, we forget 
    both the warmth and the cold; we fall into some reverie connected with the day’s life, 
    in the course of which the idea flashes across us, “Hollo! I must lie here no longer” – 
    an idea which at that lucky instant awakes no contradictory or paralyzing suggestions, and consequently 
    produces immediately its appropriate motor effects. It was our acute consciousness of both the warmth 
    and the cold during the period of struggle which paralyzed our activity….
  • This case seems to me to contain in miniature form the data for an entire psychology of volition.
    William James, Principles of Psychology (1890)


    Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together;
    and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will,
    we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.

    William James


    Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past was different than it was.

    Terrie Pierce


    Your own lights..








    There is something in every one of you that waits and listens
    for the sound of the genuine in yourself. 
    It is the only true guide you will ever have. 
    And if you cannot hear it,
    you will all of your life spend your days
     on the ends of  strings that somebody else pulls.

    Howard Thurman



    .... It’s like the story of the old rabbi who lay upon his deathbed as the final hour drew near.  His name was Zushya and he had lived a long enough life.  He was a holy man who had studied scholarly texts and taught others for many years....  More than that, he was revered and loved by his students for his honesty and for his wit.

    Now that his time had come, his faithful students gathered around to share in his final moments.  With characteristic honesty, the old teacher ... explained that with the hour of death approaching he feared having to face God.  “I am afraid, “he said, “of God’s final justice.  I fear that I will be punished in the world to come.”

    The students were shocked; how could such a thing be possible?  Their teacher was an exceptional religious leader who had taught them generously and guided them wisely.  Now, the students began to reassure the teacher: “Rabbi you are a pure and righteous man.  You have shown the leadership of Abraham, the courage of Jacob, the vision of Moses, and the moral fortitude of the greatest prophets.  What do you have to fear in facing God?

    With his final breath
    Zushya replied to his students, “I am not afraid that God will ask me, ‘Zushya why were you not more like Abraham?  Why were you not more like Moses?’  I can answer honestly that I did not have the god-given abilities of Abraham or the talents of Moses.  But, if God asks me, Zushya, why were you not more like Zushya?For that I have no answer at all!”  In so saying, Zushya passed into the world that waits beyond this one.

    Death, they used to say, is a great teacher and often great teachers will use their own death as a final lesson on life.  The final exam turns out to have but a single question and it involves the specifics of life rather than some generalities of religion or philosophy.  People go about asking: What is the meaning of life?  In believing there is some general answer they miss the fine point.  Since each life is specific and cannot help but be so, a better question would be: What is the meaning in my life?

    In facing the end openly, it became clear to the old teacher what the divine was interested in all along.  While you had the chance to live, did you become your true self?  Having received the gift of life, did you learn the nature of your gifts and the purpose of them?  Have you lived the life that was given to you or substituted some general model or abstract ideal?  If each has but the one life to live, then there will be but one thing in question when the time for living comes to an end…

    Teaching from Reb Zushya at his death
    as told by Michael Meade





    If you expect someone else to guide you, you'll be lost.

    James Earl Jones

    Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

    Albert Einstein

    If they give you lined paper, write the other way...

    Juan Ramon Jimenez

    The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; 
    the  unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  
    Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
    George Bernard Shaw
    Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen 
    and thinking what nobody has thought. 
    John Archibald Wheeler , American J. of Physics 1978

    Knowledge dwells
    In heads replete with thoughts of other men;
    Wisdom in minds attentive to their own.

    William Cowper, 1785



    Wisdom is not communicable. 
    The real wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish. 
    Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. 
    One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.

    Hermann Hesse

    (This is one of several quotations on these pages drawn from the collections of my dear friend Michael Maggio
    who, like me, must take a mixed view of Hesse's observation here
    since he too is an avid collector of quotations that convey wisdom, among other things.
    One of Maggio's wonderful collections is:
    Quotations for a Man's Soul (1998).)


    "You don't choose a life, dad. You live one.”

    Emilio Estevez, in The Way (2011)




    The collective unconsciousness seems to be not a person,
    but something like an unceasing stream or perhaps ocean of images and figures,
    which drift into consciousness in our dreams or in abnormal states of mind.
    I understood that there is something in me which can say things that I do not know and do not intend,
    things which may even be directed against me.

    Carl Jung





    You can never step in the same river twice.


    Life is what happens when you are making other plans.

    John Lennon
    (shortly before he was murdered)


    The more intelligence one has the more people one finds original. 
    Commonplace people see no difference between men.

    Blaise Pascal, 1669


    A widely-read man never quotes accurately,
    for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely.

    Hesketh Pearson, Common Misquotations (1934)



    As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality,
    they are not certain.   And as far as they are certain,
    they do not refer to reality.

     Albert Einstein




    The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Happiness if a form of courage

    Holbrook Jackson

    As I've gotten older, I find I am able to be nourished more
    by sorrow and to distinguish it from depression.

    Robert Bly

    The soul needs actually more rest than the body
    and it could be that our restless soul is at the basis of all of our physical ills.

    quoted by Eleanor Futscher


    You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world,
    that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature,
    but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.

    Franz Kafka


    It's never too late to become what you might have been.
    Georg Eliott (thanks to Lisa Gilford)

    Accept the fact that you are accepted, despite the fact that you are unacceptable.

    Paul Tillich, defining “Grace”, in his Shaking the Foundations

    The Western Idea of practice is to acquire a skill.  It is very much related to your work ethic, 
    which enjoins us to endure struggle or boredom now in return for future rewards.  The Eastern idea 
    of practice, on the other hand, is to create the person, or  rather to actualize or reveal the complete 
    person who is already there….  Not only is practice necessary to art, it is art.

    Stephen Nachmanovitch, in Free Play (1990)




    A really intelligent man feels what other men only know.
    Baron de Montesquieu, 1736

    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing….    
    But, then, so is a lot.   
    Albert. Einstein

    Many people would sooner die than think.  In fact they do.
    Bertrand Russell


    I do not know what I may appear to the world,
    but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore,
    and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary,
    whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

    Isaac Newton


    Most people are other people.  Their thoughts are someone else's opinions,
    their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

    Oscar Wilde

    A bore is a person who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
    Gian Gravina




    It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

    Oliver Wendell Holmes

    A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat.

    Katherine Whitehorn


    Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
    Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
    It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
    We ask ourselves, who are we to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
    Actually, who are you not to be? You playing small doesn't serve the world.
    There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so other people won't feel insecure around you.....
    And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
    As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others!           

    Marianne Williamson,  A Return to Love 
    famously attributed to Nelson Mandela's 1994 Inauguration Speech,
    though Mandela apparently
    never used the quote in his speeches




    Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed,
    and in such desperate enterprises?  
    If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
    perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer:
    Let him step to the music which he hears,
    however measured or far away.                                                                    

    Henry David Thoreau



    These next 2 passages  on the Balanced Life were also encountered on Doug Linder's site



    This at least seems to me the main problem for philosophers....How can we contrive to be at once astonished at the world and yet at home in it?  How can this world give us at once the fascination of a strange town and the comfort and honour of being our own town?....We need this life of practical romance; the combination of something that is strange with something that is secure.  We need to view the world as to combine an idea of wonder and an idea of welcome.  We need to be happy in this wonderland without being once merely comfortable. 

    G. K. Chesterton 


    Healthy personality involves a balance between receptivity and manipulation, between wonder and action....The unity of the authentic life is plural; its wisdom lies in understanding the necessity for the changing moments and seasons of life....Wisdom comes, usually with age, when a man can look back over his years and realize that there is an economy to the seasons of life.  He see that the times of strife, suffering, and waiting which seemed so difficult to endure were as necessary to the formation of personality as the times of love, joy, and ecstasy.  To love and accept the self as it is, is to accept all the moments that formed it. 

    Sam Keen, Apology for Wonder (1969)



    It is possible that the contemplation of cruelty will not make us humane but cruel;
    that the reiteration of the badness of our spiritual condition will make us consent to it.

    Lionel Trilling


    Time is what prevents everything from happening at once. 
    Lately it doesn't seem to be working....
    Albert von Szent-Gyorgy
    Barack might be thinking this right about now, 5/09 : 
    from punditkitchen.com 



    The Ku tribe have a tradition that a convicted murderer will be bound
    and thrown into the lake to drown.   The victim's family have two choices -
    they can either swim out to save him, or they can let him drown.
    If they let him drown, they will have their vengeance, but their grief
    will haunt them the rest of their lives. If they swim out to save him, their grief
    will be easier for they will have found out that the world is inherently unjust.
    Vengeance is a lazy form of grief.

    The Drowning Man Ritual, a mythical custom, per
    "Sylvia Broome" (played by Nicole Kidman) in The Interpreter (2005), 
    written by  Charles Randolph, Scott Frank & Steven Zaillian


    "What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world."
    Albert Einstein, remarking to his assistant, Ernst Straus 


          Icarus  (see my:" Parts of a Spiritual Journey")


           ....  Meanwhile Daedalus, hating Crete, and his long exile, and filled with a desire to stand on his native soil, was imprisoned by the waves. ‘He may thwart our escape by land or sea’ he said ‘but the sky is surely open to us: we will go that way: Minos rules everything but he does not rule the heavens’. So saying he applied his thought to new invention and altered the natural order of things. He laid down lines of feathers, beginning with the smallest, following the shorter with longer ones, so that you might think they had grown like that, on a slant. In that way, long ago, the rustic pan-pipes were graduated, with lengthening reeds. Then he fastened them together with thread at the middle, and bees’-wax at the base, and, when he had arranged them, he flexed each one into a gentle curve, so that they imitated real bird’s wings. His son, Icarus, stood next to him, and, not realising that he was handling things that would endanger him, caught laughingly at the down that blew in the passing breeze, and softened the yellow bees’-wax with his thumb, and, in his play, hindered his father’s marvellous work.

            When he had put the last touches to what he had begun, the artificer balanced his own body between the two wings and hovered in the moving air. He instructed the boy as well, saying Let me warn you, Icarus, to take the middle way, in case the moisture weighs down your wings, if you fly too low, or if you go too high, the sun scorches them. Travel between the extremes. And I order you not to aim towards Bootes, the Herdsman, or Helice, the Great Bear, or towards the drawn sword of Orion: take the course I show you!’ At the same time as he laid down the rules of flight, he fitted the newly created wings on the boy’s shoulders. While he worked and issued his warnings the ageing man’s cheeks were wet with tears: the father’s hands trembled.

            He gave a never to be repeated kiss to his son, and lifting upwards on his wings, flew ahead, anxious for his companion, like a bird, leading her fledglings out of a nest above, into the empty air. He urged the boy to follow, and showed him the dangerous art of flying, moving his own wings, and then looking back at his son. Some angler catching fish with a quivering rod, or a shepherd leaning on his crook, or a ploughman resting on the handles of his plough, saw them, perhaps, and stood there amazed, believing them to be gods able to travel the sky.

            And now Samos, sacred to Juno, lay ahead to the left (Delos and Paros were behind them), Lebinthos, and Calymne, rich in honey, to the right, when the boy began to delight in his daring flight, and abandoning his guide, drawn by desire for the heavens, soared higher. His nearness to the devouring sun softened the fragrant wax that held the wings: and the wax melted: he flailed with bare arms, but losing his oar-like wings, could not ride the air. Even as his mouth was crying his father’s name, it vanished into the dark blue sea, the Icarian Sea, called after him. The unhappy father, now no longer a father, shouted ‘Icarus, Icarus where are you? Which way should I be looking, to see you?’ ‘Icarus’ he called again. Then he caught sight of the feathers on the waves, and cursed his inventions. He laid the body to rest, in a tomb, and the island was named Icaria after his buried child.


    The Myth of  Daedalus and Icarus
    Bk VIII:183-235



    Food for the mind is like food for the body: the inputs are never the same as the outputs.  
    Marshall McLuhan

    The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well.

    Alfred Adler



    There is also in us the maverick, the darling stubborn one who won't listen, who insists, who chooses preference or the spirited guess over yardsticks or even history.  I suspect this maverick is somewhat what the soul is, or at least that the soul lives close by.

    Mary Oliver, Long Life and Other Essays.


    I never have found the perfect quote.
    At best I have been able to find a string of quotations
    which merely circle the ineffable idea I seek to express.

    Caldwell O'Keefe




    Ways to Rethink Fear

    Frances Moore Lappe and Jeffrey Perkins

    Fear means danger.  Something's wrong.
    I must seek safety.

      Fear is pure energy.  It's a signal
    that  could mean stop or could mean go.

    If I stop what I'm doing, I'll be lost. 
    I'll never start again

      Sometimes we have to stop in order to find our path.

    I have to figure it all out before I can do anything

      We don't have to believe we can do it. 
    Showing up, even with fear, has power.

    If I act on what I believe, conflict will break out. 
    I'll be humiliated and ineffective

      Conflict means engagement.  Something is in motion. 
    It is an opening, not a closing.

    Our greatest fears are our worst enemies;
    they hold us back.

      Our worst fears are our greatest teachers.
    If I'm really myself, I'll be excluded and alone forever.
      To find real connection, we must risk disconnection. 
    Our courage draws others toward us.
    I'm just a drop in the bucket. 
    My effort might make me feel better, but it won't help.
      Every time we act, even with fear,
    we help others to do the same.  Courage is contagious.



    The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
    Chinese Proverb

    Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart
    and try to love the questions themselves
    as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.    
    Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now,
    because you  would not be able to live them.
    And the point is, to live everything.
    Live the questions  now.
    Perhaps then, someday far in the future,
    you will gradually, without even noticing it,
    live your  way into the answer.

    Rainer Maria Rilke,
    From Letters to a Young Poet


    The sacred demands the violation of what is normally the object of terrified respect.
    Georges Battaille

    Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies.
    Leon Trotsky

    When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, 
    that it doesn't have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how 
    much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space. Your world seems less solid, more 
    roomy and spacious. The burden lightens. In the beginning it might feel like sadness or a shaky feeling, 
    accompanied by a lot of fear, but your willingness to feel the fear, to make fear your companion, is 
    growing. You're willing to get to know yourself at this deep level. After a while this same feeling begins 
    to turn into a longing to raze all the walls, a longing to be fully human and to live in your world without 
    always having to shut down and close off when certain things come along. It begins to turn into a longing 
    to be there for your friends when they're in trouble, to be of real help to this poor, aching planet. Curiously 
    enough, along with this longing and this sadness and this tenderness, there's an immense sense of well-being,
    unconditional well-being, which doesn't have anything to do with pleasant or unpleasant, good or bad, hope 
    or fear, disgrace or fame. It's something that simply comes to you when  you feel that you can keep your 
    heart open.

    Pema Chodrun, Start Where You Are,1994



    Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever.  
    Leon Trotsky


    Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe
    that something inside them was superior to circumstance

    Bruce Barton


    Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime;
    therefore we must be saved by hope.
    Nothing true or beautiful makes complete sense
    in any immediate context of history;
    therefore we must be saved by faith.
    Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone;
    therefore, we are saved by love.

    Reinhold Niebuhr

    "What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for liberty of the world,
    who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage..."

    Bruce Barton


    Is teann gach madra gearr i ndoras a thi fein :
    Every terrier (little dog) is brave in its own doorway.

    Irish Proverb  (thanks to Mari)








    You can discover what your enemy fears most
    by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

    Eric Hoffer

    It is a terrible, inexorable law
    that one cannot deny the humanity of another
    without diminishing one's own:
    in the face of one's victim, one sees oneself.

    James Baldwin

    The  Hierarchy Of Human Needs:  

    1.    Safety     (to-day’s food, clothing, shelter )
    2.    Security    (future physical requirements under control)
    3.    Self / Other esteem
    4.    To love and be loved
    5.    Self-actualization      ( living your role )
    6.    Need to ‘KNOW’    ( vs. fear of knowing )
    7.    Realization of universal harmony, balance and order and participation therein.

    Abraham Maslow




    Miscellaneous Short Quotes

    You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
    Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

    There is more to life than increasing its speed. 
     An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
    The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. 
    Abraham Lincoln 

    There’s many a slip twixt the cup and the lip.
    Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac,
    wisdom often quoted by Morris J. Winokur


    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity,  
    and I'm not sure about the former. 
    Albert Einstein
    We should take care not to make the intellect our god; 
    it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
    Albert Einstein, Out of My Later Years, 1950



    The only road to strength is through vulnerability.
    Stephen Nachmanovitch, in Free Play (1990) 

    Fame is a vapor, popularity is an accident and money takes wings. All that endures is character.  Don't 
    cry for me when I go. You'll hold me back on my journey. How deep is my thought? So deep that it 
    can be mistaken for being cold and distant."

    Forrest Sanford

    He’s not prolific, he’s incontinent.

    David Brooks, New York Times Book Review, January 13, 2002; 
    reviewing Hon. Richard Posner’s Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline,
    rating and applying ‘economic analysis’ to explain the dearth of true intellectuals’
    in postmodern America, and their propensity toward  ‘crude  rationicination’.

    Either he's dead or my watch has stopped.

    Groucho Marx

    They sicken of the calm, who know the storm.

    Dorothy Parker

    There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.




    ... and some Yogi Berra classics:

    "It's like deja vu all over again."

    "Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical."

    "Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded."

    "So I'm ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face."

    "Take it with a grin of salt."

    "The game's isn't over until it's over."

    "The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase."

    "You can observe a lot just by watching."

    "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

    "I never said most of the things I said."