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Quotes Kick Serious Ass!!!!!

I love great quotes....

I mean I really love them.

Sometimes when I get all content and don't have much motivation to get up and do it better than I did it yesterday I can go to The Quotations Page and get inspired to kick ass by something someone else said.

One of my favorites of all time and one that applies to specific situation in my life right now is by
General George S Patton:

"A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week."

Think about that, I truly think it is possible to waste an enormous amount of valuable time trying to make a plan perfect. I am not saying dive in without a plan, neither was the good General, just don't over think it. Sometimes people continue to plan because they are actually scared of taking the steps that need to be taking to put the plan into action.


Ok here's the challenge. Fill the comments section up with quotes and a 3 sentence or less explanation of why the quote is killer!!!

Motivational, funny, derogatory, inspirational, whatever, no need for them all to be serious, just cut loose. There will a prize for the one I pick as the best.

Sidenote: we have no budget so the prize will most likely suck, but no kidding I will send a prize.


Just go to Google and search for quotes. Hopefully you can pull something from your brain, but Google is always there so use it.

Contest is over one week from today.


  1. I accept the challenge. Quotes rule. Are you accepting multiple submissions? Because I got nothing but time on my hands, homey.

  2. "It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid, than to open it and remove all doubt."
    -Mark Twain

    Just because Twain is the shit. And I've used that quote several times.

  3. Do you think you'll ever start living by it?

  4. Nora,

    You can submit 50,000 times if you want. Nice jab at Michelle.

    Mitchell good quote, kinda set yourself up for attack from Nora though.

  5. "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Thurman.

    This is the phrase I'm trying to live by. It is really hard for me because it is so easy to look out for others and do things for others. I'm not saying that is not a good thing, but if everyone worked at "coming alive" what would our family, our city, our county, the world be like....

  6. I like that, Nate. That's a good way to live.

    I'd like to bring things to a low-brow level now by quoting one of my heroines, Mae West:

    "Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.”

    I could go on and on with the bitchin' Mae West quotes, but I'll leave it at that.

    Like a bad kitty, I'll periodically bring back offerings to drop at the feet of this particular blog post until the contest is over.

  7. Nora,

    I dig the Mae West one, makes me think of specific people in my life who need shocked. That's what I really like about a good quote is when I can apply it to a specific instance or feeling or moment in my personal life.


    Gimme an example of something that has made you come alive or an example in someone elses life.

  8. As a union man there is one quote that I will never forget. And it's one that all these greedy politicians need to remember when they have to choose between lobbyists for large corporations who throw money around and doing what's right for the working class people of this country. "Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital and deserves much the higher consideration." -Abraham Lincoln

  9. And here's gem from a totally different kind of sassy dame from the black and white era.

    "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy."

    --Dorothy Parker

    This quote is great for obvious reasons. It's another favorite I trot out for occasions much like this. But these are just my warm ups. I'm still cruising around all my favorite haunts to find that definitive quote, those words to live by.

    Hey, Kevin, your quote kicked a metric ton of ass. I'm the daughter of a pipefitter and the wife of an elevator mechanic. The politics of labor/labor unions/big business and industry are worthy of its own blog post. (Hint hint, Cody. Come on, you know Mitchell and I like to get silly on SWC. And you do such a great job with the serious issues, getting everyone to respond. Indulge us!)

  10. One of my favorite quotes from the old days when I was still running was from Steve Prefontaine. Even though I was a sprinter and he was a distance runner, he was a pretty easy person to appreciate, because I think we were both more guts than talent. (He probably just had a little more of both than I did.)

    "A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more. Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy 2 miles. Not with me. If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself."

    If you don't know much about him, I'd suggest the movie "Without Limits." Don't get tricked into "Prefontaine," because it's pretty much the same story only it sucks. It's a pretty inspiring movie.

  11. Ok

    Mitchell came pretty good, I like that quote alot.

    Nora is toying with us. I love her funny, sassy quotes, but we all know she is toying with the rest of us and holding the big guns back until she sees how big she actually has to go.

    Scott, he came big, I have never heard that quote, not even sure who the guy is but it truly made me want to kick some ass today. People that think along those lines are the truly inspiring people in the world.

    To twist Scott's quote into my own personal thinking...
    Steve Prefontaine was making a statement about a discipline test, about living life as one big discipline test. It's not about winning it's about who has the most guts and is willing to leave all of their guts laying at the finish line when the day is over.But, absolutely no coincidence those folks usually win the race as well, am I right Scott?

    Nora and Mitchell, I am fully aware we haven't seen you best efforts yet, but without a doubt, Scott has you on the ropes.

    Kevin I loved your quote and it will most definitely lead to a future blog post (Nora, quit yelling at me) It didn't necessarily inspire me or pose a potential life lesson to me, but it definitely made me think and made me want to put my debating hat on and jump on the soapbox. So thank you for that.

  12. Ok Scott,

    I re-read it and it pissed me off...
    At myself.

    I used to live my life that way... in the Marines we all lived our lives that way. One big "I am tougher than you and completely willing to die proving it" fiasco.It made us literally the best in the world at what we did.

    I am making a few life changes right here and now and they will be my next blog post.

  13. Here's another sassy lady quote for you, but it ain't comedy:

    I have the wherewithal to challenge myself for my entire life. That's a great gift.
    --Twyla Tharp

    She's a dancer. Not that kind of dancer. She's, like, THE dancer. I bet SHE wouldn't get bored in Hutch.

  14. OK first things first, I say wherewithal some, but I was really ready to pull Nora's punk card on the spelling, but.. I checked it and I just learned how to really spell wherewithal from Nora.

    Nora, great quote, is it ok that I think the quote would be a little better if she was that kinda dancer??

    Nora has become a respected commenter, I may end it all right here when I say this....

    I have been Chicago, had the Hot Dog you speak of, I made it swim in ketchup then and I would do the same again.
    full story

  15. "If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much."

    -Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

    I love this quote of Jackie's - if only more parents applied this philosophy to their parenting style.

  16. I am also a lover of quotes. I think it's even more interesting how a quote that someone loves usually speaks of their personality traits. I'm not sure I can even give a specific example for each of the ones you submitted but I DO know that Cody's quote was very much in line with his work style, personality, etc.

    Now that I've said all of that... I'm wondering what my current favorite quote says about me.

    "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
    Thomas Edison

    Maybe it speaks to my "blue-collar" work style.

  17. Look out Scott, Jessica and Tamara are gunning for your ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Great quotes ladies thanks!!!!!!!

    You are both officially in the top ten now.

    OK Tamara can't win cause she is currently sleeping with the judge.

  18. Cody, I simply won't take the bait. Elizabeth Kenny once said,

    He who angers you conquers you.

    So, there. Sinner.

  19. Hey! Tamara should be able to compete. A good quote is a good quote. And if she wins, think of the postage you'll save on the prize.

  20. The only honest art form is laughter, comedy. You can't fake it... try to fake three laughs in an hour - ha ha ha ha ha - they'll take you away, man. You can't.

    Lenny Bruce

  21. “Why hate someone for the color of their skin when there are much better reasons to hate them.”
    “Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.”

    Denis Leary

  22. "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."
    ~ Will Rogers ~

  23. "In America any boy may become President and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes."
    ~ Adlai Stevenson ~

  24. Men can read maps better than women. Cause only the male mind could conceive of one inch equalling a hundred miles.
    ~ Roseanne Barr ~

  25. A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's. She changes it more often.
    ~ Oliver Herford ~

  26. And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.

    Friedrich Nietzsche

    My personal motto!!!

  27. Anonymous throws in some great ones, thanks.

  28. He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.


  29. Guess anonymous doesn't want a shot at the 'codytalks' decoder ring.

  30. I already have a Little Orphan Annie Secret Society decoder pin, it is pretty much the same. Except 15=Q!!!!

  31. God, give me chastity and moderation, but not yet.
    -- St. Augustine

  32. I am intrigued by the mysterious anonymous.

  33. "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
    Randy Paush (and I'm sure others)

    I envy you wordsmiths...that can spit out a quote or anecdote on the dime, just at the right time. That's never been me...I just blab on too long, which I'll do here I'm sure.

    I just recently heard a bit of this man's (Randy Paush) last lecture series at Carnegie Mellon and you can check it out on YouTube (search last lecture) and it really touched me, it would anyone. If Oprah hasn't had it on her show, I'm sure it's coming.

    I have been dealt great cards and am truly thankful for that but life happens. You never know what might happen tomorrow or what you'll have to you react to it and embrace it your choice.

    You can choose to live your life in a way that brings you happiness, no matter what cards are in your hand. Somedays, it's just harder than others to make that choice.

    He spit out another one too:
    Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you want.

  34. I forgot to say, the lecture is's more about the idea. How would you react if you found out you had 3-6 months to live? I heard somewhere that he's been making videos for his kids. I can't imagine.

    Feelings,'s all about the feelings!

  35. I have a great quote for you Cody. I know that your going to love it and I know that I am going to win the challenge. Here it goes: "Guns kill people like spoons made Rosie O'Donnell fat" Not sure who wrote it becuase I saw it on a bumper sticker. Now where's my prize???

  36. Renee is in the lead!!!!

    It might not last,she may get repassed by a previous quote, but I am laughing hard enough that she gets to temporarily carry the torch.

    Love ya Renee....

  37. Sarah,

    The whole Randy Paush thing...

    After I read your comment I went and watched him on You Tube again.

    I never realized but he may have been part of the reason I got off my ass and actually started this blog.

    He was one of the first episodes I caught (uh, was forced to watch by my wife) of Oprah on the 9:00 rerun thingy she started.

    Hard to find anything more inspiring in the world.

    As far as the quote... About the hand your dealt.

    I think it can be used 2 ways.

    1. Don't fight the things you can't change, focus on the good in what you have/can do. (Great Quote)

    2. My life sucks and I can't change it. (horrible Quote)

    I know which way you meant it, so...

    Your officially in the top twenty.

  38. A wise woman (Cody's grandmother) once told me - "Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win" or "If you are losing a tug-of war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm. You can always buy a new rope." I know it wasn't her's originally, but it was fitting for me at the time.

  39. OK My Mom just came with the big guns...

    First of 2 incredible quotes, secondly from my Grandma who was about 5'2" and could kick the crap out of all of us but wouldn't because she was just to cool.

    Not saying every one else is out of it, but the bar has been raised slightly.

  40. If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.
    - Margaret Thatcher

    This is just to get a little jab at Cody. I mean Margaret Thatcher got some things done.

    I'm a little behind on this competition. I'm looking for the come from behind hustle to the finish line.

  41. These days I have a poem by Marge Piercy that I am keeping in my calendar and on my computer. Don't fret, I'm not going to post the whole poem here.
    The title of the poem, is "To be of use" and it opens with...
    "The people I love best jump into work head first without dallying in the shadows."

    The poem is mostly about common yet hard work and how a person craves work that is real. As I am now wasting away behind a desk day after day, this poem reminds of the hard physical labor I used to do and how I miss it.

  42. This entry is less about the competition aspect and is way more about the coolness of Albert Einstein.

    "My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind." Albert Einstein

  43. Kate,

    Margaret Thatcher = Ass Kicker!! Love her, you got a little sexist there, we won't hold it against you.

    The poem click here for all of it
    is deep, maybe just a hair too deep for me and my male mind. I like it though and agree with the virtues of physical labor, sometimes.

    Nora, the Einstein quote is way better for the competition than you think. What if that quote was the basis for all Religions? "Instead of I am right and you are wrong!"

    What if those of us who believe in A God, said I believe but I don't really understand enough to even know if my beliefs are right.

    Another post.

  44. Ok Grandma rocked but this better win the prize - it's definitely the best - I'm sure "mom's can't win"...
    "The things you learn in maturity are not simple things such as acquiring information and skills. That's for kids. You learn not to engage in self-destructive behavior. You learn not to burn up energy in anxiety. You learn to manage your tensions, if you have any, which you do. You learn that self-pity and resentment are among the most toxic of drugs. You learn that the world loves talent but pays off on character.
    You learn that most people are neither for you nor against you, they are thinking about themselves. You learn that no matter how much you strive to please, there are some people in this world who are not going to love you, a lesson that is at first troubling and then really quite relaxing. "
    -John W. Gardner
    Good, huh... now you can all relax..

  45. Mom, comes with another great one, I should have made rules about relatives winning the prize. We now have the first official inner turmoil at

  46. Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.

    Homer Simpson

  47. Me Tarzan, You Jane.


  48. Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.

    Alexander Graham Bell

  49. “Lots of women tell me I'm their idol.”

    Jenna Jameson

  50. “Always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't go to yours”


  51. "What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.”

    Mahatma Ghandi

  52. “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

    George Bernard Shaw

  53. “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers”


    “The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.”


  54. “"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?”

    George Carlin

  55. “Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.”


  56. I want to be sedated!

    The Ramones

  57. “Goooooooood morning Vietnam! It's 0600 hours. What does the "O" stand for? O my God, it's early!”

    Robin Williams as Adrian Cronauer

  58. I guess anonymous is having fun in their own little way. Go ahead then, post away. No harm at all!

  59. "I was up above it. Now, I'm down in it."

    Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)

  60. I think when you run out of quotes and start just throwing lame lyrics out there, it's time to pack it up, buddy.

    Really, you're not playing the lottery, so I doubt all of these quotes will increase your chances at winning. Especially if you annoy the person running the contest.

  61. “I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me.”


    “The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”


    “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”


    “Freedom is something that dies unless it's used”

    Hunter S Thompson

  62. Best quote of the day

    "I think when you run out of quotes and start just throwing lame lyrics out there, it's time to pack it up, buddy.

    Really, you're not playing the lottery, so I doubt all of these quotes will increase your chances at winning. Especially if you annoy the person running the contest."


  63. I really thought there was some originality in those quotes. I took time to think of unique individuals, looked for some humorous, some serious, and some thought provoking expressions.

  64. Anonymous,

    you did great, you missed a big part of the point of the whole deal which was to kinda put a personality behind the people posting the quote and to be able to put some thought into future posts they have. Not much way to do that when you post as anonymous??? Pseudonyms are great, there are at least 3 regulars on here who don't use their really name and thats completley cool but we don't know if there are 51 different anonymouses or just one??

    No big deal just that there is no way for me to get prize to you or for the rest of us to tie the quotes back to anyone in the future?
    Again, we don't need your actual identity, really noone cares too much, just an identity so we can relate stuff.

    The quotes you posted were all awesome. Some of my all time favorites were in there.

    I really do love the George Bernard Shaw one.

  65. Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not.

    Oprah Winfrey


    When life gives you lemons, make lemonaide and then find someone whos life has given them Vodka and have a party.


    Karen quit reading that blog and get back to work.

    My Boss

  66. Karen Bananas comes huge,

    I love all 3 and the sense of humor with the original stuff is good for bonus points.


  67. Anonymity is very important to me, and I don't want to be recognized in public more than I already am.

    -Todd Solondz

    Is Todd Solondz your newest reader Cody?

  68. "Each of us must be the change we want to see in the world."
    --Mahatma Gandhi

    Simple, but hard somedays.
    This one just makes me feel enlightened...and so "Zenny."

    Just watched Juno and loved this one:

    "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 ass. That's the kind of person that's worth sticking with."
    --Mac McGuff

    Relationships are hard sometimes, but they're so much easier when you really know that you are with that person who loves you for you.

  69. "The reasonable man attempts to adapt himself to suit the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to suit himself. Therefore all progress depends upon the unreasonable man."

    George Bernard Shaw

    I find myself falling into both catagories. I tend more to be an unreasonable man though.
    Matt Z.

  70. This has been incredible, everyone has reaaly pulled some great quotes out. (Even anonymous!).

    Don't forget it's all over tomorrow...

    Not sure what time, I will decide that on the fly cause it's my website.

  71. “The visionary denies the truth to himself, the liar only to others”

    Friedrich Nietzsche

    Thanks, Freddy, for helping me justify my delusions. I find these are words to live by.

  72. "In order to transform our cities, we need to move from ego-culture to eco-culture."

    —Rusong Wang, President, Ecological Society of China

    Don't disregard this quote as just another greenie quote. What would this mean for us in pratical terms?

  73. I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.

    Edgar Allan Poe

  74. An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.

    T.S. Elliot

  75. A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake.

    Carl Sandburg

  76. Don't make the mistake of thinking that you have to agree with people and their beliefs to defend them from injustice.


    Many openly show discontentment with their looks, but few with their intelligence. I, however, assure you there are many more plain minds than faces.

    Bryant H McGill

  77. From now on Anonymous will go under the name Mr UnderHill

  78. All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.


    Blessed are they that have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.

    James Russell Lowell

  79. Haikus are Easy
    But sometimes they don't make sense


    More of a poem, still funny!

  80. I exist as I am, that is enough.

    Walt Whitman

  81. Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.

    Douglas MacArthur

  82. If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.

    M.H. Abrams

  83. No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.

    Roger Ebert

  84. Am I all alone on this quote thing?

    Mr Underhill

  85. That was a quote above, I said it.

  86. Mr Underhill,

    You have no idea how much I appreciate the name being applied. It makes the whole experience better.

    You are not alone, lot's of folks reading your submissions. ALL OF THEM.

    " Some people are like slinkys... not really good for anything but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs."

    No idea who said it and doesn't matter cause I can't win.

  87. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    Lady Liberty

  88. Oh, give me a home, where the buffalo roam, and I'll show you a messy house!!!

    Mr Underhill

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