It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
— Charles Darwin
We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.
— Agnes Repplier, Americans and Others, 1912
I love life…Yeah, I’m sad, but at the same time, I’m really happy that something could make me feel that sad. It’s like…It makes me feel alive, you know. It makes me feel human. The only way I could feel this sad now is if I felt something really good before. So I have to take the bad with the good. So I guess what I’m feeling is like a beautiful sadness.
— Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Raisins, 2003
There’s no easy way out. If there were, I would have bought it. And believe me, it would be one of my favorite things!
— Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, February 2005
People who are ‘ready’ give off a different vibe than people who aren’t. Animals can smell fear; maybe that’s it. The minute you become ready is the the minute you stop dreaming. Suddenly it’s no longer about ‘becoming’. Suddenly it’s about ‘doing’.
— Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
— Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1890
If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
— Benjamin Franklin
God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
— Mother Teresa
To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given the chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy. As everyone else, I love to dunk my crust in it. But alone, it is not a diet designed to keep body and soul together.
— Bette Davis, The Lonely Life, 1962
If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams – the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
— Robert Southey
If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.
— Robert Fritz
Aside: Working at Northwestern University, I know all about this phenomenon.
(noun) 1. Afternoon.
College Student A: "I don’t have the money right now, can I pay you back tomorrow?"
College Student B: "Sure, just come by tomorrow morning."
College Student A: "Okay!"
THE NEXT DAY, 9 AM
College Student A: "Hey, I have your money!"
College Student B: (waking up) "Goddamn it, I meant COLLEGE MORNING."
Category: Wednesday Wordplay