Wednesday Wordplay: Bono, Euripides, Samuel Beckett

Motivational Quotes



There’s the country of America, which you have to defend, but there’s also the idea of America. America is more than just a country, it’s an idea. An idea that’s supposed to be contagious.
           — Bono, Oprah Winfrey Show, 2002


The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.
           — Euripides


Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
           — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Pan American Day, April 15, 1939

It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.
           — Phillip Adams


martha stewart 

Life is too complicated not to be orderly.
           — Martha Stewart, quoted in Harper’s Bazaar



In summer, the song sings itself.
           — William Carlos Williams

samuel beckett 

Ever tried?   Ever failed?   No Matter, try again, fail again.  Fail better.
           — Samuel Beckett

Acquire inner peace and a multitude will find their salvation near you.
           — Catherine de Hueck Doherty

Wednesday Wordplay: Ruben Studdard, Oprah and FDR

Motivational Quotes



People don’t have to like or support you, so you always have to say thank you.
           — Ruben Studdard, Seventeen Magazine, Sept 2003



A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.
           — James A. Garfield



Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.
           — Horace Mann



I’d heard it all the time, ‘Live in the moment.’ But if I did that, I’d weigh more than a dump truck. Losing weight wasn’t about the moment at all; it was about having faith in the future. It was about knowing there would be another meal in a few hours.
           — Stephanie Klein, Moose, 20


oprah-winfrey It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn – which is what life is all about.
           — Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Magazine, May 2004



The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
           — Arthur C. Clarke



Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
           — Franklin D. Roosevelt




Urban Dictionary


mattress worship

Refers to the decision to stay in bed when you are too tired to get up and go to church.
Example: Wally doesn’t go to church; he prefers mattress worship.


Fans of the TV show Glee, which first aired in May 2009.

Example: We’re such Gleeks, we’ve seen every episode twice.