Wednesday Wordplay – Oprah and South Park

Inspirational Quotes

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

 

 

Urban Dictionary

Aside: Working at Northwestern University, I know all about this phenomenon. 

college morning

(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."

Wednesday Wordplay – Gogh and Cho

Motivational Quotes

I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.
            — Vincent van Gogh

When people think the world of you, be careful with them.
            — Margaret Cho, Margaret Cho Blog, 09-26-05

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
            — Brendan Gill

The highest result of education is tolerance.
            — Helen Keller, Optimism,’ 1903

I define comfort as self-acceptance. When we finally learn that self-care begins and ends with ourselves, we no longer demand sustenance and happiness from others.
            — Jennifer Louden

Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
            — William Faulkner

Whoever does not love his work cannot hope that it will please others.
            — Unknown

Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.
            — Marcus Valerius Martialis

Words are a heavy thing…they weigh you down.  If birds talked, they couldn’t fly.
            — Sy Rosen and Christian Williams, Northern Exposure, On Your Own, 1992

Part of understanding the creative urge is understanding that it’s primal. Wanting to change the world is not a noble calling, it’s a primal calling.
            — Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 17, 08-22-04

The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.
            — Saint Jerome

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
            — Abraham Lincoln

I like coincidences. They make me wonder about destiny, and whether free will is an illusion or just a matter of perspective. They let me speculate on the idea of some master plan that, from time to time, we’re allowed to see out of the corner of our eye.
            — Chuck Sigars, The World According to Chuck weblog, September 8, 2003

 


Urban Dictionary

 

stealth abs

When your ripped six pack is covered by a thick layer of fat.

This isn’t a beer belly, it’s my stealth abs. I just needed to avoid attracting too many ladies with my well defined stomach.

mirror scare

the specific scene in a movie where a person is scared by something seen in the mirror. (see video below)

Wednesday Wordplay: Benjamin Franklin’s fear of Santa

Inspirational Quotes

The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.
            — Dee Hock

Never criticize a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.
            — Native American Proverb

Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.
            — Benjamin Franklin

One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises one makes.
            — Friedrich Nietzsche

If I had my life to live over… I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
            — Nadine Stair

It is cruel to discover one’s mediocrity only when it is too late.
            — W. Somerset Maugham, ‘Of Human Bondage’, 1915

Everybody is too busy with their own lives to give a damn about your book, painting, screenplay etc, especially if you haven’t sold it yet. And the ones that aren’t, you don’t want in your life anyway.
            — Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 22. Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.

 

Urban Dictionary – words for the Holidays

Gift Parasite – A person who adds their name to a gift tag in order to claim partial credit for giving the gift.

I’m totally broke so I had to be a gift parasite and sign on that present you’re giving Grandma.

santaclaustrophobia – fear of too many santa clauses

He felt a bout of santaclaustrophobia coming upon him as the holiday season approached.

Wednesday Wordplay: Liberace believes in you

A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.
            — Phyllis Mcginley

Abundance is, in large part, an attitude.
            — Sue Patton Thoele

Your idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours alone. The more the idea is yours alone, the more freedom you have to do something really amazing. The more amazing, the more people will click with your idea. The more people click with your idea, the more it will change the world.
            — Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 2, 08-22-04

Nobody will believe in you unless you believe in yourself.
         
  — Liberace

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.
            — Thomas J. Watson

Wednesday wordplay – Warren Buffett and Hugh Macleod

Nice quotes

In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
            — Warren Buffett

Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside.
            — Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 13, 08-22-04

Wednesday word-play

Quotes we Like

I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.
            — Leo Rosten  

(aside: This is pertinent, considering those that believe that Obama was born in Kenya, or that their will be death panels if the health bill passes)

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
            — Dr. Seuss

This above all: to thine own self be true; And it must follow, as the night the day; Thou canst not then be false to any man.
            — William Shakespeare, ‘Hamlet,’ Act I, Scene iii

The creative person basically has two kinds of jobs: One is the sexy, creative kind. Second is the kind that pays the bills. Sometimes the task in hand covers both bases, but not often. This tense duality will always play center stage. It will never be transcended.
            — Hugh Macleod,
How To Be Creative: 7. Keep your day job

Mountains inspire awe in any human person who has a soul. They remind us of our frailty, our unimportance, of the briefness of our span upon this earth. They touch the heavens, and sail serenely at an altitude beyond even the imaginings of a mere mortal.
            — Elizabeth Aston, The Exploits & Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy, 2005