Wednesday Wordplay: from Ashe to Updike

 

henry winkler as the fonz - happy days Assumptions are the termites of relationships.
            — Henry Winkler
 
     
  The arts must be considered an essential element of education… They are tools for living life reflectively, joyfully and with the ability to shape the future.
            — Shirley Trusty Corey
 
     
  Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.
            — Arthur Ashe
arthur ashe postage stamp
     
  I simply cannot understand the passion that some people have for making themselves thoroughly uncomfortable and then boasting about it afterwards.
            — Patricia Moyes
 
     
Georgia O'Keefe I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me – shapes and ideas so near to me – so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn’t occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.
            — Georgia O’Keeffe
 
     
  Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
            — Thomas A. Edison
 
     
  Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
            — Bill Gates
young Bill Gates
     
  Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
            — Theodore Roosevelt, September 1913
 
     
John Updike Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
            — John Updike
 
     
  If you’re never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.
            — Julia Sorel
 
     
  If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.
            — Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford actress
     
  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, September 8, 2003
 
     
David Shore House MD Only two things you ignore: things that aren’t important and things you wish weren’t important, and wishing never works.
            — David Shore, House M.D., Not Cancer, 2008
 
     

 

Urban Dictionary

 

Audience Typing

When a person’s typing abilities degrade when they must type in front of others, leading to misspelled words, improper capitalisation and most likely resulting in blushing.  Worse if that other person is an older relative or someone you respect.

Father asks, "Put Manchester United into Google there for me"
Son, "Sure"
Results in – "Manchetser UNited" being typed into Google.

        
        

Wednesday Wordplay – Cher before Bette Davis

Inspirational Quotes

A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind.
            — Leon Tec, M.D.

If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life.
            — Cher

The real power behind whatever success I have now was something I found within myself – something that’s in all of us, I think, a little piece of God just waiting to be discovered.
            — Tina Turner, O Magazine, December 2003

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
            — Frank Lloyd Wright

In love, one and one are one.
            — Jean-Paul Sartre

Out of the strain of the Doing,
Into the peace of the Done.
            — Julia Louise Woodruff, ‘Harvest Home,’ Sunday at Home, 1910

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.
            — John Updike, Problems and Other Stories

It has been my experience that one cannot, in any shape or form, depend on human relations for lasting reward. It is only work that truly satisfies.
            — Bette Davis, The Lonely Life, 1962

We must accept that this creative pulse within us is God’s creative pulse itself.
            — Joseph Chilton Pearce

If you take a pill to make everything better, then you don’t know when things are fucked up. If you don’t know when things are fucked up, then you can’t fix it yourself.
            — Alexa Junge, United States of Tara, Snow, 2009

I used to think of all the billions of people in the world, and of all those people, how was I going to meet the right ones? The right ones to be my friends, the right one to be my husband. Now I just believe you meet the people you’re supposed to meet.
            — Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, The Quest, 1995

Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
            — Mark Twain

 

Urban Dictionary

Elf-Esteem

The feeling of being overworked, underappreciated and like you don’t exist to others during the holidays while in actuality the season’s success depends on you.
The sense of being 3 feet small when others would view you in high stature if they realized all you do to make the holiday’s happen.

I think Hermey is having some elf-esteem issues. He’s pulling the stuffing out of all the teddy bears.

Short story long

Something that could have been told in a more concise way but is dragged out because the teller doesn’t know how to tell a story. It’s a play on the annoying clarifier, "Long story short," people use to sum up a digression, which really never seems to be that short anyway. So instead you say the opposite.

So I was walking into the store the other day, I wanted to get some aspirin because I had this massive headache and I walked down aisle four but they only had Tylenol but that doesn’t work and I went to the counter and short story long this guy was holding up the store!