Recent quotes, as selected by a reader

There is nothing better than hearing from a reader who follows my thoughts and goals more closely than myself. This week I received an email from a reader who informed me that she had been collecting some recent quotes on the blog for use in my pursuit to get published in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, a goal that I had written about last year and then forgotten.


So nice to have others keeping you on track.

Her suggestions include:

  1. Brevity is the sou
  2. Lost potential is difficult to measure and convenient to ignore.
  3. I wrote term papers as a means of flirting with girls.
  4. There is little room for hurt feelings in my most treasured friendships,
  5. Ambiguity in the possible death of a character is an act of cowardice on the writer’s part.
  6. I spend many of my evenings struggling to stay alive.
  7. Don’t let anyone fool you.  Death is hardest on the dead.
  8. Passive-aggressive, indirect, and anonymous are three of my least favorite qualities in any form of communication.

Add this to a list that I posted in March of last year:

  1. Nothing convinces me about the stupidity of human beings more than driving in the vicinity of the mall on a Saturday.
  2. I am more impressed with the quality of a person’s questions than with the quality of their answers.
  3. It is all about me, but you’re welcome to occupy space.
  4. Spock said that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, but what if the many are all incredibly stupid?
  5. You can determine the effectiveness of a teacher by the frequency by which you can enter the classroom and speak to the teacher without grinding learning to a halt.
  6. If you are not delegating enough, you are not lazy enough.

If you have strong feeling in terms of any of these quotations, please let me know. And if you know anyone working for Bartlett’s, even better.