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What is your favorite single-line quote?

Asked by bridold (638points) June 3rd, 2008

I love quotes of all kinds. I keep a journal of any quote that touches me or amuses me in some way. I also tend to use these quotes as subjects for my blog entries – therefore I would like to know your favorite single-line quotes!

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wildflower's avatar

“Stay hungry, stay foolish” – Steve Jobs

DeezerQueue's avatar

Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s taking action in the face of it.

I have no idea who said it, I heard it once and liked it.

brownlemur's avatar

“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”

—Anatole France

cheebdragon's avatar

“Bad spellers of the world untie!!”

jstringham21's avatar

“Life’s a garden…dig it.”

willbrawn's avatar

“you know why!” after hitting a guy in the balls. At the end of the movie “what happens in Vegas”

punkrockworld's avatar

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
-a cinderella story

cheebdragon's avatar

“A strong man stands up for himself, A stronger man stands up for others”
– Barnyard (my kid loves that movie LOL)

wizard's avatar

Is this the most-asked question on Fluther?

buster's avatar

“guilty until proven innocent.” and “skate til you bleed, drink til you puke!”

wildflower's avatar

Never say never

buster's avatar

uno mas cerveza por favor.

cheebdragon's avatar

“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me”
-Hunter S Thompson

cheebdragon's avatar

wizard~ probably, but people always love to answer it!

buster's avatar

your pretty when im drunk and im pretty f@$%*n drunk.

bridold's avatar

Thanks! These are all awesome. Keep ‘em coming!

robmandu's avatar

“My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.”

—Ronald Reagan, said during a radio microphone test, 1984

wildflower's avatar

“Nobody can prevent you from choosing to be exceptional.”—Mark Sanborn, The Fred Factor

wildflower's avatar

“If things seem under control, you’re just not going fast enough.”—Mario Andretti

wildflower's avatar

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” —Oscar Wilde

Les's avatar

“Big whirls have little whirls that feed on their velocity, and little whirls have lesser whirls and so on to viscosity.” L.F. Richardson.

I’m a geek.

wildflower's avatar

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”—Helen Keller

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”—Mary Oliver

AstroChuck's avatar

Question everything or believe anything.

row4food's avatar

“Life is beautiful; you just don’t know it yet.” -My high school rowing coach.

wizard's avatar

Die, or eat them.

jlm11f's avatar

I collect quotes too. Some of these I have mentioned in other questions, but here are some personal favorites from my list:

“Pain is a lesson, scars are your diploma.”
“Heaven won’t have me and hell is afraid I’ll take over”
“One day, your life will flash in front of your eyes… Make it worth watching”
“The woods are lovely, dark & deep. But I have promises to keep…and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.”
”“The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese”
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

Will you share some from your list so I can add to my collection too?

tupara's avatar

“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars; the rest I just squandered.”
– George Best.

blunckhouse's avatar

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
– Frank Zappa

cheebdragon's avatar

“I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world because they’d never see it coming”
~ Jack Handey ~

Bigtechdude's avatar

Game over man! ” Bill Paxton ” guess what movie.

cheebdragon's avatar

twister? Tombstone?

cheebdragon's avatar

I didnt know he was in that movie… Trip out! I like that show Big love.

Harp's avatar

Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers.-
Rainer Maria Rilke

goldilocks's avatar

“you dont have to know what you’re doing, you just have to LOOK LIKE you know what you’re doing”
– a director in a play I was in (referring to acting)

breedmitch's avatar

Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!
Auntie Mame

AstroChuck's avatar

Ah, Rosalind Russell kicked ass as Mame.

bridold's avatar


Thank you a million times over for the great quotes… I’m at work right now so I only have a few quotes that happened to be saved on my email. As soon as I get home I’ll send you more. I know some of these aren’t one lines, but you may enjoy them anyway:

“There are four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.”

“Immortality seems like a good idea until you realize your going to spend it alone” -Lestat

“It’s never too late to be what you could have been.” George Eliot

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” -Jimi Hendrix

“After I’m dead I’d rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.” -Cato the Elder.

“Writing is easy. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” -Red Smith

“Life is a sexually transmitted disease.”~R.D. Laing

“If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill

“The most wasted day of all, is that during which we have not laughed.”~Sebastian R. N. Chamfort

“A room without books is as a body without a soul.”

“When someone dies, they leave pieces of
themselves behind. I get that. I just wish
they left better pieces.”

“The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.”

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about dancing in the rain.”

“We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.”
-Denis Diderot

“Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt

“You can’t be who you are today, without being who you were in the past.”

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. -Friedrich Nietzsche

jlm11f's avatar

“A room without books is as a body without a soul.” – i also have this one, i saw it first on the wall in my local library!

I particularly like this one “You can’t be who you are today, without being who you were in the past.” Thanks for the list!! I will add more too, but here’s the thing. My quotes word document is password protected and SOMEHOW it won’t open anymore. I am very very worried because I spent years adding to it! But I will post a question about it and hopefully the fluther community will be able to help me unlock it. Once that’s done, I will be sure to add more :)

bridold's avatar

That would be my worst nightmare! Luckily I have them in several different places.
Maybe if you ever get that document open you could email it to me sometime :)

Trustinglife's avatar

“Life is God’s novel. Let God write it.”
-Isaac Bashevis Singer

cheebdragon's avatar

“Clothes make the man, naked people have little or no influence on society”

~ Mark Twain

XrayGirl's avatar

Winston Churchill said to a nasty old prune of a lady at some function who criticized him for being drunk:

”“Madame, I may be drunk tonight, but you will still be ugly in the morning.””

JohnRobert's avatar

Any government big enough to give you everything is also big enough to take everything you have away.


panspermia's avatar

life is too short to be anybodyelse

Anaphase's avatar

“Don’t quote me.”

shockvalue's avatar

“I ain’t yo bitch nigga, buy your own damn fries!”
-Barack Obama

InquisitiveAquarius's avatar

For those who believe, no explanation is necessary.
For those who do not, none will suffice.

hex's avatar

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity

nebule's avatar

“This is what the things can teach us: to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness. Even a bird has to do that before he can fly.” Rainer Maria Rilke

JustPlainBarb's avatar

I like what Judge Judy says, “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining!” That pretty much sums up how I feel about life!

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?”

Sun Tzu

breezy0727's avatar

Fav quote: *be who you are & say what you feel. Cuz those who mind don’t matter, & those who matter don’t mind.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Physicists Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein were having an argument over Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle at the 1927 Solvay Conference on Electrons and Photons when Einstein said, “God does not play dice.” And Bohr shot back, “Einstein, stop telling God what to do!”

MooCows's avatar

Do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.

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