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Big Concrete Forest

August 9, 2007
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“But if you do not find an intelligent companion, a wise and well-behaved person going the same way as yourself, then go on your way alone, like a king abandoning a conquered kingdom, or like a great elephant in the deep forest.” – Buddha

Buddha was a big guy, just like me. I get the whole ‘elephant through the forest’ thing. That’s how I feel sometimes in NYC.


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Haiku 4 u

November 7, 2006
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I may write a Haiku here from time to time. I like them. I’m not great at them or anything, I just wanted a place to put them. Here’s one.

Dark and breezy winds
Television dinner waits
Loneliness sets in

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A Picture Tells how many words?

September 13, 2006
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It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. – PD James

I Don’t know where this came from exactly, but I’ve been really thinking about this a lot lately. Why is it that when you see a picture of a place or think about what it will be like, the actual place rarely matches the image yo uhad in your mind?

We humans like to romanticize, I suppose. A picture of a hazy mountain scene taken early in the morning doesn’t actually look that way when you’re there. First, the camera blocks out the fact that there are things going on to the left or right that you may not see. Also, who knows what Photoshop wonders have been performed.

The only place that ever lived up to my ideals have been my trips to Europe. It always surprises me with new and wonderful memories everytime I have been there.

That’s it for now.

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Inspiration vs. Perspiration

September 13, 2006
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We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.
  – Frank Tibolt

I always seem to start off by saying, Oh, so true.  Well it is.  This may not be so profound, but certainly is worth thinking about.  How many times have you thought about getting to the gym?  Or thought about quitting smoking? Or thought about how you were going to start that project around the house?

When you begin, you actually start wanting to do more and ideas come to you that never would have considered had you merely sat and thought about it.  I’m going to try and take this one to heart, but I’ll only be able to do so by beginning all those things that I want to do.

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This way or that?

September 8, 2006
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The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
  – Terry Pratchett

Why is it that I can almost always argue both sides?  This quote reminded me of how often my opinion is swayed.  It makes me angry that I often don’t have an opinion at all, or sometimes I have a very strong opinion, but I can see the other side as well and that keeps me from arguing my side blindly.

Often times I’ll change my views if someone else presents a good argument that I have not thought of before.  I have never know anyone else to do so.  Does this make me wishy washy and floundering, or does it make me intelligent enough to not hold on to old notions upon receiving new and more enlightened information?

What do you think?

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Life is…

September 7, 2006
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Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
  – Alfred Hitchcock

Oh, so true.  That is why they have to cut so much out of “reality” television before they air the shows.  If everything they filmed was in it, the shows would last for 3 seasons and be so boring that nobody would watch.

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September 1, 2006
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“Never tell anyone that you’re: writing a book, going on a diet, exercising, taking a course, or quitting smoking. They’ll encourage you to death.”
  – Lynn Johnston

Oh, so true.  Actually the encouragement part is really nice, but something about telling other people takes it away from you and gives everyone a share.  I would rather keep these things to myself until such time as I know I’ve succeeded for good and then let them in on it. 

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Money = Happiness?

August 23, 2006
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Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.
  – Leo Rosten

Tru Dat.  Personally, I’d rather be miserable and rich than miserable and poor.  It isn’t so much that I care about buying up everything around me, nor do I need an MTV “Cribs”-worthy home.  I would simply like my time to be mine to pursue whatever I want to do, and not have to sell myself to the “MAN” for whatever meager salary I’m being paid for a job where I spend more than half my waking life.

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Quote that I made up a while ago

August 16, 2006
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“The more I learn about what I know is the more I know there is much more to know about what I thought I knew.” – Scorwitz

This just came from being in school and learning about singing in the vocal studio.  Everytime I thought I knew it all, I would learn some new piece of information that would open up a whole new world to me.

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Made up today

August 16, 2006
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“I had the great misfortune of learning the meaning of life before earning any money” -Scorwitz

This one comes from temping at a law firm and eating lunch in the cafeteria where all these future attornies (current law school students) are sitting around talking about how much money they want to make and where they want their careers to go.  I’m figuring that at least half of them will eventually decide, probably during their midlife crisis, that money isn’t everything and they’ll quit practicing law.  Fortunately for them they will already have amassed a small fortune, and I’ll still be a poor singer, trying to follow my passion.

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I'm just a guy trying to get through this crazy thing called life. I set this site up to store quotes that I've heard, read or made up on my own. Some are from famous people and some are just things that me or someone in my presence said that rang out as "Quot-a-ble".