This post is a conglomeration of various quote posts I’ve done over the years. These first few quotes in the post full o’ quotes are from Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh’s eternally pessimistic friend. When I was young, I had Winnie the Pooh wallpaper, and Eeyore was my favourite. Signs of things to come, perhaps…
No brain at all, some of them, only grey fluff that’s blown into their heads by mistake, and they don’t Think.
This is sort of what it feels like when depression has knocked my brain out of commission.
Eeyore: Good morning, Pooh Bear. If it is a good morning. Which I doubt.
Pooh: “Why, what’s the matter?”
Eeyore: “Nothing, Pooh Bear, nothing. We can’t all and some of us don’t. That’s all there is to it.”
Pooh: “Can’t all what?”
Eeyore: “Gaiety. Song-and-dance. Here we go round the mulberry bush.”
You certainly won’t find me dancing ’round the mulberry bush!
I’m not asking anybody,” said Eeyore. “I’m just telling everybody. We can look for the North Pole, or we can play “Here we go gathering Nuts in May” with the end part of an ants’ nest. It’s all the same to me.
Same shit, different pile!
Everybody crowds round so in this Forest. There’s no Space. I never saw a more Spreading lot of animals in my life, and in all the wrong places.
This one pretty accurately sums up my view of my own surroundings. More Space please!
Some motivational quotes
Words from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Quotes from Yogi Berra
When you come to a fork in the road… take it.Yogi Berra
You can observe a lot by watching.Yogi Berra
It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
This is apparently misattributed, and the actual source is unclear, but it certainly sounds like a Yogi Berra thing to say.
Classic Seinfeld lines
I don’t trust the guy. I think he regifted, then he degifted, and now he’s using an upstairs invite as a springboard to a Super Bowl sex romp.Jerry Seinfeld
Do you ever get down on your knees and thank God you know me and have access to my dementia?George Costanza
I need the secure packaging of Jockeys. My boys need a house.Kramer
You have the chicken, the hen, and the rooster. The chicken goes with the hen… So who is having sex with the rooster?Frank Costanza
He took it out.Elaine Benes
Elaine’s quote deserves the full context of this video clip:
Quotes we all get wrong
This post was inspired by MIchelle of From Famine to Feast, who recently posted this quote that didn’t come from Benjamin Franklin, no matter what the internet might think (although I like it anyway):
“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
Here are a few more examples where the quote is wrong, the person is wrong, or some combination thereof. And the quote in the image above? Yeah no, Mark Twain didn’t actually say that. Not that I would have recognized that dude as Mark Twain anyway, but that’s beside the point.
Elementary, my dear Watson.
This was never, in fact, said by Sherlock Holmes. (Wikiquote)
Good things come to those who wait.
The only one who said this was a Guinness beer commercial (Wikiquote)
The British are coming!
Even non-Americans like me know that Paul Revere shouted this as a warning … except he did no such thing. I guess he didn’t want to warn the British that he knew they were coming. (Wikiquote)
Beam me up, Scottie.
We all know Captain Kirk said that, right? Apparently not. (Wikiquote)
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
This was not, in fact, said by Albert Einstein. It appeared in a book by Rita Mae Brown, which I thought was the name of Whoopi Goldberg’s character in Ghost, but that was Oda Mae. (Mashable)
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
This didn’t come from Dr. Seuss; the actual source is unknown. (Readers Digest)
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
Gandhi? Nope, but used in 1915 by a Canadian parliamentarian. Another non-Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” (RD)
Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing, after they tried everything else.
I hadn’t heard this before, but I like it! It gets attributed to Winston Churchill, but, while he should have said it, he didn’t. (RD)
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
This is regularly attributed to Victor Frankl, and while it sounds like something he might say, there’s no indication that he did. Stephen R. Covey popularized it, but he didn’t come up with it. He said he read it in a book about Frankl, but he couldn’t remember the name of it, and it remains a mystery. (Quote Investigator)
- Mashable: 10 famous quotes that you probably misattributed
- Quote Investigator: Between stimulus and response…
- Readers Digest: 13 Popular Quotes That Constantly Get Misattributed
- Wikiquote: Misquotations
The Reflecting on Powerful Words guided journal matches amazing quotes from people like Maya Angelou and Winston Churchill with prompt questions that relate to each quote as well as beautiful images. It’s available free from the MH@H Download Centre.