I’m somewhat of a quote junkie.

I think it all started when I was a kid and enjoyed reading quotes in the Reader’s Digest my parents subscribed to, and I also loved hearing witty quotes of all kinds. I “collect” the quotes, other sayings, and memorable literary passages in a little journal and read through it from time to time.

Not all quotes make the cut. They have to make me laugh, make me think, or make me nod my head and say, “Oh yeah, that is so true.”

These days, I get them everywhere: books, my iGoogle page where I subscribe, my coffee cup, and occasionally from family, friends, or strangers. Once in awhile, I even come up with a zinger of my own 🙂


Here are a few lately that made the cut:

“The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving.” – Russell Green

“You can learn a lot more from listening than you can from talking. Find someone with whom you don’t agree in the slightest and ask them to explain themselves at length. Then take a seat, shut your mouth, and don’t argue back. It’s physically impossible to listen with your mouth open.” – John Moe

“Better to be alone than poorly accompanied.” – I’m not sure who said this, but I think it’s a Spanish proverb

“A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.” – Jerry Seinfeld

“I make a mess!” – my 2 year old’s latest complete sentence, usually heard from another room