1000 Illuminating E-Quotes
The Folk Wisdom of Electronic Mail

Compiled by: Dr T.Matthew Ciolek tmciolek@ciolek.com

[Page est. 9 Jan 2005. Last updated: 15 Jun 2005.]

- work in progress -

Once upon a time personal email messages (which first started flowing in late December 1972) were works of visual ugliness (= early mail software was primitive indeed, and display systems were clumsy), and of semantic enchantment. Not only that they were written and dispatched from person to person in order to mean something real (and thus to accomplish some worthwhile and pragmatic task), but also - unexpectedly - there frequently terminated with a pithy comment, a curious quote, or a witty observation. Such end-of-the-email verbal ornaments and semantic jewels were meant to share states of one's mind, to startle and tickle readers, and even to made them think (say, for a milisecond or two).

Alas, that golden and informal, nostalgic and Arcadian era of the Internet is - by and large - gone. Now we are all miserable receipients of endless spam. We all drown in cascades of HTML mail, PDF attachments, together with an unescapable quota of viruses. We are all flooded by endless rivers of bureaucraticaly-sounding, machine-produced, politically-correct, gonads-brain-and-heart-neutral messages. In other words, gone are the e-quotes. The email of today might be still useful, but it no longer has the power to please or enchant it receipients. Most of such email taste like castor oil and polyester. This is because, among other things, accidental revelations of whimsical sides of the email-writer's soul are no longer considered to "cool", eloquent or fashionable. Also, gone is the time when a day's morning with 12 messages in one's mail box was truly a day of amazement at one's online popularity, and an eagerly awaited morning of impatient reading of messages.

In short, we all live now in a rapidly expanding, fast cooling and recklessly graying email universe.

Surely, this page is an escapist one. It tries to collect as many as possible of interesting, illuminating, or unusual lines of text (but not the ASCII graphics, which are equally delightful but a separate chapter in the email's evolution, one which cannot be dealt with on this page) which eons ago were prone to appear online as a part of one's signature block. In other words, this document preserves and celebrates the quirky, the personal, and folksy dimensions of the ancient Net.

For the sake of order and clarity the collected e-quotes are arranged here to follow the same patern:

(a) A saying, a note, or a statement + its actual or apocryphal attribution
(b) Name of the person who used such an e-quote
(c) Geographical details of the user
(d) Date the quote was distributed as a part of an email message

You are warmly encouraged to rummage through your old email boxes and send your favourite e-quote [please try to follow the pattern: text, attribution (if any), user (city & country details), date the email was dispatched] to tmciolek@ciolek.com.

Your contribution will be gratefully acknowledged and recorded. Please rest assured, preservation of the online folklore is a selfless fun.

I am especially interested in collecting these quotes which were used in the very early days of the Internet. In fact, the earlier the quote, the better. Finally, I am also keen to hear about examples of the multiple and independent uses of the same or a similar sentiment within e-quotes. So, do keep me posted.

work in progress - tmc

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The 1000 Illuminating E-Quotes

    Attitudes & Dispositions

  • "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -- Eleanor Roosevelt." Src: Etha Williams, Tibet Interest List, 24 Feb 2000.
  • "I am a member of a civilization. -- David Brin." Src: John Cowan, US, 28 Apr 2000.
  • "Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good. -- Joe Paterno." Src: Davina B Woods, Australia, 10 May 2000.
  • "Film making is like twirling a baton, turning handsprings, or eating with chopsticks. It looks easy till you try it." Src: Bob Slatyer, Jakarta, Indonesia, 27 May 2000.
  • "Tho this be madness there is method in 't. -- Shakespeare." Src: Maria Ng Lee Hoon, Singapore, 31 May 2000.
  • "One must learn by doing the thing. For though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try. -- Sophocles (BC 495-406, Greek Tragic Poet)." Src: Ted Nellen, US, 15 Aug 2000.
  • "Something wonderful is about to happen." Src: Tim McLain, US, 15 Aug 2000.
  • "Writer's block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol. -- Steve Martin." Src: Eugene Eric Kim, US, 18 Jan 2001.
  • "Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. -- Helen Keller." Src: datarecovery@webmag.com.au, Australia, 20 Jan 2001.
  • "Any book you have not read is a new book ;-)." Src: Maureen S. Irwin, Rye, NY, US, 2 Feb 2001.
  • "A Time of Turbulence is a dangerous time, but its greatest danger is the temptation to deny reality. -- Peter Drucker." Src: Andy Igonor, Singapore, Singapore, 2 Mar 2001.
  • "As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives [only] moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion to your walks. -- Thomas Jefferson, writing to his teenaged nephew." Src: Eric S. Raymond, US, 2 Apr 2001.
  • "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." Src: David Rosenthal, US, 20 May 2001.
  • "In order to make an omelette, you must break eggs." Src: David Rosenthal, US, 20 May 2001.
  • "I need to laugh, and when the sun is out I've got something I can laugh about." Src: Lauren Manes, Oregon, US, 22 May 2001.
  • "Pessimism is for the faint of heart; the doers, the leaders will always be the optimists. -- Martin Short." Src: T. K. Cassidy, US, 21 Jun 2001.
  • "Live your imagination, not your history! -- Stephen R. Covey." Src: T. K. Cassidy, US, 21 Jun 2001.
  • "Probably fewer than 2% of handguns and well under 1% of all guns will ever be involved in a violent crime. Thus, the problem of criminal gun violence is concentrated within a very small subset of gun owners, indicating that gun control aimed at the general population faces a serious needle-in-the-haystack problem. -- Gary Kleck, 'Point Blank: Handgun Violence In America'." Src: Eric S. Raymond, US, 25 Jun 2001.
  • "I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. -- Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787." Src: Eric S. Raymond, US, 25 Jun 2001.
  • "Shoot for the moon and even if you miss you'll still be among the stars." Src: David Dillard, US, 28 Jun 2001.
  • "When authorities warn you of the sinfulness of sex, there is an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities. -- Matt Groening." Src: Jimmy Little, US, 29 Jun 2001.
  • "Out of the strain of Doing, into the peace of the Done. -- Julia Louise Woodruff." Src: Rachael A. Zubal-Ruggieri, Syracuse, NY, US, 23 Aug 2002.
  • "I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. -- Booker T. Washington." Src: Rachael A. Zubal-Ruggieri, Syracuse, NY, US, 23 Aug 2002.
  • "'If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it', thus said Albert Einstein." Src: Rana P. B. Singh, ?US, 20 Sep 2002.
  • "Facts are theory laden; theories are value laden; values are history laden. -- Donna J. Haraway." Src: Katherine M. Anderson, Canberra, Australia, 27 Sep 2002.
  • "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. -- T.S. Eliot." Src: Bob Pyke, US, 27 Dec 2002
  • "Perseverance brings good fortune. -- I Ching, Hexagram 27." Src: J. Derksen, British Columbia, Canada,17 Feb 2003.
  • "Before I can live with others, I've got to be able to live with myself. There is one thing that doesn' abide by majority rule and thats a person's conscience. -- Harper Lee." Src: Dolores La Porta, US, 27 Mar 2003.
  • "Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero. 'Seize the day, put no trust in tomorrow.' --Horace, Odes." Norma Houmeri, 7 May 2003.
  • "Success will be attained if you: Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible. - Anonymous." Dennis Trinkle, Greencastle, Indiana, US, 27 May 2003.
  • "If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows that his heart is no island cut off from other lands but a continent that joins them. -- Francis Bacon." Src: Scott Relyea, Chicago, US, 18 Sep 2003.
  • "I dont even butter my bread; I consider that cooking. -- Katherine Cebrian." Src: Kayla Goddard, ?US, 29 Apr 2004.
  • "Doubt is unpleasant, but certainty is ridiculous. -- Voltaire 1694-1778" Src: Marinka Dunlop, Lismore, Australia, 11 Aug 2004.
  • "The best journeys are the ones that answer questions that at the outset you never even thought to ask. -- Rick Ridgeway." Src: Bob Pyke Jr., US, 1 Jan 2005.
  • "Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present. -- Albert Camus." Src: Eleanor Lisney, TX, US, 23 Feb 2005.
  • "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. -- Robert Louis Stevenson." Src: Monica E. Aube, San Francisco, US, 11 Jun 2005.
  • Changing the society

  • "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." Src: ACT Division of the National Tertiary Education Industry Union (NTEU), Canberra, Australia, Fri 23 Oct 1998.
  • "There isn't a better time to join the NTEU." Src: ACT Division of the National Tertiary Education Industry Union (NTEU), Canberra, Australia, Wed 5 Apr 2000.
  • "Instead of exposures to toxic materials and mechanical dangers, we are discovering the toxicity of social circumstances and patterns of social organization. -- Richard G. Wilkinson." Src: Eberhard Wenzel, Brisbane, Australia, 2 Dec 1999.
  • "A child is not a glass that is filled, but a fire that is set ablaze. -- Maria Montessori." Src: Andre Engels, the Netherlands, 17 Aug 2000.
  • "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. -- Noam Chomsky." Src: Andre Engels, the Netherlands, 30 Jan 2001.
  • "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens= can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead, Anthropologist and Humanitarian." Src: Leah Dawn, US, 30 Apr 2001.
  • "The quality of our democratic decisions depends on the quality of the information on which those decisions are based. -- Morgan, Lewis and Jhally, 1992." Src: Denise Woods, Perth, Western Australia, 11 May 2001.
  • "I first challenged the murderers from the state where I live and then those from other states, because I consider this to be responsible political behavior of a citizen -- the Yugoslav antiwar group 'Women in Black'." Src: Evan Roberts, ?US, 18 Jun 2001.
  • "The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children." -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer." Src: Saranne Gans, Irving, TX, US, 12 Jul 2001.
  • "The principal goal of education is to create people who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done. -- Piaget." Src: Kim Foley, US, 19 Jul 2002.
  • "One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, how big my house was, or what kind of car I drove. But the world may be a little better, because I was important in the life of a child. -- Forest Witcraft." Src: Kathryn Martinez, US, 13 Sep 2002.
  • "...[M]ost of the comforts and possessions of 'the good life' have been made in third world countries by children, penal laborers, or others in poverty...our Western economies to a very real extent rely on the servitude of the rest of the world." -- 'Indestructible Truth' by Reginald Ray." Src: Jeff, Raven Group, US, 10 Dec 2003.
  • "'Study what? Katorga?"-- V.M. Doroshevich." Src: Andrew A. Gentes, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 21 Jan 2004.
  • Computers and the Internet

  • "Unix was not designed to stop people from doing stupid things, because that would also stop them from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn." Src: John Lamp, Hobart, Australia, 26 Oct 1996.
  • "I'm your Bareback Ridin' -- Bronco Bustin'CowGirrrrl -- Lassoing java applets right out of the Cyberrodeo of life! Yippee kiyi, yippee-aaaa I'll be ridin' the cybertrails all day.. -- KE." Src: Karen Ellis, www.edu-cyberpg.com, US, 16 Nov 1999.
  • "Oh the Places you'll go! -- Dr. Seuss." Src: Karen Ellis, www.edu-cyberpg.com, US, 16 Nov 1999.
  • "On the Internet no one knows you're a dog." Src: John Walker, Ontario, Canada, 13 Mar 2000.
  • "If only a favoured segment of the population gets a chance to enjoy the advantage of on-line technology, the network may exaggerate the discontinuity in the spectrum of intellectual opportunity. -- J.C.R Licklider, 'the father of ARPANET, ' in 1968." Src: Jason Matthew Gibson, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, 10 Apr 2000.
  • "Don't make predictions about computing that can be checked in your lifetime. -- Daniel Delbert McCracken." Src: Robert M. Slade, Vancouver, Canada, 2 May 2000.
  • "Cyberspace is where the..|@ @|..WILD things are!" Src: Michael R. Ogden, Honolulu, Hawaii, US, 01 Aug 2000.
  • "The box said 'Requires Windows 95, or better.' So I bought a Macintosh." Src: Suzanne Payne, London, UK, 21 Aug 2000.
  • "What good is technology if people don't know how to use it?" Src: Wade Englund, Seattle, US, 30 Aug 2000.
  • "Information Infrastructure: Public Spaces for the 21st Century Let's Start With: Internet Wall-Plugs Everywhere Say It Often, Say It Loud: 'I Want My Internet!'." Src: Miles Fidelman, Newtonville, MA, US, Sat 3 Feb 2001.
  • "Search engines are science, but directories are art." Src: Jean Armour Polly, ?Canada, 2 Jul 2001.
  • "Any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke." Src: Cris Crissman, North Carolina, US, 8 Nov 2001.
  • "If you do not receive a prompt reply, please resend, keep resending. -- Michael S. Hart." Src: Michael S. Hart, 21 Jun 2004.
  • "Project Gutenberg, Executive Coordinator, '*Internet User ~#100*' -- Michael S. Hart." Src: Michael S. Hart, 28 Jun 2004.
  • Human nature

    "The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature. -- John Chadwick, _The Decipherment of Linear B_." Src: Chris Camfield, Canada, 5 Nov 1996.
  • "Humility: The ultimate conceit. -- George Spelvin." Src: John Tracy McGrath, Syracuse, US, 30 Nov 1999.
  • "The discovery of a new vineyard does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a new star. -- Anthelme Brillat-Savarin." Src: Ed, location unknown, 22 Jan 2000.
  • "We have enough religion to hate each other, but not enough to love each other. -- Jonathan Swift." Src: Kevin B. O'Brien, US, 4 Apr 2000.
  • "It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese. -- Carl Sagan." Src: Kevin B. O'Brien, US, 4 Apr 2000.
  • "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- A. Einstein." Src: Krista Sands, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 12 Jan 2001.
  • "The greatest fight that you have to fight, and you have to fight it every day, is the fight just to be your self. -- ee cummings." Src: Stephen Savage, US, 31 Jan 2001.
  • "Morality is always the product of terror; its chains and strait-waistcoats are fashioned by those who dare not trust others, because they dare not trust themselves, to walk in liberty. -- Aldous Huxley." Src: Eric S. Raymond, US, 25 Jun 2001.
  • "Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so." Src: Ben Cooper, ?US, 8 Sep 2001.
  • "One must learn by doing the thing. For though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try. -- (Sophocles, BC 495-406, Greek Tragic Poet)." Src: Ted Nellen, US, 8 Oct 2002.
  • "The difference between involvement and commitment is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was involved - the pig was committed. - Anonymous." Src: Kayla Goddard, ?US, 29 Apr 2004.
  • "Hollywood is a place whree peploe from Iowa mistake each oehtr for stars. -- Anonymous." Src: Refuel M. Serf, US, 12 Aug 2004.
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    Shifting the paradigms

  • "How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when clearly it is Ocean. -- Arthur C. Clarke." Src: Rupert Summerson, Canberra, Australia, 11 Nov 1999.
  • "It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese. -- Carl Sagan." Src: Kevin B. O'Brien, US, 4 Apr 2000.
  • "In the end we can never be given knowledge by others; we can only be stimulated. We must develop our own knowledge. -- Charles T. Tart." Src: Lida Pinkham, Charlotte & Mecklenburg, NC, US, 24 Feb 2000.
  • "Think of it as evolution in action. -- Niven & Pournelle." Src: Bruce Williams, US, 3 May 2000.
  • "We live forward but learn backward and are constantly on the brink of the unknown. -- Kierkegaard." Src: Michael R. Ogden, Hawaii, US, 4 May 2000.
  • "There is no security on this earth. There is only opportunity. -- Douglas Macarthur." Src: R.J. Oliver, US, 28 May 2000.
  • "Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries *by a government*, which we might expect in a country *without government*, our calamities is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. -- Thomas Paine." Src: Eric S. Raymond, US, 28 Jul 2000.
  • "The question is the answer." Src: Jamie McKenzie, Bellingham, WA, US, Fri, 1 Dec 2000.
  • "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. -- Oscar Wilde." Src: Barry Campbell, US, 3 Feb 2001.
  • "The state calls its own violence 'law', but that of the individual 'crime.' -- Max Stirner." Src: Eric S. Raymond, US, 2 Apr 2001.
  • "A few anomalies do not a new paradigm make." Src: Ben Cooper, US, 9 Apr 2001.
  • "One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid. -- James Watson." Src: Geoff Kuenning, US, 25 Jun 2001.
  • "Useless hypotheses: consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia, analog computing, cultural relativism.
    Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once, but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever. (Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)" Src: J. R. Molloy, US, 25 Jun 2001.
  • "Maluna a'e o na lahui a pau ke ola ke kanaka/Above all nations is humanity." Src:Vincent K Pollard, Hawaii, US, 6 Dec 2002.
  • "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito. -- African Proverb." Src: Bob Pyke, US, 27 Dec 2002
  • "History is marked by alternating movements across the imaginary line that separates East from West in Eurasia. -- Herodotus." Src: Michael G. Vann, Santa Clara, CA, US, 20 Mar 2003.
  • "The majority believes that everything hard to comprehend must be very profound. This is incorrect. What is hard to understand is what is immature, unclear and often false. The highest wisdom is simple and passes through the brain directly to the heart. -- Viktor Schauberger." Src: John at DidgeWorld, US, 20 Apr 2003.
  • "According to John Lightfoot (1602-1675), Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, man was created on 'October 23, 4004 B.C., at nine o'clock in the morning." Src: Paola Raffetta, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thu, 7 Aug 2003.
  • "Please leave your values at the front desk. -- sign in Paris hotel. Check your assumptions. In fact, check your assumptions at the door. -- Cordelia Vorkosigan." Src: John Cowan, US, 21 Jun 2004.
  • "There are certain spots in the world where you can stand that will change the way that you look at things forever. -- Pete Whitaker" Src: Bob Pyke Jr., US, 1 Jan 2005.
  • "It is culturally insensitive to rebuild the World Trade Center when it's the burial site of ten devout Muslim flying enthusiasts. -- Mark Steyn." Src: Anonymous, UK, 12 Jun 2005.
  • Poetry

  • "Why is it all so beautiful this fake dream this craziness why? -- Ikkyu." Src: Mari Rhydwen, Perth, Australia, 6 Mar 1995.
  • "My eyes say their prayers to her / Sailors ring her bell / Like a moth mistakes a light bulb / For the moon and goes to hell. -- Tom Waits." Src: Adam J. Thornton, Princeton University, US, 12 Dec 2000.
  • "You escaped them by the will-death and the Way of the Black Wheel. I could not. -- Great-Souled Sam" Src: John Cowan, US, 6 Jul 2004.
  • Spiritual life

  • "Before Enlightenment: chop wood and carry water. After Enlightenment: chop wood and carry water." Src: Tomasz Ciolek, Canberra, Australia, 24 Mar 1998.
  • "If a man does not seek children, wealth or power either for himself or for someone else, if he does not seek his own advantage by unprincipled means, he is a virtuous man, a wise man and a righteous man -- The Dhammapada, verse 84." Src: Mettavihari, Sri Lanka, 17 Nov 1999.
  • "Love in its essence is spiritual fire. -- Swedenborg (1688-1772)." Src: Eberhard Wenzel, Brisbane, Australia, 2 Jan 2000.
  • "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase 'each other' doesn't make any sense. -- Rumi." Src: Tim Williams, US, 9 May 2000.
  • "The unexamined life is not worth living nor is the unexamined faith worth believing." Src: Malcolm C. C. Armstrong, Ontario, Canada, 31 Jul 2000.
  • "Being of no use -- why should anyone be troubled by that? -- Chuang Tzu." Src: Sara Davis, Yale University, CT, US, 29 Aug 2000.
  • "How many have not asked 'What is Truth' and at bottom hoped that vast spaces would intervene before truth came so close to him that in the immediate now it would determine his duty for action at that very moment? -- Soren Kierkegaard." Src: Frank Morales, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, US. Mon 18 Dec 2000.
  • "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. -- A. Einstein." Src: Krista Sands, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 12 Jan 2001.
  • "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson." Src: Rich Guth, US, 18 Jan 2001.
  • "I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature. -- Thomas Jefferson." Src: Eric S. Raymond, US, 10 Feb 2001.
  • "Take the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. -- Ephesians 6:17." Src: Andy Igonor, Singapore, Singapore, 2 Mar 2001.
  • "Blessings to the Buddha in your seat. -- Lama Surya Das." Src: T. A Gilbert, US, 12 Apr 2001.
  • "There are no believable gods." Src: Ben Cooper, US, 5 May 2001.
  • "Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. -- King David, Psalms 4:4." Src: Terry Wilkinson, US, 5 Aug 2001.
  • "Within me are the dark forces of the Evil One human and pre -human; within me two are the luminous forces, humn and prehuman of God; and my soul is the arena where these two armies have clashed and met. -- Nikos Kazantzakis." Claudia, Australia, 6 Sep 2001.
  • "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuummmmmmmm
    Loka samhastha sukhino bhavantu...
    May all beings everywhere be happy...
    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuummmmmmmm
    Src: Vimala Rodgers, Nevada City, CA, US, 22 Oct 2001
  • "Become still inside. Become the pen. Become the letter. Become the word. Become the spirit. -- Shunryu Suzuki Roshi." Src: Vimala Rodgers, Nevada City, CA, US, 22 Oct 2001
  • "Go to your bosom. Knock there. Ask your heart what it doth know. -- Measure for Measure, II ii." Src: Max Leggett, Canada, 22 Apr 2002.
  • "Zu Grunde kommen, Ist zu Grunde gehen" Src: Valeriy E. Ushakov, St. Petersburg, Russia, 7 Jun 2002.
  • "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. -- Benjamin Franklin." Src: Leon Sherman, US, 14 Sep 2002.
  • "Like the morning sun you come. And like the wind, you go. -- Robert Hunter." Src: Scott Ruplin, US, 16 May 2003.
  • "Everywhere, the way of the pilgrim is twofold, exterior and interior, the simultaneous movement of the feet and the soul through time as well as space. -- Phil Cousineau from The Art of Pilgrimage." Src: Abby Zito, California, US, 21 May 2003
  • "Convey one's feelings to the other world; care not for mundane ups and downs -- from the Wenlin version of de Francis 'Alphabetic Chinese Dictionary.'" Src: David Kelly, Beijing, China. 25 Jun 2003.
  • "Dream no small dreams, for they have no power to move the heart. -- Goethe." Src: Jeff, Raven Group, ?US, 23 Feb 2004.
  • "Life is a series of epiphanies, the gathering of simple threads of wisdom weaving through the fabric of our lives. -- Anonymous." Src: Ben DeGregoria, US, 11 Jul 2004.
  • "With An Open Mind And A Pure Heart, May You Walk Peacefully Through Life's True Path. -- Caryl Lamont." Src: Caryl and Suzi Lamont, 29 May 2005.
  • A dash of surrealism

  • "The moving finger writes and having writ moves on. . . . and on. . . .and on. -- with sincere apologies to R. Kipling." Src: Enid Bulman, Canberra, Australia, 4 May 1995.
  • "It takes a heap of heaping to make a heap a HEAP. -- George Spelvin." Src: John Tracy McGrath, Syracuse, US, 16 Nov 1999.
  • "Things are more like they are now than they ever were before. -- Dwight D. Eisenhower." Src: Greg Lehman, Hobart, Australia, 10 Dec 1999.
  • "Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia. -- Charles Schultz." Src: Jackie Leve, US, 4 Apr 2000.
  • "McDonald's, which does not wait on your table, does not cook your food to order, and does not clear your table, came up with the slogan 'We Do It All For You.' -- Dave Barry." Src: Geoff Kuenning, US, 17 Apr 2000.
  • "In the shopping mall of the mind, he's in the toy department." Src: Peter Revelant, Sydney, Australia, 30 Apr 2000.
  • "Beer - So much more than a breakfast drink." Src: Moss Turner, Cape Town, S. Africa, 14 May 2000.
  • "We must protect our precious bodily fluids! -- General Jack D Ripper." Src: Paul Jones, North Carolina, US, 28 Jul 2000.
  • "The more you ignore me, the closer I get." Src: Barbara Cassidy, Toronto, Canada, 3 Aug 2000.
  • "The real problem is what to do with the problem-solvers after the problems are solved -- Gay Talese." Src: Andrew F. R. Rogers, US, 26 Dec 2000.
  • "I'm so far behind, I think I'm ahead." Src: Joanne Proctor, Topeka, KS, US, 1 Feb 2001.
  • "I may be asleep but I'm not bed!" Src: Matt Ress, US, 3 May 2001.
  • "In theory, there isn't any difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is. -- Yogi Berra." Src: Carolyn Gierke, Amherst, NY, US, 20 Jun 2001.
  • "Sign seen in southern Tibet (in Chinese, Tibetan and English): 'POLICE ATTENTION: NO DISTRIBUTING ANY UNHEALTHY THOUGHTS OR OBJECTS.' -- (Spotter: John Hill)." Src: Brian Jackson, Thailand, 19 Jul 2001.
  • "Veni Vidi Venison -- I Came, I Saw, I Ran Over A Deer." Src: David G Wiseman, Canada, 10 Sep 2001.
  • "Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!" Src: Paul Jones, North Carolina, US, 7 Dec 2001.
  • "I am perfectly capable of learning from my mistakes. I will surely learn a great deal today." Src: Art Wolinsky, ?US, 16 Jan 2002
  • "Murphy's Law is recursive. Washing your car to make it rain doesn't work." Src: Mike Jones, Canberra, Australia, 21 Jan 2002.
  • "Tell them that the old man says that writing any history is just pulling a tomcat by its tail across a Brussels carpet. -- Charles A. Beard." Src: R. B. Bernstein New York, NY, US, 13 Sep 2002.
  • "Man's best friend outside of a book is a dog. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. -- Groucho Marx." Src: Timothy May, Madison, WI, US, 20 Sep 2002.
  • "Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot at them? -- Steven Wright." Src: Rob Slade, Canada, 21 Jun 2004.
  • "Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will pee on your computer! -- Anonymous." Src: Herbert Kanner, 26 Jun 2004.

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