3Q (Quotes, Quips & Quotations)

I love quotesEnough to take the time to share my favorites from movies, books, speeches, news reports---wherever.  Even from you, if you have a mind to send them my way.  Additional quotes will be added to this piece in the days, months and years to come, as they are remembered, discovered or forwarded onto me.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL YOUR FAVORITE QUOTES TO:
Bill Nicks............HistoryKC@gmail.com

Western Civilization's friend, the quotable Winston Churchill once said;
"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations." Yes, well said WSC........Good quotes certainly are packed with wisdom and knowledge.  Here are some of my favorites.

*****THIS NOTE ADDED 5 JANUARY 2021: I started sharing my favorite quotes on December 29, 2020.  For those of you who would like more context accompanying the individual quote, I prefer that you think about the application of the quote to your own life and to circumstances in the neighborhood, state, country and the world.  Some will have no application at all for you.  However if you insist, the exact context can, no doubt, be found on Google.  After all, you are reading this on the internet so a few keystrokes should get you to the context.
Happy reading, thinking and searching...................Bill*****  

Quotes added 15 January 2021

"I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not."........Fran Lebowitz

"A meaningless phrase repeated again and again begins to resemble truth."...........Barbara Kingsolver

"Let us all be able to lose gracefully and win courteously.".............Dr. James Naismith

"Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson."..............Vernon Law

"Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud.  Any of us will put out more and better ideas if our efforts are appreciated."...................Alex F. Osborn

Quotes added 14 January 2021

"Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended."...........George Bernard Shaw

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."...........George Orwell

"When you appeal to force, there's one thing you must never do---lose"..........................Dwight D. (IKE) Eisenhower

"Every great man of business has got somewhere a touch of the idealist in him."..............Woodrow Wilson

"If a coach starts listening to the fans, he winds up sitting next to them."..................Johnny Kerr

Quotes added 13 January 2021

"When you get the answer you're looking for, hang up.".............................Billy Beane, in 'Moneyball' the movie

"True tragedy may be defined as a dramatic work in which the outward failure of the principal personage is compensated for by the dignity and greatness of his character."..............................................Joseph Wood Krutch

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"............................Janis Joplin

"I have the same confidence in the ability of our people to reject noxious literature as I have in their capacity to sort out the true from the false in theology, economics, or any other field......................................................Justice William O. Douglas

Quotes added 12 January 2021

"The way I see it, the two easiest jobs in the world are golf course superintendent and being a coach--because everybody knows how to do it better than you do."..................Roy Williams (ol' Roy could have added 'umpire'.)

"A man can stand almost anything except a succession of ordinary days."..............Goethe

"Wars are not fought for territory, but for words.  Man's deadliest weapon is language.  He is as susceptible to being hypnotized by slogans as he is to infectious diseases.  And where there is an epidemic, the group-mind takes over."................Arthur Koestler

"We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."..........signers of the Declaration of Independence

Quotes added 11 January 2021

"If it turns out that there is a God.......the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.".........................Woody Allen

"I don't have an ulcer.  I'm a carrier.  I give them to other people."..............Bill Fitch

"Integrity has no need of rules."...................................Albert Camus

"Critics are like eunuchs in a harem: they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves."....................Brendon Behan

Quotes added 10 January 2021

"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened"....................Mark Twain

"Just win, baby."......................Al Davis

"I know it when I see it."..................Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

"A riot is the language of the unheard.".............Martin Luther King, Jr.

"There are three things that cannot be easily hidden: The Sun, the Moon and the Truth.........Buddha

Quotes added 9 January 2021

"A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services."................Daniel J. Boorstin

"When you hit the quarterback, the whole team feels it."................Rex Ryan

"The best things in life aren't things.".........................Ann Landers

"Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects."...............Will Rogers
I prefer sister-in-law Tami Nicks' formulation, "We are all educated, in different areas."

"A government is free in proportion to the rights it guarantees to the minority."...............Alf Landon

Quotes added 8 January 2021

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."...............Lao Tzu

"Always remember that you are absolutely unique.  Just like everyone else."..........Margaret Meade

"Ad Astra Per Aspera".........................Kansas Motto (for those of you who did not learn Latin from Sister Mary Hosanna; "To the Stars Through Difficulty")

"When you strike at a king, you must kill him."................Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quotes added 7 January 2021

"Leaders are the custodians of a nation's ideals, of the beliefs it cherishes, of its permanent hopes, of the faith which makes a nation out of a mere aggregation of individuals.".................Walter Lippmann

"The history of things that didn't happen has never been written.".............Henry Kissinger

"We gave the interior decorator an unlimited budget and he exceeded it."...........Lamar Hunt

"A government is the only known vessel that leaks from the top."...........James Reston

"How conventional all you unconventional people are!".............Candida

"Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans."............Thomas La Mance


Quotes added 6 January 2021

"Losers assemble in little groups to share their misery and to bitch about the coaches and the guys in other little groups.  Winners assemble as a team."............Emlen Tunnell

"Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers."........................William Penn

"The liberals can understand everything but people who don't understand them.".......Lenny Bruce

"We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming."...............Werner von Braun

"The harder you work, the luckier you get."..................Gary Player

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."..............Winston Churchill

Quotes added 4 January 2021

"Now, there's three things you can do in a baseball game.  You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.".................Casey Stengel

"We learn from history that we do not learn from history."....................Georg Hegel

"The only completely consistent people are the dead."..................Aldous Huxley

"I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House----with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined here alone."...............................President John F. Kennedy

"Parting is all we know of heaven
And all we need of hell."......................................Emily Dickinson

Quotes added 3 January 2021

"If only Bradley's arm was longer.  Best photo ever."...............Ellen DeGeneres

"I quote others only the better to express myself."................Michel de Montaigne

Admiration, n. "Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves."..............Ambrose Bierce

"Only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish."................Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know is on third."..................Bud Abbott

"In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer."........................Mark Twain


Quotes added 2 January 2021

"Temptation rarely comes in working hours.  It's in their leisure time that men are made or marred."..................Fred Shero (My Grandma Nicks always said, "Idle hands are the devil's workshop.")  I wonder if she ever met Mr. Shero.

"In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians, and the politicians can go on the air and kid the people."..................Groucho Marx

"Sports, more than any other activity, has proven that a truly democratic society owes the individual nothing more than opportunity.".................Keith Jackson

"A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money."................Senator Everett Dirksen

"The executive exists to make sensible exceptions to general rules.".............Elting E. Morison

"We trust, sir, that God is on our side.  It is more important to know that we are on God's side."...............Abraham Lincoln

Quotes added 1 January 2021 Happy New Year!

"At least on paper, Jim Crow was over."................Jill Lepore, on Brown  vs Topeka Board of Education

"I often marvel that while each man loves himself more than anyone else, he sets less value on his own estimate than on the opinion of others."..................Marcus Aurelius

"The Dirt rule: The farther away from the dirt, the easier baseball looks.".................Randy Jordan

"We can pay our debt to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves."..............John Buchan

Quotes added 31 December 2020

"Criticism is...always a kind of compliment."....................John Maddox

"It has long been acknowledged that the single best restaurant in the world is Arthur Bryant's Barbecue at Eighteenth and Brooklyn in Kansas City."....................................Calvin Trillin
(please note that he wrote 'the single best restaurant' not 'the single best barbecue restaurant'.)

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.".....................Oscar Wilde
In 1965, as a New York City mayoral candidate, William F. Buckley, Jr. was asked the first thing he would do if he won.  He answered, "Demand a recount."............No recount was needed.

Quotes added 30 December 2020

"In the beginning, all the world was America."................John Locke

"I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue than why I have one."..........Cato the Elder

"The history of the world is the record of a man in quest of his daily bread and butter."...................Hendrik Willem van Loon (c'mon, that's a great quote, but someone made up that name, heh?)

"You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometime, you find,
You get what you need".......................................City Manager David Watkins, channeling Mick Jagger at a city budget meeting.

"A mother who is really a mother is never free.".................Honore de Balzac


Quotes added 29 December 2020

"How old would you be, if you didn't know how old you was?"..............Satchel Paige, the GOAT

"When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied."................Herophilus

"Fatigue makes cowards of us all."........................Vince Lombardi

"The bible is meant to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable."..................... I first heard this quote from Father Thom Savage on the 'Religion on the Line' radio show.  Since then, I have heard it many times, but Father Thom planted it first.

"There is no boring history, only boring historians."..........Tour bus guide at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

"Harold, you don't need to wear a patch on your arm to have honor."...............Daniel Kaffee, in 'A Few Good Men' movie

"Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.".............La Rochefoucauld

"Just don't build it so that it sucks."..........Middle-school aged boy speaking at a Parks and Recreation community meeting where building a skateboard park was being discussed.

PLEASE CHECK BACK LATER FOR MORE Qs.  THANK YOU.  Bill

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