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.



Western Civilization's friend, the quotable Winston Churchill once said;
"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations."  Well said WSC!

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

Here are some quotes that, at one time or another, I enjoyed:

Quotes added 6 April 2021 (ZAGS dared greatly)

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again, and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."................Theodore Roosevelt.

Quotes added 5 April 2021 (ZAGS vs Baylor)

"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."....................John Wooden

Quotes added 4 April 2021 (Happy Easter)

"Doubt isn't the opposite of faith: it is an element of faith."................Paul Tillich

"The British have never been a spiritually minded people, so they invented cricket to give them some notion of eternity."...........................Lord Stormont M.S. Mancroft (another made up name?  See entry for 30 December 2020)

Quotes added 28 March 2021

"An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support."...............John Buchan

Quotes added 19 March 2021 (Tournament starts today)

"Today I felt pass over me
A breath of wind from the wings of madness"........................Charles Baudelaire

"I would like to deny the statement that I think basketball is a matter of life and death.  I feel it's much more important than that.".........................Lee Rose

Quotes added 22 February 2021

"Let the first thing out of your mouth be your second thought."................Bill Russell

"The higher the stakes, the greater the temptation to lose your temper."................C.S. Lewis

Quotes added 14 February 2021 (Happy Valentines Day)

Love, you know, seeks to make happy rather than to be happy...............Ralph Connor

Quotes added 2 February 2021

"History repeats itself.  That's one of the things wrong with history."...........................Clarence Darrow (That quote is most appropriate for this Groundhog Day.)

"A House is not a Home."................Polly Adler

"It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice."...............Demosthenes

"There never was a good war, or a bad peace.".................Benjamin Franklin

"Treat all men alike.  Give them all the same laws.  Give them all an even chance to live and grow."..............................Chief Joseph

Quotes added 31 January 2021

"A woman drove me to drink, and I never even had the courtesy to thank her.".........W.C. Fields

"A hobby is hard work you wouldn't do for a living."..............Anonymous

"The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure he is one of God's children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil."...............H.L. Mencken

"If you're killing time it's not murder, but pure suicide."....................Reverend Harrington

"The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all in their separate and individual capacities."..............Abraham Lincoln

Quotes added 26 January 2021

"She hurt my eyes open".................................Rolling Stones

"Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem."...........John Galsworthy

"In the fight for survival, a tie or split decision simply will not do."...........Merle L. Meacham

"Change is certain, progress is not.".................E.H. Carr

Quotes added 25 January 2021

"I'm a friend in the context that we helped fight a battle together for survival of the American Football League.  But I don't consider myself close to Al (Davis) in recent years.  You just don't continually sue your business partners like he has."......................Lamar Hunt.

"When the student is ready the teacher will appear."...............Tao Te Ching

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."............Walt Disney

Quotes added 24 January 2021

"I'm not trying to make anyone forget the Babe; but only to remember Hank Aaron."..............................Hank Aaron

"I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything.  So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening.".................Larry King

"Being young is not having any money; being young is not minding not having any money."...................Katherine Whiteborn

"A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice................Edgar Watson Howe

Quotes added 22 January 2021

"I shall not scruple to add that such an institution (The U.S. Senate) may be sometimes necessary as a defense to the people against their own temporary errors and delusions."........Federalist Paper No. 63

"Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a good thing to say."..............Will Durant

"Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.".................Walter Lippmann

"Oh, are there two nine o'clocks in the day?".......................Tallulah Bankhead

"When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.".............Eric Hoffer

Quotes added 20 January 2021

"The president is the representative of the whole nation and he's the only lobbyist that all the one hundred and sixty million people in this country have."..................Harry S Truman

"Force is never more operative than when it is known to exist but is not brandished."...............Alfred Thayer Mahan

"My mother told me to be a lady.  And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent."................Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Quote added 18 January 2021

"The time is always right to do what is right."........................Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quotes added 17 January 2021

"The cure for grief is motion."....................................Elbert Hubbard

"If men and women of capacity refuse to take part in politics and government, they condemn themselves, as well as the people, to the punishment of living under bad government."................Senator Sam J. Ervin

"Give historians something to write about."..................Propertius

"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent...the greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."....................Justice Louis Brandeis

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession.  I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."...............................Ronald Reagan

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

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

"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

"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

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

"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

"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

*****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*****  

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