Monday, August 21, 2006


The quotations meme

It's been a dog's age since we've had a meme around here. Don't you think we're overdue?

Filched from Pilgrim/Heretic by way of Phantom Scribbler. "The idea behind this meme is that you're supposed to click on this page, generating semi-random quotations until you find the five that best express who you are or what you believe."

I spent an embarrassingly large chunk of my Saturday night playing with the random quote generator. Really, I HAVE to get out (or laid) more often! But seriously, it's a little bit addictive. I had a very hard time keeping myself to just five, and finally narrowed it down to this list of eight that spoke to me about the condition of my life.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
A. A. Milne

There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes.
Doctor Who

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying.
Fran Lebowitz

I gotta work out. I keep saying it all the time. I keep saying I gotta start working out. It's been about two months since I've worked out. And I just don't have the time. Which uh..is odd. Because I have the time to go out to dinner. And uh..and watch tv. And get a bone density test. And uh.. try to figure out what my phone number spells in words.
Ellen DeGeneres

People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children.
Bill Watterson

I write because I'm afraid to say some things out loud.

If you can't be funny, be interesting.
Harold Ross

And that's when I discovered an entire page of Douglas Adams quotes, and I could easily attribute my entire life philosophy to a crunchy mix of the Hitchhiker Trilogy (in five parts), Star Wars and Jesus Christ Superstar. As Phantom did with Dorothy Parker and Woody Allen, here are my favourite Douglas Adams quotes:

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.

You live and learn. At any rate, you live.

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.

and my new favourite quote, suitable for framing in my cubicle:

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

I always feel bad tagging people for these things because I worry about hurting the feelings of all the people I didn't tag, so feel free to play along if you're so inclined. But two friends have recently started new blogs, and I'd like to tag them to give them a chance to pick up their first meme. Kerry and Cakes, I'm talking to you!