Shirley’s Stable of Quotes



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The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.  The others– the living- are those who pushed their luck as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it became time to choose between Now and Later.
Hunter S. Thompson

“I prefer people who rock the boat to people who jump out.”
Orson Welles

“Your character is your fate.”
Maya Plisetskaya

“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared witht the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.”
Jack London

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”
B.B. King

“Nobody wants to read about a good-looking happy person.”
Carrie Fisher

“Most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally evil, but by people being fundamentally people.”
Terry Pratchett

“Nothing makes a woman look so old as desperately trying to look young”
Coco Chanel

“Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.”
George Burns

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”
Albert Einstein

“The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of life, but that it bothers him less and less.”
Vaclav Havel

“Confidence lets you pull anything off, even Tevas with socks.”
Lena Dunham

“He who thinks great thoughts often makes great errors.”
Martin Heidegger

“Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen.”
Amy Winehouse

“I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”
– Augusten Burroughs

“Death and taxes and childbirth.  There’s never any convenient time for any of them.”
– Margaret Mitchell

“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.”
– Oscar Wilde

“For a nation to try to tax itself to prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”
– Winston Churchhill

“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.”
– Jay-Z

“Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth.”
Peter Ustinov

“If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.”
Diana Korte

“Every age gets the lunatics it deserves.”
Roy Porter

“If you don’t feel that you haven’t read enough, you haven’t read enough.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.”
Sigmund Freud

“If you chase two rabbits, you catch none.”

“If you think people are inherently good, get rid of the police for 24 hours- see what happens.”
Sylvester Stallone

“There are only two things a child will share willingly: communicable diseases and his mother’s age.”
Benjamin Spock

“When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.”
Jean-Paul Sarte

If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?”
Robin Williams

Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs.”
Robin Williams

We’ve had cloning in the South for years. It’s called cousins.
Robin Williams

Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it ‘all the money,’ but they changed it to ‘alimony.’ It’s ripping your heart out through your wallet.
Robin Williams

Comedy is acting out optimism.”
Robin Williams

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
Robin Williams

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
Robin Williams

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
Alice Walker

“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”
Hunter S. Thompson

“It’s a sin to encourage mediocre talent.”
Mitzi Shore

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”
George Bernard Shaw

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.”
– G.K. Chesterton

“You show people what you’re willing to fight for when you fight for your friends.”
– Hillary Clinton

“One person’s crazy is another person’s refreshing.”
– Mary-Louise Parker

“Like the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life.”
–  Lord Byron

“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.”
–  David Lee Roth

“Satire always benefits when evil and stupidity collide.”
–  Gary Shteyngart

“Life is a tragedy when seen close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”
–  Charlie Chaplin

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
–  Marilyn Monroe

“Every damn fool thing you do in this life, you pay for.”
–  Edith Piaf

“Everywhere, we learn only from those we love.”
–  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“When people show you- or tell you- who they are, believe them the first time.”
–  Maya Angelou

“Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you’re exactly the same.”
–  Audrey Hepburn

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“Sex: the thing that takes up the least amount of time and causes the most amount of trouble.”
–  John Barrymore

“Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.”
–  Ludwig van Beethoven

Cliff Daniels
Active Properties
Boulder Colorado
720 434 1418


5 thoughts on “Shirley’s Stable of Quotes

  1. Dearest Cliff,

    Shirley is wise and knows some of the best quotes around. I can’t think of another place where I could find such a great collection! She’s a smart gal but she’s definitely never worked in HR.

    To successfully embrace HR you must believe people are inherently good, you must chase 14 rabbits at once while eating lunch, and police are the enemy. I like Shirley but she’s got a thing or two yet to learn.


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