Editor’s Note: Hummingbird is pleased to present a collection of eminently quotable people and their thoughts, curated by Lynda Bernard. Each week a new one will be added; there will be no commentary with it, rather the quote will stand alone as food for thought. Some will be famous, others more obscure. They might be ripped out of today’s headlines, or possibly sage words from writers we have known over time. Regardless, our purpose is to engage and entertain you--to present something you might agree or disagree with; maybe laugh (or cry) about.
May 21, 2018
"Mean is easy. Mean is lazy. Mean is self-satisfied and slothful. You know what takes effort? Being kind. Being patient. Being respectful." Jake Tapper (at graduation 2018, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
May 14, 2018
"The car that made these two equal-length tire marks had positraction. You can't make these marks without positraction, which was not available on the '64 Buick Skylark. ....These marks were made by a 1963 Pontiac Tempest." Lisa Vito (My Cousin Vinny)
May 7, 2018
"Excuse me while I kiss the sky." Jimi Hendrix
April 30, 2018
“Sometimes it snows in April.” Prince
April 23, 2018
"Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been." David Bowie
Click here for an associated Hummingbird post, This is Getting Old.
April 16, 2018
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy.' They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” John Lennon
April 9, 2018
"What day is it?" asked Pooh. "It's today." squeaked Piglet. "My favorite day," said Pooh. L.L. Milne.
April 2, 2018
"My head’s under water but I’m breathing fine." John Legend
March 25, 2018
"Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th." Julie Andrews
March 19, 2018
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." Oscar Wilde
March 12, 2018
"Pain pushes until the vision pulls." Michael Beckwith
March 5, 2018
"If it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever." David Letterman
February 26, 2018
"Wine is the sunshine of life." Lynda Bernard
February 19, 2018
"The problem with winter sports is that, follow me closely here, they generally take place in winter." Dave Barry
February 12, 2018
"Do. Or not do. There is no try." Yoda
February 5, 2018
"If you lose your wealth, you have lost nothing;
If you lose your health, you have lost something;
But if you lose your character, you have lost everything."
Attributed to many, perhaps most notably to Billy Graham and Winston Churchill, but also cited in books, as mottos, and on plaques on buildings as early as the 1800s. Most recently, Sarah Ehrenson viewed a version of this quote on a plaque on a Hindu temple in India, and shared it with us.
January 29, 2018
“There is nothing to writing.
All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Ernest Hemingway
Quotes curated by Lynda Bernard.