The Hummingbird Weekly Quote. 2018 Edition.
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.
December 31, 2018. Happy New Year One and All!
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver, The Summer Day
December 17, 2018
"None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like a hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.” Anthony Hopkins
December 10, 2018
"Tell the truth. Don't blame people. Be strong. Do your best. Try hard. Forgive. Stay the course." George H.W. Bush
The words he lived by.
December 3, 2018
"We are all just prisoners here, of our own device." Eagles, Hotel California
November 26, 2018
“We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are.” Bill Watterson
November 19, 2018
"But Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that's what they mean by Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown." Marcie
November 12, 2018
"‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers--That perches in the soul-- And sings the tune without the words--And never stops-- at all
And sweetest-- in the Gale-- is heard-- And sore must be the storm-- That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm--
I’ve heard it in the chillest land--And on the strangest Sea—Yet, never in Extremity
It asked a crumb-- of Me.” Emily Dickinson
November 5, 2018
“The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Abraham Lincoln
Editor’s Note: Below is the full, original quote, from which the quote above was taken. It is part of Lincoln’s Inaugural Address.
“The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
October 29, 2018
”I swore never to be silent whenever wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.” Elie Wiesel, from his Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1986.
October 22, 2018
“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.” Thurgood Marshall
October 15, 2018
“The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.” Alek Wek
October 8, 2018
"Be relentless. When things are bad, when the going is tough, just keep putting one foot in front of the other and carry forward. Also, maybe take as a goal what an old man once said to me: 'keep trying, keep fighting, keep smiling every minute you’re alive; you’re going to be dead a long time.'
"And recognize that you are not alone. Far from it. Look to your left and right, before you and behind you, at the millions who will support you on this journey for justice. Fill your lungs with the determined air of action. I find myself humming that old but powerful anthem of the Civil Rights Era. "We'll walk hand in hand!' 'We are not afraid!' 'We shall overcome!'" Dan Rather
October 1, 2018
A cat isn’t fussy – just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate. From which he will take it, and eat it off the floor. Arthur Bridges
September 24, 2018
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” Mark Twain
September 17, 2018
“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant
September 10, 2018
“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” President George W. Bush
September 3, 2018
"Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today." Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls
This quote was part of Barak Obama's eulogy for John S. McCain III. For Whom the Bell Tolls was McCain's favorite book.
August 27, 2018
“I have spent time in the company of heroes. I have watched men suffer the anguish of imprisonment, defy appalling cruelty until further resistance is impossible, break for a moment, then recover inhuman strength to defy their enemies once more. All these things and more I have seen. And so will you. I will go to my grave in gratitude to my Creator for allowing me to stand witness to such courage and honor. And so will you.
“My time is slipping by. Yours is fast approaching. You will know where your duty lies. You will know.” John S. McCain III, 1936 - 2018
This quote was part of the 1993 Commencement Address John McCain gave at Annapolis. A substantive quote from a man of substance.
August 20, 2018
“We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It's our basic human right.” Aretha Franklin
“Sometimes, what you're looking for is already there.” Aretha Franklin
“It’s the rough side of the mountain that’s the easiest to climb; the smooth side doesn’t have anything for you to hang on to.” Aretha Franklin
August 13, 2018
August 6, 2018
How did it get so late so soon. It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” Dr. Seuss
July 30, 2018
“This is how you get to be a writer, incidentally: you feel somehow marginal, somehow slightly off-balance all the time.” Kurt Vonnegut
July 23, 2018
"The goals in life are to manifest our divinity because each one of us is potentially divine. Try and do that and it will influence our work." George Harrison.
July 16, 2018
"Summer. Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better." Anonymous
July 9, 2018
“Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” Anthony Bourdain
July 2, 2018
“Wow, I’m really enjoying this 100+ degree weather!” Said no one ever.
June 25, 2018
"People will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou
June 18, 2018
"I’m not sleeping, I’m just resting my eyes." Dads Everywhere.
June 11, 2018
“Start each day like it’s your birthday.” Kate Spade
“Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.” Anthony Bourdain
June 4, 2018
"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." Groucho Marx
May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day)
“Our flag doesn’t fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” Unknown
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.