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Robin’s Choice
Favorite Quotes

Here are 212 samples of what is in the Parts.
These quotations most reflect my personal taste. ENJOY!

Part 1: D E F I N I T I O N S
(20 of 2000)

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. —Kahlil Gibran

California is a dream that’s always just out of reach! —G.B. Trudeau

Cheese – milk’s leap towards immortality. —Clifton Fadiman

Chocolate – the undisputed diva of the dessert world. —Nancy Baggett

Coffee is a fleeting moment and a fragrance. —Claudia Roden

Epigram: a wisecrack that has played Carnegie Hall. —Oscar Levant

Eternity is just Time on an ego trip. —Lily Tomlin

Fame is like ice cream; it’s only bad if you eat too much. —Mick Jagger

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. —Moshe Dayan

God is a concept by which we measure our pain. —John Lennon

Harrods is the Taj Mahal of department stores. —Robin Seer

Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace. —Paul Theroux

Imagination – its limits are only those of the mind itself. —Rod Serling

Life is a stranger’s sojourn, a night at an inn. —Marcus Aurelius

Music is the soundtrack of your life. —Dick Clark

Perfume is one of a woman’s most alluring features. —Marisa Berenson

Science fiction is a literature of ideas. —Robert Silverberg

Sex is the substitute religion of the 20th century. —Malcolm Muggeridge

Television is chewing gum for the eyes. —Frank Lloyd Wright

Words are a lens to focus one’s mind. —Ayn Rand


Part 2: D I C H O T O M I E S
(11 of 300)

Art is man’s nature; nature is God’s art. —P.J. Bailey

My joy is chocolate. But my passion is caramel. —Anna Janes

Dogs come when they’re called;
cats take a message and get back to you.
—Missy Dizick

Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult. —Edmond Gwenn

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age. —Victor Hugo

I’ve put my genius into my life;
I’ve only put my talent into my works.
—Oscar Wilde

The haiku lets meaning float; the aphorism pins it down. —Mason Cooley

If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.
—Peter Shaffer

Silence is deep as Eternity; speech, shallow as Time. —Thomas Carlyle

Woman idealizes love, man idealizes woman. —Hildric Davenport

Yesterday is but today’s memory;
tomorrow is today’s dream.
—Kahlil Gibran


Part 3: W R I T I N G
(15 of 450)


Be as a page that aches for a word
which speaks on a theme that is timeless.
—Neil Diamond

It’s a very cool thing for a writer
to have introduced a word into common parlance.
—William Gibson

Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall,
but Wise Words endure.
—Edward Thorndike


My stories have led me through my life. They shout, I follow. —Ray Bradbury

Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. —Henry Miller

When inspiration strikes, I write poetry. The source is unknown. —Robin Seer


A professional writer
is just an amateur who didn’t quit.
—Richard Bach

Writers of the past had absinthe, whiskey, or heroin. I have Google.
—Michael Chabon

The true Poet is all-knowing;
he is an actual world in miniature.

Literary Forms

Fantasy is nearer to poetry, to mysticism, and to insanity than naturalistic fiction is.
—Ursula K. Le Guin

Science Fiction is great because it literally opens the doors of Time and Space.


Where is human nature so weak as in a bookstore? —Henry Ward Beecher

A book is magical; it transcends time and space. —Daniel J. Boorstin


Read as you taste fruit or savor wine,
or enjoy friendship, love, or life.
—Holbrook Jackson

A good reader has imagination, memory,
a dictionary, and some artistic sense.
—Vladimir Nabokov


Part 4: A R T
(30 of 1500)


The only quality that endures in art
is a personal vision of the world.
—Edward Hopper

Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.
—Henry Miller

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. —Pablo Picasso

When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece.
—John Ruskin

The Artist

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness. —Max Eastman

An artist is by definition a collector of experience. —Thomas Kinkade

It is from the artist that society gains its loftier images of itself. —Joseph Wood Krutch


With an apple I will astonish Paris. —Paul Cézanne

In spite of the subject or the violence,
I want every painting to be a thing of beauty.
—Frank Frazetta

Every good painter invents a new way of painting. —Aldous Huxley

Paintings have a life of their own
that derives from the painter’s soul.
—Vincent van Gogh


Photography completely renewed our relationship with the universe. —Brassaï

It is not the camera that counts, it is the eye. —Justus Dahinden


Only the flint of a man’s mind can strike fire in music.
—Ludwig van Beethoven

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. —Confucius

The synthesizer world opens the door to musical infinity. —John McLaughlin

I function as a channel through which music
emerges from the chaos of noise.

Good music is wine turned to sound. —Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In memory, everything seems to happen to music.
—Tennessee Williams

The Theater

A play is fiction – and fiction is fact distilled into truth. —Edward Albee

The actor should be able to create
the universe in the palm of his hand.
—Laurence Olivier

Magic really does exist – it manifests each night at your local theater. —Kristen Seer

Our type of creativeness is
the conception and birth of a new being – the person in the part.
—Constantin Stanislavski

Now we sit through Shakespeare
in order to recognize the quotations.
—Oscar Wilde

A play visibly represents pure existing. —Thornton Wilder


When I go to movies I generally want to be taken to another world. —Darren Aronofsky

In the mythology of the cinema, the Oscar is the supreme prize. —Federico Fellini

If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed. —Stanley Kubrick

When the lights go down in the theater and the movie fades in, it’s magic. —Steven Spielberg

The cinema has no boundaries. It is a ribbon of dreams. —Orson Welles


Part 5: E X I S T E N C E
(70 of 7000)


A place for everything and everything in its place. —Isabella Beeton

Be yourself. The world worships the original. —Ingrid Bergman

An ideal is a flaming vision of reality. —Joseph Conrad

Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor. —William Cowper

It is not he or she or them or it that you belong to. —Bob Dylan

If you chase perfection, you often catch excellence. —William Fowble

Your reason and your passion
are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul.
—Kahlil Gibran

Everybody is the center of his own universe. —Allen Ginsberg

There is nothing permanent except change. —Heraclitus

Don’t take life so serious, son, it ain’t nohow permanent. —Walt Kelly

We’re captive on the carousel of time. —Joni Mitchell

Everything in moderation – with a few glorious exceptions.
—Robert Mondavi

None of us really changes over time.
We only become more fully what we are.
—Anne Rice

The freedom to be who you are is the Holy Grail of life. —Robin Seer

The final mystery is the mystery of oneself. —Oscar Wilde


One’s religion is whatever one is most interested in. —James M. Barrie

There is no God. None, not one, never was. No God. Sorry. —George Carlin

If God did not exist He would have to be invented. —Voltaire


Horses lend us the wings we lack. —Pam Brown

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong. —Winston Churchill

Sunshine almost always makes me high. —John Denver

In wilderness is the preservation of the world. —Henry David Thoreau

Cat Tales

The smallest feline is a masterpiece. —Leonardo da Vinci


Our soulmate is someone who shares
our deepest longings, our sense of direction.
—Richard Bach

Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
—Kahlil Gibran


It was a blonde.
A blonde to make a bishop
kick a hole in a stained-glass window.
—Raymond Chandler.

Every woman has a goddess within. I like to bring her out. —Thierry Mugler

I prefer the company of women. I’m buzzed by the female mystique. —Jack Nicholson

The eternal in woman draws us on. —Johann von Goethe


As men get older, the toys get more expensive. —Marvin Davis

I was never macho. I never wanted to hunt or box or kill. —David Duchovny

A man’s word – when you give it, you need to do it. —Jet Li


A new baby is like the beginning of all things –
wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
—Eda J. LeShan


I was thrown out of college for cheating on a metaphysics exam;
I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
—Woody Allen


The birth of science was the death of superstition. —Thomas Huxley

Great Moments in Science:
Einstein discovers that time is actually money.
—Gary Larson

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow. —Edward Teller

Modern Life

Any sufficiently advanced technology
is indistinguishable from magic.
—Arthur C. Clarke

Retail therapy is my way of life.
I don’t go to a psychologist – I go to Harrods.
—Minnie Driver

The future has already arrived.
It’s just not evenly distributed yet.
—William Gibson

What can you say about a society
that thinks God is dead and Elvis is alive.
—Irv Kupcinet

If you flip through 100 TV channels,
you can see the whole bizarre bouillabaisse of life.
—Dennis Miller


The essence of pleasure is spontaneity. —Germaine Greer

I hope I brought more passion to ice skating than most skaters,
and maybe more sensuality as well.
—Katarina Witt


Create the best in anything, and there’s usually a market for it. —Richard Branson

Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live. —Margaret Fuller


HyperCard occupies the same niche in the evolution of software
as human beings do in the evolution of life.
—Douglas Adams

The iPod is the 21st century’s first consumer icon. —Michael Bull

The Power Mac G4 Cube, released in 2000,
was so alluring that one ended up on display
in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
—Walter Isaacson

The computer is a bicycle for the mind. —Steve Jobs

The PC is the LSD of the 1990s. —Timothy Leary

In a sense, the Macintosh was a virtual reality machine.
An artificial world existed in every box.
—Steven Levy

Let’s get back to designing simple, functional, elegant software. —Bruce Tognazinni

The Mac is not a religion, it’s just a very good computer. —Dave Winer

Other Thoughts

We’ve no control over our conception,
only over our creation.
—Tony Curtis

Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial. —Bob Dylan

Superman is probably the only true myth the 20th century has produced.
—Warren Ellis

I love order. To me, disorder is ugly–
unless it is organized disorder,
which can be picturesque.

Millions long for immortality
who don’t know what to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
—Susan Ertz

I think we are all figments of our own imagination. We invent ourselves. —David Geffen

The true art of memory is the art of attention. —Samuel Johnson

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. —John Keats

The home should be the treasure chest of living. —Le Corbusier

Freedom is the only law which genius knows. —James Russell Lowell

You really don’t have to be young to find a friend in a teddy bear. —Rachel Newman

It’s a mystical, magical occasion when you create something.
—Mike Oldfield

The beaches, the marinas, the ski resorts, the wineries, the film industry –
all these, and more, make British Columbia
the California of Canada.
—Robin Seer

whether they are children, poems or organizations,
take on a life of their own.

He who lives in the present lives in eternity. —Ludwig Wittgenstein

Give me the luxuries of life
and I will willingly do without the necessities.
—Frank Lloyd Wright


Part 6: H U M O R
(36 of 2800)


I can’t say I was ever lost, but I was bewildered once for three days. —Daniel Boone

Sometimes I wish life had a fast-forward button. —Dan Chopin

Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues;
you can tell by the way she smiles.
—Bob Dylan

I don’t like to twist. It messes up my lipstick. —Carmen Electra

I won’t be happy until I’m as famous as God. —Madonna

I wasn’t kissing her, I was whispering in her mouth. —Chico Marx

When it’s three o’clock in New York,
it’s still 1938 in London.
—Bette Midler

What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course. —Marilyn Monroe

I love California – I practically grew up in Phoenix. —Dan Quayle

The guest is always right –
even if we have to throw him out.
—Charles Ritz

If you can’t win by reason, go for volume. —Bill Watterson

Everything I want is either illegal, immoral, or fattening. —Alexander Woollcott


Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. —W.C. Fields

Being offended is a natural consequence of leaving the house. —Fran Lebowitz

Room service? Send up a larger room. —Groucho Marx

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. —George Bernard Shaw

When angry, count four; when very angry, swear. —Mark Twain

The Bikini is the most important thing since the Atom Bomb. —Diana Vreeland

Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? —Mae West


Weather forecast for tonight: Dark. —George Carlin

I used to do drugs. I still do drugs. But I used to, too. —Mitch Hedberg

Those hot pants of hers were so tight,
I could hardly breathe.
—Benny Hill

You’re not famous until my mother has heard of you. —Jay Leno

Boy those French, they have a different word for everything. —Steve Martin

On some mornings it just doesn’t seem worth it
to gnaw through the leather straps.
—Emo Philips

There’s no such thing as “fun for the whole family”. —Jerry Seinfeld

I got an “A” in philosophy
because I proved that my professor didn’t exist.
—Judy Tenuta

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.
Lily Tomlin

I have an existential map.
It has “You are here” written all over it.
—Steven Wright


You’ve buttered your bread, now sleep in it. —Gracie Allen

This is like déjà vu all over again. —Yogi Berra

Picasso had his Blue Period. I’m in my Blonde Period. —Hugh Hefner

If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt. —Dean Martin

It’s not true I had nothing on – I had the radio on. —Marilyn Monroe

One more drink and I’ll be under the host. —Dorothy Parker

Love, the quest; marriage, the conquest; divorce, the inquest. —Helen Rowland


Part 7: E A T I N G
(30 of 600)


Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art.
It requires instinct and taste, not exact measurements.
—X. Marcel Boulestin

In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection. —Curnonsky

A dessert that is as beautiful to see as it is to taste
casts the chef as a maker of fantasies.
—Alice Medrich


Because of acid,
I now know that butter is
way better than margarine.
—Mitch Hedberg

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese. —G.K. Chesterton

I love Lindt. Dark chocolate is such a delicious indulgence.
—Mia Farrow

You have to live life to its full chorizo. —Mario Batali

If there were a Hall of Fame for sweets,
cookies would be the first elected.
—Dolores Kostelni

The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today.
—Lewis Carroll

Life is too short to stuff a mushroom. —Shirley Conran

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter
quite like unrequited love.
—Charles M. Schulz

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti. —Sophia Loren

Vanilla is a spice that seems to scream dessert. —Janet Hazen

He gave her a look you could have poured on a waffle. —Ring Lardner

When one has tasted watermelons,
one knows what angels eat.
—Mark Twain


The gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.
—James Beard

Bring on the dessert. I think I am about to die. —Brillat-Savarin

The art of dining well is no slight art,
the pleasure not a slight pleasure.
—Michel de Montaigne

A tablecloth restaurant
is still one of the great rewards of civilization.
—Harry Golden

There is no love sincerer than the love of food. —George Bernard Shaw


Let’s get out of these wet clothes and into a dry martini. —Robert Benchley

With its rich ruby color, spicy aroma,
and refreshing flavors,
Dubonnet embodies the best of the aperitif cocktail.
—Dale DeGroff

Chardonnay continues to rule our palates and our hearts,
our wine lists and our dinner tables.
—Jurgen Gothe

Napa Valley is as fine a place as any in the world to perfect the viticultural arts.
—John Mariani

The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence
of concentrated sunbeams.
—Thomas Peacock

Coffee has become the new elixir of seduction. —Mark Schapiro

Over a demitasse of espresso, life slows down.
—Howard Schultz

Having honeyed tea can imbue the inner self with warm well-being. —Robin Seer

Tea at The Ritz is the last delicious morsel of Edwardian London.
—Helen Simpson

Coffee and chocolate –
the inventor of the Mocha should be sainted.
—Cherise Sinclair