Shin's Favorite Quotes

Other people seem to say things much better than I do, so starting February 13, 2021, I'm compiling some of my favorites with a short explanation of each. Enjoy! 

July 30, 2021

So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we hold the key. ~ J. Tempchin & R. Standund (The Eagles, Already Gone)

Many of my favorite quotes come from songs. This is one. I find that it applies to much more than romance. Jobs and other bad habits come to mind.

June 2, 2021

I think we can all do better. ~ Jim Jeffries.

Jim Jeffries is an Australian comedian who had a weekly show on Comedy Central. It lasted three years and I really liked it, and kinda hoped he'd get a shot at coming in before or after The Daily Show. This was his sign-off line. No finger pointing, no politics, just a needed challenge. And so true!


May 7, 2021

If you don't expect too much from me, you might not be let down. ~ Doug Hopkins.

Doug was from the Gin Blossoms who did the song "Hey Jealousy" from which this line came. I wish people would make such allowances for me!

Apr. 3, 2021

If I'd have known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself. ~ Eubie Blake

How true, now that I'm 70! I first heard it from Mickey Mantle, who utterly had trashed himself, but it was originally from jazz pianist legend Eubie Blake, who performed well into his 90s. May we all do so well and live so long.

Mar. 2, 2021

We have seen the enemy and he is us. ~ Walt Kelly aka Pogo

I swear, humanity's problems are brought on by ourselves. This quote is a parody of Oliver Perry's War of 1812 quote "We have seen the enemy and they are ours." Funny, I always thought it was Douglas MacArthur. 

Feb.13, 2021

You're only young once, but you can be immature forever. ~ Germaine Greer

I first saw this as a quote from football player Larry Anderson, but later saw it ascribed to Germaine Greer among others. It matters not to me, I immediately took it as my mantra. It just seems so... me. Kind of in the mold of my age: old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway. Sage advice!

Nov. 3, 2021

Hindsight ain't worth a damn - Billy Carter

Yeah, the brother of former president Jimmy said that if he had it all to do over again, he'd probably just screw his life up again. Yeah, Billy, I think that's true of most of us.

Oct. 6, 2021

A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest. - P. Simon, (The Boxer)

If we were only a bit more discerning when we read social media, perhaps Zuckerberg wouldn't be in so much trouble!

Sept. 6, 2021

It never hurts to suck up to the boss – Quark (The Legends of the Ferengi)

Quark was a character from the Star Trek series (TNG, DSN and Voyager) who was a Ferengi, a race whose culture was based on making profit. If ONLY I had listened, I might have been somebody. Being a fictional character, Quark had to tell his stories to Ira Behr and Robert Wolfe.