Shinn'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! 

Dec. 2, 2021

Necessity is the mother of invention. (W. Horman)

I offer this famous quote its go with my lead article this month. Actually, Horman wrote "Mater Artium Necessitas" in his 1519 best seller "Vulgaria" and it evolved. If you ask me, Invention is a terrible name to give your child, but I suppose if I were saddled with a name like Necessity, I'd want to even the score too.

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.

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.

 

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!

Sept. 2, 2022

Never trust a fart. Never pass up a drink. Never ignore an erection. – Walter Cronkite 

 

This from "the most trusted man in America"? So Walter Cronkite was often called by the end of his celebrated career as a newscaster. I read this quote in his biography (by D. Brinkley) and it's all over the internet attributed to him. As he got older, I suppose his priorities changed, or perhaps he simply became less guarded, but I wonder if this is how he wanted to be remembered. Or perhaps he's looking down from heaven, marveling at how he made me cite such a weird quote. Whatever. Here's to you, Walter.

Aug. 7, 2022

Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that's twice as big as it needs to be. - George Carlin 

 

George saw things a bit differently than most people, and in doing so, became one of the great comedians of all time. I got this from the recently published "A Modern Man." I didn't realize he wrote books, but he published several. I found I liked his work as a stand-up comedian better, though most of his routines made their way into his printed work. This quote kinda typifies Carlin at his quirky best.

 

July 1, 2022

It’s easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission. (Cardinal Barberini in the 1600s)

 

I always thought this was from the business world somewhere. It was so applicable in so many situations, but the website QuoteInvestigator.com says otherwise. The Cardinal was dealing with saying wedding vows and how it would be expedient to get them over with ASAP! Still, so often true.

Jun. 2, 2022

I got nowhere to go, I can go anywhere (D. Hall of Hall and Oates)

 

This was from their song "When the Morning Comes" which I performed about 45 years ago with Mike Fedorka. The song has no great relevance to me, but the line kinda sums up where I am right now, given my relatively empty calendar.

Apr. 7, 2022

Hit ‘em where they ain’t. – Wee Willie Keeler

 

Keeler was only 5' 4" and 140 pounds but is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He played in the late 1800s and early 1900s, retiring as one of the greatest hitters ever, a distinction he holds to this day. In 1897 he hit .424, still a record for left-handed hitters. Yeah, he was undeniably great. When asked the secret of hitting, he gave his classic line, "Hit 'em where they ain't." Well duh.

Mar. 7, 2022

When have any of our plans actually worked? We plan, we get there, all hell breaks loose. (H. Potter – Deathly Hallows Pt. 2)

I'm a big Harry Potter fan. After six years at Hogwarts, this was his endorsement of planning. I had six years at Eastern Michigan and Michigan State, and I couldn't agree more. Shows you what good education is.

Feb. 1, 2022

Nobody cares that you can’t dance, just dance. (D. Barry)

 

Dave Barry is a prominent American humorist who made the above observation. I always took dancing far too seriously and would probably have been smart to heed his advice. Instead, dancing became part of the social skill set that I never developed.

Jan. 6, 2022

There is no right house, there is no right car… It’s not supposed to be anything. (Tobey Maguire from the movie "Pleasantville")

 

A quote from one of my favorite films. It's a sobering thought, really. So many people telling us what life is and how we should live it, but there is no blueprint. Deal with it.