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Help me find the aphorism, from my paraphrase

I read a wonderful quote not that long ago, an aphorism about relationships, but now, no matter how hard I Google, I can't track the original down. Maybe you can help? The essence of it was: We misjudge the people we love twice: First for the better, and second for the worse. [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish on Aug 30, 2016 - 1 answer

Did Lewis Carroll say this (or something similar)?

I'm trying to source the quote "In the end, we only regret the changes we didn't take." The Internet says Lewis Carroll, but there's no citation on any page that attributes it to him, and it's not in Bartlett's Familiar. Can someone tell me if he wrote this, or something similar (and where)? I get the feeling this is another case of the fake quote attribution syndrome that proliferates online, but I'd like to be sure. Thanks.
posted by dortmunder on Aug 25, 2016 - 6 answers

I'm looking for quotes about how society creates laws.

Both humorous and philosophical.. there's the classic "Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made", but I'm more interested in quotes that are about human's relationship with the law and insights into the complicated process of lawmaking. I'd love to hear some of your favorite quotes. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Aug 16, 2016 - 10 answers

What is the Gen Y equivalent of "Play it again, Sam"?

I'm trying to think of indisputably iconic movie quotes from the 90s to the present, and finding it surprisingly difficult. One example is "You're a wizard, Harry". Any others?
posted by dontjumplarry on Aug 12, 2016 - 71 answers

Quotes about being an outsider?

What are some great quotes, poems, or literary excerpts about being an outsider, a constant traveler, or a countryless foreigner?
posted by omar.a on Jul 19, 2016 - 23 answers

Database software for managing pricing information / quotes

I'm looking for database software for managing vendor quotes (for industrial equipment). [more inside]
posted by beepbeepboopboop on Jun 27, 2016 - 3 answers

Looking for poems, quotes relevant to the death of a heroic dissident

I'm doing PR for a heroic dissident who is on hunger strike to protest the actions of a dictator. He's in grave danger and I have little hope. I think he will be gone soon. Can anyone suggest poems or quotes relevant to this situation? I want them for my own comfort, but it would be especially useful if there was something that wasn't too long that I could use for PR. [more inside]
posted by Surprised By Bees on May 14, 2016 - 11 answers

Working hard is its own reward.. oh, wait. That's virtue.

I am in need of some working hard/work motivation phrases. Quotes, platitudes you learned in kindergarten, something your dad used to say, anything goes. Bonus imaginary metapoints for anything that includes reasons or motivations to enjoy work (even if it's not very enjoyable).
posted by atinna on Mar 31, 2016 - 27 answers

All my queerfolk ain't ... wait, no.

I'm looking for concise quotes that suggest or outright state that members of a marginalized group don't necessarily agree or have the same priorities on matters of culture, politics, religion, fighting oppression, etc. Zora Neale Hurston's "all my skinfolk ain't kinfolk" is a perfect example. References to the LGBTQ community and/or witty aphorisms are particularly welcome!
posted by zebra on Feb 19, 2016 - 6 answers

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil...

I am trying to compile all the quotes similar in meaning to Edmund Burke's All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing and need the hive mind to help me find as many as possible. [more inside]
posted by Kwadeng on Feb 16, 2016 - 22 answers

Mark Helprin quote

Looking for a Mark Helprin quote, maybe from Winter's Tale: something like 'we are all boats in a harbour, sometimes we float together and sometimes we're pulled apart'. Google has not helped. AskMetafilter I beseech your aid!
posted by Sebmojo on Feb 14, 2016 - 4 answers

Smart, witty "thoughts for the day"?

I am thinking about starting my morning radio show with a very brief "thought for the day," as I have about 20 seconds to fill each morning. Looking for both individual ideas, and sites. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Dec 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Is this quote to bypass broken sewer line in the ballpark of reasonable?

Had a blocked sewer this morning. Plumbers unblocked it, charged $900 for the unblocking and CCTV investigation. The camera showed a large hole at one section of the (clay) pipe, and tree roots at another point. The plumber says the whole pipe should be replaced, and that it can't be relined. This would involve disconnecting the bathroom plumbing, jackhammering up 2x4m of concrete, moving the hot water cylinder which is currently in the way, putting in new PVC pipes that bypass the old broken one, and repouring concrete, installing inspection hatches this time. Removal of waste included. The quote is $14,250 plus GST. Is this anywhere near what I should expect? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Dec 13, 2015 - 23 answers

Quote/poem/sentiment tying love and stars, and maybe birthdays?

I'm making my boyfriend a map of the stars for his birthday. I want a quote that ties all these concepts together. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Oct 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Non-religious quotes for holiday cards

I'm mailing holiday cards out this year to our friends and family, who span many religious denominations and traditions. What are meaningful, non-Bible quotes or verses appropriate for a holiday card, centered around love, contemplation, peace, winter, togetherness and/or gratitude? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Oct 22, 2015 - 15 answers

What was the last big quote from "The Martian"?

In the film version of The Martian, Mark Watney says something at the end about what you do when you know you're going to die. Anybody have the exact quote?
posted by circular on Oct 2, 2015 - 4 answers

Need help identifying an un-google-able quote

Who said this: "A friend is better than a dollar. Cuz if you have a dollar, but ain't got a friend, then the money won't spend." [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 1, 2015 - 3 answers

Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, creeps in this petty Hobbit hole...

Looking for entertaining Shakespeare movies with correct, quotable dialogue. [more inside]
posted by Vaike on Sep 21, 2015 - 10 answers

What are your best quotes/proverbs re: working hard & keeping focused?

Repeating simple mantras help me stay focused, and I need some new quotes to store in my mental arsenal. They should be applicable to office work that requires multi-tasking, thinking through complex ideas, dealing with many people, communicating well, and working quickly and efficiently. What are your best ones?
posted by watrlily on Sep 20, 2015 - 25 answers

What Novel Is This Quote/Comparison From?

My Search-Fu is utterly failing me. Where did I read the line (paraphrased): "He was like a tennis player who mistakes his best game for his everyday game [or natural level or basic capability]". I want to say it was in a novel by a female author,: Lessing, Christie or Woolf maybe? I might be completely wrong. Fairly sure the narrator's voice was female. Can anyone help?
posted by comealongpole on Aug 30, 2015 - 1 answer

Plato quotes has followed me. BUT WHY

I keep getting followed by spammy Twitter accounts that don't link to anything or sell anything, as far as I can tell. What is their purpose? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jun 17, 2015 - 3 answers

Is this JK Rowling quote apocryphal?

In internet discussions about guns and magic, invariably someone will mention that Rowling said that a wizard will lose to a man with a shotgun. Did she? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Jun 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Poem or quote about heirlooms, family tradition or hand-me-downs?

I am looking for suggestions for a short, sentimental/heartwarming/heartfelt poem or quote about heirlooms, family tradition or hand-me-downs to include on a gift for my grandmother. This is a thank-you gift for letting me wear her wedding dress at my own wedding and a tribute to the family tradition of marriages on the same date. [more inside]
posted by IsItJustMe? on Jun 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Home improvement plans.

Is there an easier way to obtain quotes, even super rough ones, for home improvement projects? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on May 29, 2015 - 7 answers

Quote by email, no written contract, work not yet done. Can I cancel?

I'm in Texas. I'm having some repairs/renovations done to my home and yard in preparation for selling it. I accepted a quote for a landscaping job by email. We set a date for the job next month. They said they'd send a contract for me to sign and that they required a deposit. I have not received the contract. I'd like to cancel the job. Can I? YANML. [more inside]
posted by Boxenmacher on May 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Curious about a hypothetical situation

My neighbor has the same name as a certain celebrity. Hypothetically, would it be legal to publish quotes from him? [more inside]
posted by cmcmcm on May 7, 2015 - 9 answers

On Quotation and Punctuation

Should a sentence end with a quotation mark or the punctuation mark? [more inside]
posted by ourt on Apr 30, 2015 - 23 answers

"What's the Matter with Kids Today?"

I'm looking for quotes that express one generation's frustration with the next. [more inside]
posted by ElaineMc on Feb 19, 2015 - 21 answers

Who is Hartman Jule?

While trying to check a quotation about retirement by one Hartman Jule, I found that while the name appears on lots of quote-collecting websites, I was unable to find any biographical information on anyone by that name. All references inside books only lead to epigraphs (i.e., more quotes), most having to do with retirement or advertising. Is this a known pseudonym of an individual? In lieu of any information on Hartman Jule having been a real person, I'd like to find the primary source(s) for the quotes attributed to him. [more inside]
posted by obloquy on Feb 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Quotes about science and sci-fi

Please help me find good quotes about how and why sci-fi is inspired by science, or how science is inspired by sci-fi.
posted by Unsomnambulist on Jan 4, 2015 - 4 answers

What are your favorite quotes from gay/civil rights leaders?

I'm trying to make a compilation of quotes or calls to action that are inspirational from gay rights/civil rights leaders over the past century or so. Any help you could offer, links, etc, would be awesome. Thank you.
posted by rabu on Dec 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Vonnegut wisdom?

Help me to find more ideas in the vein of this quote by Kurt Vonnegut: “But I have to say this in defense of humankind: In no matter what era in history, including the Garden of Eden, everybody just got here. And, except for the Garden of Eden, there were already all these games going on that could make you act crazy, even if you weren't crazy to begin with. Some of the crazymaking games going on today are love and hate, liberalism and conservatism, automobiles and credit cards, golf, and girls' basketball.” [more inside]
posted by ista on Nov 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Can you provide a source for this quotation about Utah bestiality?

Several times over the last 10 years a columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune has claimed that a representative in the Utah House voted down a bill outlawing bestiality, saying "Rep. Pignanelli just doesn't understand the pressures on the farm in rural Utah." Is there any truth to this claim? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars on Sep 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Michelangelo quote identification

I’m trying to authenticate a quote attributed to Michelangelo, and wondering if any art history buffs know of the background information. The quote is: “I saw the angel in the marble, and carved until I set him free.” [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 4, 2014 - 4 answers

a fact is a fact, & your state of mind won't alter it by a hair's breath

"Let's go now and have the truth at all hazards." This sentence is extremely clear in context, but knowing Peter Wimsey, it's also probably a (mis)quote. Please help me find the source so I can get a tattoo with a clear conscience. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Sep 2, 2014 - 10 answers

What are some good quotes about farewells for my dry erase board?

I'm leaving my current position at my company this week due to a promotion. This requires me to move to another location. I have a dry erase board on which I like to put funny or meaningful quotes. Can you suggest good, pithy quotes about endings, farewells and goodbyes that I can put on it?
posted by inturnaround on Aug 25, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me identify my wedding reading!

This quote is all over the internet with conflicting attributions. Can you help me identify the original source? "You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving..." [more inside]
posted by purplevelvet on Aug 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Discussed money with a client, now they're not responding.

Fellow sons and daughters of MeFiDom! I have taken your advice (that is, the extract from the collective juice from all your advice) and I was direct in the way I discussed money with my client. As a reminder, this is my previous post. Alas.. they didn't respond, so I figured my price was too high. Problem is, it's a project I really like. What now?
posted by cyrusw8 on Jul 15, 2014 - 24 answers

Trying to find a quote from Gone with the Wind

I'm trying to find an excerpt/quote from Gone with the Wind (the movie). Someone (I think Rhett but I'm not sure) is criticizing Ashley (to his face? behind his back? can't remember) for being unfair to both Scarlett and Melanie. I thought it was along the lines of Ashley being too weak to either love her properly or give her up properly. Help? [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on Jun 14, 2014 - 4 answers

What did Robert Oppenheimer say about scientists' drive to get results?

I read a while ago a quote from Oppenheimer that eloquently expressed the idea that once a scientist gets in his or her head the idea that a result is achievable, he or she will not be stopped until that result is achieved. He referred to the scientist, though the sense in which he meant the term might better map to what many consider an engineer. [more inside]
posted by edw on Jun 14, 2014 - 6 answers

A great quote in 20 words or less. GO!

When I sleep aboard a boat I often slip a 6" piece of cardboard into the vent over my head to stop the chilly airflow while I sleep. I want to write on it with marker a nice quote I'll look up at every time I'm in bed. I'd like for it to be a nice reminder to see every night before I close my eyes. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jun 10, 2014 - 26 answers

Quote help: "No one looks back on their life and remembers..."

I'm looking for a variation of this quote related to working too hard, or missing family events. I know there's the version that says "No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got good sleep..." but I thought there was one that was like "and remembers the nights they stayed late at the office" or "the times they stayed at work instead of being home in time for dinner." From a movie maybe? [more inside]
posted by jtajta on Jun 5, 2014 - 6 answers

Need help sourcing a quote

I could have sworn I read Ta-Nehisi Coates write somewhere on the internet something along the lines of - "The North didn't win the Civil War, America did." The thinking behind this was that the war shouldn't be framed as "North vs. South" - but rather, "America vs. the CSA" or "America vs. some traitors." Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on May 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for quotes about chess.

I'm trying to find particularly insightful or interesting quotes (or other pieces of evidence) about chess. Not only on it as an art form, but also about its psychological effects and also as the giant cultural phenomenon it has been over the past two centuries. [more inside]
posted by Quilford on May 23, 2014 - 18 answers

"To own a book is to want a shelf..."

I'm trying to find any record of a saying I once heard attributed to St. Francis of Assisi; it goes something like, "To own a book is to want a shelf to put it on; to own a shelf is to want a room to put the shelf in; to own a room is to want a house; to own a house"...etc., my memory is very vague after this point. Anyone heard something like this before?
posted by daisystomper on May 22, 2014 - 4 answers

God damn it, you've got to be kind.

I'm expecting my first child in just a few days. Other than Vonnegut's [title], what are some good, creative, sweet, snarky, or famous things to say to a new born baby to welcome her to the world? [more inside]
posted by dmd on May 3, 2014 - 23 answers

Seeking a quote that likens learning to read to an acrobatic task

Asking for a Montessori teacher friend: Can anyone help me find a quote about learning to read? It likens the task of reading to an acrobatic task. I can't remember the origin and haven't been able to come up with a single clue. It's just the perfect way to sum up the "reading process system" which is a boring way to say all the stuff that happens in your brain when you read. I need it for a reading workshop on Saturday. Thanks!
posted by librarina on Apr 30, 2014 - 1 answer

Inspirational quotes on the subject of moving forward in life.

I am designing a poster for a personal project on the subject of "always moving forward" and "taking the next step" – do you have any quotes that you live by on that subject? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Apr 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Why Even Bring It Up?

My wife and I have been saying, "Why even bring it up?" to each other for years (the pitch of the voice starts out low and gets higher and higher throughout the question). Do you know where we could have heard the quote? [more inside]
posted by jaden on Apr 17, 2014 - 4 answers

American Presidential Quote: "Of all the imperfect forms of government"

Having a little trouble finding the source for this quote. Believe it was Reagan. who said "Of all the imperfect forms of government, our is the best man has so far come up with."
posted by Nicholas Geary on Apr 14, 2014 - 4 answers

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