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What Pride & Prejudice quote am I thinking of? (No, not the first line)

A long time ago, on another forum, someone wrote a quote that came from Pride & Prejudice, or some other work by Jane Austen. The quote criticized women who put down other women in an attempt to appeal to men. [more inside]
posted by picklenickle on Nov 9, 2015 - 5 answers

SourceFilter - Quote Edition

Fiancee is trying to find out if this quote: "One of the greatest gifts adults can give - to their offspring and to their society - is to read to children." is actually by Carl Sagan, so she can use it for a paper. I can't find it anywhere. Is this actually something Sagan said or is the internet being the internet? [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Oct 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Like a shooting star? Like a candle in the wind?

I'm looking for quotes and visual symbols for something that is beautiful but temporary. Whether it's about life, love, passion, or something physical, give me all your ideas. Bonus points if it's brief and elegant enough for a tattoo.
posted by keep it under cover on Oct 12, 2015 - 40 answers

Needed: The perfect quote from Jane Jacobs

I'm officiating my first wedding next week (Exciting! Scary!) and working on final details. I really would like to include a quote from Jane Jacobs, the couple's hero. “Neighborhood is a word that has come to sound like a Valentine. As a sentimental concept, ‘neighborhood’ is harmful to city planning. Sentimentality plays with sweet intentions in place of good sense.” is what I'm currently playing with, but it's not quite hitting the spot in a way I'd like without over-explaining it. Urban planning and sociology nerds: can you suggest any and all Jane Jacobs quotes that in some way connect with love, community, and growth? I welcome truly any thoughts you have, and feel free to share a bit about how you might use it. THANK YOU!
posted by jenbo1 on Oct 11, 2015 - 3 answers

Help finding a quote about quality workmanship/craftsmanship

I saw a quote about quality craftsmanship a few years ago that I have had difficulty tracking down again. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling on Sep 25, 2015 - 1 answer

QuoteFilter: what did Fleming's Bond think about self-doubt?

I remember it was something about how self-doubt is the deadliest emotion, and most secret agents were young men because old men worry too much. I can't find it via Google and I forget which Bond novel it was from. Anyone remember this? Thanks!
posted by sninctown on Sep 14, 2015 - 3 answers

analogy/metaphor between a person and a diesel engine?

Looking for a lost quotation that ran along the lines of 's/he was like a diesel engine - reluctant to start, but having once suffered that indignity, unwilling to stop'. [more inside]
posted by you must supply a verb on Sep 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me find a quote like this?

I'm trying to find a quote that fits a romantic (but not overly saccharine) mood that basically says "I do this because of my love for you, I believe in it because you believe in it, I stand by your side against adversity because I know I am with you."
posted by cyrusw8 on Jul 21, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me find a quote like this

I'm trying to find a quote that fits the general mood of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Spirited Away". I know that is a weird mix, but the more layered and moody the quote is the better. Something about memories, yearning, and remembrance. And not that Alexander Pope quote that was mentioned in ETOSM please. Any ideas?
posted by cyrusw8 on Jul 14, 2015 - 16 answers

Dealing with typefaces for design projects

Although I studied graphic design in university, I never really learned how to deal with the business side of things. I understand there are plenty of resources for how to create a quote or an invoice, but I want to learn how to deal with the little nuts and bolts involved in the project, namely typefaces. [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Jun 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Andy Griffith-filter, help me with this quote?

Why was his heart shaped in a bowl? Andy's I mean. From Season 4, Episode 5, Mr. Darling says to Andy, after the latter offers to have him over for dinner, "That haircut of yours may be city style but your heart was shaped in a bowl." [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jun 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Please reinforce my favorite quote

My favorite quote is, "[God has] hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children." I'm looking for art, literature, and quotes with the same idea. [more inside]
posted by cmcmcm on May 19, 2015 - 12 answers

The night never questions the stars when they appear.

I was listening to a mix tape and THIS BIT was included. It has a nice bit of spoken word that googles no real results. [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 on May 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Rilke quote

I read an article that claimed Rilke wrote that romantic lovers "keep on using each other to hide their own fates." Where did he write this? Googling reveals nothing except the article itself, but it may just be a non-standard translation from German.
posted by deathpanels on May 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Can you quote a Scottish poet?

Can you recommend a quote from a Scottish poet (or writer) which exemplifies the pain and frustration of being so far down the socio-economic ladder as to never be able to even own land? It could also talk about the chasm between the haves and the have-nots.
posted by John Borrowman on May 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Did Johnny von Neumann say it?

This quote is commonly attributed to John von Neumann: "You insist that there is something that a machine can't do. If you will tell me precisely what it is that a machine cannot do, then I can always make a machine which will do just that." Did he say it, or something like it? Where? If not, who did?
posted by phrontist on Apr 1, 2015 - 2 answers

Fun stories that are also good business lessons

I'm looking for similar stories like Mark Twain's quote "If you eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day." More inside. [more inside]
posted by Georgia Is All Out Of Smokes on Feb 25, 2015 - 9 answers

The meaning of life

I saw a quote recently, possibly here. It was something like, "the point of being alive is to produce energy to support the creation of more life." It wasn't about procreation but more about how our biological processes exist to create energy for other living things, as part of the ecosystem. Can't remember more of the phrase but I really liked the concept and would love to know more about the quote.
posted by zutalors! on Feb 17, 2015 - 6 answers

What B&W movie ends with the line "Here comes the sun"?

I saw a black and white movie on TV when I was younger, and it ended with a family (presumably farmers?), looking out a window or a door (or standing on a porch) as the sun rose, and the father says, "Well, here comes the sun." It stuck with me, but I can't seem to find what movie it was. [more inside]
posted by wivy on Feb 12, 2015 - 7 answers


Supposedly, no less of a luminary than Bertrand Russell described John Maynard Keynes as 'having "the sharpest and clearest intellect" he had ever known.' Incredibly intelligent people have met and worked together for centuries: what have they had to say about each other?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 28, 2014 - 20 answers

Well yes, sometimes.

There's a scene/quote, probably in a movie but maybe in a TV show, that I know I've seen a pile of times but can't place it. Guy asks a question then answers it with "the answer to that is 'yes, sometimes.'" Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Nov 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for a Carlos Fuentes quote

Some years ago, I read a quote from Carlos Fuentes (in English) in some secondary source. I have no idea where I read it, but I would love to find it again! [more inside]
posted by tentacle on Nov 18, 2014 - 2 answers

Please help me DIY this vague wall art quote idea!

I have a big white wall next to my stairs. I want to decorate the wall with a 10-sentence quote, like going up alongside the stairs. I am only moderately artsy but not totally hopeless. I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this myself. [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Nov 3, 2014 - 5 answers

What French movie is playing in this short?

Which French (presumably New Wave) movie is playing here? [more inside]
posted by herrdoktor on Nov 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for a website that offers positive daily affirmations.

I would like to change my homepage to a simple clean site that offers different positive daily quotes or affirmations - geared more to success, positivity and general spirituality. I've searched Google and the ones I have found are either cluttered with ads or are more of a "healing" nature (like the one at Hay House - not exactly what I want.)
posted by cherrybounce on Oct 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Michelangelo quote translation help

A follow up to this Michelangelo quote question - Calling Italian & Urdu speakers for some translation help! [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Secret languages of couples

I'm looking for a (Tolstoy?) quote about how couples develop a private language based on shared references and experiences, and how it's tragic when a couple breaks up because this language is lost. [more inside]
posted by Paul the Octopus on Sep 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me make folksy art out of a Tom Waits quote

I'm looking to take a Tom Waits quote and turn it into something folksy I can hang on a wall. The quote? "The large print giveth, and the small print taketh away." Any thoughts on good styles and/or artists who could help? [more inside]
posted by evadery on Sep 4, 2014 - 8 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

Trying to source a quote about justice

Trying to source a quote - my father always told me something like, "If the innocent don't stand up for their rights the job is left to the guilty" or something like that. Who was he paraphrasing? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Aug 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Quotes about adventure for a college freshman

Mr. Squirrel and I are taking our lovely nerdy introvert daughter to college tomorrow, and she is very anxious about leaving home. I want to write an encouraging note to leave in her dorm room for her to find after we drop her off. I'd like to include a quote about the ideas of having adventures and trying new things and how you never know what may happen next. [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Aug 16, 2014 - 21 answers

Did Montaigne actually say anything like this? If so, where?

In reviewing Wendell Berry's The Hidden Wound, one reviewer says: "The brunt of the book is to wake us up, page after page, from stupidity. 'It is a kind of death,' Montaigne said, 'to avoid the pain of well doing, or trouble of well living.' Wendell Berry makes that observation rip the air like an alarm clock." I'd like to find the work Montaigne is quoted from. [more inside]
posted by weston on Aug 14, 2014 - 2 answers

Unstoppable force/Immovable object

I am trying to identify the source of the quote: "Unstoppable force, meet immovable object." It's kinda driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by oh really on Aug 10, 2014 - 19 answers

She seems cool, but she doesn't even listen to Bauhaus.

What is this quote from (filter)!?!?!? "She seems cool, but she doesn't even listen to Bauhaus." I have tried and tried to find the origin and I have failed miserably. I heard it while listening to 1st Wave on Sirius XM. I'm assuming it's from a movie. There is one person on twitter who used the quote, but she has failed to respond to my plea. Where MeFites? Where?
posted by Sophie1 on Jul 8, 2014 - 10 answers

On the subject of buttereating, hurf has been surprisingly durf.

You know how when you're falling asleep random half-thoughts will pop into your head? Well, I had one of them last night, and I think it's a quote from something, but I don't really know what it is and can't place it and it's kind of driving me bonkers. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jul 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Help Finding A Quote About Data

I need help finding a quote from a novel, likely from a William Gibson novel, regarding how a person generates data throughout their lives. [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine on Jul 1, 2014 - 1 answer

Funny/Inspirational/Work-Appropriate Pictures for Chinese Colleagues

I lead a monthly teleconference with a small team of colleagues in China, and would like to kick off each session with a funny or inspirational image or quote. Help me find something that doesn't get lost in translation! [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek on May 27, 2014 - 2 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

Do you know a great quote about.. tension?

I don't mind if it's from your gran, a scientist or a fiction writer but it should allude to a tension that is almost at breaking point. Ideally it won't be from Gil Scott Heron, Harvey Pekar, Maya Angelou or Erica Jong cos I'm quoting them loads already.. if it's a gem though I'll rethink that :)
posted by tanktop on May 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Any 8 year old can recite this quote.

Looking for a quote about how the average 8 year old is plenty equipped with the skills to build/create X complicated thing. [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Jan 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Who is C.R. Lawton?

I was searching for a quote when I came across this one by someone named C.R. Lawton. Who is he? [more inside]
posted by Silvertree on Jan 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me to check the information against a source about Fuller

"He had catched a great cold,had he had no other clothes to wear than the skin of a bear not yet killed."- Fuller- This is from "Middlemarch" written by G.Eliot. I'd like to know the source of Thomas Fuller. I can't find any information about it whereas I read a lot of his another quotations on the internet. I wonder if he really said so...
posted by mizukko on Nov 18, 2013 - 1 answer

Help me locate the origin of a quote please

I vaguely recall a quote along the lines of the following: "What people really want is for tomorrow to be more or less the same as today." I think it might have been from a Terry Pratchett book. Can you help me locate the source and the actual quote?
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Sep 14, 2013 - 3 answers

I KNOW I've heard this somewhere...

I'm trying to find where this quote comes from on behalf of a rapt and extremely frustrated knitting forum. This may not be completely accurate, but the gist of it is: "I wanted Sixteen Candles Molly Ringwald, not Pretty in Pink Molly Ringwald." [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Sep 3, 2013 - 58 answers

Do you know the perfect quote for my sister's graduation?

My younger sister is graduating from University (UK), with a degree in Press Photography. I'm looking for a quote to frame and give to my sister as a graduation gift. I have found many examples of typical 'graduation' quotes, but I'm looking for something a bit more specific, which will ideally fit a number of the criteria below. [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Aug 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Trying to remember a quote about sleep being the greatest reward

Somewhere in the back of my brain there's a memory of a quote I once read, possibly by a Greek philosopher but just as possibly not. The quote was something about sleep (and maybe dreams?) being the greatest reward in life - that the only reason we toil through the day is to "earn" our sleep at night. [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

"That which I do not forgive in you lies unforgiven within myself."

I love this quote. It carried me through (and continues to carry me through) a very tough time in my life. I'm considering getting it tattooed on myself. Problem: I can't find its primary source. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Aug 5, 2013 - 3 answers

"We do what we can because we must."

I remember the phrase "We do what we can because we must" from watching TV as a child in the 70s. This phrase was comically reversed in the Portal soundtrack, which generated a meme and rendered it ungooglable. What was the source of the original phrase?
posted by rlk on Jul 19, 2013 - 5 answers

I think I got ripped off by contractor - need a reality check.

Is it normal for a concrete contractor to charge more than the price quoted because he needed to use more materials than he thought he would? [more inside]
posted by miaou on Jun 28, 2013 - 29 answers

Primary Source for Leonardo da Vinci Qoute

I'm looking for a primary source for this quote. "Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” The quote is attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. Thanks in advance!
posted by lrnarabic on Jun 24, 2013 - 2 answers

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