I have two quotes about the Christian church from very disparate sources and I am trying to ascertain if either of the sources in question actually ever said or wrote what is attributed to them. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands
on Apr 30, 2013 -
A few weeks ago I got some phone calls and emails about a quote I submitted online for moving to some small town in central California. The only problem is I never filled out that form. Since they had my yahoo email, I figured they might have hacked my yahoo account somehow and got my phone number from there. I changed my password and removed my phone number from the account but it was too late. Today I got emails and phone calls about auto insurance quotes. The emails I can ignore and once I answer the phone and explain the situation, the agents remove me from their list but I don't know if I want to put up with this every few weeks.
Has this ever happened to anyone else? and do I have any other recourse than changing my phone number?
posted by amapolaroja
on Apr 16, 2013 -
It doesn't have to 100% match the sentiment, but I'd love if it has the same general lesson (and is more concise than the following): "An idea that you keep in your head, incessantly perfecting, is worth nothing. Whereas the person who is willing to actually act on an idea, even if it's imperfect, has accomplished something. So instead of getting hung up on perfection, just DO something and learn from it for the next time." I'm kind of looking for what, say, Diablo Cody would say to her hipster haters who have never finished a screenplay. Or what you'd tell your friend who wants to be a writer but has been tinkering with their novel for the last 200 years. Oh, and I know about "perfect is the enemy of the good."
posted by Anonymousness
on Mar 10, 2013 -
I am looking for a quote along the lines of, "you leave home to search for what you are looking for, only to come home and realize it was there all along".
I remember reading a specific quote around this idea, but I can't remember the wording well enough to look it up. I would also be interested in any quote along these lines and expressing a similar idea.
posted by bearette
on Feb 23, 2013 -
I'm looking for poems about the beach that have some nostalgia to them. I'll be pairing them with some photographs of a woman on the beach looking mostly wistfully (think prenup photos!). Quotes are also appreciated. thanks!
posted by drea
on Feb 11, 2013 -
Where can I find the George Carlin quote, "Before every football game, both teams pray they'll win. One team always loses." [more inside]
posted by incandescentman
on Jan 30, 2013 -
Does anyone memorize quotes from literary works and use them in conversations? [more inside]
posted by eisenl
on Jan 24, 2013 -
Looking to turn the Winston Churchill quote, "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm," into an equation.
posted by fubunker
on Dec 17, 2012 -
"Rich man's war, poor man's fight" goes back to the US Civil War and illustrates how it's the poor who do most of the actual fighting in any conflict. What other catchy or classic phrases illustrate how careers involving legalized violence (military, police) frequently draw in the economically disadvantaged? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath
on Oct 1, 2012 -
I am designing my own holiday cards, with pictures of my family on the front. They are awesome looking so far, and I am really excited. A blank space on the back of the card is what I'm trying to fill; a 5" wide area, about 4-5 lines in 10-12 pt font. [more inside]
posted by saragoodman3
on Sep 30, 2012 -
William Faulkner famously said, "The best fiction is far more true than any journalism." But where the heck did he actually say this? Does anyone know the book or article or interview where this quote originated?
posted by Dr. Send
on Sep 8, 2012 -
Half-remembered quote from an author (possibly Russian) who'd spent a lot of time in prison. Something along the lines of 'it is the most boring thing imaginable---do not think about it for too long, for to do so is to give the thought too much color. Briefly think of the most boring thing possible, then extend that as long as you can.'
Who said this? Who quoted it in the past five years?
I think I read it in The New Yorker, or more likely Harper's.
posted by shushufindi
on Sep 4, 2012 -
Need a movie, comic, or not-sappy quote to write in a card for a geeky coworker who is moving on to a better job. [more inside]
posted by royalsong
on Aug 30, 2012 -
My wife is hiking the Camino in Spain, the same one as depicted in 'The Way' with Martin Sheen. She's having some difficulties adjusting and could use some uplifting messages. What can I send her? [more inside]
posted by diode
on Jun 19, 2012 -
What are some movie quotes that sound like mantras, maxims, or other sayings, and would thereby make good cross stitch samplers? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur
on Jun 10, 2012 -
"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." - attributed to Audrey Hepburn, but I'm kind of obsessed with how modernly wooey-gooey fabricated it sounds and wanting to know exactly where it came from. I'm happy to be proved wrong OR right, I just have to know. Does anyone know where this quote actually comes from? [more inside]
posted by bleep
on May 18, 2012 -
I'm trying to track down a quote that goes something like "It takes an excellent taste in highbrow to have an excellent taste in lowbrow." Who said this and what is the correct quote? I think it was maybe said by Groucho Marx or Mel Brooks.
posted by prunes
on Mar 25, 2012 -
What are your best quotes relating to resilience, hope, community-building, acceptance, children with special needs, or the like? [more inside]
posted by cnc
on Mar 15, 2012 -
Does your profession or hobby have a pithy saying that encapsulates the work or its ethics? For example, "Make no little plans" (Daniel Burnham) resonates with city planners. Perhaps "First do no harm" (or Primum non nocere) might be an example related to physicians and other health care workers... or is it just outsiders who think so? What about "Serve and protect" for law enforcement? The quotes can be funny, ironic or sincere... it doesn't matter so long as they are short (think something that could be engraved on a charm) and people in the profession recognize the phrase as somehow emblematic of their work. Thanks in advance!
posted by carmicha
on Dec 29, 2011 -
My wife is starting a new blog to kick off the new year, and it's going to be based on an idea that revolves around inspirational quotes, one a week throughout 2012. My daughter and I are in charge of finding the quotes. Care to donate one? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman
on Dec 26, 2011 -
Do you know the origin of this quote? Something along the lines of, "If no one ever hits you, how will you learn?" [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone
on Dec 9, 2011 -
F. Scott FitzgeraldFilter: "Everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness." I've seen this quote attributed to F. Scott. Did he actually say it? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine
on Nov 28, 2011 -
Do you know of any literary quotes on the theme of self-disgust and shame when authors or characters realise they have turned into that which they once despised? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c
on Nov 23, 2011 -
I heard something like this. Abraham Lincoln said he wanted to paint the bathroom green and his wife wanted to paint it yellow "so we compromised and painted it yellow". Did anything like this ever happen? Who? Where? When? I have a friend who would like to use this in a wedding speech. My google fu fails me.
posted by snowjoe
on Nov 10, 2011 -
Writing a nonfiction book. I am a total quote whore. How much am I allowed to quote from my sources directly if I get this published? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon
on Nov 1, 2011 -
What is a good quote for a parent to put on a high-school student's yearbook page? [more inside]
posted by maxg94
on Sep 26, 2011 -
I am trying to find a quote that's something along the lines of... The more I think about the little things (or maybe 'details') in life, I realize there is no such thing.
posted by technotheory
on Sep 15, 2011 -
"American English is like a mugger in a back alley who, instead of taking your wallet, takes your pocket dictionary".
I read a quote in this vein a while ago and I'm trying to identify the actual quote and the source.
posted by chara
on Sep 12, 2011 -
Q: What's wrong with the world? A: I am. - G. K. Chesterton... really? Verified citation please? [more inside]
posted by KMH
on Aug 17, 2011 -
Looking for a Shakespeare quote about the prince having been the ideal every man wished to be. [more inside]
posted by ldthomps
on Jul 19, 2011 -
Help me find a quote about how people are reluctant to notice the effects of historical and/or social forces on their lives. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine
on Jul 13, 2011 -
I'm looking for quotes that basically convey - it's not about you / get over yourself.
posted by kitcat
on Jul 4, 2011 -
There is a quote somewhere that says something to the effect of, "The man who loses one dollar at a time goes home hungry. The man who blows it all in a big way eats for free."
Any idea where that's from? Driving me nuts. It might be Heinlein. It feels a little like Bueller.
posted by ictow
on Jun 21, 2011 -
I love this quote: "Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained." The interwebs attribute it to Marie Curie but I can't verify this or where it's from. Please hope me.
posted by Dilemma
on Jun 8, 2011 -
Help-me-remember-this-bad-movie-filter: There was a movie, perhaps 15+ years ago, that was about a orchestra violinist who lost his job and/or had some kind of car trouble that stranded him in a very small town. Hilarity (at least the attempt at hilarity ensues). The only thing that makes this movie memorable to me at all is an exchange between him and one of the residents, I think perhaps the tow truck driver. [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike
on May 15, 2011 -