Please share your mind hacks/mental hacks/stories you tell yourself to make things in your life easier. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger
on Oct 28, 2013 -
Does anyone know the Terry Pratchett quotation I'm trying to remember? I think (but am not certain) it's in one of the City Watch books, possibly Night Watch. It was a great concise expression of how people are not good or bad, they're people, and how most people want tomorrow to be the same as yesterday with maybe a tiny bit of improvement to look forward to. Or at least that's how I remember it. I can't for the life of me nail down the details of the quote and Pratchett is so popular and prolific that trying to Google it is not working. Hivemind, help me!
posted by Wretch729
on Oct 21, 2013 -
When I type up a line or a short passage from a novel to post online, I often "clean it up" a little, and I'm wondering how much of this is OK. [more inside]
posted by pete_22
on Jun 9, 2013 -
My partner is a huge, huge theater buff, particularly musicals, and he is going away to work for the next three months directing shows at a performing arts camp. Last summer, before he left, he hid little love notes for me to discover in the apartment, and it was just the sweetest gesture ever. I want to return the favor to him this year, and sneak my own notes into his luggage before he leaves and in his cabin when I visit. I decided that it would be perfect to use romantic quotes from show tunes - but I really don't know anything about theater other than what I've picked up from osmosis. I could google for Broadway quotes, but they wouldn't have any significance to me. So I'm hoping that if I give some ideas of what he likes and dislikes, the hivemind could make some thoughtful suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara
on May 29, 2013 -
has been going around various friend's facebook pages, supposedly from a NYT editorial opposing the 16th Amendment
. I can't find the rest of the article, and would like to see the context for the quote. Any leads online or offline where I could check it out? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue
on May 28, 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 -
Does anyone memorize quotes from literary works and use them in conversations? [more inside]
posted by eisenl
on Jan 24, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
"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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Help me find this exact quote about Christian poverty. Probably a saint, ca. fall of Rome. [more inside]
posted by hishtafel
on Dec 20, 2010 -
There's a quote about how years were a poor measure of the length of WWII, and for the life of me I can't find it again. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty!
on Nov 13, 2010 -
Most people think most people are stupid. I hear and read this in person and all over the internet, and it drives me crazy. I want a good retort to this kind of comment. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse
on Oct 13, 2010 -
What's a good quote, saying, poem, or short passage that boils down to "Let sleeping dogs lie" - but isn't that exact quote, or the original "It is nought good a slepyng hound to wake?" [more inside]
posted by HopperFan
on Jul 2, 2010 -
Quote attribution question, possibly George Orwell, or possibly a comment in a thread about George Orwell, or possibly none of the above. I seem to remember someone attributing a quote along the lines of "An honest book critic would write 'this book inspires no thoughts one way or the other' in 9 out of 10 of his reviews" to George Orwell. What's the correct quote, attribution, and (for bonus points) source? [more inside]
posted by Weebot
on Jul 2, 2010 -
Japanese Filter: Can anyone help me find the Japanese version of an English Shunryu Suzuki quote? [more inside]
posted by MPenguin
on Jun 1, 2010 -
What are some short quotes or sayings that can be used to remind yourself to treat others with compassion and generosity? I'm looking for quick reminders (maybe one-liners) to be used on the fly during the day.
posted by jenmakes
on May 29, 2010 -
What should I buy for my friend's birthday? Answers from hardcore Mean Girls
fans preferred. [more inside]
posted by tantivy
on Jan 25, 2010 -
Looking for an easy, cheap (ideally free) way to look up historical stock prices for discontinued stocks. Yahoo Finance, et. al aren't cutting it. [more inside]
posted by philosophistry
on Jan 24, 2010 -
Help me identify this mangled and misremembered quote from a movie or television show: "You have got to check out Moby's new restaurant -- He only serves food that's white." [more inside]
posted by lizzicide
on Sep 4, 2009 -
Quotefilter: A wise junkie once told me something that sounded suspiciously like a quotation. He said, "They'll spend any amount of your money to protect theirs." Does this ring a bell for anyone? I've had no luck thus far googling for variations.
posted by well_balanced
on Jun 18, 2009 -
Who was it who first said that (paraphrasing) "the American black man is the most imitated man in the world"? [more inside]
posted by CRM114
on Mar 2, 2009 -
So when did
Karl Rove claim that we were on the verge of a 'permanent Republican majority?' [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful
on Dec 29, 2008 -
Does anyone know the original french to this quote, "perfection is a lot of little things done well"? [more inside]
posted by ecks
on Dec 16, 2008 -
In the RMT episode "Cruisin'" (the Bermuda Triangle one), an old man talks to Rocko about the burdens of seniority. His monologue, if I remember correctly, is about watching one's friends die and eventually becoming alone in the world. Does anyone have the exact quote?
posted by archagon
on Oct 16, 2006 -
In a recent MeFi thread, caution live frogs asks
what's up with the ``fake quotation marks" style of quoting something in online papers? why fake it when there are perfectly legitimate ?curly quotes? available?
I have often wondered why those awful open quotes are so ubiquitous (and why only the open quotes?); anyone know?
posted by languagehat
on May 12, 2004 -