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An Inspiring Mantra to Start My Morning?

Do you have a poem, quotation, or mantra you read each morning that puts things in perspective, and inspires you? I'm looking for one to help with motivation when waking up each morning. So far no luck. [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on Mar 4, 2014 - 20 answers

"Three little sentences will get you through life. Number 1: Cover for me. Number 2: Oh, good idea, Boss! Number 3: It was like that when I got here." Homer Simpson

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 - 136 answers

Find a published citation source for Chesterton's famous "I am" what's wrong with the world.

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 - 16 answers

How to write LOVE on my arms?

What inspirational quotes/mantras will fit on my forearm? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Sep 19, 2010 - 29 answers

What are some good self-reminders to be generous and compassionate?

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. Thank you!
posted by jenmakes on May 29, 2010 - 53 answers

As slow as ... what?

What are some good - or bad - similes for slowness? (Like "As slow as molasses in January" but not so archaic.)
posted by Fuzzy Skinner on Jul 16, 2008 - 40 answers

who said this?

A notable saying by an author. I would like to find out who the author is. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Nov 8, 2006 - 4 answers

Origin of the phrase "parts is parts"

"Parts is parts". Have you ever heard this phrase? I acquired a few bumper stickers from a thrift store on the Oregon coast with said phrase on it- I thought it was funny. It was packed in with stickers making fun of Reagan, Qaddafi, Khomeni, and so forth. It's got to be from something, doesn't it? Do you know what? [more inside]
posted by thethirdman on Dec 9, 2004 - 10 answers

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