Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Pensive Pause

Thanks to everyone who cheered me up. It's tough losing $100,000....

and extra thanks to Davin and others who know me well enough to catch it was a little bit tongue in cheek. I'm not really about the money -- but the fact that an opportunity slipped away did sting.
Three thoughts today:

"Don't confuse fame with success.
Madonna is one.
Helen Keller is the other." Erma Bombeck

"It takes 20 years to make an overnight success." Eddie Cantor

and, last but not least:

"If at first you do succeed...
try not to look too surprised" anon.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE your favorite quip, quote or thought in the comments today, I'd love to have a pensive pause in my week :D


Karen said...

My dad always used to say, "If at first you don't succeed, fry...fry a hen." And, no, I have no idea what it means, but it's fun to say nonetheless.

L.T. Elliot said...

I don't have any favorite quotes off the top of my head but I like Mark Twain quotes quite a bit. They're witty and snarky and usually make me laugh.
Glad you're feeling better! See you soon!

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

here are two of my fav writing quotes:

"If I fall asleep with a pen in my hand, don't remove it – I might be writing in my dreams." - Danzae Pace

"When you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip." – Elmore Leonard

The Character Therapist

Anonymous said...

Hehe, that's going to be my new motto "If at first you do succeed, try not to look too surprised." I can't say it's ever happened to me, but hey, no harm in being prepared!

Michelle said...

Hey Tess, love your 3 quotes.
Jeannie, love that one by Leonard.

'The best is yet to come' I don't know if someone famous has said it

Robyn Campbell said...

It's from my dad Tess. "The first hundred years are the hardest."

And it's NEVER about the money with us writers, though a little compensation is nice. :-)

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

"All writing comes by the grace of God." R.W. Emerson
~ Wendy

Amy Saia said...

It's ironic that Charlie Chaplin--the silent screen star--would have some great quotes.

“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.”

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”

And here's one from Dr. Seuss:

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”

storyqueen said...

The third one totally cracked me up.

Here's a little Miley (yes, I have an 11 year old girl)

"Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side;
it's the climb."

Sorry, it's early and that's the best I could do!


Miss P said...

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray, "Take only one. God is watching."

Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. One child whispered to another, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples."

Tess said...

Love it! Some giggles, some inspiration ... I'm pulling my notebook out :D Thanks guys.

Michelle said...

I miss Erma Bombeck! Here's another one:

"I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up."

This is exactly why I want a "defrag" function and a cleanup wizard for my brain. Why, oh why am I wasting valuable space with commercial jingles from the 80's?

Mary Aalgaard said...

"If you wish to be a writer, write." Epictetus - Greek Philosopher

Linda Kage said...

I love these, thanks for sharing!! All I can think up is:

If it is to be, it is up to me!

Jackee said...

I love those quotes!

Here's one for you on money:

You know the best way to double your money? Fold it and put it in your pocket. ~ Phyllis Diller

Tamika: said...

Henry Thoreau- "How vain to sit down and write when you have not stood up to live."

Davin Malasarn said...

That third quote is great, Tess! And, for the record, I'd like to say that I consider Madonna to be quite successful! :)

lotusgirl said...

Great quotes. Glad you're posting again.

Solvang Sherrie said...

I love that anonymous quote -- that would be me looking shocked ;)

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Ha! These are great! Thanks for sharing them!

Sharon Mayhew said...

Good post, Tess. Really sorry you missed out on the pet story, but wait...you do have a book coming out. :)

"You can do this." A quote from a dear friend when I was going though a tough transition...

Susan Fields said...

My current favorite quote comes from the bible (John 5:11): "Pick up your mat and walk." As in, stop feeling sorry for yourself, holding a grudge, etc. and get on with your life.

Lisa and Laura said...

"Love strikes when one least expects it with whom one least expects."

I made that bad boy up while sitting in my high school French class. Full of pride, I shared it with Lisa and she said I definitely stole it from somewhere.

Crystal said...

Chiming in a bit late here, but here's a favorite:

"You must do the things you think you cannot do." --Eleanor Roosevelt

Nisa said...

Those are some fantastic quotes! Thanks for sharing!

Jaime Theler said...

"It's not what you are that holds you back, it's what you think you're not."
--Denis Waitley

That's one of my favorites. It was so nice to meet you last week!