Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
Hamlet: Words, words, words.
Remember Hamlet? The play you read in high school. Or was it Macbeth? Let’s say it was Hamlet. Everyone knows and has seen Hamlet. In films or on television, he has been played by many actors (eg, Benedict Cumberpatch (see above), Laurence Olivier, Mel Gibson, Kenneth Branagh, etc.). Hamlet’s reply to Polonius’ question is possibly the second most famous quote from Shakespeare’s play. THE most famous? “To be or not to be”, of course.
Why begin this article with that quote? I love words. A well turned phrase sticks with me. It may be a bit of wisdom, humor, advice, or common sense (which isn’t so common). I keep a running list of my favorites –lucky for you. Here are some of my favorites. I hope one (or more) is memorable.
I can’t make everyone happy. I’m not bacon. (seen on a tee shirt)
So, if we lie to the government, it’s a felony. But if they lie to us, it’s politics. (Bill Murray)
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Humor is the anesthetic of the mind. (Trevor Noah)
When you grow up in Texas, you’re taught you’re a little bit bigger, a little bit better, a little bit tougher, and a little bit smarter than anybody else. It was rough on me when I got out in the world and found out I wasn’t. (Waylon Jennings)
Them that has, gets. And I ain’t got nothin’ yet. (Ray Charles)
Women are only good for 2 things: bringing Life into the world, and making it worthwhile. (old television show: Have Gun, Will Travel)
It’s always darkest before everything turns black. (Mark Shields)
There are only two seasons: Winter and baseball. (Bill Veeck)
I may not be flawless, but you know I have a diamond heart. (Lady Gaga)
Lake Wobegon: Where all the women are strong, all the men good looking, and all the children are above average. (Garrison Keillor)
I don’t care who dies in a movie, as long as the dog lives. (seen on a tee shirt)
A crisis is never a crisis until it’s validated by a disaster. (Rev. William Sloane Coffin, referring to the Vietnam War)
Just because an idea is crazy doesn’t mean it’s wrong. (scientist on Voyager project)
The secret to a long –81 years—marriage: I always let him have my way. (Woman on a television news show)
All wars are fought twice: on the battlefield and in our memory. (Lynn Novick)
Books: Helping Introverts Avoid Conversation, Since 1454. (Signals.com)
In my defense, I was left unsupervised. (Signals.com)
I’m not arguing: I’m explaining why I’m right. (Signals.com)
In any struggle, the winner is not the one who can inflict the most punishment, but the one who can endure the most punishment. (Vietnam vet)
Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you. (Satchel Paige)
Sorry I’m late…I didn’t want to come. (seen on a tee shirt)
Slavery is woven through our society like a dark thread. (Bill Moyers)
Everything in American history led up to the Civil war or descended from it. (Ken Burns)
If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention. (Game of Thrones)