I’m heading to ALA on Sunday, so I’m sure my next post (next week) will revolve around all that I see and do in NOLA. In the meantime, in honor of Friday (possibly the worst day for a new post), I thought I would pay tribute to one of my favorite things–quotes, sayings, whatever you want to call them. While I believe it’s important to have original thoughts and put those thoughts into original words, there are too many well-stated thoughts out there already to ignore. I think a love of quotes stems from a love of words and how best to put them together in meaningful ways (also known as writing). So, taken straight from my Facebook info and in no particular order, here is a list of some of my favorites. I’m constantly adding to this list, so it is not exhaustive by any means. Feel free to post some of your favorites, too.

I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things~Tom Waits

Only dull women live in immaculate houses~anon.

Destiny is a fickle bitch~Benjamin Linus (from Lost)

Wine is the most civilized thing in the world~Ernest Hemingway

The strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws~Barbara Kingsolver

As the soles of my shoes hit the soft ground, I pushed past the tall cottonwood trees in a euphoric cadence, and meandered through willow branches that the moose munched on~Sarah Palin, Going Rogue (personal aside–I have bought Moose Munch at Harry and David…)

Compassion is the basis of all morality~Arthur Schopenhauer

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent~Eleanor Roosevelt.

So everything lets us down, including curiosity, honesty and what we love best. Yes, said the voice, but cheer up, it’s fun in the end~Roberto Bolano

God have mercy on the man who doubts what he’s sure of~Bruce Springsteen

God has no religion~Mahatma Gandhi

Strike a glass, and it will not endure an instant; simply do not strike it, and it will endure a thousand years~G.K. Chesterton.

I’m almost paralyzed by my inability to see things in black and white~Tina Fey

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage~Lao Tzu

I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best~Marilyn Monroe

There is no age limit on being a progressive librarian~Andy Woodworth, Agnostic Maybe

Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are ~Markus Zusak

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible~Gandhi

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding~ Mohandas Gandhi

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one~ Malcom Forbes

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it ~ Mary Engelbreit

The work of gathering, preparing, and shar­ing food makes life better in profound and far-reaching ways for all the people engaged in it, cooks and noncooks alike~Michael Ruhlman