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Observation of the day
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Published Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 10:49 AM EDT
Jun 27 2012

Nora Ephron died. Christopher Hitchens is about to find out just how f*****g funny women really are.
-Denis Leary


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"I'll have what she's having..."
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Published Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 6:57 AM EDT
Jun 27 2012

Nora Ephron (May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012):

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.

And then the dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies. Which leaves you with a choice: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.

Any dish that tastes good with capers in it tastes even better with capers not in it.

Beware of men who cry. It's true that men who cry are sensitive to and in touch with feelings, but the only feelings they tend to be sensitive to and in touch with are their own.

Destiny is something we've invented because we can't stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental.

I always read the last page of a book so that if I die before I finish I'll know how it turned out.

I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.

I don't think any day is worth living without thinking about what you're going to eat next at all times.

I look as young as a person can look given how old I am.

If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.

In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind.

Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.

My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have to potential to be the comic stories the next.

Polls show that 30 percent of Americans will believe anything.

Sometimes I believe that some people are better at love than others, and sometimes I believe that everyone is faking it.

The big cities of America are becoming Third World countries.

The desire to get married is a basic and primal instinct in women. It's followed by another basic and primal instinct: the desire to be single again.

The main result of feminism has been the Dutch Treat.

There's a reason why forty, fifty, and sixty don't look the way they used to, and it's not because of feminism, or better living through exercise. It's because of hair dye. In the 1950's only 7 percent of American women dyed their hair; today there are parts of Manhattan and Los Angeles where there are no gray-haired women at all.

When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
(From When Harry Met Sally)

When you're attracted to someone, it just means that your subconscious is attracted to their subconscious, subconsciously. So what we think of as fate is just two neuroses knowing that they are a perfect match.

When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.

You always think that a bolt of lightning is going to strike and your parents will magically change into the people you wish they were, or back into the people they used to be.

You can't retrieve you life (unless you're on Wikipedia, in which case you can retrieve an inaccurate version of it).

(YouTube video: The restaurant scene from "When Harry Met Sally"))


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Quotes of the day
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Published Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 5:32 AM EDT
Jun 27 2012

Quotes of the day- Helen Keller:
 
Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. (Click here for the full Wikipedia article.)

A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.

As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill.

Change: A bend in the road is not the end of the road. Unless you fail to make the turn.

College isn't the place to go for ideas.

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

I look upon the whole world as my fatherland, and every war has to me the horror of a family feud.

I rejoice to live in such a splendidly disturbing time!

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.

It all comes to this: the simplest way to be happy is to do good.

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks.

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

People don’t like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all- the apathy of human beings.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.

So much has been given to me I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

The highest result of education is tolerance.

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision.

The only lightless dark is the night of ingnorance and insensibility.

The world is not moved only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

There is beauty in everything, even in silence and darkness.

There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in others' eyes my sun, the music in others' ears my symphony, the smile on others' lips my happiness.

Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each others' welfare, social justice can never be attained.

What I'm looking for is not out there, it is in me.

What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

While they were saying it couldn't be done, it was done.

You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.


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