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Published Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ 10:17 AM EDT
Jun 23 2011

Several readers have taken me to task for not adding the quotations which appear from time to time in "Quote of the Day" postings to the KGB Quotations database.

Here's the deal:

To qualify for inclusion in the database, a quotation has to be fairly exceptional, and/or relatively timeless. Consider yesterday's Quote of the Day:

In her new book, Bristol Palin reveals she lost her virginity on a camping trip. Bristol said she named her son "Trip," because "Camping" seemed like a dumb name.
-Conan O'Brien

This entry has a couple problems. First, it's a joke, although that's not an automatic reason for exclusion. What disqualifies it is its topicality. It references a recently released book written by a quasi-public figure who (one fervently prays) will eventually fade from public memory.

For database inclusion, a quotation has to have legs. Although, to be totally honest, the real determining factor is my mood at the time I encounter the quotation. So it's totally arbitrary. Hey, it's my database. Deal with it.

There's really only one hard and fast rule: No Deepak Chopra.

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Recently added to the KGB Quotations Database:

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
-Steve Jobs

The opposite of success is not failure, it is name-dropping.
-Nassim Taleb

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
-Sylvia Plath

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