Quotation day

Today is a good day to look through the drafts saved in my six blogs (five of them closed) and rescue this family of quotations that have gathered there especially with a post like this in mind. Many of these sayings were posted by you first. And since one mentions a rose, I include several rose photos.

But first, you people who speak English as your mother tongue – is the word quote really a verb, and quotation should be used instead for a saying? I was astonished to learn this, thought how often I had used quote as a noun and blushed.

I did my best to save the links to the original posts where I read some of these quotations first, but if I missed you, don’t mind telling me so and I’ll amend. Thank you all who enlighten me with your words or selections.

The first and the last wisdom are courtesy of Mr. Mike Ross who combines them so well with his photos on his blog Photography OCD.

A few are about creativity, especially photography which I’m still trying to figure out.

Have a look and listen and you might learn a thing or two.


If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

Lao Tzu (with thanks to Mike Ross)

Always smile first thing in the morning. Might as well just get it over with.

W. C. Fields (with thanks to Donna)

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.

Alphonse Karr (With thanks to Amanda)

Almost nothing need be said when you have eyes.

Tarjei Vesaas (with thanks to Janet M. Webb)

All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.

Elliott Erwitt (with thanks to Jane Lurie)

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

Jimmy Johnson (With thanks to Cath Moore)

The artist’s job is to get the audience to care about your obsessions.

Martin Scorsese (with thanks to Babsje)

The artist should never try to be popular. Rather the public should be more artistic.

Oscar Wilde

The black sheep are the ones you want to get to know.

Marty Rubin (With thanks to Viveka)

Dogs have little imagination about us and our inner lives but limitless intuition about them; we have false intuitions about their inner lives but limitless imagination about them. Our relationship meets in the middle.

Adam Gopnik

Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.

Hedy Lamarr (With thanks to Stephanie Huesler)

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t.

Emerson M. Pugh

If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.

Niels Bohr

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.

Mark Twain

When we can’t think for ourselves, we can always quote.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Everything matters, but nothing matters very much.

Kathleen Winsor (with thanks to Mike Ross)

This day in my blogging history

Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

34 thoughts on “Quotation day

  1. I had not thought about the word ‘quote’. Now I’m thinking about it very much. English was my second language but is now my primary and only language. I still have not mastered it. Love the quotations not to mention the roses. But I did mention the roses so I’ll say I liked them too. English is full of silliness.

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      1. Language changes. Sometimes, we get a little angry when a word is added to the dictionary, or a meaning is added to a word, but they (the dictionary folks) tell us our language is fluid and is defined by how people use it.

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  2. Oh what a wonder you are. So cool.
    Lovely collection of great words. Immediately I found much to love.
    I especially gravitated to these: The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

    !!!

    Thank you. I bless you. ♥️

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  3. Thank you for quoting the quotes. You are good! lol. I love the collection you added to your post laughed at the glamorous one looking stupid. Thanks for including me in your faves. I liked that one from W.C Fields too. Have a nice weekend.

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