Monday 23 December 2013

Inspirational Quotes No. 46

Remember, don’t think about yourself – nobody else is.

Only the self-aware can have charm. (

I would suggest another reform which would lift a... weight off many a pair of shoulders. Let us all start off in life determined to be what we really are. (Mrs Panton, From Kitchen to Garrett, 1893  She means “don’t try to pretend your income is higher than it really is”.)

Just like your friend from middle school who came back from summer vacation suddenly too cool for you because she grew boobs. (

Over the winter I moved from New York City to Portland, Ore. The reasons for my move were purely logical. New York was expensive and stressful. Portland, I reasoned, would offer me the space and time to do my work. Upon arriving, I rented a house and happily went out in search of "my people." I went to parks, bookstores, bars, on dates. I even tried golfing. It wasn't that I didn't meet people. I did. I just felt no connection to any of them... Me? I moved back to New York. (Slate article on loneliness)

From interview with me: “Useful advice is better than inspiring stories of people riding up Everest on a unicycle.” (@MarkOneinFour)

The fear of being alone is deeply rooted in our mind. (

The entire point of science is to stop us deluding ourselves. (Richard Feynman)

I've noticed even people who claim everything is predestined & we can do nothing to change it look before they cross the road. (Stephen Hawking

Common interests, beliefs, life goals/wants, family and why you like each other are all acceptable topics that will usually generate interesting and meaningful talk between you and your date. (

I'm of the age where I am never fully dressed without a forced smile and a wool button-up cardigan. (@ElizabethBastos 28 Nov 12)

Fear less, hope more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours. - Swedish proverb (So much more manageable than those terrifying directives to Be Yourself! Trust Absolutely! Live Every Minute as if It Was Your Last!)

I think I once said that if I hit 30 and I’m still single and I still don’t have a mortgage then I’d f*** off to London... If I were more sociable I would know more people and get more freelance work. (Ben Mægenmund ‏@BennyBrick)

More here, and links to the rest.


  1. Love the cardigan one - I think I'm that age too. I always remember a Victoria Wood Xmas thing about the mother of the household 'wearing a paper hat she put on 4 hours ago when she was still in a good mood.'