WHO said that??

 I’ve compiled a book from the Internet. It’s a book of quotations attributed to the wrong people. ~Jerry Seinfeld

I’ve collected quotations for years. I have books full of them. As a word person myself, I admire when someone states something in just the perfect way. I admire them even more when it happens to be something I think the same way about. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy going back after reading a book and turning on the “highlight” feature on my Kindle, to see what others have found moving, profound, funny, interesting, or just beautifully written. And more than once, just the way someone I’ve never heard of said or wrote something has pushed me to learn about them.

But sometimes I save a quote not only because of what it says, but because of who said it. Some of them wouldn’t have the same impact, were it not for who said them. Sometimes it makes perfect sense, sometimes it’s more of a “WHO said that?” moment. (This is, of course, assuming the attribution is correct, as pointed out by Mr. Seinfeld. Who hasn’t seen the quote along the lines of “One should always check the attribution of quotes found on the internet.” –Abraham Lincoln ) Sometimes it’s because it’s so unexpected, sometimes it’s because it makes us smile and nod because it’s a reinforcement of what we already thought of that person.

Some of my favorites:

Disney, of course, has the best casting. If he doesn’t like an actor, he just tears him up.      –Alfred Hitchcock

I wanted to be a consultant but he said “I can’t hire you. You’re a genius and I’m a genius. We would kill each other the first week.” It’s the nicest compliment I ever got.     –Ray Bradbury, recalling a conversation with Walt Disney

Literature: Written material that, 100 years after the death of the author, is forced upon high school students.     –Tom Clancy

My prediction for next year is that it will come and it will pass. That’s it.      –Dennis Quaid

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.     –Bill Cosby

On being served matzo ball soup three meals in a row: “Isn’t there any other part of the matzo you eat?”     –Marilyn Monroe

I can’t say I was ever lost, but I was bewildered once for three days.     –Daniel Boone

The nice thing about being a celebrity is if you bore people, they think it’s their fault.     –Henry Kissinger

Behind every famous man there’s a woman–telling him he’s not so hot.     –Harrison Ford

The reason the All-American boy prefers beauty to brains is that he can see better than he can think.     –Farrah Fawcett (at the height of her fame, and beauty)

And perhaps my favorite in this election season:
Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.     –Edward R. Murrow

Anyone else have a favorite? Something that made you laugh, shake your head, or say “Yes!” out loud?

17 thoughts on “WHO said that??

  1. Trish Jensen says:


    We’ve already discussed this one, but my favorite is not to judge the color of one’s skin, but the content of one’s character, by MLK. Obviously not an exact quote, but definitely the message.

    Also love, “The more I see of men, the more I like dogs.” This has been attributed to too many people to actually name the original author. (Then again, I haven’t been lucky enough to meet a good one, like you have, so you might disagree with this)

    Also by MLK: “I have a dream. today.” I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t have a dream.

    • Absolutely on MLK. In all ways.

      As for the dogs, I’d say that’s true in many cases. I got lucky, yes. More than once, actually. I stayed with a guy longer than I probably would have because he’d taken so much time with my rescue collie who was terrified of men, got her to trust him, even like him. That was worth a lot to me.

      And another favorite of mine is from John Wayne: “Courage is being afraid and saddling up anyway.” I’ve been thinking about that one a lot in the last few days.

      • Replying to my own reply here because I forgot the one that’s probably had more meaning in my life than any other. When my DH was working so hard in physical therapy, I posted a sign where he could always see it, saying: “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”

        Not only was it inspiring to him, it was also a very valid description of him, who he was. He never, ever gave up, long after I would have.

  2. I love quotes. Sometimes when I want to convey a sentiment I will search for a quote for hours, just the right one, to express what it is I’m trying to say…I’ve used them in cards, on facebook, at work for inspiration, and often for myself to help bolster either my emotions, outlook, inspiration, or courage. I have many that I like, but the ones that come to mind most often are Ashleigh Brilliant quotes. They are a little madcap, and often so on target for me. Here are a few of my favorites from him.

    “I try to take one day at a time, but lately several days have attacked me at once.”
    “Not even a great leader can get very far without great people to lead”
    “Strange as it may seem, my life is based on a true story.”
    and my favorite “I may not be totally perfect, but parts of me are excellent.”

  3. LOL Valerie! I thought I was the only one who would spend time like that looking for just the right quote! And they can be inspiring, can’t they? And sometimes the quirky ones are the best.

  4. Janet Gahagan says:

    Justine, I love that Courage quote! It’s helped me quite a bit since I got fibromyalgia. And I, too, have many quote books. One of my favorite exchanges:
    Lady Astor to Winston Churchill: “If we were married, I’d put poison in your tea.”
    Churchill: “Madam, if we were married, I’d drink it!”

    • It is a wonderful quote. Sometimes at the end of a hard day, when he was so tired, I’d hear him say it very quietly. “I will try again tomorrow.” It made me cry at his courage. I’m glad it’s help you in facing your situation; the magic of the right words in the right order.

      That’s one of my favorite Churchill quotes, out of many! People forget how witty he was, on top of everything else.

      Thanks, Janet!

  5. Karen King says:

    I always like this one by Mark Twain – “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” LOL

    Karen King Redding, CA

  6. Rosemary Elwell says:

    Right now, the quote that is most inspiring to me is from Toucan Sam, of Froot Loops fame. “Follow your nose.” I’m training two dogs in tracking, and that’s exactly what they need to do.

    One of my favorites is Scarlett O’Hara’s “Tomorrow is another day”.

  7. Rosemary Elwell says:

    Ilka (ILKA), aka Ilka Of Pear Orchard Cemetery BN RE CGC (plus 2/3 of a CD), is an almost three year old mutt. Guess where I found her….. I am planning to do IPO tracking with her. Also, I’m hoping that the AKC will open up tracking to Canine Partners listed dogs.

    Leontine, aka Leo, is a 10 month old German Shepherd Dog. I found her at a laundromat, or as they are called down here, a washateria. I am asking for her official name to be Speed Queen Leontine Von Washateria on her PAL application. I am planning to do AKC tracking and obedience/rally with her.

    I also have a 12 year old Standard Rat Terrier, named Lucky, aka Lucky Rat Dog CGC. He’s happy to just be a combination of pet and burgler alarm.

  8. Piper Bayard says:

    These are great, Justine! I don’t have one to share from a famous person off the top of my head, but I really enjoyed these. Thank you.

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  10. Diane Flindt says:

    The one that always makes be chuckle is Oscar Wilde’s remark about Queen Victoria as he left prison: “If that’s the way she treats prisoners, she doesn’t deserve any.”

    Colleen’s Books in Houston, TX (closed for years now) had shelf decorations of Colleen’s favorite quotations. Here’s my favorite of her favorites: “Heard in this store as two young men looked around, ‘Let’s get John a book for his birthday.’
    The other young man stopped, startled. ‘ A book? No! He already has one of those!'”

    My DH was an airplane pilot in the navy, a long time ago. Years later, we met. I remember the first time he was going to follow me in his car, he told me to go first. I thought about it for a moment and asked, “How fast do you like to go? Instantly he replied, “Five hundred miles an hour. But they won’t let me.”


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