Monday, 31 March 2008

Fun Monday #15

This week's Fun Monday is hosted by Robin, the Pensieve one. her assignment is to tell her our favourite inspiring quotations.

You actually got my favourite quotation in last week's Fun Monday, but in case you missed that one, here it is again:

"A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most." George Bernard Shaw.

Perhaps it's time I took that quote to heart again and started feeding the good dog.

In fact, most of my favourite quotes come from George Bernard Shaw. Here are a few more:

"A fashion is nothing more than an induced epidemic"

"Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history."


"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance."

"You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live."

There are a few others I really like too:

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. Judy Garland

I hope to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.

And although this isn't really a true quotation but, being a bit of a Trekkie, it still makes me giggle:

"Bother," said Pooh, "Eeyore, ready two photon torpedoes and lock phasers on the Heffalump. Piglet, meet me in transporter room three. Christopher Robin, you have the bridge."

Writing this post has reminded me of another quote that I used to have pinned up on my wall.. It came from a Susan Howatch book, Glamorous Powers, and in it, she quoted from W.R. Inge at the beginning of many paragraphs. There was one in particular that really stuck with me and for the life of me I cannot remember what it is. I have just spent hours Googling but I can't find them. For once, Google has failed me. I had the book but it's long gone and I think I am going to have to buy it again because it's really going to annoy me now.

Head over to Robin's to see what other quotes inspire people!

31 comments:

  1. I love the Judy Garland quote - how true!

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  2. Of course I read wrong instead of "If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance." I read "...make one" ! Probably I am not yet really waken up, lol !

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  3. Hee hee, I love the skeleton one and the Judy Garland one. And the dog was is just lovely. :D

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  4. I love all the G.B.S quotes especially the dog one.
    And this quote by Inge is one I like:

    “There are two kinds of fools: one says, "This is old, therefore it is good"; the other says, "This is new, therefore it is better”

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  5. That 1st quote is one that my former pastor use to use a lot! I love your choices. Very deep!

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  6. ....an induced epidemic. So true, so true!!!

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  7. I think your "good dog" is well fed indeed!

    These are delightful quotes, and I am richer for them.

    thank you-
    Patience

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  8. George Bernard Shaw is great for fantastic quotes but I haven't ever heard of the first quote. Very very good! And I love the quote "I hope to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am". LOL wouldn't that be nice because my dog thinks I rock!

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  9. Glad you replayed the Native American quote, AOJ. This time I wrote it down. What a hard, but useful, lesson for all of us to learn. Where ever we put our efforts, positive or negative, that's where we see the returns. Sort of like whatever we think we become.

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  10. I can't decide whether Pooh would look better in the era of command gold uniforms or Picard's era of command red. Pooh is shaped a bit like William Shatner in his later years, so perhaps he would look at home in the Wrath of Khan-era fleece uniforms with the shoulder strap.

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  11. great ones...I especially love the dog one.

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  12. Love the skelton Quote, so strike up the band.

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  13. Oh ... I love that Shaw quote about 'the dog you feed' ... and the others are wonderful too. I notice you've read the Madeleine L'Engle trilogy recently. I love those books!!!
    Hugs and blessings,

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  14. I love the Judy Garland quote! I am always saying that we should not try to be like other people, b/c then we won't be able to find our true selves!

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  15. These are all good quotes, and of course I love the dog ones. Let us know what the W.R. Inge one is, once you buy the book.

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  16. Love your first quote. Somewhere in my office I have a beautiful picture of two wolves - one white, one gray, and that quote beneath them. I need to find that.

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  17. I think the Judy Garland one is my favorite too. But they're all great choices!

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  18. Very beautiful lines there...I just enjoyed reading people's post today!

    Happy FM!

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  19. That George Bernard Shaw was one smart man. The Judy Garland quote is good one too. I wonder if she was able to follow her own advice.

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  20. love the judy garland quote.

    and g.b. shaw always said it best ;-)

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  21. I love the Judy Garland quote also!and agree g.b. shaw has a lot of great quotes.

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  22. The world would be an incredible place if we could all be even half the person that our dogs think we are!

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  23. That's a great selection of quotes. I love the Judy Garland line. Love it!!

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  24. Love them all, but my favorite is:

    I hope to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.

    This has been such a great Fun Monday!!

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  25. Great choices for today.

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  26. One of your quotes here has touched me more than any others today.
    It has me in very deep thought about tomorrow.

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  27. I've always loved the good dog bad dog quote but didn't know who said it.

    And Pooh cracks me up. :)

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  28. I love the family skelleton dancing one...love it!

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  29. Still bouncing like crazy all over the FM list and every post I land on inspires me in some way!

    Most of yours I've never heard, but after reading Shaw's thoughts, I'm a fan. What a FUNNY take on the Pooh/Trekkie line; again, an original.

    Thanks for joining in this week, you've contributed to an inspiring carnvial! :)

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  30. Ok, after reading your quotes and then your comments, I now have a dancing canine skelton in my head...lol!

    Great job.

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