• 670 replies
    marye
    Joined:
    May 26, 2007
    Sometimes you come across a quote, a line, a statement that just nails it, at some level. Cosmic, comic, whatever. If you'd like to share it, post it here, duly credited!

Comments

sort by
Recent
Reset
  • April 2, 2020 - 8:31pm
    slo lettuce
    Joined:
    July 20, 2012
    take care of yourself and think of others...

    A healthy person has a thousand wishes. A sick person has but one.

    - Indian proverb

  • December 31, 2019 - 12:47pm
    icecrmcnkd
    Joined:
    October 20, 2015
    If

    A Pink Floyd song.

    If I were a swan, I'd be gone
    If I were a train, I'd be late
    And if I were a good man
    I'd talk with you
    More often than I do
    If I were to sleep, I could dream
    If I were afraid, I could hide
    If I go insane, please don't put
    Your wires in my brain
    If I were the moon, I'd be cool
    If I were a rule, I would bend for you
    If I were a good man, I'd understand
    The spaces between friends
    If I were alone, I would cry
    And if I were with you, I'd be home and dry
    And if I go insane
    Will you still let me join in with the game?
    If I were a swan, I'd be gone
    If I were a train, I'd be late again
    If I were a good man
    I'd talk with you
    More often than I do

  • December 31, 2019 - 7:11am
    wilfredtjones
    Joined:
    June 4, 2007
    If.....

    If ifs and buts were fruits and nuts, every day would be Christmas.

    -Boehner

  • December 25, 2019 - 6:46pm
    slo lettuce
    Joined:
    July 20, 2012
    If...

    ....that word can be found on dry river beds and on trails long overgrown by weeds. What's more important are the paths we follow now.

    -Jessup

  • August 15, 2019 - 5:30am
    JT33813
    Default Avatar
    Joined:
    August 5, 2019
    That One Line

    Dear Marye - in response to your question, one of the many lyric lines that always nailed it for me is one we have all heard and sung a hundred times: Now the die is shaken, now the die must fall. My knowledge of artistic expression would fit in a thimble, but that always seemed to be such a strong statement of us being little more than a cork bobbing in the stream and being pushed along. Your thoughts?

  • August 15, 2019 - 5:26am
    JT33813
    Default Avatar
    Joined:
    August 5, 2019
    Jerry

    Thank you for the kind words and afirmation, daverock. There is always an upside to any situation, even a bad one, from the perspective of gathering strength and wisdom.

  • August 5, 2019 - 2:40pm
    daverock
    Joined:
    September 1, 2014
    Jerry

    I hope I am not being insensitive, but to me, Jerry lives on through the vast amount of wonderful live recordings we have. I only saw him 5 times, and that over a period of 9 years, so he wasn't a physical presence as such for me, like he must have been for people who were lucky enough to see and hear him play in person many times.

    I was listening to "Eyes of the World" from 8/1/73 yesterday-his 30th birthday show. The music and message comes across as strongly now as it ever did, and reaches more people than could ever have been anticipated when they first started. Almost every day, the magic weaves out of my stereo, here in a town in England he had possibly never even heard of.

  • August 5, 2019 - 2:08pm
    JT33813
    Default Avatar
    Joined:
    August 5, 2019
    Why Now??

    It's been 20 + years, but I have been overwhelmed with sadness lately over the loss of JG and what was essentially the end of the band. I know some permutations have cropped up and many members have carried on, but for some reason I cannot explain, I have been overwhelmed with the absence of the Grateful Dead. Maybe it is due to some big changes that have happened in my own life, and others that are scheduled to occur soon. I have realized that one of the most steady and permanent companions I have had throughout my entire life has been the music of the Grateful Dead. Anyone else running into this?

  • June 23, 2019 - 5:09pm
    daverock
    Joined:
    September 1, 2014
    No milk today

    Jean - Paul Sartre walks into a café, and the waiter asks what he'd like to order. Sartre replies, " I'd like a cup of coffee with sugar, but no cream." The waiter goes off, but comes back apologising. "I'm sorry Monsieur Sartre, we are all out of cream. How about with no milk?"

    Quoted from the film Ninotchka, in the excellent "At The Existentialist Café. Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails" by Sarah Bakewell

  • June 19, 2019 - 9:50pm
    rdevil
    Joined:
    November 2, 2007
    Wright Morris

    This is relatively lengthy but I love it. It's a passage from Wright Morris' novel, The Huge Season. A truncated version precedes the novel Bang the Drum Slowly and that's how I discovered this book.

    "What's your novel about?" I said and glanced at the yellow sheets on the desk. A small pile of typed sheets were in the case for his typewriter. A big photograph of Lawrence, smashing one away, was under the jelly glass full of sharpened pencils. "It wouldn't be about a tennis player?" I said.
    He wiped his face with the towel again. "Old man, a book can have Chicago in it, and not be about Chicago. It can have a tennis player in it without being about a tennis player."
    I didn't get it. I probably looked it, for he went on, "Take this book here, old man--" and held up one of the books he had swiped from some library. Along with the numbers I could see Hemingway's name on the spine. "There's a prizefighter in it, old man, but it's not about a prizefighter."
    "Is it about the sun rising?" I said. I knew that was part of the title.
    "Goddam if I know what it's about," he said and opened it up, as if he might have overlooked it.

user picture

Member for

13 years
Forums
Sometimes you come across a quote, a line, a statement that just nails it, at some level. Cosmic, comic, whatever. If you'd like to share it, post it here, duly credited!
user picture

Member for

13 years
Permalink

has written many such words, but what actually brought this on was a post that came up in somebody's thread on Facebook about a week ago that was a quote from William Gibson, who's no slouch himself. So sources outside the canon are encouraged!
user picture

Member for

13 years
Permalink

"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with assholes."--William Gibson (or, gee, I hope he really did say this somewhere along the line, because it's a truly inspirational quote...)
user picture

Member for

10 years 1 month
Permalink

Luck ain't a lady, life is a bitch. I may never be wealthy, but I'll always be rich. - Asylum Street Spankers
user picture

Member for

12 years 5 months
Permalink

nothing like a Grateful Dead concert. - unattributable
user picture

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

in the GD Almanac: "When in doubt, twirl" "Steal Your Jazz"
user picture

Member for

8 years 3 months
Permalink

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." It used to be framed on the wall of my office when I worked for the Clamshell Alliance against the Seabrook nuclear power plant on the seacoast of NH. It wasn't a bad credo to have on tour, either.
user picture
Default Avatar

Member for

12 years 9 months
Permalink

Argument closes off the door to the senses. It always masks violence. Continued too long, argument leads to violence. I have no violent intentions toward you. The God Emperor of Dune
user picture

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

Open your eyes, Clevinger. It doesn't make a damned bit of difference who wins the war to someone who's dead. Joseph Heller
user picture

Member for

12 years 5 months
Permalink

Nately: "It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees."Old Man: "No, you have that backwards. It is better to live on your feet than to die on your knees." Catch-22 should be required reading for everyone.
user picture

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

"I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive."

—Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

user picture

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

when he joined his band ... "If things get weird - just keep on playing" Mr. Pid. Just so on Catch 22. I watched the film again a few months back, for the first time in decades, and it more than stood the test of time.
user picture
Default Avatar

Member for

9 years 1 month
Permalink

I know it's not a Grateful Dead quote,but this one works for me: "You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, You just might find You get what you need." --The Rolling Stones
user picture

Member for

12 years 7 months
Permalink

I'd rather have a free bottle in front of me, than a pre-frontal lobotomy.
user picture
Default Avatar

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

"God will not have his work made manifestby cowards....Trust thyself : every heart vibrates to that iron string." -Ralph Waldo Emerson, the sage of Concord
user picture

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

Who says: Hard times?I'm used to them The speeding planet burns I'm used to that My life's so common it disappears And sometimes even music Cannot substitute for tears -- Paul Simon
user picture
Default Avatar

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

"If anything is to be done, let a man do it, let him attack is vigorously! A careless pilgrim only scatters the dust of his passions more widely." - BUDDHA
user picture
Default Avatar

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

"In his grove I would sit, in deep meditation, with my body perfectly still, and lose all consciousness of the outside world. Birds would perch on my head. Often snakes would crawl over my motionless body. The ordinary man would not to be able to bear a fraction of the tremendous fervour I felt" -Ramakrisha
user picture

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

"To fathom Hell or soar angelic, just take a pinch of psychedelic." —Dr Humphry Osmond, in response to Aldous Huxley's suggestion, "to make this trivial world sublime, take half a gram of phanerothyme", when the two were working on a name for the new class of substances with which they were working.
user picture

Member for

12 years 9 months
Permalink

Flakey Foont "What's it all mean, Mr. Natural"......"Don't mean shit", Mr. Natural....think that's right.....:)))
user picture

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

My wife was trying to come up with that one last weekend. Took us both a few tries and a few minutes to get the wording just exactly perfect. As such things seem to have a way of working out, now we'll be tripping over the quote everywhere we go. Thanks!
user picture

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

All of us have a place in history. Mine is clouds. In 1970 at the tender age of 15, I read Trout Fishing in America, Catch-22, and Slaugherhouse-Five all in the same summer. This trio of books warped my outlook on the world in ways that are still being revealed to me today. You can decide whether this is testimony to the enduring relevancy of these works or to how slow on the uptake I am. I'm hoping for the former, wouldn't be surprised by the latter.
user picture
Default Avatar

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

"A theory that denies that thoughts can regulate actions does not lend itself readily to the explanation of complex human behavior." From Social Foundations of Thought and Action: A Social Cognitive Theory, 1986.
user picture

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

"One can't love humanity. One can only love people.” So many layers to that..and it just about sums it up for me.
user picture

Member for

9 years 6 months
Permalink

'Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.' -MARK TWAIN.
user picture

Member for

12 years 10 months
Permalink

Johnman! :D This could be a very interesting thread.
user picture
Default Avatar

Member for

8 years
Permalink

" If God created Man in His image, then to Create is God-Like." - Me
user picture

Member for

12 years 10 months
Permalink

"Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better."King Whitney Jr.
user picture
Default Avatar

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

"Remember that neither of Us is perfect and that human errors are opportunities not for guilt, but for forgiveness and growth." -Marie Manthey
user picture

Member for

10 years 10 months
Permalink

"Don't forget your history. Know your destiny. In the abundance of water the fool is thirsty." Robert Nesta Marley
user picture

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

is from Come Together by Dino Valenti via The Youngbloods and the Airplane. "come on people now smile on your brother"
user picture

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

From the 1949 film She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, written by Frank S. Nugent and Laurence Stallings; the line is spoken by John Wayne.
user picture

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together."
user picture
Default Avatar

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

"Masonry teaches man to practice charity and benevolence, to protect chastity, to respect the ties of blood and friendship, to adopt the principles and revere to ordinances of religion, to assist the feeble, guide the blind, raise up the downtrodden, shelter the orphan, guard the Altar, support the government, inculcate morality, promote learning, love man, fear God, implore His mercy and hope for happiness." -From the Grand Lodge F. & A.M. NY For: one of my Dad's that lived just like this, he was one of the best!
user picture
Default Avatar

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

"Fly like a butterfly...sting like a bee!" -Anonymous My real Dad used to play this when we were kids. He'd wave his hand in the air like a butterfly; then he'd dive bomb his pointer finger into our sides and tickle us til we were laughing our heads off or almost peeing ourselves! It was so much fun laughing; I am giddy thinking of it. We sher'd some good times for my birthday. Just shering the bliss! You cannot escape the bee... hahahahaha- to bee-ing tickled!
user picture

Member for

12 years 11 months
Permalink

Nothing lasts.—Ken Kesey