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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Favorite Quotes

I love when someone says something so succinct and true that it becomes a "Quote" that we can all refer to from time to time.

A couple of my favorites are :
"That which does not kill us makes us strong" -Nietzsche
and
"GOOD is the ENEMY of GREAT"

Do you have any favorite quotes? What are they and why do you like them?

All Things Possible!
Chris

38 Comments:

  • At 6:59 PM, July 18, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hey Chris,
    I like that quote "Good is the enemy of great" - and get it completely, when we settle for "good enough" we never truly excel.

    Favorite quotes of mine? Hmmmm...let me think....I got one, it's one of my favorites when in the gym "Pain is just weakness leaving the body" which I believe was from a US Marine ad campaign once upon a time. Of course, life is easier when I follow the philosophy of this quote: why settle for a six pack when you can have the whole keg? (referring to the "beer" belly of course).

    But, along the more inspirational lines I've really alwasy liked "I can do miracles right away, but the impossible takes a little longer" which, believe it or not I first heard on an episode of "Bewitched" (said by Endora to Samantha). Okay, so it's not so inspirational, but I still like it!

    What about Mark Twain's "the truth is a fragile thing, but a lie well told is immortal!" (from his "Advice to Youth"). Okay - I've probably strayed far enough from your original intent now so I'll stop for a little bit.

    Oh, one more, what about "All Things Possible!" Hmmm...who said that again?

    Dave

     
  • At 12:12 PM, July 20, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    I LOVE Mark Twain. He had a way with words.

    And I use "Pain is just weakness leaving the body" all the time when working out. EXCELLENT!

    Here's some astounding philosophy taken from a heartwrenching speeh by Forrest Gump:

    "...Jenny, I don't know if Momma was right or if, if it's Lieutenant Dan. I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there's anything you need, I won't be far away.

    You can find a whole mess of great movie quotes at www.moviequotes.com

    ATP!
    C

     
  • At 1:32 PM, July 20, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hi Dave and Chris --
    Before I forget, Dave, how were your theater meetings at MSU? It is a beautiful campus, as Chris mentioned in the Legends newsletter last fall. Your roller coaster theme seemed to hit a chord with the forum family...including me and Jaschencka. And Jaschencka, thinking of you and hoping your ride is smoothing down as time goes along. As for quotes, I'm always inspired by your "Be inspired!" And speaking of inspiring, I've been so influenced by Chris' "All Things Possible" since GOTJ2 that before I knew it, I'd followed along with my "All Things Beautiful." I love using it now, along with All Things Possible, because I think it keeps me on track, just as Chris says about his exercise regime. We finally watched "For the Love of the Game" last night with Kevin Costner. Thought I could adopt this pitcher's quote: "Clear the mechanism!" There's a sweet story in that movie, too, just like in Forrest Gump about not being far away from our loved ones in our hearts. And this one by Mother Theresa: Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier is a great thought for every day.


    Favorite quotes remind me of the Sound of Music's "These are a few of my favorite things." Being grateful for the simple things that inspire us on our daily walk. Quotes are among those things for me, as I know they are to everyone in the forum family, from what you've all expressed before. Here are a few of my favorites: All of them make me think of the forum family!

    "What wine is so sparkling, so fragrant, so intoxicating, as possibility?" --Soren Kierkegaard.

    I mentioned a Nietzsche quote last month that I like: "You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star." I heard it again recently when listening to a Deepak Chopra talk about heart health. Speaking of your heart...I like these, too. "It's possible to face the music with God's song in your heart." --Dr. Robert Schuller.,,,and I love this one..."Do you want to go home? There's a road that runs straight through your heart. Walk on it. " - Macrina Wiederkehr

    Chris, I'm glad you asked us to think of our favorite quotes, because I realized I need to put them all in one place. So I'll look for a couple more that I love, but can't quite recall the words. Meanwhile....My very favorite quote is the one you gave us from your friend Dalee a couple of years ago, because now it serves as a touchstone for me and my work. I have it in my calendar and it inspires me always... And reminds me that all things are possible, that all things are beautiful, as long as we work toward the growth of our soul and we leave a message to inspire others by what we've learned.

    And you know that Disney magic that Chris inspires in us? I found this not too long ago. I love it. "It's kind of fun to do the impossible!" -- Walt Disney

    I'll sign off with my favorite movie quote: "May the Force be With You"....always...Sue

     
  • At 5:54 PM, July 20, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey All

    Great quotes

    I saw this one on a college dorm room wall. "Fear causes hesitation. Hesitation causes your worst fears to come true." I have used that saying so many times as it is applicable in so many ways.

    Another one I like. "Blessed are those who expect nothing for they are never disappointed". Again, so many meanings

    Sue, I love the one about having chaos on your soul. Chaos was one of my foundation bitches and I still have one of her daughters from her first litter who is my agility "star". Perfect.

    Dave/Chris, Mark Twain's writings are timeless. He had a true gift with words that I think most people don't appreciate.

    Dave, Twain's quote wouldn't be refering to our current government would it? (joke, hahaha, didn't mean it, no, no, no). That quote would really have to be from Mel Brooks "May the Farce be With You" (oops, there I go again, just a joke, more satire)

    I'll have to remember that pain is weakness leaving the body when I am crawling up the stairs the day after "leg day". I am sure I will find great comfort in that saying at that time (grin).

    I hope everyone has a great "quotable" weekend. Chris has given us a good start

    Tim

     
  • At 1:22 PM, July 22, 2007 , Blogger ufuk_kirtis said...

    Hey dear Chris, Sue, Dave, Tim, everyone reading the forum and will write in :)

    i miss taking my time to write long replies..i don't have the clear head to do so yet( becasue of working on a few projects at the same time) but didn't want the miss this one out..i have always loved the good quotes and use them occasionaly..

    Chris, i remember you writing the "Good is the Enemy of Great" in the forum before becasue i loved it and using it since then.. Thank you..

    Dave , i liked the one from Mark Twain.

    Sue, thank you for all those great quotes..

    Tim, as you wrote in your quot "expecting nothing" is one of the Sufism mottos.

    A few i like :

    "Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be."

    "Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone."

    "Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you."

    "There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them."

    Chris, i like them becasue they always remind me something i knew by heart but need to reunion with.. i put some of them onto my wall..

    Love and big hugs to you all dear forum family

    Have a great week

    Ufuk

     
  • At 9:15 PM, July 22, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "What's this Great Idea I'm here to Piss On?"- Bryan Brown, "Cocktail" (187).

    Simply stated. No mess, No Fuss.

    Clint

     
  • At 4:15 AM, July 23, 2007 , Anonymous Angi said...

    Hello dearest Forum Family

    Like many of you I could quote Nietzche or Mark Twain but since others have done so i'll add a few different ones that have meaning for me:

    "Hold your face to the Sunshine and you never see the shadows." by Helen Keller.

    She was born deaf blind and through her teacher Annie Sullivan learned to communicate and eventually become a great teacher changing the lives those like herself and how the world sees them forever.

    I learned about her when years ago in ameatur theatre the group I crewed for staged "The Miracle Worker".

    Other favourite quotes of mine are

    "Hold fast to dreams for if they die, life is a broken winged bird that can not fly."

    Sorry i can't remember who that was by - It was on a card I received from a friend when going through a dark period in my life. I remember it giving me a message of hope and helping me find the strength to move forward at that point.

    Also:

    "Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo." JRR Tolkien.

    Translated from Elvish as "A star shines on the hour of our meeting."

    I like this because, although not always sucessful, I try to view meetings between people positively, and that even when things don't go so well we can learn and grow stronger from the encounter or experience.

    and of course

    "All things possible" said by a great man we are all familiar with, for within those three simple words is a philosophy that we all here aspire to. Thank you Chris.

    Wishing everyone here lots of love, hugs and Bright Blessings.

    Angi

     
  • At 9:49 PM, July 23, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hi again everyone,
    I've noticed that in many interviews and lectures, people will often quote from a movie. That shows the power of films and the long lasting effect that just the right line can have on the culture. I'm making an extra effort to notice those to add to my quote collection. -- I've already got a couple favorites from a movie that we've yet to see on screen. Have only heard the audio, and we know which one we're talking about. A movie we all fell in love with before the world gets to see it. A couple of quotes stored in my memory bank apply to my life: "Anything you gotta hold that tightly, you never had it in the first place." And, "if there's anything I know, it's the kick-start!"

    I just finished watching Kirk Douglas in "Illusion"-- a most powerful film about an ailing, aged film producer that makes you think about your life as a movie as he reviews his. Douglas is superb. The film inspires you to review your own life from start to finish. And here's a line I predict will become memorable. "Every once in awhile, when you're feeling like all is lost, you just gotta go to the movies." --Stan in "Illusion" Maybe even a kind of Forrest Gump-ism. We all love the "Life is like a box of chocolates." I used that as a theme for a family newsletter after my dad died. He loved chocolates.

    Here's another from "Illusion," also said by Stan the film man. 'If we don't write our own lines, someone else ends up writing them for us." Doesn't that sound like something we might hear on this forum? And this one - when thinking about our lives (also by Stan): "Just like a movie, some are flops, some are funny, some are sad, some are romantic. It all depends on who's starring in it." I hope you may all see this one, including our two favorite film producers. Chris and Clint, let me know what you think of it. I know I'll have fun using these movie lines.

    Clint, enjoy your postings. Don't you have something new going on in your life?

    Lara, great to hear from you again! I remembered you liked quotes. Here's an all time favorite of mine, by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: "Someday, after mastering winds, waves, tides and gravity, we shall harness the energy of love, and for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire."

    Angi, I always love your "Bright Blessings!" I too, love that Hellen Keller quote and think of it often. Here's another one I found, that as a writer I like: " It takes so little to make people happy--just a touch, if we know how to give it, just a word fitly spoken, or a slight readjustment of some bolt or pin or bearing in the delicate machinery of a human soul. -- Frank Crane (1861-1928) Writer

    Sometimes a funny quote will do it. Like Tim's. (And thanks Tim for your note). Laughter is good for the soul, so I enjoy funny quotes like this one by President Carter's mom, Lillian: "Every time I think I'm getting old, something else happens."

    And, as for the energy of love that de Chardin speaks of, this one from Proverbs is on my refrigerator: "A friend loves at all times." I need to look at it more often. I love our forum virtual refrigerator this week, covered with quotes from friends! Sue

     
  • At 12:41 PM, July 25, 2007 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hey dear Forum Family!
    Such a wonderful topic; thank you Chris for "kickstarting" this one. I am a big fan of quotes in all different shapes and sizes and decided some time ago to entirely dedicate a lovely journal to it. I can recommend it to all- it is a great keepsake for all those dear lines we hate to loose. After reading this forum in the past days I can assure you I've been making a whole lot of additions to my journal!

    Chris, an extra little thank you for the 'That which doesn't kill us..'quote. You already shared it with me some time ago when I needed it badly..It's been a tremendous support in dark hours. *hugs*

    Okay- here's some favourites of mine. Some are freely translated and unfortunately not all of them are credited- some are funny and some are profound. But ALL of them are dear to me. :)

    'Nothing's forgotten. Nothing is ever forgotten.' (Robin of Sherwood)

    'The real voyage of Discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.' (Marcel Proust)

    'Such is life.' (Ned Kelly- last words)

    'Love me when I deserve it least because that is when I need it most.'

    'Stop collecting stones and start building your castle!'

    'My Ego got so big I had to park it on the balcony.' (Craig 'Haldir' Parker)

    'The difference between heaven and hell lies in a smile, a hug and the feeling to be wanted..' (my friend Ben)

    'He who is lost will discover new paths.'

    And a movie quote you might recognise:
    'The greates thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.' (Moulin Rouge)

    A funny fantasy one:
    'Do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.'

    And last but certainly not least the motto of a band I currently seem to be stuck on. Yep that's Latin and you can figure that one out for yourselves. ;)
    'Provehito in Altum' (30 seconds to Mars)

    Happy quoting everyone and Be Inspired! Elvish greetz and XXX

     
  • At 1:42 PM, July 25, 2007 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hello dear forum family,

    hope you are all well. Sorry to have been absent for a while, things were awfully busy for a bit.

    Angie, I hope you are safe from the terrible flood that has large parts of Britain in its grips. I saw the pictures on tv. Wonderful quotes.

    Chris, the quote That which does not kill us makes us strong (Was uns nicht umbringt macht uns hart) is very popular here in Germany though I doubt that many know it was coined by Nietzsche. There are a lot of quotes I grew up with that only later I found the source of, e.g. I was surprised to find that a whole slew of quotes originate from Shakespeare. Language is a fascinating topic that stays exciting all your life.

    Dave, I am a bit torn about the "pain" quote as pain is such a complex and important feature of our body and if you don't pay attention to it and keep pushing on regardless you can come to the point where it's no longer weakness leaving your body but your strength and health...

    Tim, Ufuk, Jaschenka and Sue, great quotes from you all.

    I have quite a lot of favourite quotes and like them because I find a lot of truth in them. Here is a selection in no particular order:

    Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    the courage to change the things I can,
    and the wisdom to know the difference.

    All we need to achieve happiness already lies within us. - Dalai Lama

    Everything happens in its own time. - song title

    Sometimes you need to go a long way out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly. - Tom Wolfe

    When the going gets tough, the tough get going - song title

    Always love, hate will get you every time - song title

    You can't win if you don't try.

    Treat others as you wish to be treated.

    Do it for the Jazz! - The A-Team (yeah!)

    And two of my favourite quotes from The Lord of the Ring are:
    I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you. (Sam to Frodo) - Because it expresses Sam's loyalty and friendship so wonderfully.
    My friends, you bow to no one. (Aragorn to the Hobbits) Just because it encompasses the entire journey with its complete range of emotions and sacrifices and losses. These scene always make me cry.

    And this brings us nicely back to the movies. I finally saw Shrek 3 and I agree that it was a bit weird how they mixed in King Arthur and Merlin and I thought I spotted a little Lord of the Rings reference as well, which also in my mind is a different genre. The film was entertaining enough but in my opinion not as good as the previous two. Also, I thought the death scene of the King was a bit over the top to put it politely. And I thought it was a bit of a paradox that it was okay for Shrek to walk away from his royal duties whereas Arthur was more or less told he should/could not. Last sunday I finally saw the first National Treasure movie we recently talked about and I quiet enjoyed it. Looking forward to the sequel now. I haven't seen the new Harry Potter movie yet, we will see it next Tuesday. But, I have read the final Harry Potter book last weekend. Truly awesome. I bow to J. K. Rowling, she really is a master writer. I won't spoil it for anyone, but just let me say you won't be dissapointed. It keeps twisting and turning and stays a thrilling read til the end.

    I wish you all a wonderful rest of the week and a great weekend with loads of Jazz!

    Big hugs to you all

    Ute

     
  • At 4:51 AM, July 26, 2007 , Anonymous Angi said...

    Hi dear Forum Family

    Love the quotes everyone and thanks for keeping me sane reading your wonderful posts during tea breaks while writing up my final uni assignment for this year.

    Ute - Many thanks for the concerns about the flooding. We're safe since the latest floods have only hit Southern England.

    York's pretty famous for flooding 2 or 4 times a year although it tends to only be a few streets near the river in the city centre that are affected or riverside properties in the suburbs.

    We live some distance from the iver on higher ground so are unlikely to be affected unless most of the city is underwater.

    However because it's something York is used to we have excellent flood defences and warning systems in place so when it happens it doesn't have the devastating impact on residents that are happening elsewhere.

    As with the earlier flooding this Summer my sympathies go to anyone who has been affected.

    Ute and Jaske look forward to seeing you both in a few days time.

    Love and Bright Blessings everyone

    Angi

     
  • At 11:12 AM, July 26, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    I LOVE YOUR COMMENTS!
    Thank you Sue for always including excellent references in your comments. Always so insightful.
    Tim I love your quote about fear and hesitation!! So the antidote to that syndrome might be "Just Do It" - Nike shoe slogan.
    Ufuk - what a wonderful perspective from Sufisim - a breathtakingly beautiful religion.
    Clint - Witty - Sardonic - Typical of you!!
    Angi - I loved the elvish wisdom.
    Jaschenka, have you started to build your castle? Great quote. I also liked your friend Ben's thoughs.
    Ute - Is "Do It For The Jazz" really from the show: The A Team.

    If you're interested in recieving a new inspirational quote of the day, go to http://www.nightingale.com/EmailSubs_MotivationalQuote.aspx

    Take care of each other!

    All Things Possible!
    Chris

     
  • At 12:00 PM, July 26, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hey Chris...I like it when you say "Take care of each other." It makes all things seem possible. I'll check back in soon, Sue

     
  • At 6:28 PM, July 26, 2007 , Anonymous Angi said...

    Hello all

    It's scarily late here but I needed to finish writing the bit of assignment I was doing before going to bed and currently relaxing with a drink,was going through some old e-mails from one of my dearest and special friends when I came across this rather wonderful comment he sent me when i was going through a tough time last year that I just wanted to share with you all

    "Life has a way of telling you things, you just need to know how to read the messages"

    And now before I fall asleep at my laptop . . . goodnight and hope everyone has a fantastic ATP weekend and week ahead.

    Love and Bright Blessings

    Angi

     
  • At 8:19 PM, July 26, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    SueElvish Greetz! Jaschenka, Ute, and Angi....

    Jaschenka, did you ever tell us about the origin of that? I love it. I also love your idea of a quote journal That would make a great gift. An ATP journal of quotes. And where can we get some Elvish Greetz cards?! Can you draw those? Hint. I also have enjoyed that Proust quote of yours. I had it down one time, thinking it would be a great one to use in a book (when I write it, that is! And stop gathering my stones!) I especially like your line about loving someone when they deserve it the least, because that's when they deserve it the most. So true. Sometimes when people are at their most prickly, that's when they need our love the most.

    Ute, thanks for the German Nietzsche. I still don't think I'd have an easy time learning German! I really agree with your Tom Wolfe quote. That's a wonderful one. And the Sam to Frodo is a beautiful friendship quote. And of course, "Do it for the Jazz!"

    Angi, I had sent an email to our friends in England, and they said they're on high ground, too, but that it's been one of the worst summers in decades after many hot and dry summers. They decided to vacation in France to get away from it for a bit. Wish I could do that! Best of luck with your assignments and with your visitors coming! Thanks for the new quote. Being open to our messages takes a little practice. I'm constantly working on that...sometimes I get the wrong message or misinterpret it. But being receptive to them helps us navigate the ups and downs in life, I think. And, when you feel really tuned into them, that's what's really fun.

    BTW...hope you didn't fall asleep on your laptop. My cat likes to do that! All Things Beautiful, Possible, Inspired, Full of Blessings, Jazz and Fun! Sue

     
  • At 9:03 PM, July 26, 2007 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi dear all,

    Angie, glad to hear you are okay. I am also looking forward to seeing you at Jaschenka's next week. It will be so much fun!

    Chris, to answer your question, come to think of it I cannot remember for sure if they actually used this quote on the show. I know they often refered to Hannibal as being "on the Jazz" and "Do it for the Jazz" was a sticker I got when I joined the Dirk Benedict fan club (many, many, many, many years ago). I connected it to the show for obvious reasons and I never heard Jazz being used in this content anywhere else so there was no challenge to this belief. It is entirely possible this is like "beam me up Scotty" which is a famous quote that never ever was actually used on Star Trek.
    A nice quote they did use often on The A-Team was "I love it when a plan comes together" which I didn't think of when I made my last post. Hannibal always beamed when he said that and looked like a kid that just managed to steal the cookies. It was a fun show.

    Have a great friday y'all!

    Ute

     
  • At 9:31 AM, July 28, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hi gang!
    I've been out of town for about a week on a vacation/business trip to Las Vegas and just got back and caught up on all that's been going on here in "forum space" - glad everyone is safe and sound and still coming up with quotes.

    Here's a new one I just heard today - "A problem is just a misunderstood opportunity." Extra points if anyone can figure out where I just heard it (hint: TV, a show by a company close and dear to the heart of someone very close to Chris, and the character is blue - oops, may have just given a little to much away with that last one).

    ATP everyone!

     
  • At 2:08 PM, July 28, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Happy weekend forum family!

    Dave, great quote. Hope to hear more comments on that. Kind of like finding the gift that is inherent in the problem.

    Today I crossed paths with a couple of quotes about friendship - one humorous, one sentimental. I heard this on a radio comedy show: "The easiest way to lose weight is to get rid of your friends." I guess we each must decide how much weight we want to lose in that regard! In contrast, then I noticed my own fridge magnet that says, "When you have a friend, you have everything." I can't remember who gave it to me, but it shows friends standing by a bright flower garden, with a birdhouse and a white picket fence. One friend is stopping by to bring the other one a flower to plant in their garden. I'm sure we could fill a forum topic merely on the subject of friendship, in all its mystery and wonder.

    These I came across too, that remind me of forum topics. Here's a little different take on that which does not kill you makes you strong. "Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength." - Sigmund Freud

    And I love this one attributed to Chief Seattle regarding land purchase in the Northwest:
    "All things connect. Man did not weave the web of life. He is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."

    Have a great week ahead everyone, and if I could create a friendship magnet for our virtual fridge, it would say .... "All Things Beautiful/Possible/Wild and Wonderful/Inspired with Blessings, Jazz, Hugs, and Fun!" Sue

     
  • At 12:56 AM, July 29, 2007 , Blogger ufuk_kirtis said...

    Hey guys!!

    After reading your great posts and qutoes, and feeling the air i just had to tell you that i do love you all and admire you..

    you are all great :)..

    and feel very fortunate to be part of this family.. doesn't matter if i am writing in or not, i am always here with you..

    Dear Sue, yes.. indeed "friendship" is just a great topic itself.. quite interesting that yesterday i started taking notes wo write about the impact of our good friends in our lives.. but today i am working on the script/book whatever will come out.. of course friendship and its so amzing impact will be an important part of it.

    Again..Very fortunate to have friends like you..

    Chris.. thank you..

    Big Hugs

    Ufuk :)

     
  • At 3:31 AM, July 29, 2007 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Good morning, my dear Forum Family!

    I am beginning to think of myself as one who takes a lot and doesn't give back much as I have been giving priortiy to other projects and neglecting my form family. Here is the lame excuses: We are ramping up a new software project at work, and I have been putting in some overtime to make sure it is a smooth implementation.

    Which is a natural segway to my usual plea for each of you to donate blood when you have the chance. Lots of families and individuals would be thankful for your gift of life.

    Adrian and I have recently watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Great movie if you are a HP fanatic and have read the books, but probably a bit dark and mysterious if you have only seen the movies. We have also watched Employee of the Month. I LOVE Dane Cook's comedy, and the movie was cute. We have also recently seen The Illusionist (really good twists and turns throughout the movie), Ghost Rider (I have seen every Nicholas Cage movie ever created), Eragon (excellent, and I hope the other two Paolini movies are made) and Notes on a Scandal with Judy Densch and Cate Blanchett...which really makes you wonder what your teachers were doing while you were in grade/middle/high school!

    We are on our way today to Deer Lake for three days for me to download my brain between Part I and Part II of the work project, and we are taking with us GOTJ2 as our lake friends have not seen the movie. I did not know there were those types of people in the world!!!

    In the blood industry, we have a quote we use all the time when someone has discovered a process or human error: "An error is just an opportunity for improvement."

    And my favorite quote of all time comes from Karen Carpenter in 1973: "Sometimes (not often enough), we reflect upon the good things. And those thoughts always center around those we love. And I think about those people who, for so many years, have made me so very happy. And I count the times that I have forgotten to say thank you, and just how much I love them."

    Thank YOU, Forum Family. I love you all!

    ATP!
    Patrick in Pittsburgh

     
  • At 1:07 PM, July 29, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hey chris its amy the one that emailed you yesterday and i have a favorite ouote im sorrry about my spelling im not good a spelling but my favorite is all things possible truly yours amy rimes

     
  • At 7:41 PM, July 29, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hi everyone,

    Checking back in to send big hugs back to Ufuk for your beautiful post about friendship. It is a subject that would make an inspiring book. I've read some good ones, but I don't think there are ever enough about the nature of our friendships and how they affect our lives. A good book could help us get through the trials that good friendships often go through, and also help us celebrate the triumphs of great friendships and the caretaking that goes into making them long lasting and life affirming.
    Best wishes in that endeavor, keep collecting fabulous quotes and keep us posted!

    Since you wrote, I found another favorite quote of mine that I may have posted before. It's about friendship, too. And I've often thought it would make a good quote for a book, when I (as I teased the other day) get my stones together and start building! Here it is, by Eleanor Roosevelt: "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart."

    I'd been looking for this favorite one of mine, too. This would be for my book, too, because a beautiful friend of mine inspired me during a low point in my writing career about four years ago. "Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light." -- Albert Einstein.

    Patrick, enjoyed your lively and compassionate comments again, and hope you'll enjoy your down time at the lake. Let us know how your friends like GOTJ2! You're right...shouldn't be any of those types left who haven't seen it!

    Thank you for the Karen Carpenter quote. I think the same thing, sometimes. Life goes at warp speed for most of us nowadays. Even though we have every intention of expressing our love and friendship, it's so easy to take our relationships for granted. I think that's why I love Chris' forum, because he's offering a place here to gather and topics that nudge us to think about these things and remember who we are deep down inside. I know I ALWAYS need reminding!

    Hello Amy! A new voice on the forum. Wow. It's neat that you got inspired to join in the shower of quotes here!
    I agree with you...that's my favorite quote too! It says just about everything in three little words! ATP to all! Sue

     
  • At 6:03 AM, July 30, 2007 , Anonymous Matt Daniels said...

    g'day chris! what's been happening mate? long time no speak! man has life been interesting this last year or so since we last spoke. Will need to drop a few lines to bring on an update or something.

    Anyway am now back and came str8 back onto ur website which still remains freakin awesome. You could probably search high and low for a resource like this to sit back n chat about life: what's in it, what its about etc. Holds some immense power i'll say that. Anyway i heard this quote from an old mate of my step-dad's who passed away last year: "pesamistic values dont deserve any recognition, for with that, its power is ever increasing whilst your left diminishing". I think what it means is life's not given to us to dwell on something that makes us question our desire to live. The optimistic values that lye around you where ever you are in time, are there to inforce your desire and quench for life! Take them when their offered because they're their for a reason. There's soo much pain and negativity around which we with our mentalities and emotions tend to feed on despite our wanting to look the other way. As the old saying goes which really inforces it and nearly everyone would have heard of it: "look on the bright side"

    Anyway hope all is spinning nicely for everyone out there. If not, find a smile, nobody need look very far, if your open, they're there waiting for you to swipe em up n take them on your journey's.

    Cheers,
    Matt from down-under Australia

     
  • At 11:27 AM, July 30, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hello its amy again and i emailed chris the day before yesterday and akked him to send me a signed photo of him and he emailed me baack and said i should be getting some mail from him soon he put our favorite ouate all things possbile and he signed hi name it was a drem come true bye for now amy

     
  • At 11:33 AM, July 30, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hello its amy again i emailed chris the day before yesterday and i asked him to send me me a signed photo of him and he emailed me back and his email to me was hi amy thanks for the nice note im glad you like the new goerge of the jungle two as much fun as i had makeing it and he signed my favorite quote all things possible and he signed his name it was a dream com true hes my favorite actor in the world have a great day amy

     
  • At 11:41 AM, July 30, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hello chris you are my favorite actor in the world and im the one that emailed you about a signed photo i wonder if its allready in the mail being sent i want a copy of the goerge of the jungle two movie you have a great website i dont know where to find the movie but you inspir me you are my idol i want to be a actor and a singer ive been singing since i was a little girl have a great summmer amy rimes

     
  • At 7:45 AM, July 31, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "Some things in here don't react to well to bullets" - Sean Connery ("The Hunt for Red October").

    Cheers All! And yes, I'll definitely check out the KIrk Douglas pic - big fan of the Douglas boys (Mike and Kirk that is, not trouble-makin' Cameron).
    We here at the Morris household have actually been 'revisting' movies this week... we've rewatched "Speed", "Blown Away" and the classic semi Brat-Packer piece "Red Dawn".

    Clint

     
  • At 11:31 AM, July 31, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Everyone!

    Great thoughts as always. I'm so excited to see Matt back online. G'day Mate! Welcome back! Loved the quote about pessimism taking power away from you. So true! I find that optimism typically empowers everyone around it!

    Dave and Patrick - I found your quotes strikingly similar reframing the negative as a positive waiting to happen! Thanks Patrick for spreading the GOTJ2 influence!

    Sue and Ufuk - loved the friends theme you both put up. I think it's so true that the ultimate quality of our lives IS the quality of our relationships. In the end, that's really what matters most!

    Angi - I find when I'm looking for those messages, I find them everywhere! As Sue points out, the trick is interpreting them!

    So Dave, for extra points, would that be Hank from Kimpossible?

    And finally CLINT! Hey buddie! Hunt for Red October is a classic - my favorite moment is where Alec Baldwin repeats that quote immitating Sean Connery. Brilliant.

    New Blog coming shortly. Very Exciting Announcement...

    Take Care of Each Other.

    All Things Possible!
    Chris

     
  • At 2:11 PM, July 31, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hi everyone,

    Yes, it's fun, as Chris says, to be on the lookout for signs and symbols. An example happened to me in early June. I may have mentioned this on an earlier blog. I was feeling a little down at the moment, driving back home from a nearby town. Waiting at a stoplight, I happened to "pay attention" to the sign on a huge Daimler Chrysler trailer truck as it turned the corner in front of me. As if shouting at me, the words burned an impression on my mind that is still with me. "Expect the Extraordinary!" You never know when something like that will pop into your awareness, just when you need it. I'm awestruck many times by this phenomenon. The more I tune into those moments, the better my life seems to flow.

    So wonderful to have Matt from Down Under back again, too! I was wondering where you were! And BTW, also wondering about Alex in Italy. Just because you're not writing, as Ufuk said, doesn't mean we're not thinking of you!

    Clint, thanks for the comment about Illusion. Think you'll enjoy it. Much food for thought therein! And a lot of it is about relationships. And wishing you could rewind sometimes and shoot the scene over again! Wishing all things wonderful for the Morris household!

    My family is excited today, for the first photo came through of a new baby in the family, making me a great aunt! No, no grandchildren yet. That looks to be a long ways off...some people think if I did have grandchildren, it might keep me out of trouble!

    So, Chris! We can't wait to hear your announcement....expecting the extraordinary! Sue

     
  • At 6:41 PM, July 31, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Chris,
    So close...but not quite - "Hank's Muffins" was a fake front company used by the blue man I'm thinking of, and also the name of a snowman in an earlier episode of "Kim Possible" but I don't think Hank is one of the names used by Drew Theodore P. Lipsky better known as "Dr. Drakken!" So, you get extra points anyway.

    Looking forward to your announcement, too!

     
  • At 10:26 AM, August 02, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i love all of your great comments and chris is a nice and sweet man and the email he sent me after i emaileed him was so sweet hes so talented and a great rolemadol for me and for everyone

     
  • At 6:19 PM, August 02, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hi all...one more last-minute quote? Found in a magazine I purchased today.

    Source unknown -- "The best gifts are tied with heartstrings."

    Dave, you're great at this movie trivia...and anonymous, couldn't agree more about our role model...

    Happy ATP weekend everyone! Sue

     
  • At 9:32 AM, August 03, 2007 , Anonymous Angi, Jaschenka, Ute said...

    Hi dear forum family,

    this is Jaschenka, Angi and Ute writing in from Jaschenka's place.
    We are having a blast over here. The weather is gorgeous and this morning we went on a beautiful boat trip that was followed by High Tea - very delicious and all of us are a little 'wider' now. :)

    Hope you are all having a great friday and wishing you an ATP weekend. We will go to Castlefest tomorrow, which is a phantastic medieval event and we will have so much fun there. We will keep you posted.

    Big hugs to you all

    Angi, Jaschenka & Ute from the Netherlands

    P.S. Rufus Rocks! Ute

     
  • At 12:20 PM, August 03, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hello to our three friends in the Netherlands! So you'll be together to celebrate Friendship Day, which according to an email announcement today, falls on Sunday, Aug. 5. The email is from Sears Flowers. The theme is giving friendship. A quote is in store of course...."Grow a friendship - send flowers." Sending you three musketeers and the rest of the forum friends a bouquet of virtual friendship flowers...in gratitude for your thoughtful sharing the past couple of years on Chris' forum. From Sue...all things beautiful for Friendship Day!

     
  • At 3:53 PM, August 03, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hello sue its amy again and my oqoute of the day is a friend is the best thing a friend could ask for and the last oqoute is noone knows what they can do until they try have a great day amy

     
  • At 3:11 AM, August 04, 2007 , Blogger ufuk_kirtis said...

    Ute, Jaschenka & Angi,

    it sounds like you are having great fun.. very glad that you have got together..if it was any closer i would come up to join you..

    Sue, you are amazing to keep things up here.. sending you back and every other friend i have here a flower you each love the most..

    BTW, the Friendship day, 5th of August, is also my birthday.. love it.. actually as far as i know it is also Clint's birthday.. love that too..

    Clint, i hope it is okay to tell and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    Amy, loved the quotes you sent.. thank you..

    Have a great weekend all

    Ufuk

     
  • At 8:33 AM, August 04, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Happy Birthday Ufuk! And Clint, too if that's true. My Grandma Kittie's birthday was Aug. 5. So a big celebration day when I was growing up. Wishing you both a supernova celebration! If you're lucky, the celebration will go on all month...as it does in some families.

    I'm off to Grand Haven on Lake Michigan for the weekend, where my husband's family is from. Planning a memorial service for his mom. I'm sure I mentioned that a couple of years ago. His dad is ready now for the memorial. So it will be a big family time for us this month. Getting there in time to go down to the waterfront for the fireworks to mark the end of the annual Coast Guard Festival week there.

    Thanks Ufuk for the kind thoughts you always send us! Flowers brighten anyone's day, even virtual ones! Forum family thoughts continually inspire me!

    Amy...those are good quotes!

    Enjoy a happy, healthy, heart-full weekend everyone...Sue

     
  • At 11:28 AM, August 04, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi chris how are you im oing to be tapeing goerge of the jungle tw0 it comes on august the 11th and i love that movie you were so good in ti and i cant wait ti get mail from you heres a qoute i thought of love one another take care of ona another have a great day amy

     

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