Editorial Notebook

Bruce’s quotes to live by

For a while now, I’ve been making a list of my favorite quotes. They are happy and sad, serious and silly, long and short. They come from a variety of different sources, including movies, TV shows, and songs, as well as things people have said to me, papers I’ve read, speeches I’ve heard, and more.

I truly think that the conglomeration of these quotes gives a pretty good overview of who I am, and maybe some of them will rub off on you. Of course, that is only if you agree that they’re good to live by and laugh by.

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts.”

“If it don’t go, chrome it.”

“These pretzels are making me thirsty.”

“Are these goals regulation size or what?!”

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

You only live once. You live only once.”

“Hey mom, what’s up with all the sauerkraut?”

“If you book them, they will come.”

“Turns out Michael Bolton is a major cinephile.”

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

“I’ll tell you a little secret about zip codes: they’re meaningless.”

“Look out the window at the cloud of dust. That’s my headlights. That’s my truck.”

“Oh, I swear I saw a young boy down in the gutter; he was starting to foam in the heat.”

“And now, the end is here and so I face the final curtain. My friend, I’ll say it clear, I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain. I’ve lived a life that’s full, I traveled each and every highway. And more–much more than this–I did it my way.”

“If you’re early, you’re on time; if you’re on time, you’re late; and if you’re late, you’re dead.”

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

“I am easily satisfied by the very best.”

“‘Kimono’ is come from the Greek word ‘himona,’ is mean winter. So, what do you wear in the wintertime to stay warm? A robe. You see: robe, kimono … there you go!”

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

“Practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect.”

“If there’s a system, I like to find a way around it. Welcome to RPI.”

“Are your kids well-behaved, or do they need, like, a few light slams every now and then?”

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

“The graveyards are full of indispensible people.”

“I’m kind of a big deal … I have many leather-bound books, and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.”

“All war is deception.”

“I break things indiscriminately.”

“Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every 10 minutes.”

“This isn’t Russia. Is this Russia?”

“What a foul way for a bird to die.”

“Well, that may be so, but if you look at my profile, you’ll see that I rent from this branch at least three to four times a year, and I think that should be taken into consideration.”

“A flute without holes is not a flute. A donut without a hole is a Danish.”