Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Notebooks of a Magpie Mind

E-mail exchanges, quotes, and notebook entries:

BARBARA: Tom didn’t really say this, did he, when Suri was born?

Soon thereafter her mother changes her name because, as husband Tom Cruise explains, “Katie is a young girl's name. Her name is Kate now -- she's a child-bearing woman."

MATTHEW: Alas, I believe he did. The rumor is, he'll be changing his own name to Thomas once he actually has sex with a woman.

BARBARA: I’ve just now fallen off my chair in violent hysterics.

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"However much you knock at Nature's door, she will never answer you in comprehensible terms." -- Ivan Turgenev

"People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The way you think the world works is the way you work." -- Me.

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MATTHEW: God can't write story to save His life, but He sure does know how to create characters . . .

ESTER: Hmm. It's true -- how could an omnipotent being be so limited as to only create seven archetypical storylines? Imagine if Eve hadn't been mildly inquisitive -- we'd only have the one story, and how boring would that be!

MATTHEW: We'd be watching it as The Gardeners on cable and saying "Oh look--there's us!!!"

ESTER: Now I finally understand British television . . .

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The best quote ever about Andrew Lloyd Webber: At a party years ago, Lloyd Webber went up to Alan Jay Lerner and asked plaintively: "Why do people take such an instant dislike to me?" "Because it saves time," Lerner replied.

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"Whatever they criticize you for, intensify it.” Jean Cocteau.

“Don’t touch shit even with gloves on. The gloves get shittier, the shit doesn’t get glovier.” Ferenc Molnár.

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I never saw a wild thing
Sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
Without ever having felt sorry for itself.

-- DH Lawrence

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The more success we have dealing with failure, the less we have in dealing with success. -- Me

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