Quotable Me


Last week someone told me they were going to put something I wrote in the “Favorite Quotations” part of their Facebook profile. “You’ll be right there between Rumi and Wayne Dyer!” enthused this FB-buddy.

Who doesn’t like to be quoted? Not I.

Then, two days ago, I thought, “Hey: I know! I’ll try Twittering again (I tried last year, and kind of hated it)—only this time I’ll make the whole point of my tweets to be Totally Quotable Quotes!” So between then and now I put up the best 140-character quotes I could think of when I wasn’t pounding my face against a table at Starbucks as a means of avoiding some insanely boring editing work I was doing.

The resultant pithy pontifications are below. If you like any of them—by all means, quote away! Thus can you do your part to help me maintain my ongoing delusion that I’m Someone With An Interesting Mind. (Oh, and yes, you can safely ascribe these lines to me. I mention that only because just today four people wrote asking about the source of these quotes. So … yes: them be me. In fact, if you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll probably recognize some of this stuff.)

So here’s This Week’s Big Quote Round-Up. (Note that I’ve italicized the quotes in order to make them look statlier stateliar statlyer fancier.)

People sometimes wonder if God has sense of humor. Two words prove that he does: Dung beetle.

Evaluating a potential mate? Watch how he/she treats the waiter. If they don’t treat everyone with respect, they can’t really respect you.

Would-be writers: the thought must come first, and then the words necessary to do that thought justice. Words can only serve thoughts, not create them.

If you’re wondering whether or not you’re really in love, you’re not.

If you’re looking for God, look around yourself right now. There he is!

Bringing your rational mind to an understanding of God is like bringing cement shoes to your sky diving lesson.

“Forgiving” isn’t about letting go of anything. It’s about neutralizing your emotions by achieving an understanding of their origin.

Few people are less trustworthy than a “spiritual leader” whose personal finances are bound to their public reputation for moral rectitude.

And … that’s it for those two days.


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  • Yeah, that was great. I think he brought a pretty nice spike of readers to that piece on Scribd–maybe 150, 200 readers to it. Be cool, obviously, if it at all helped anyone…

  • Els

    Try to make your tweets only 126 characters long, to leave room for people to retweet you by adding 'RT @johnshore' to the it.

  • It’s technically not a quote, but Internet Monk linked to your piece(s) on why women stay in abusive relationships. Pretty nifty, I say.

  • Els: Nice advice! And it took you doing MATH to provide it! Now that's the kind of dedication I like to see! No, but thanks. That is good advice.

  • Nice!

    With seven billion people currently alive, it's a really challenge to say something original.

    My daughter managed to do just that last week, though, with this gem:

    "Oh yeah!? Well then, you can drink the breastplate of righteousness!"

    There are a couple of your quotes I'm not really sure about. Need to reflect further.

  • Greta Sheppard

    Here's my quote, John: "Forgive is the seven letter "F" word we want to forget about. "

    But Jesus said we are to do it…..doing it is much more humbling than rationalizing it… and 'neutralizing our feelings' leads us down the path to denial…

    I agree, to a point, that it is, as you say, neutralizing your emotions….but often that is only a temporary

    feeling…. there comes a time when you must 'let go of' – 'lay down' your grudge' and bless your enemy with an act of kindness which will lead you to then pray for that person who let you down in some way. …..

  • Greta Sheppard

    What I meant to say was : …"let go of your grudge long enough to lay it down, in order to free your hands to touch your enemy with an act of kindness!

  • Catpro

    "Think what you do before using the Bible as a mirror you use to reflect back to you your beauty. Its depth and complexity guarantee that in the Bible you can see whatever version of yourself you most care to."

    I think this is your most amazing quote. And the one about understanding God and cement shoes. And the one about the dung beetle. And the one about…..well, pretty much all of them.

    Anyway, thanks for the quotes.