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The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win,
by Lily Tomlin

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win,
you're still a rat.
- Lily Tomlin

Related topics: Society

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?
- Lily Tomlin

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent,
hardworking, honest Americans.
It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity.
But then, we elected them.
- Lily Tomlin

If I had known what it would be like to have it all -
I might have been willing to settle for less.
- Lily Tomlin

 

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I
should have been more specific.
- Lily Tomlin

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
- Lily Tomlin

If love is the answer,
could you please rephrase the question.
- Lily Tomlin

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I personally think we developed language
because of our deep need to complain.
- Lily Tomlin

We're all in this alone.
- Lily Tomlin

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.
- Lily Tomlin

Don't be afraid of missing opportunities.
Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.
- Lily Tomlin

I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that.
Then I realized I was somebody.
- Lily Tomlin

The best mind-altering drug is the truth.
- Lily Tomlin

Reality is a crutch for people who can't handle drugs.
- Lily Tomlin

We are all in this together, by ourselves.
- Lily Tomlin

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
- Lily Tomlin

It's my belief we developed language because of our
deep inner need to complain.
- Lily Tomlin

What is reality, anyway? Just a collective hunch.
- Lily Tomlin

What if it's boring - or if it's not boring,
it might be too revealing, or worse,
it might be too revealing and still be boring.
- Lily Tomlin

I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I
should have been more specific.
- Lily Tomlin

Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination.
- Lily Tomlin

The problem with winning the rat race is you're still a rat.
- Lily Tomlin

Why is it that when we talk to God we're said to be praying,
but when God talks to us we're schizophrenic?
- Lily Tomlin

No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up.
- Lily Tomlin

We don't care.
We don't have to.
We're the phone company.
- Lily Tomlin

I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be
thinking up something else.
- Lily Tomlin

Why isn't there a special name for the tops of your feet?
- Lily Tomlin

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.
- Lily Tomlin

Instead of working for the survival of the fittest,
we should be working for the survival of the wittiest -
then we can all die laughing.
- Lily Tomlin

Remember we're all in this alone.
- Lily Tomlin

There's so much plastic in this culture that vinyl
leopard skin is becoming an endangered synthetic.
- Lily Tomlin

Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it.
- Lily Tomlin

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home
to think about besides homework.
- Lily Tomlin

For fast-acting relief try slowing down.
- Lily Tomlin

If you read a lot of books you are considered well read.
But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well viewed.
- Lily Tomlin

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

The trouble is,
if you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

A "No" uttered from deepest conviction
is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please,
or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Do not anticipate trouble,
or worry about what may never happen.
Keep in the sunlight.
- Benjamin Franklin

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
- George Washington

A quotation is a handy thing to have about,
saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Move to your heart, Breathe.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply - slowly -
fill your lungs with love and gratitude -
exhale each and every trouble -
again and again - gratitude in, troubles out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friends are angels who lift us to our feet
when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
- Anonymous

The trouble with the world is not
that people know too little,
but that they know so many things that ain't so.
- Mark Twain

Nobody, as long as he moves about
among the chaotic currents of life,
is without trouble.
- Carl Jung

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The trouble with having an open mind, of course,
is that people will insist on coming along
and trying to put things in it.
- Terry Pratchett

Do not trouble yourself much
to get new things, whether clothes or friends...
Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every government is a parliament of whores.
The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
- P. J. O'Rourke

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
- Paul Valery

Love is the self-delusion we manufacture to justify
the trouble we take to have sex.
- Daniel S. Greenberg

Trouble is, kids feel they have to shock their elders
and each generation grows up into something harder to shock.
- Ben Lindsey

The trouble with travelling back later on is that you
can never repeat the same experience.
- Michael Palin

Birds are indicators of the environment.
If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble.
- Roger Tory Peterson

When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble,
delegate; when in charge, ponder.
- James H. Boren

I love those who can smile in trouble,
who can gather strength from distress,
and grow brave by reflection.
- Leonardo da Vinci

When trouble comes, it's your family that supports you.
- Guy Lafleur

Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible
in bright moments as well as in trouble,
we cannot fully respond to its consolations
because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.
- Helen Keller

All marriages are happy.
It's the living together afterward that causes all the trouble.
- Raymond Hull

The trouble with always trying to preserve the health
of the body is that it is so difficult to do without
destroying the health of the mind.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Dad, I'm in some trouble.
There's been an accident and you're going to hear all
sorts of things about me from now on.
Terrible things.
- Edward Kennedy

To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom;
and he that increaseth his riches,
increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure,
and trouble findeth it not.
- Akhenaton

I used to sell furniture for a living.
The trouble was, it was my own.
- Les Dawson

My motto was always to keep swinging.
Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field,
the only thing to do was keep swinging.
- Hank Aaron

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is,
he's stuck with so many bad actors
who don't know how to play funny.
- Garrison Keillor

You don't help people in your poems.
I've been trying to help people all my life -
that's my trouble.
- Charles Olson

The trouble with law is lawyers.
- Clarence Darrow

When I get logical, and I don't trust my instincts -
that's when I get in trouble.
- Angelina Jolie


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