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I'm trying to trick people into thinking about the
by John Shirley

I'm trying to trick people into thinking about the
unthinkable by using pop culture images.
- John Shirley

I get drunk writing words.
I don't drink or do drugs, but I get so carried away
with writing that I get inebriated from it.
- John Shirley

Innocence could be considered a discrete state of mind.
- John Shirley

I'm cursed with empathy.
I'm also by nature way too opinionated.
- John Shirley

 

I think paranoia can be instructive in the right doses.
Paranoia is a skill.
- John Shirley

Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from
a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.
- John Shirley

I'm incapable of writing without social commentary.
I like to think that it's integrated and not really heavy handedly didactic.
- John Shirley

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Labels only confuse people.
The smarter people recognize artists who transcend categories.
But I always try to entertain.
It's in my nature; writers are born to entertain.
If that means working ostensibly within a genre,
fine.
- John Shirley

Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie

Real love is accepting other people the way they are
without trying to change them.
- don Miguel Ruiz

To be yourself in a world that
is constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you begin to understand what you are
without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation.
- J. Krishnamurti

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.
- Saint Bartholomew

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

How could youths better learn to live
than by at once trying the experiment of living?
- Henry David Thoreau

You can make more friends in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get other people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed,
but nature does not depend on us.
We are not the only experiment.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

When you have got an elephant by the hind legs
and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
- Abraham Lincoln

Meddling:
Everything that happens in the world, or doesn't happen,
is NOT my responsibility.
There are more than enough things that are my responsibility.
I am responsible for my thoughts, my beliefs, and my actions -
and that is enough.
It does not serve me to mind anyone else's business.
I can only make myself unhappy by trying to second guess
what anyone else thinks or does.
- 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

The greatest roadblock to a great relationship
is trying to force a partner to change through bribes or threats.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can close more business in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

Spirit is always waiting to rush into us,
but we are too full of worldly things.
It is like trying to pour fine wine into a cup filled with mud -
the wine is waiting, but the mud must be removed first.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How far you can go without destroying from within
what you are trying to defend from without?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The fastest way to destroy love
is to make a goal out of it,
because people who are trying to be loved
come from a place that they're not loved.
- Werner Erhard

What is the use of physicians like myself trying to
help parents to bring up children healthy and happy,
to have them killed in such numbers for a cause that is ignoble?
- Benjamin Spock

There is no use whatsoever trying to help
people who do not help themselves.
You cannot push anyone up a ladder
unless he is willing to climb himself.
- Andrew Carnegie

O man you are busy working for the world,
and the world is busy trying to turn you out.
- Abu Bakr

Mama and Daddy King represent the best in manhood and womanhood,
the best in a marriage, the kind of people we are trying to become.
- Coretta Scott King

The church is always trying to get other people to reform;
it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little,
by way of example.
- Mark Twain

Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
- Thomas A. Edison

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

Doing linear scans over an associative array is like
trying to club someone to death with a loaded Uzi.
- Larry Wall

If a composer could say what he had to say in words
he would not bother trying to say it in music.
- Gustav Mahler

I'm exhausted trying to stay healthy.
- Steve Yzerman

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan
trying to play the violin.
- Honore de Balzac

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying
to get back to where it was.
- Toni Morrison

I intend to live forever, or die trying.
- Groucho Marx

Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like
trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster.
- Joe Adcock

Trying to force creativity is never good.
- Sarah McLachlan

What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man
looking through a keyhole,
the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him
is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
- Barry Goldwater

Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that
must be followed to become an expert in anything.
- W. Clement Stone

There is a fine line between perseverance and insanity.
At what point have you tried your best,
and it's time to do something different?
It's a balance - a paradox.
If you get in the habit of giving up
as soon as something gets difficult,
your life won't work,
but if you keep tilting at windmills -
madly trying the same thing again and again,
your life also won't work.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if
the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them.
- Cullen Hightower

It's a never ending battle of making your cars better
and also trying to be better yourself.
- Dale Earnhardt

Adolescents are not monsters.
They are just people trying to learn how to make it
among the adults in the world,
who are probably not so sure themselves.
- Virginia Satir

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

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the
poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
- Jean Cocteau

I've been fifty thousand times to the Louvre.
I have copied everything in drawing,
trying to understand.
- Alberto Giacometti

We have been helping, trying to help Afghanistan in many ways,
even from the beginning of...
the beginnings of the '20s, 1920s, when he we were
fighting our own national struggle.
- Bulent Ecevit

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
- Frank Capra

All I'm trying to do is survive and make good out of the dirty,
nasty, unbelievable lifestyle that they gave me.
- Tupac Shakur

Science sometimes falls short when trying to fathom
the depths of our essence -
and our inspiration comes from that essence.
- Lance Secretan

Each simian had a much different body suit,
so besides trying to define class across species,
there was a definite attempt to dress each group in different styles.
- Colleen Atwood

I am just trying to find a way to make pictures.
- Jasper Johns

Most of those melodies are me trying to find out what notes fit,
and then hitting ones that don't fit in a very interesting way.
- Brian Eno

Murrow covered something because it needed coverage.
He wasn't trying to get an audience just for the sake of it.
- Daniel Schorr

And what we were trying to offer every day was one-on-one attention.
The goal was to have a one-to-one ratio with every one of these students.
- Dave Eggers

So now I'm left with cigarettes, and I'm trying to
scrape that off my shoe and then I'll be done.
- Diane Lane

Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab.
We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live,
to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.
- David Cronenberg

I've been trying for some time to develop a lifestyle
that doesn't require my presence.
- G. B. Trudeau

I spent 20 years of my life building up Queen,
and now I'm spending years of my life trying to get away from it.
- Brian May

I'm trying to lead a good Christian life,
so there ain't too much spicy to tell about me.
- Loretta Lynn

I was very concerned that President Bush is still trying
to frighten or scare the American people with respect
to the condition of the Social Security system.
- Paul Sarbanes

I've been in Washington ever since 1981,
trying to get out!
- Pat Oliphant

What we see is what they're trying to sell us.
It's not true nostalgic as much as it is repeating
old material because it's less expensive than new material.
- Rick Moranis

I'm 60, and I did 60-year-old women songs.
I'm not trying to be the Hip-Hop Queen,
although I am the original Hip Hop Queen.
- Patti LaBelle

It's not about trying to be funny all the time.
It's more of a document that hopefully is funny.
- David Cross

What I'm trying to do is to at least raise a flag to
the blinding light of technology.
- Godfrey Reggio

We grow small trying to be great.
- David Hockney


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