Beware The Lollipop Of Mediocrity

Ralph loves to do the Cryptoquote in the newspaper.  He does it every day along with the Celebrity Cipher.  He likes them so much that he tell me when we move to New Mexico, he’s going to have the Gloucester County Times mailed to us so that he can still get his puzzles.  Not for the local news from back in New Jersey that might be interesting to keep up with…For The Puzzles!!

I can’t figure out how to do the darn things and I figure as long as one of us can decipher them, that’s sufficient.  If I ever need to break a code, he’s my man!  When he finds one that he thinks I will like he shares it with me. 

I’ve always loved quotes.  Little pieces of wisdom from famous people and sometimes from people you’ve never heard of.  Either way they touch something in you.

One of my favorites has always been, “Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It wastes your time and it annoys the pig.”  I didn’t remember who said that.  I just looked it up (where did we go before Google to find things like that?!?)  That was said by Robert Heinlein.  Stranger In A Strange Land.  I wouldn’t have guessed.

Another recent favorite of mine is a quote from Dennis Wholey.  I didn’t know who he was until I just looked him up…author, TV host.  Hmmm…Anyway here is his quote…

“Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you’re a vegetarian.”  I think that’s rather appropriate for me as a vegetarian and a basically good person.

John Wayne is reported to have said, “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”  I like that one a lot.  I always respected and admired John Wayne.  You can always use a good cowboy quote.

I think it will be fun if I add some quotes to BCDC occasionally.  I previously used one of my very favorites, “A house without books is like a room without windows.” Horace Mann, an American educator said that one.  I used that as a basis for a memoir piece I did for a class a few years ago.  I was talking about my Mom, of course!

Interesting side note to that.  There’s a catalog called Bas Bleu.  It’s for book lovers, selling books and bookish things.  I LOVE Bas Bleu.  However, about a year ago, they had a doormat in the catalog with the Horace Mann quote on it.  The only problem was, they attributed the quote to Thomas Mann.  In a very un-Fran like manner, I e-mailed them to point out their mistake.  The doormat never showed up in their catalog again.  I believe in giving credit where credit is due!

Here is the new gem that Ralph shared with me this week.

“Beware the lollipop of mediocrity.  Lick it once and you’ll suck forever.”  This quote is by Brian Wilson.  I can’t tell if it is Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.  Something tells me that it is.  I just know I love the quote!  If anyone knows for sure if it’s That Brian Wilson, let me know.  All I can say is, “Help me, Rhonda!”

So if “A picture is worth a thousand words,” I’ll conclude with a sunset.

I haven’t shared a sunrise or a sunset with you lately.  I’ve been awake for both a lot recently.  There just haven’t been any worth sharing.  Maybe that’s why I’m having this feeling of mediocrity.  I need more memorable sunrises and sunsets.  I’ve always been one to point them out to everyone else, making sure they notice.  In fact, I wrote a poem about that for Ralph once.  I could share that with all of you.  But no, this post is about quotes, not poems.  We’ll get to that on another day. 😉

Happy Wednesday!! 🙂

4 responses to “Beware The Lollipop Of Mediocrity

  1. Grandmom used to do those puzzles, too! It drove me crazy! I can’t do them to save my soul. Please do share your poems, they are wonderful! (a totally unbiased opinion, of course.)

  2. The Storybook fairy

    Yes, the lollipop quote is from the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson! Isn’t it the best?

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