After doing all the Being Erica posts of Dr Tom quotes – see here for Season One, here for Season Two and here for Season Three – I thought I would share some of my own favorite quotes that I have heard or read throughout my life (not including the quotes from Being Erica as they have already been listed at the above linked posts). I am guessing that some of you will look at these quotes and will see them as somewhat telling about my feelings on a number of matters. I’ll also grant you that a bunch of these are quotes aren’t from ‘real people’ but rather from movies or TV shows. Some may say that invalidates them but I say why does a quote have to be from a real person to resonate? Someone wrote those lines for those characters, so in my mind the quote is just as powerful. In fact, a lot of the quotes which are attributed to real people are not off-the-cuff remarks but were, as well, prewritten.
- “That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
- “Don’t try to be a great man; just be a man and let history make its own judgments.” ~ Dr. Zefram Cochrane ‘Star Trek First Contact‘
- “Trust, but verify.” ~ Russian proverb regularly quoted by Ronald Reagan. In Russian it is - “Doveryai, no proveryai” and in cyrillic it is: Доверяй, но проверяй
- Nick Naylor: “Jeff, when do you sleep?”