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Quotation Sensations

Posted July 24, 2008

How do you start your day? I like to begin with a thought or quote of the day - something inspirational, profound or humorous. I've compiled a few of my favorite quotes from famous North Carolinians.

What are your favorite quotes? Please share.

"Be a dreamer. If you don't know how to dream, you're dead.”
Jim Valvano

"Divine right went out with the American Revolution and doesn't belong to the White House aides. What meat do they eat that makes them grow so great? "
Sam Ervin

"Polygraph tests are 20th-century witchcraft."
Sam Ervin

"If you treat every situation as a life-and-death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”
Dean Smith

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
Michael Jordan

"Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean."
Maya Angelou

"A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone."
Billy Graham

"Education is our future — it’s everything. We must not settle for anything short of excellence in our schools."
Jim Hunt

"I don't think I'll get to heaven if I do anything to desecrate this mountain."
Grandfather Mountain Owner Hugh Morton

"I've read two books a week for 30 years....I'm satisfied I know everything."
 Kaye Gibbons


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  • carolinamissy Jul 25, 2008

    I'm sure she didn't say it first but my mama always used to tell me "Pretty is as pretty does."

  • wballanceunc Jul 25, 2008

    From my dad and this may take some people a while to get.

    "If we had ham we could have ham and eggs...if we had eggs."

    Some other favorites of mine:
    "Doin' it wrong till I do it right" - The Band
    "Love don't walk away, only people do." - Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
    "Heaven for the weather, hell for the company." - ?

  • garyl Jul 25, 2008

    It's never to late to live happily ever after. (This is one in my guest bathroom)

  • weasleyes Jul 24, 2008

    Regarding statistics: "Torture numbers enough, and they will tell you anything you want to hear." - unknown

  • fishnett5977 Jul 24, 2008

    "If IF'S and BUT'S were candy and nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas!!!"
    "That's his tale, I sit on mine!"
    "Stupid is as stupid does!" Forrest Gump
    "When life gives you lemons, set up a lemonade stand!"lol

  • dejrfan Jul 24, 2008

    These are two of my favorites!

    If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under. - Ronald Reagan

    "I ain't no saint, but I've tried never to do anything that would hurt my family or offend God...I figure all any kid needs is hope and the feeling he or she belongs. If I could do or say anything that would give some kid that feeling, I would believe I had contributed something to the world." -Elvis Presley

  • my_opinion_only Jul 24, 2008

    With constant change in the workplace (that sometimes is successful but more often is a disaster), the good old "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

  • cgriffin27886 Jul 24, 2008

    I like this one..."don't start with me. you will not win." Also I am thrilled to use this one that I heard growing up "because I'm the Mama that's why!"

  • littlebobeep Jul 24, 2008

    "There is no easy way to push your limits." - Me.

  • lindaishere34 Jul 24, 2008

    "I hate small towns because once you've seen the cannon in the park there's nothing else to do."-Lenny Bruce




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