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Jan 26 2009

“Every little pot…”

by Ev S

I love a good quote.  I heard one earlier today and thought I’d share.

“Every little pot has to stand on its own bottom.”

Of course I wanted to hear more neat quotes and I went bugging my co-workers for interesting quotes.  At some point my boss turns to me and said “You know there are books of quotes, go check one out.”  I knew this, really.  So, just to share, here are few of the quotes my co-workers and patrons of the library shared with me:

“You’re closer to the ground, you pick it up.” (as said to a child.)

“Slicker than snot on a doorknob.” (pertaining to icy weather)

“Close the refrigerator door, you’re letting out the penguins.”

“If frogs had wings they wouldn’t hit their butts when they jumped.”

“Close your mouth, you’re catching flies.”

“Don’t cross your eyes, flies will pitch in.” (Jamaican)

“If you point at the stars, you’ll get warts on your figures.” (Brazilian)

And here are some books we have in the library system:

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature

(This is one of the most famous books of quotes and the one my boss ended up getting me.  But it is a reference book, so I could only read it at the library–when I went on break, of course.)

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Great Quotes for All Occasions compiled by Elaine Berstein Partnow

Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying, and Quotation edited by Susan Ratcliffe

Lima Beans Would be Illegal: Children’s Ideas of a Perfect World compiled and illustrated by Robert Bender (a children’s book)

And we have many more similar books; you can quote me on that!

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