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You Can’t Get Pastrami at the Drugstore

These are 21 of my favorite pearls of wisdom and quotes:

  1. I remain just one thing, and one thing only—and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.– Charlie Chaplin

  2. Hell is other people.–No Exit, John-Paul Sartre

  3. Strength comes in just one brand—you stand up at sunrise and meet what they send you and keep your hair combed.–Kate Vaiden, Reynolds Price

  4. Find work you love. You do it every day. –My father

  5. If you’re not sure about the dress, don’t buy it. — My mother about a dress when I was little, and about men and a whole lot more as I grew up

  6. Some women don’t get it. It’s not about lots of jewelry or color. I want to tell them, “Take it off. Take it off. Just wear the little black dress.”–Judy, my fashion-designer friend. The simple little black dress–that goes for everything.

  7. There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. –Hamlet, Shakespeare

  8. Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses. They don’t know what they’re doing.–My father

  9. The trouble is all in the knob at the top of our bodies.–Margaret Atwood

  10. No parent gets up in the morning and says or thinks, “Let’s see, how can I fuck up the kids today?”–An erstwhile therapist

  11. You can’t get pastrami at the drugstore.–That same therapist when I tried to have a relationship with an unavailable, withholding man.

  12. Something’s lost and something’s gained in living every day.—Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell

  13. I bet he has something to say too.–My grandmother to my aunt when she came crying with a suitcase and a litany of complaints about her husband.

  14. To err is human; to forgive divine. – Alexander Pope

  15. Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.-Robert Browning, my Bennett High School motto, and what I pray for with my husband

  16. Let it be.–Sir Paul McCartney

  17. And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.–John Lennon, or as my father put it, “The getting is in the giving.”

  18. You’ve got to know your customers.–My mother

  19. Good things—important things—take a long time to develop.–My mother

  20. It only takes one.–My father about work and love

  21. We take ourselves with us wherever we go.–My father.

It is only fitting that my parents have the last word. The most words. They were my most loving and important teachers. If only I had told them….

I take them wherever I go.


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