Writer’s Workshop: Some Quotes

Well, thanks to a monumental screw-up (I should know better than to try and figure out what day it is without looking at a calendar), the post I thought I had scheduled for today went out yesterday.

So I decided to do another of the prompts, where I share a favorite quote or two, or who knows how many…

  1. Au pays des aveugles, les borgnes sont rois.” (“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed are kings.”) Just an interesting thought. Our email system at work, which was mainframe-based (to show how long ago this was) had a space to put in a message to send back when someone sent you an email. Obviously, the intention was for you to put in something like “Thank you, I will get back to you soon” or “I’m on vacation, I’ll respond when I get back,” but we all had different ideas. This was mine, and I frequently got a second note from people asking “that quote is weird. What does it mean?” I’d explain it to them, and they’d be even more confused.
  2. “I am the author! You are the audience! I outrank you!” Spoken by Franz Liebkind, author of the play Springtime For Hitler, the play at the center of the movie The Producers (the original, with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, not the remake with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick). I sometimes said this when I was training people and someone decided to express his (typically negative) opinion about how the software worked.
  3. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss other people.” I used this quote in a comment I made on someone else’s blog. It’s true, too.
  4. “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.” Usually when someone does something stupid and ends up paying the consequences.
  5. “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!” From the classic episode of WKRP in Cincinnati where Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson, head of the station, comes up with the brilliant idea of dropping turkeys from a helicopter as a promotional stunt.
  6. “‘You’re an idiot to be out in this weather, according to a journalist out in this weather’ is my favorite journalism genre.” Saw this on Twitter and thought it was hilarious.
  7. “Ho Ho Ho! Got a dirty joke for Santa?” and “Santa’s got to see a man about a reindeer.” I was once asked to portray Santa Claus in a series of telephone messages announcing a “Christmas In July” promotion for our customer support representatives. They actually had me dress as Santa for a couple of live events (do you know just how hot a Santa Claus costume is in the middle of summer in the South?). Anyway, the good news is that, for the phone messages, I got to write the scripts, and these two lines found their way into the messages.

I participate in a blog hop called One-Liner Wednesday every week, where I usually use a quote for my contribution. Stop by sometime!

13 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Some Quotes

  1. I like your Great Minds quote, I might need to remember to use it sometime.
    One of my favorite quotes ever is “survival is insufficient”. I found it in the book “Station Eleven”, but the original quote came from Star Trek. You can have great conversations about this. Everyone has different thoughts and they are so fun to hear and they make you think. Sometimes I put it in my postcrossing postcards I send.


        1. I did like him in “Stranger Than Fiction,” with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Emma Thompson. Writers can appreciate the story. And “The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” was particularly funny. Everything else, though? Nah…

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    1. I like it, Mary doesn’t, so the only time I’ve watched it was when I was traveling for work or if it happened to be on when she was out. I agree, funny show, and Cincinnati is one of my favorite places.


  2. Yep, the great minds quote is a good one! You know who has some great quotes is Yogi Berra – “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra


        1. He was like a Zen master with some of the things he said. “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” When someone asked him the time, he asked “You mean now?” He was one of the smartest baseball men there ever was, and a real humble guy.

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