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That's What She Said

I'm perpetually amused, inspired and incensed by the words of others. So I collect (and frequently reference) these provocations, keeping foremost in mind:

The nicest thing about quotes is that they give us a nodding acquaintance with the originator which is often socially impressive.

Kenneth Williams, English comic actor

Thicker Skin
“To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard, American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher
Super Committee Failure
“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” — Mark Twain, American author and humorist
“If you are going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill, British politician and statesman
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” — Henry Ford, industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company
“Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.” — Robertson Davies, Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor
Know Thyself
“I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.” — Augusten Burroughs, American writer
Fear > Growth > Change
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn to do it.” — Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor
“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” — Miles Franklin, Australian writer and feminist
Two Thumbs Up for Therapy!
“Neurosis is simply this boring imprisonment of the self in itself, crippled by its terror of the new and unexpected, carrying its sameness with it wherever it goes, so that it has the protection of feeling, whatever it might stretch out its hand to touch, that it never meets anything but what it knows already.” — Frederic Jameson, American literary critic and political theorist
Fundamental Attribution Error
“Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen.” — John le Carré, British author
Excess in Moderation
“Don't eat a mushroom stem and see colors. Eat the whole bag and see God one time in your life.” — Doug Stanhope, American stand-up comedian
“There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.” — Richard Feynman, American physicist
“Happiness is a place between too little and too much.” — Finnish proverb
End of an Error
“As democracy is perfected, the office of President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” — H.L. Mencken, American journalist, essayist, magazine editor & satirist
New Year’s Resolution
“Remember your past mistakes just long enough to profit by them.” — Dan McKinnon, Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist & historian
Survival Skills
“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.” — Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist & author
Reading Is Fundamental
“I honestly believe there is absolutely nothing like going to bed with a good book. Or a friend who's read one.” — Phyllis Diller, American comedienne
“I've acquired quite a taste for a wellmade mistake.” — A Mistake, Fiona Apple, American singer-songwriter
Corporate America
“These guys could fuck up a baked potato.” — David Mamet, American author, playwright, screenwriter & director
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” — Katharine Hepburn, American actress
“Procrastination isn't the problem, it's the solution. So procrastinate now, don't put it off.” — Ellen DeGeneres, American stand-up comedian, television host & actress
“The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.” — Virginia Woolf, English novelist & essayist
Self Acceptance
“I honor my personality flaws. Without them, I'd have no personality at all.” — unknown
Half Empty
“The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.” — George F. Will, American columnist, journalist & author
Job Satisfaction
“Our ability to delude ourselves may be an important survival tool.” — Jane Wagner, American writer, director & producer
Existential Crisis
“I had a stick of Carefree gum, but it didn't work. I felt pretty good while I was blowing that bubble, but as soon as the gum lost its flavor, I was back to pondering my mortality.” — Mitch Hedberg, American stand-up comedian
Independence Day
“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” — Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States

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Emily Lewis

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I'm a freelance web designer of the standardista variety, which means I get excited about things like valid POSH, microformats and accessibility. I ply my trade from my one-person design studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 USA.

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