Daily Prompt – Don’t Quote Me On That…

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

Oh you bet I do – I love quotes – my work and personal emails are always appended with a quote of some kind. I have MANY that I love – but one of my favorites is as follows:

“I’ve tried nothing and I’m all out of ideas”
                                                              – Ned Flander’s Mother

Why do I come back to it? Well, that’s simple…I’m a research librarian…and this was the calling card for most of the university students that I ‘helped’ at the reference desk.  It also seems to be apropos when dealing with my child.  And at times other adults that reside in my house…

My other favorite:

Rick: Honestly, I don’t know why I bother sometimes.
Vyvyan: I don’t know why you bother ever.

                                                                           – The Young Ones

This requires little explanation – it just makes me laugh…Ah Vyvyan Basterd, how I love thee…

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Photo Credit: ShareTV.org

About Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher

I'm a research librarian for Public Television, story teller, bike commuter, baker, music fiend, lover of reading & books, mother, wife, friend - and many more descriptive adjectives and nouns.
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146 Responses to Daily Prompt – Don’t Quote Me On That…

  1. sacha1nch1 says:

    well it’s gotta be, ‘what in the name of greek buggery, is the use of a plastic duck?’

  2. I have so many! But my favourites at the moment:
    “There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.” (Beverly Sills)
    “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” (Pablo Picasso)

  3. My latest favorite comes courtesy of Bill Hayes:
    “I didn’t get where I am today by being right…”

  4. klyse3 says:

    I love Longfellow. My two favorites quotes of his are:
    If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
    Round about what is, lies a whole mysterious world of might be, — a psychological romance of possibilities and things that do not happen.

    They are both great truths about life, which is what I love about them. 🙂

  5. I think the entire Simpsons series is my favorite quote.

  6. twindaddy says:

    I don’t know why I bother when nothing works and ideas are nowhere to be found.

  7. The Hook says:

    No favorite quotes, but I have a favorite post now!

  8. calahan says:

    I have to admit, I’ve never watched The Young Ones. Please, don’t respond by blocking my IP address.

    That is a funny quote, though. 🙂

  9. mairedubhtx says:

    Both very good quotes.

  10. Kylie says:

    Oh my gosh, these are perfect!
    I worked in the library in college (at the circulation desk) and thought about becoming a research librarian. I would’ve been frustrated, though, I think, with the laziness. It was bad enough dealing with the students who had late fines (and no remorse).
    I’ve been coaching my husband to make an attempt at looking for things before he asks me where they are. He thinks it’s easier and saves time just to ask me. Luckily, when I explained that it BOTHERS me, and that I’d be happy to help him find things AFTER he makes some effort, he understood and is trying to change.

  11. Kim says:

    You quoted The Young Ones!! I haven’t met anyone who remembers that show. I watched it in college when it was on MTV. I loved it.
    I think I’m going to have to use “I’ve tried nothing and I’m all out of ideas.” Brilliant.
    The quote I use the most, at least in my head, is “Be water, my friend” from Bruce Lee. It’s part of something longer he was saying. My other favorite is from a Red Hot Chili Peppers song, “this life is more than just a read-through.”

  12. Joe Owens says:

    Rutabaga – A couple of nice quotes you added to the discussion. I see quotes here and there, but unless I am diligent to record them they fall away as quickly as my eyes dart to the next “shiny thing”.

  13. Cathy Ulrich says:

    Yes, I suspect you do hear “I’ve tried nothing and I’m all out of ideas” at a library reference desk!

  14. TAE says:

    I was thinking about “Quid quid agis prudenter agas et respice finem” or “Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.”, but then I thought, “dang, I have to say why I like these” and I’m just too lazy this morning.
    I like yours, though.

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