There’s no one in
This whole wide world
Exactly just like me.
I am me and
You are you,
Don’t you see?
by Author Unknown
|Make Fun Of Life!||
There’s no one in
This whole wide world
Exactly just like me.
I am me and
You are you,
Don’t you see?
by Author Unknown
Birds of a feather flock together - and then there are the birds of a different feather. Shown is a ‘Major Mitchell Pink Cockatoo,’ a native of Australia . . . daring to be different.
“You laugh at me because I’m different; I laugh at you because you’re all the same.” -Jonathan Davis
“We do not expect everyone to be exactly alike, and if we feel a cat should be like a dog, we are missing something important.” -Gladys Taber (Gladys Bagg Taber (1899 - 1980))
“Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no other is, and to do what no other can do.” -William Ellery Channing (1780 - 1842)
“I’m different. Always have been. It took a while but I have accepted that I am a magic not meant for everyone to understand, so they question. That’s okay. I will stay in my lane being all magical and stuff.” -Author Unknown
“There are just two kinds of people in the world: you, and everyone else.” -Author Unknown
“An unlearned carpenter of my acquaintance once said in my hearing: ‘There is very little difference between one man and another; but what little there is, is very important.’” -William James (1842 - 1910): “The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy” (1897), ‘The Importance of Individuals’
Overheard: There are two types of people: those who are forgetful and . . . uh . . .
“My father (Danny Thomas) used to tell me there are two kinds of people, the takers and the givers. ‘The takers sometimes eat better,’ he would say, ‘but the givers always sleep better.’” -Marlo Thomas (born 1937)
“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.” -Christopher Morley (Christopher Darlington Morley (1890 - 1957))
“There are three types of people the world does not understand: madmen, geniuses, and people who mumble.” -Author Unknown
“Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.” -Aristotle (384 B.C.E. - 322 B.C.E.)
“People can be divided into three groups. Those who make things happen. Those who watch things happen. And those who wonder what happened.” -Nicholas Murray Butler (1852 - 1947)
“There are three kinds of people: those who can count and those who cannot.” -Author Unknown
“Some people work up steam and some only generate a fog.” -Author Unknown
“There may be said to be two classes of people in the world: those who constantly divide the people of the world into two classes, and those who do not.” -Robert Benchley (Robert Charles Benchley (1889 - 1945))
“In the not-so-long-ago-days, there were only four kinds of people: menfolk, womenfolk, youngfolk, and oldfolk. These days, they’ve divided us up into a near-infinite number of classifications, not to help us or to make the world a better place, but to manipulate us into being and doing what folks may not necessarily want to be and do.” -David Hugh Beaumont (born 1966)
“In life we shall find many men that are great, and some that are good, but very few men that are both great and good.” -C. C. Colton (Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832))
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
-Eleanor Roosevelt (Anna Eleanor ‘Eleanor’ Roosevelt (1884 - 1962))
“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures, those who make it or those who don’t. I divide the world into learners and non-learners.” -Benjamin Barber
“Youth looks ahead, old age looks back, and middle age looks tired.” -Author Unknown
Overheard: As different as two peas in a pod . . .
“There are two kinds of people one can call reasonable: those who serve God with all their heart because they know him, and those who seek him with all their heart because they do not know him.” -Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)
“A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group.” -Russell H. Ewing
“I’d rather be a climbing ape than a falling angel.” -Terry Pratchett (1948 - 2015)
There are at least two sorts of people who work in complex organizations like governments, businesses, and schools. There are those who, when a problem reaches them, contribute to its solution; and there are those who, when a problem comes to them, escalate it into something worse. A man of the latter type was called into the chief executive’s office and told, “Mikhail, don’t be an embolus.” “A what?” Mikhail asked. “A kind of blood clot - something that circulates through the system causing trouble.”
“Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all, and others to persecute those who reason.” -Voltaire (pseudonym of François-Marie Arouet (1694 - 1778))
“You be you and I’ll be me.” -Billy Connolly
Somebody once said that there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, “Good morning, Lord,” and there are those who wake up in the morning and say, “Good Lord, it’s morning!”
“Often the people who are different are the ones who make all the difference in this world.” -David Hugh Beaumont (born 1966)
“The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There’s far less competition.” -Dwight Morrow (Dwight Whitney Morrow (1873 - 1931)): letter to his son, as quoted in Harold Nicolson: “Dwight Morrow” (1935), page 52
It is possible to be different . . . and yet also, remarkably similar . . .
Variety’s the very spice of life,
That gives it all its flavor.
-William Cowper (1731 - 1800)
“Cherish forever what makes you unique, ’cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes.” -Bette Midler (born 1945)
Always remember that you’re unique
Unequalled, uncommon, c’est magnifique
One of a kind, quite special and rare
Singular, original, not one of a pair
Special, the exceptional you embody
You’re really unique, just like everybody!
by Author Unknown
“Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all your fellow humans everywhere in the world.” -Margaret Laurence
“By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.” -Edwin Elliot
“A fruit salad is delicious precisely because each fruit maintains its own flavor.” -Sean Covey
“People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, ‘Why wasn’t it done the other way?’” -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Junior (1841 - 1935)
“Everybody is unique. Compare not yourself with anybody else lest you spoil God’s curriculum.” -Israel ben Eliezer
“There are three kinds of people in the world, the wills, the won’ts, and the can’ts. The first accomplish everything; the second oppose everything; the third fail in everything.” -Author Unknown: as quoted in “Eclectic Magazine”
“Appreciate your uniqueness. Never in history has there been anyone exactly like you. Being one of a kind, you must be the best you can possibly be; develop your talents to the fullest. You can do anything you wish to do; the only limitation is your will. Make the most of the one and only you.” -Bob Keeshan (Robert James ‘Bob’ Keeshan (1927 - 2004))
“Each of us must dance to his own tune.” -Author Unknown: “M*A*S*H” television series; line spoken by character Charles Emerson Winchester III
“It is the individual’s task to differentiate himself from all the others and stand on his own feet. All collective identities . . . interfere with the fulfillment of this task. Such collective identities are crutches for the lame, shields for the timid, beds for the lazy, nurseries for the irresponsible . . .” -C. G. Jung (Carl Gustav Jung (1875 - 1961))
“Beaten paths are for beaten men.” -Eric Johnston
“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” -Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)
“There are two types of people, those who extrapolate from incomplete data sets.” -Author Unknown
“Dare to be yourself.” -André Gide (1869 - 1951)
“Today, there are three kinds of people: the have’s, the have-not’s, and the have-not-paid-for-what-they-have’s.” -Earl Wilson
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” -Coco Chanel (Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel (1883 - 1971))
“There are two kinds of men who never amount to very much: Those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.” -Cyrus H. K. Curtis (Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis (1850 - 1933))
“You are unrepeatable. There is a magic about you that is all your own.” -D. M. Dellinger
“Let’s acknowledge our differences and not deny them; appreciate them and value them; and each of us with our own uniqueness can contribute where we are needed. There is no need to go to war with each other upon the insistence that only one way of being or of doing is right.” -David Hugh Beaumont (born 1966)
“Why are you trying so hard to fit in, when you’re born to stand out?” -Oliver James
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in square holes . . . the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules . . . you can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them, because they change things . . . they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” -Steve Jobs (1955 - 2011)
“There is only one you for all time. Fearlessly be yourself.” -Anthony Rapp
“At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this Earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.” -Friedrich Nietzsche (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844 - 1900))
“Differences were meant not to divide but to enrich.” -J. H. Oldham
“Whatever else you may be sure of, be sure of this: that you are dreadfully like other people.” -James Russell Lowell (1819 - 1891): “My Study Windows” (1871)
“People are eternally divided into two classes: the believer, builder, and praiser; and the unbeliever, destroyer, and critic.” -John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
“There are ten kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary math, and those who do not.” -Author Unknown
“Cultivate your own capabilities, your own style. Appreciate the members of your family for who they are, even though their outlook or style may be miles different from yours. Rabbits don’t fly. Eagles don’t swim. Ducks look funny trying to climb. Squirrels don’t have feathers. Stop comparing. There’s plenty of room in the forest.” -Charles R. Swindoll (Charles Rozell ‘Chuck’ Swindoll (born 1934))
“Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world’s phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again.” -Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)
“When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.” -Charles Evans Hughes (1862 - 1948): in an address at Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America (17 June 1925)
“People are much more alike inside than they are on the surface.” -Verne Burnett
“How glorious it is - and also how painful - to be an exception.” -Alfred de Musset (1810 - 1857): “Histoire d’un merle blanc” (“Story of the White Blackbird”) (1842)
“I’m a ragged individualist.” -Jane Ace (born Jane Epstein (1897 - 1974))
“Don’t be like the rest of them, darling.” -Author Unknown
“There are two types of people - those who come into a room and say, ‘Well, here I am!’ and those who come in and say, ‘Ah, there you are.’” -Frederick L. Collins
“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.” -Viktor E. Frankl (1905 - 1997)
“The two types of people are rocks and rockets, and you can choose to just sit there like a rock - or you can take off like a rocket!” -David Hugh Beaumont (born 1966)
“It takes all kinds of people to make a world.” -Author Unknown
“Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it.” -Tallulah Bankhead (1903 - 1968)
“You’re an original, an individual, a masterpiece. Celebrate that; don’t let your uniqueness make you shy. Don’t be someone other than the wonder you are. Every star is important to the sky.” -Douglas Pagels (born 1950)
“Allow the world to live as it chooses, and allow yourself to live as you choose.” -Richard Bach (Richard David Bach (born 1936))
“When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.” -Jodi Picoult (Jodi Lynn Picoult (born 1966))
“Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself to others. It is because we are different that each of us is special. Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important, only know what is best for you.” -Ken Lewis
“People have one thing in common: They are all different.” -Robert Zend (1929 - 1985)
“All of us are stars and deserve the right to twinkle.” -Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson (1926 - 1962))
Make Fun Of Life! . . . because we are each a little different . . . and surprisingly similar . . .
Every wallflower looks forward to the Springtime of his or her blossoming . . .
“There is a shyness about me, and I really need to get out more.” -Priscilla Presley (Priscilla Ann Presley (born 1945))
“What the word shyness basically refers to is if someone is worried about how he or she appears to other people.” -Wanda Bethea
“Shyness displays itself differently in me. I think it’s more an awkwardness.” -Daniel Radcliffe
“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” -Stephen King (Stephen Edwin King (born 1947))
“If you want to do something big in your life, you must remember that shyness is only in the mind. If you think shy, you act shy. If you think confidant, you act confidant. Therefore, never let shyness conquer your mind.” -Arfa Karim Randhawa (Arfa Abdul Karim Randhawa (1995 - 2012))
“You know what my greatest personal stumbling block is? My shyness.” -Susan Lucci (Susan Victoria Lucci (born 1946))
“I like parties, but I’m shy, and I often find myself standing around, feeling awkward.” -Michael Bergin (Michael John Bergin (born 1969))
What is shyness? Shyness is a feeling of extreme discomfort and intense inhibition in social situations, preventing an individual from participating in interpersonal interactions and relationships. The physical symptoms of shyness can include blushing, sweating, rapid heartbeat, trembling or shaking, difficulty speaking, and upset stomach. Shy individuals feel insecure about themselves, have huge concerns about how others view them, and have a strong tendency to withdraw from and avoid social situations.
“I am quite shy and people think I’m aloof.” -Kristen Stewart (Kristen Jaymes Stewart (born 1990))
“The two commonest mistakes in judgement . . . are, the confounding of shyness with arrogance - a very common mistake indeed - and the not understanding that an obstinate nature exists in a perpetual struggle with itself.” -Charles Dickens (Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 -1870))
“When you’re worried, tell yourself the truth: Shyness is a strength to build on, not a character flaw to be stamped out.” -Author Unknown: “Shyness Is Not a Character Flaw” (at the Malvern School)
“Scientists have found the gene for shyness. They would have found it years ago, but it was hiding behind a couple of other genes.” -Jonathan Katz (Jonathan Paul Katz (born 1946))
What causes shyness? Some people claim shyness is caused entirely by genetics, but it is likely closer to the truth that shyness has more than a single cause. Individuals vary, but other possible causes of shyness include emotional abuse, physical abuse, being bullied, moving often, being different from other people - and there are so many ways in which people are different that there is not enough space to list them here, prolonged isolation, poverty, hardships, losses, medical conditions, traumatization, upbringing, being the new guy or gal, culture shock, social inexperience, or a general difference in life experiences. Some shy people may have dealt with every single one of these things and more in their lives.
“If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.” -Dorothy Law Nolte (1924 - 2005): “Children Learn What They Live: Parenting to Inspire Values” (1998), page vi
“In talking, shyness and timidity distort the very meaning of my words. I don’t pretend to know anybody well. People are like shadows to me and I am like a shadow.” -Gwen John (Gwendolen Mary John (1876 - 1939))
“I bought a book to help me overcome my shyness and it really works - now I can talk to people while hiding behind it!” -Author Unknown
Shyness can hold back a student’s progress in school . . .
“I was actually pretty shy in school. My defense mechanism was to be the class clown. I remember getting into a lot of trouble for being disruptive, and I was brought in front of the head teacher, who said, ‘What’s going to happen to you - what are you going to do when you grow up?’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m obviously going to be a comedian.’” -Adam Clayton
“I’m very shy, so I became very outgoing to protect my shyness.” -Don Rickles (Donald Jay ‘Don’ Rickles (1926 - 2017))
“And like the old stereotype, I overcame my shyness by making my friends laugh.” -Paul Merton (pseudonym of Paul James Martin (born 1957))
“The level of shyness has gone up dramatically in the last decade. I think shyness is an index of social pathology rather than a pathology of the individual.” -Philip Zimbardo (Philip George Zimbardo (born 1933))
“If you do not make small talk, you will never make big talk.” -Author Unknown
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Shyness and Self-Esteem
While not all shy people have low self-esteem, shyness is often seen as a symptom of fear or lack of self-confidence. When you’re shy, it usually means that you’re self-conscious and worried about what other people think about you. Occasional shyness is normal, but when it becomes a habit, it can be detrimental to your progress in all of life: work, school, friendships, and social activities.
Because of the connection between shyness and self-esteem, building your self-esteem step-by-step can help you overcome your shyness. There are several things you can do to boost your self-esteem, whether you’re suffering from depression or you’re just having a bad day.
Make an inventory of things that you like about yourself. Do this as often as necessary. You can write anything - from simple things such as your ability to whistle, or more complex things such as your strength of character. It doesn’t mean that you should ignore your weaknesses and pretend that they don’t exist, you just have to accept yourself for who you are. Don’t include things such as financial success, the admiration of your peers, or the way you look. After all, self-esteem is about how you view yourself - these external factors don’t matter. When you gauge your strengths, you’ll be able to see how unique and valuable you are.
Find something that you’re good at, and work on it. If you have the talent for cooking, why not work on some new and original dishes? Activities involving art, such as painting and writing, can definitely give your mind a feeling of freedom and accomplishment. Even bird watching can improve your mood greatly. Whatever your talents are, make sure that you get to ‘practice’ them once a week, so that your mind will be given a chance to refresh itself after a stressful week of work or school.
Only recall good, happy, and exciting memories. Whenever you’re sitting down to think, make sure that you actively call out happy memories. This is because when you start thinking negatively, an entire swarm of negative feelings and memories will come right at you. Don’t waste your time with the bad. Think only of the good things you experienced, the great people you encountered, and even funny jokes you have heard.
Volunteer your time to the community or work with outreach programs. Being in a team that helps others allows you to think beyond yourself. Keep yourself busy by interacting with other people and learning from them. You’ll find that most people are very much like you - they all want to be surrounded by their loved ones, they have their own fears, and they also deal with feelings of inadequacy. When you realize that other people are just like you, you’ll see that there’s nothing to fear in social situations.
By conquering any feelings of low self-esteem, you will realize that you are deserving of love, admiration, and respect. When you realize this, you will also be able to conquer your shyness during social situations.
by Author Unknown
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“I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.” -Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993)
“My personality is hard to explain. I’m a big personality, and I enjoy being social. But I’m shy at first and sometimes ramble too much. I’m a shy extrovert.” -Author Unknown
Being ‘introverted’ and being ‘shy’ are not the same thing. Many introverts are not shy and many shy people are not introverts. The literal meaning of ‘introvert’ is ‘inward focused’ and usually refers to people who give their greatest attention to their own interests, often having little inclination to the interests of others. Shy people, however, are very often frustrated extroverts, that is, people who would like to be outgoing and social, but who also feel inhibited or held back.
“Shyness is the fear of social disapproval or humiliation, while introversion is a preference for environments that are not overstimulating. Shyness is inherently painful; introversion is not.” -Susan Cain (Susan Horowitz Cain (born 1968)): “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” (24 January 2012)
“I grew up being very shy, very much a bookworm, and I remember desperately wondering how to be accepted by the popular kids.” -Lisa Kleypas (born 1964)
Shyness can stall a person’s work and career success - if he or she can get started at all . . .
“Shyness is nice, but shyness can stop you from doing all the things in life that you’d like to do.” -Steven Morrissey (Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 1959))
“Introductions are hard to come by when your natural state is shyness.” -Steve Martin (Stephen Glenn ‘Steve’ Martin (born 1945))
“We fail more often by timidity than by over-daring.” -David Grayson (1870 - 1946)
Wallflower: A decoration for ballrooms.
Is it possible that shyness is sometimes a temporary state, like anger or fear, rather than being something permanent, like height or eye color?
“Life is too short to be shy!” -Carolyn Schrieber
“I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it myself.” -Author Unknown
“The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.” -Claudia Alta ‘Lady Bird’ Johnson (born Claudia Alta Taylor (1912 - 2007))
“I genuinely enjoy talking one-to-one. I have no shyness about that.” -Stephanie Beacham (born 1947)
“Sometimes those who don’t socialize much aren’t actually anti-social, they just have no tolerance for drama and fake people.” -Author Unknown
“I’m just shy - not antisocial - you can talk to me!” -Author Unknown
“Even when a person is as shy as a mouse, you still have to beware of the tiger within.” -Author Unknown
“I have had strange animals as pets all my life. I was shy growing up, and shy people tend to interact better with animals than people. Animals are direct, not duplicitous.” -Yvonne Craig (Yvonne Joyce Craig (1937 - 2015))
We cannot make shy people become non-shy by causing them to feel bad about being shy. Do not call a shy person antisocial, arrogant, egotistical, narcissistic, self-centered, mentally ill, introverted, slow, or sneaky - none of these things are what shyness is, and name calling and labeling will not help. Always remember: Just because you have labeled people does not mean you have helped them. Do not ridicule, tease, shame, or bully shy people. Instead, focus on encouragement, and if you know how, coaching or social skills teaching, keeping in mind that many shy people may very well know more about social skills than you do, but may simply have never had a safe opportunity to try them out and put them into regular practice.
“Women like silent men. They think they’re listening.” -Marcel Achard (born Marcel-Augustin Ferréol (1899 - 1974)) (4 November 1956)
Overheard: My shyness has ruined so many opportunities.
“Cameras are a lifesaver for very shy people who have nowhere else to hide. Behind a lens they can disguise the fact that they have nothing to say to strangers.” -Pat Conroy: “Beach Music” (July 1995) novel
“It’s funny - when people call you ‘shy,’ they usually smile. Like it’s cute, some funny little habit you’ll grow out of when you’re older, like the gaps in your grin when your baby teeth fall out. If they knew how it felt - really being shy, not just unsure at first - they wouldn’t smile. Not if they knew how the feeling knots up your stomach or makes your palms sweat or robs you of the ability to say anything that makes sense. It’s not cute at all.” -Author Unknown
“A struggle with shyness is in every actor more than anyone can imagine.” -Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson (1926 - 1962))
“Stage persona notwithstanding, I’m extremely shy and quiet. Almost painfully shy. People misinterpret that as being above it all or not interested.” -J. Michael Straczynski (Joseph Michael Straczynski (born 1954))
“The fact of the matter is that most actors are shy people.” -Roger Moore (Roger George Moore (1927 - 2017))
“I think I had a shyness about me, I think I discovered acting as a way to break out of that and as a way of belonging, a sense of being special.” -Michael C. Hall (Michael Carlyle Hall (born 1971))
Perhaps the most important consideration in addressing shyness is that we not waste people’s entire lifetimes while we argue over how to categorize shyness, whether it is caused by nature or nurture, or genetics or environment, or who is at fault. Instead, we need to focus on determining whether particular shy individuals are comfortable with their shyness or if they are suffering from their shyness. If they are comfortable with their shyness, we should let them be who they are. If they are suffering from their shyness, we should use the best of our humanity to help them. We can experiment a little - trying different ideas, discarding ideas that do not work and keeping ideas that do work.
“Shyness is really wondering if you have other people’s approval.” -Dorothy Sarnoff (1914 - 2008)
“I am very shy - really shy - I even had a stutter as a kid, which I slowly got over, but I still regress into that shyness. So I don’t like walking into a crowded restaurant by myself; I don’t like going to a party by myself.” -Nicole Kidman (Nicole Mary Kidman (born 1967))
“Writing is show business for shy people. That’s how I see it.” -Lee Child (pseudonym of James D. ‘Jim’ Grant (born 1954))
“I’ve gotten better at not making people feel uncomfortable with my shyness.” -Clea DuVall (Clea Helen D’Etienne DuVall (born 1977))
“I don’t really want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive, you got to flap your arms and legs, you got to jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of noise . . . as I see it, if you’re quiet, you’re not living. You’ve got to be noisy, or at least your thoughts should be noisy and colorful and lively.” -Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky (born 1926))
“Sometimes quiet people really do have a lot to say, they’re just being careful about who they open up to.” -Author Unknown
Maribelle: What did the shy pebble say?
Clarabelle: “I wish I was a little boulder.”
“If you are shy, know that there can be some situations and circumstances in which you are not shy. Try to find them, and within them, give yourself the chance to learn and grow and develop, and in time, you will find yourself less shy in a wider range of situations and circumstances.” -David Hugh Beaumont (born 1966)
This is MFOL! . . . where wallflowers bloom . . . in perpetual Springtime . . .
“We are simultaneously weird and wonderful . . . welcome to the human species.” -David Hugh Beaumont (born 1966)
“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.” -Charles Dickens (Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812 - 1870)): “A Tale of Two Cities” (1859), book I, chapter 3
“No human is perfect until you fall in love with them.” -Author Unknown
Humans are a simple breed,
Yet kindly in their way;
They’ll travel miles at break-neck speed
On a hot and dusty day,
And scramble through the biggest bunch
Of poison ivy plants,
To bring a lovely picnic lunch
To us hungry ants.
“Men have learned to travel farther and faster, though on errands not conspicuously improved. This, I believe, is called progress.” -Willis Fisher
Man puts on a quizzical show,
Going faster each day as we know,
Like a wheel down a hill,
We roll faster still;
But nobody knows where we go.
by C. W. Dalton: “Limericks and Rhymes for Critical Times” (1994)
“It is an old and ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.” -Rollo May (Rollo Reece May (1909 - 1994)): “Love and Will” (1969)
“If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.” -Winston Churchill (Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874 - 1965))
“To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except exercise, get up early, or be respectable.” -Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854 - 1900))
“If one person stands in a place long enough, a que or line begins to form. Others will come along and form a line, not necessarily wanting to know why there is a line, but thinking that if they find a line, they must place themselves in it.” -David Hugh Beaumont (born 1966)
“When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.” -Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983): “The Passionate State of Mind” (1955)
What are humans?
“Man is a two-legged animal without feathers.” -Plato (about 427 B.C.E. - about 347 B.C.E.)
“Man is like a banana - when he leaves the bunch, he gets skinned.” -Author Unknown: proverb
“The question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? I am on the side of the angels.” -Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881): speech (25 November 1864)
Being all fashioned of the self-same dust,
Let us be merciful as well as just.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
Why do people pay to go up to the top of tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
“Human nature is the same all over the world; but its operations are so varied by education and habit that one must see it in all its dresses*.” -G. K. Chesterton (Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 - 1936))
*dresses: human constructs such as culture, tradition, nationality, and so forth
A surprising number of humans cannot do one or more of the following.
- Blow bubbles with bubble gum.
- Snap their fingers.
- Wink (it somehow always turns into a blink).
- Use their turn signals properly.
- Roll their r’s when speaking.
- Remember what day of the week it is.
- Curl their tongues.
- Digest dairy products.
- Remember the titles or words of any songs.
- Shuffle cards.
- Touch their toes without bending their knees.
- Parallel park.
- Wiggle their ears.
Despite some of them having the inability to do the things listed here, most humans somehow manage to lead fairly normal lives: holding jobs, going to school, driving, walking, and even eating food.
“People’s business seemingly requires haste. The average person eats in a hurry and gets dyspepsia. He walks in a hurry and gets apoplexy. He talks in a hurry and begins to stutter. He does business in a hurry and becomes bankrupt. He votes in a hurry and gets corrupt politicians. He marries in a hurry and gets a divorce. He trains his children in a hurry and creates delinquents. He makes his will in a hurry and leaves a legal contest. He dies in a hurry and goes to the devil. And his tribe steadily increases! Moral: Slow down just a little, for haste makes a waste of the good things in life.” -Author Unknown
“To err is human; to forgive divine.” -Alexander Pope
“The last quarter of a century of my life has been pretty constantly and faithfully devoted to the study of the human race - that is to say, the study of myself, for in my individual person I am the entire human race compacted together. I have found that there is no ingredient of the race which I do not possess in either a small way or a large way.” -Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910))
“You can drop humans anywhere and they’ll thrive - only the rat does as well.” -Jeannette Desor (Jeannette Ann Desor (born 1942))
“Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.” -Dennis Gabor (Hungarian: Gábor Dénes; born Günszberg Dénes (1900 - 1979))
“After a lifetime of experience, we have finally come to the conclusion that, while people complain about having to wait in lines, they do indeed actually enjoy standing in lines because it gives them a feeling of importance to be part of something and it gives them something to talk about with others in their otherwise uneventful humdrum lives. It sounds more exciting to say, ‘I’ve been waiting in line all day,’” than to say, ‘I’ve been sitting around all day.’” -Author Unknown
“To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.” -Author Unknown
“Man is wolf to man.” [translation to English]
“Homo homini lupus est.” [original Latin]
“The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime television.” -Author Unknown
Humans and Human Natures Facts
- An adult male human is called a man.
- A young male human is called a boy.
- An adult female human is called a woman.
- A young female human is called a girl.
- A very young human, either male or female, is called a baby, infant, toddler, or child.
- A human transitioning from childhood to adulthood is called an adolescent, a teenager, a youth, or a young adult.
- A group of humans is called people, a clan, a crowd, a mob, a riot, a family, a community, a band, a congregation, a nation, a tribe . . .
- The sounds made by humans are called crying, screaming, singing, talking, mumbling, humming, singing, yodeling, whistling, laughing . . .
- Humans are omnivores, or animals that eat both plants and animals.
“A group of birds is called a flock. A group of cattle is called a herd. A group of humans is called a traffic jam.” -David Hugh Beaumont (born 1966)
“It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.” -Bertrand Russell (Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872 - 1970))
“The majority, compose them how you will, are a herd, and not a very nice one.” -William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)
“Humans are the tool-making animal.” -Author Unknown
“When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you’ve growled all day long.” -Author Unknown
Understanding a Person
- If a person laughs in an exaggerated manner, even at things that are only mildly amusing, that person is lonely deep inside.
- If a person sleeps a lot, that person is sad.
- If a person speaks fast but seldom, that person holds deep secrets.
- If a person can’t cry, that person is trying to conceal emotional weakness.
- If a person eats in an odd manner, that person is tense.
- If a person cries about little things, that person is innocent and soft-hearted.
- If a person becomes angry over petty or small things, that person needs love.
by Author Unknown
Curiously, humans are the only primates that do not have pigment in the palms of their hands.
“Man - despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments - owes his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.” -Author Unknown
Five Things That Are Humanly Impossible
- Drawing the number six while making clockwise circles with your leg.
- Flying unaided by technology.
- Licking your elbows.
- Sneezing with your eyes open.
- Tickling yourself.
“Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.” -Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)
“The Sun, the Moon, and the stars would have disappeared long ago . . . had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.” -Havelock Ellis (Henry Havelock ‘Havelock’ Ellis (1859 - 1939)): “The Dance of Life” (1923)
The average person laughs about 15 times a day.
“It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.” -Anatole France (pseudonym of Jacques Anatole François Thibault (1844 - 1924))
“Anyone is capable of anything; we have different modalities built into us, which can be initiated by external or internal events or conditions. The wimpy guy is capable of being a passable battlefield general. The awful woman is capable of being a caring mother. The desperately shy person can stand on a stage before an audience of thousands and entertain them. This is 99.999% true of human beings.” -David Hugh Beaumont (born 1966)
The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime.
“I had a linguistics professor who said that it’s man’s ability to use language that makes him the dominant species on the planet. That may be. But I think there’s one other thing that separates us from animals. We aren’t afraid of vacuum cleaners.” - Jeff Stilson
“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push it.” -Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 -1951): “Vermischte Bemerkungen” (1977, Peter Winch, translator), page 42
“The average person thinks he isn’t.” -Author Unknown
“Man is the animal that intends to shoot himself out into interplanetary space, after having given up on the problem of an efficient way to get himself five miles to work and back each day.” -Bill Vaughan (William Edward ‘Bill’ Vaughan (1915 - 1977))
Fifty-five percent of people yawn within five minutes of seeing someone else yawn. Reading about yawning makes most people yawn. You are close to yawning right now.
“When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices, and motivated by pride and vanity.” -Dale Carnegie (Dale Harbison Carnegie (born Dale Breckenridge Carnegey (1888 - 1955)))
“People are inexterminable - like flies and bedbugs. There will always be some that survive in cracks and crevices - that’s us.” -Robert Frost (Robert Lee Frost (1874 - 1963))
“Man is the most intelligent of the animals - and the most silly.” -Diogenes of Sinope (also known as Diogenes the Cynic (about 412 B.C.E. - 323 B.C.E.))
“So great has been the endurance, so incredible the achievement, that as long as the Sun keeps a set course in Heaven, it would be foolish to despair of the human race.” -Ernest L. Woodward (Ernest Llewellyn Woodward (1890 - 1971))
“People are not perfect . . . except when they smile.” -Author Unknown
We are MFOL! . . . learning to be human . . . from bits and fragments of knowledge collected from hither and thither and yon . . .
“We’re all born bald, baby.” -Author Unknown: “Kojack” television series; line spoken by fictional bald detective Kojack (portrayed by actor Telly Savalas)
A bald-headed person named Twig
Once went for advice to a pig.
Said the pig, “Make some snares,
And catch a few hares,
And weave the hares into a wig.”
by Willard R. Espy (Willard Richardson Espy (1910 - 1999))
“You can resent your bald spot or be glad you have a head.” -Timothy Miller
Angus: Why did the bald man paint rabbits on his head?
Angelica: Because from a distance, they look like hares.
Julius Caesar wore a laurel wreath to cover his balding head. One might wonder if that is how the whole silly notion of crowns and tiaras began.
Consolation for Baldness
What’s the advantage of hair, anyhow?
It blows in your eyes and it flops on your brow,
Disguising the shape of your scholarly head;
It often is gray and it sometimes is red.
Perhaps it is golden and ringleted, but
It needs to be combed and it has to be cut,
And even at best, it is nothing to boast of,
Because it’s what barbarous men have the most of,
Then challenge yourself, mirror, defiant and careless,
For lots of our handsomest people are hairless.
by Arthur Guiterman (1871 - 1943)
Bald-headed Man: One who, when expecting visitors, has only to straighten his necktie.
The balding man asked his barber, “Why charge me the full price for cutting my hair, as there’s so little of it?” “Well,” said the barber, “actually I charge very little for cutting it. What you’re paying for is my searching for it.”
Overheard: I am not bald; I am follicly-challenged.
There is a new remedy on the market for baldness. It is made of alum and persimmon juice. While it does not grow hair, it does shrink your head to fit what hair you have remaining.
Daniel: What did the bald man say when he got a comb for his birthday?
Leonard: “Thanks, I’ll never part with this!”
As Star Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard might say, “To baldly go where no man has gone before . . . !”
Overheard: “I’m not bald; I’m just a little taller than my hair.”
One advantage of being completely bald is that a person can wash his or her head with soap only - no need for a bothersome and sometimes confusing collection of bottles of shampoos and conditioners. This saves you 78.71 seconds of time each day that you can now put to good use - not to mention the fact that you now no longer need to waste time in the shampoo aisle at the store trying to find a shampoo that doesn’t smell like a beautifully fragrant flower growing next to a sewage treatment plant.
Gregory Griggs, Gregory Griggs,
Had twenty-seven different wigs.
He wore them up, he wore them down,
To please the people of the town.
He wore them east, he wore them west,
And never could tell which one he liked best.
by Author Unknown
Alternatives to wigs include hats, bonnets, and scarves.
Riddle: Six people went swimming but only five got wet hair - why?
Answer: One of the people was bald.
People with hair loss are no different than anyone else. In fact, at one time, they probably had hair just like you do, and at some time, you yourself may have some hair loss. So, when you see a bald man, woman, or child, treat him or her just as you would want to be treated if you were in the same circumstances. And, if a person has hair loss and wears a wig or toupée or has a comb-over, or wears a scarf or hat, avoid saying anything either good or bad about it - in fact, it is better to keep your thoughts to yourself and leave them unsaid than it would be to hurt someone’s feelings. Sometimes people do not have a choice in what happens to them, so they do as best they can to live with how their lives have turned out . . . and they are always welcome here on MFOL!
There was an old person of Brigg
Who purchased no end of a wig;
So that only his nose,
And the end of his toes,
Could be seen when he walked about Brigg.
-Edward Lear: “More Nonsense, Pictures, Rhymes, Botany, Etc.” (1872), limerick 98
“There is one thing about baldness - it’s neat.” -Don Herold (1889 - 1966)
Bob: What is the cure for dandruff?
“Toupée or not toupée, that is the question.” -David Hugh Beaumont (born 1966)
“Grass doesn’t grow on a busy street.” -William Hague, commenting on being bald
“I seem to have developed a compulsion to powder my wig . . . about 50 times a day now . . . professionals just don’t seem to be of any help.” -Author Unknown
Baldness: An admirable trait of the ideal human being, according to minimalists and efficiency experts.
“Bald people never have bad hair days.” -Author Unknown
Chris: Why are you staring at me like that?
Kelly: I was just admiring your bald spot.
“Some folks say that worry causes hair loss - that when the going gets tough, the tufts get going.” -Author Unknown
Maybe it seemed like a good idea at the time . . . but today the company no longer exists . . . perhaps the proliferation of long-term hair-leasing companies put them out of business?
“A look at their domes makes it obvious that as men grow older, they become hard of hairing.” -Frank Tyger (1929 - 2011)
Old Man of Bombay
There once was a man from Bombay
Who wore on his head a toupée.
He thought that he might
Give friends a delight
And remove his toupée for a day.
by Author Unknown
The most common method to hide a bald spot is to remove all of one’s hair, making one’s entire self a giant bald spot.
“There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine.” -Logan Pearsall Smith (1865 - 1946)
Have you heard about the new worldwide holiday, called Make Fun of People with Hair Day?
An interesting fact about male pattern baldness is that it does not appear to come in checkers, plaids, or stripes . . .
“I’ve always wanted to be bald. I mean it, completely bald. Wouldn’t it be great to be bald in the rain?” -Harrison Ford (born 1942)
Hair Loss and Wigs Quiz
- What hair color do they put on a bald person’s driver’s license?
- If a bald person works as a chef at a restaurant, does he or she have to wear a hairnet?
- Is there any way to avoid the ‘chrome dome’ look, in which a bald person’s head becomes shiny and reflective?
- Should bald people pay lower taxes than other taxpayers?
- How should bald people be treated?
“Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man - there’s your diamond in the rough.” -Larry David
“Underneath their hair, everyone is bald! Hair is just an ornament or decoration.” -Author Unknown
“The most delightful advantage to being bald: one can hear snowflakes.” -R. G. Daniels
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