Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Treasured nuggets

As a journalist, I looked for that one little nugget — that quote — that summed up a story or pushed it along. If I were lucky, the quote might be outrageous and push it over the edge.

Everyday people are more likely to provide a great quote than a politician. Politicians are often more guarded. The invention of Twitter has provided a valuable resource for quotable information. Without a filter of a handler or a public relations expert, many politicians and celebrities are just letting go in 140-character outbursts.

Occasionally, there is a Joe Biden-like gaffe. Tweets that fall in substantive issues are actually pretty good. My Twitter (@StacyWrites) is my own personally news feed. I tailor the people I follow to the topics I am interested in:  health care issues, writing, politics and life in general.

Twitter users love to share their favorite quotes. I love it too. I save them and consider their meaning (if they have one). I may post them on my computer or save them in one of my quote files.

I'll share some of my favorites:

"Hell there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something."  - Thomas Edison

"You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas." - Davy Crockett

 "Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve." - Martin Luther King Jr.

"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. - Henry Ford.

He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left. - Proverb
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. - E.E. Cummings

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