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Occasional Quotes


"Our occasional madness is less wonderful than our occasional sanity." - George Santayana

"Everything in moderation, with occasional excess." - Neil Peart

"Minds, like diapers, need occasional changing." - Karen Cushman

"Only occasional hours meet our full requirements." - Henry S Haskins

"There can be nothing more frequent than an occasional drink." - Oscar Wilde

"Habit keeps my life going, with occasional pushes from desire." - Mason Cooley

"She's married. I'm more a friend and occasional lover." - Steig Larsson

"He knows that there are occasional pauses in the struggle." - Paulo Coelho

"A three-year diet of rubber chicken and occasional crow." - Charles Krauthammer

"The price for men in motion is the occasional collision..." - Carroll Smith

"Anybody's marriage might benefit from an occasional embargo on talk." - Richard Yates

"No-one can function properly without occasional peace and quiet." - Christopher Paolini

"Donald Trump and Senator Cruz have occasional Manichean tendencies." - Cass Sunstein

"Except for the occasional heart attack, I never felt better." - Dick Cheney

"I did the occasional odd film, like Endless Love." - Shirley Knight

"Fine dining is an occasional treat for most people." - Rene Redzepi

"Except for an occasional heart attack I feel as young as I ever did." - Robert Benchley

"I take politics only medicinally, as a cure of occasional attacks of insomnia." - Kenneth Hare

"All other passions do occasional good; but when pride puts in its word everything goes wrong." - John Ruskin

"Occasional kindness does not cancel out cruelty. Hitting is never acceptable under any circumstances." - Sam Horn

"I have no warm up exercises, other than to take an occasional drink." - E B White

"Too often in my life, love has been defined as "humiliation with occasional roses"." - Deb Caletti

"A good story should provoke discussion, debate, argument...and the occasional bar fight." - J Michael Straczynski

"The quality of a marriage is proven by its ability to tolerate an occasional "exception." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"A prophet or an achiever must never mind an occasional absurdity; it is an occupational risk." - Oswald Mosley

"Most writers flourish greatly on a simple, healthy routine with occasional time off for gaiety." - Dorothea Brande

"Until recently, I thought 'occasional poetry' meant that you wrote only occasionally." - Billy Collins

"It's simply human nature to have an occasional, fleeting interest in someone whom you once loved." - Emily Giffin

"Men are like a deck of cards. You'll find the occasional king, but most are jacks." - Laura Swenson

"Remember, people who peek through keyholes have to expect an occasional poke in the eye." - Gary K. Wolf

"dating you would be like a series of unnecessary root canals interspersed with occasional makeout sessions." - John Green

"In marriage, the occasional catastrophic crisis is easier to manage than the daily routine." - Edward Abbey

"If women dressed for men, the stores wouldn't sell much - just an occasional sun visor." - Groucho Marx

"Lighting does occasionally strike and occasional the result isn't a corpse." - Tillie Olsen

"Love was above everything else, and there was no hatred in love, only the occasional mistake." - Paulo Coelho

"She took comfort in the soft occasional sound of turning pages." - Lauren Kate

"The ties that bind us are stronger than the occasional stresses that separate us." - Colin Powell

"God would prefer we have an occasional limp than a perpetual strut." - Max Lucado

"Women need food, water, and compliments That's right. And an occasional pair of shoes." - Chris Rock

"In every romance you have to budget for the occasional dust-up." - P G Wodehouse

"The repetition of small efforts will accomplish more than the occasional use of great talents." - Charles Spurgeon

"A little bit of laughter and an occasional adult beverage never hurt nobody." - Erica Tazel

"He had occasional flashes of silence, that made his conversation perfectly delightful." - Sydney Smith

"Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle." - Anonymous

"Don't refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase - that's what wild geese are for." - Anonymous

"An occasional foray into negative emotions makes feeling normal that much sweeter." - Brandon Mull

"Only friendship which can stand occasional plain speaking is worth having." - Lin Yutang

"Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Honor is the only really good disguise for an occasional act of dishonor." - Tad Williams

"A woman is an occasional pleasure but a cigar is always a smoke." - Groucho Marx

"Vegetarians are cool. All I eat are vegetarians - except for the occasional mountain lion steak." - Ted Nugent

"There is nothing like the occasional outburst of profanity to calm jangled nerves." - Kirby Larson

"The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination." - Voltaire

"Of course on air I use occasional hyperbole to tell a story." - Adam Carolla

"If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional, and common sense continual." - Robertson Davies

"There's the occasional script that just hammers you, that you can't shower off." - Mariska Hargitay

"Despite differences of faith or even the occasional collisions between them, Egypt is united." - Ahmed Zewail

"An occasional compliment is necessary to keep up one's self-respect." - Mark Twain

"I'm a green tea addict, though the occasional glass of red wine is nice, too." - Shilpa Shetty

"In my 20s, I mostly ate burritos and nachos, with the occasional burger." - Neil Patrick Harris

"I'm only seeing tennis balls these days. And maybe the occasional fashion sketch." - Venus Williams

"A prophet or an achiever must never mind an occasional absurdity, it is an occupational risk." - Oswald Mosley

"Have you ever noticed that life consists mostly of interruptions, with occasional spells of rush work in between?" - Buwei Yang Chao

"Man watches his history on the screen with apathy and an occasional passing flicker of horror or indignation." - Conor Cruise O'Brien

"They give unconditional love and undying loyalty in return for regular meals and an occasional pat on the head." - Jon Winokur

"I had an occasional flash of understanding, but then got selfishly wrapped up again in my own problems and pleasures." - Anne Frank

"An occasional insurrection will not weigh against the inconveniences of a government of force, such as are monarchies and aristocracies." - Thomas Jefferson

"Our lives are one endless stretch of misery punctuated by processed fast foods and the occasional crisis or amusing curiosity." - Augusten Burroughs

"For lack of an occasional expression of love, a relationship strong at the seams can wear thin in the middle." - Robert Breault

"Letters form a by-path of literature, a charming, but occasional, retreat for people of cultivated leisure." - Agnes Repplier

"Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come." - Og Mandino

"It was a relationship with occasional moments of beauty, but one that had never found it's balance." - Guillaume Musso

"Plants respond far better to moderate but consistent care than they do to occasional bouts of heroic intervention." - Martha Stewart

"I look forward to teaching the occasional class, 'cause I was a professor. And I had fun doing it." - Barack Obama

"Macaulay is like a book in breeches... He has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful." - Sydney Smith

"As part of my current charge I have been instructed to provide an occasional journal of my recent activities*." - Jonathan Stroud

"As for me, except for an occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did." - Robert Benchley

"For lack of an occasional expression of love, a relationship strong at the seams can wear thin in the middle." - Robert Brault

"Here and there a doorway or low arch concealed the occasional mugger, rapist or lawyer. - c. 7" - Tom Holt

"Creative people must entertain lots of silly ideas in order to receive the occasional strokes of genius" - Marshall Cook

"Don't refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase. That's what wild geese are made for." - Henry S Haskins

"Man watches his history on the screen with apathy and an occasional passing flicker of horror or indignation." - Conor Cruise Obrien

"However, the occasional visit of success provides just the excitement an engineer needs to face work the following day." - Koichi Tanaka

"A good meditation, even when it is interrupted by occasional nodding, is much more beneficial than many outward religious exercises." - Johannes Tauler

"Like cars, every relationship requires a bit of an occasional service, and fine-tuning should be compulsory." - Mariella Frostrup

"To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn't hurt." - Olivia Newton-John

"After a couple years of occasional lessons with Pass I moved to Boston to attend the New England Conservatory." - Mark White

"To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn't hurt." - Olivia Newtonjohn

"But, on the other hand, the occasional and precarious dripping of coppers has by no means a genial effect." - James Payn

"History, like a badly constructed concert hall, has occasional dead spots where the music can't be heard." - Archibald Macleish

"A profound design process eventually makes the patron, the architect, and every occasional visitor in the building a slightly better human being." - Juhani Pallasmaa

"Once the decision has been made, close your ear even to the best counter argument: sign of a strong character. Thus an occasional will to stupidity." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"A pacifism which can see the cruelties only of occasional military warfare and is blind to the continuous cruelties of our social system is worthless." - Mahatma Gandhi

"It is more satisfying to be a bad player at golf. The worse you play, the better you remember the occasional good shot." - Nubar Gulbenkian

"when I am alone in the forest I always say my prayers; and that occasional solitary communion with God is surely the only true religion for intelligent beings." - Gertrude Atherton

"the occasional cries of a lost loon, strayed from its flock in northern migration, fill the swamp with sounds of wailing." - Gene Stratton-Porter

"I've found you can ignore half of what Dox tells you and not miss much-except for maybe they occasional complaint that you're spending too much." - Brandon Sanderson

"Chicago happened slowly, like a migraine. First they were driving through countryside, then, imperceptibly, the occasional town became a low suburban sprawl, and the sprawl became the city." - Neil Gaiman

"The uses of travel are occasional, and short; but the best fruit it finds, when it finds it, is conversation; and this is a main function of life." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The soul is never perfectly secure from the influence of passion; the occasional tranquility she seems to enjoy, is rather relaxation than imperturbable triumph." - Norm Macdonald

"As evacuation eases the body, so occasional ejectment of passion seems to appease the agonies of the soul, and dispose to tranquility the agitations of the heart." - Norm Macdonald

"Effective science began when it passed from the occasional amateur into the hands of men who made the winning of knowledge their special function or profession." - William Wickenden

"One cannot blame an organization that picks up an occasional black sheep, one only takes exception if it retains an accumulation of them." - Dion Fortune

"The good life is best construed as a matrix that includes happiness, occasional sadness, a sense of purpose, playfulness, and psychological flexibility, as well autonomy, mastery, and belonging." - Robert Biswas-Diener

"Isn't it sad how some people's grip on their lives is so precarious that they'll embrace any preposterous delusion rather than face an occasional bleak truth?" - Bill Watterson

"Love...who needed love? As long as she had her books and her friends and an occasional hookup, she was perfectly content." - Lauren Conrad

"You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you'll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless." - Caroline Myss

"His enemies might have said before that he talked rather too much; but now he has occasional flashes of silence, that make his conversation perfectly delightful." - Sydney Smith

"If depressed by occasional bad weather that's not disrupting an outdoor activity, perchance you're missing the distraction of an outside more pleasant than your inside." - Alan Robert Neal

"It is only occasional that talent becomes genius - radiating sparks, brilliance, energy, and charismatic magnetism... such a talent was Janis Joplin." - Clive Davis

"Despite the warnings of other times, the impetuous and the confident continue their indiscriminate cultivation of weeds at the expense of occasional flowers." - Gore Vidal

"Occasional war is one of the rigorous instruments in the hands of Providence to give tone to the character of nations." - John Quincy Adams

"Every child should have an occasional pat on the back as long as it is applied low enough and hard enough." - Fulton J Sheen

"A community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurence of crime." - Oscar Wilde

"I'm no stranger to the occasional dodgy juice, but it doesn't taste very nice and it is bloody boring. It's not a way to live." - Kate Winslet

"As a historian, he felt it his duty to respect everything that had ever been respected, except for the occasional statesman." - Henry Adams

"Following Christ is not a casual or occasional practice but a continuous commitment and way of life that applies at all times and in all places." - Dallin H. Oaks

"Politics should be limited in scope to ware, protection of property, and the occasional precautionary beheading of a member of the ruling class." - P. J. O'Rourke

"The more you talk to cats ... the smarter they become. An occasional 'nice kitty' will have no measurable effect; intelligent conversation is required." - Lilian Jackson Braun

"The fastidious taste will find offence in the occasional vulgarisms, or what we now call slang, which not a few of our writers seem to have affected." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"History, in spite of the occasional protest of historians, will always be used in a general way as a collection of political and moral precedents." - C. V. Wedgwood

"A life based on reason will always require to be balanced by an occasional bout of violent and irrational emotion, for instinctual drives must be satisfied" - Cyril Connolly

"I'm an occasional drinker, the kind of guy who goes out for a beer and wakes up in Singapore with a full beard." - Raymond Chandler

"Should one continue to base one's life on a system of belief that-for all its occasional wisdom and frequent beauty-is demonstrably untrue?" - Charles Templeton

"If we break promises to God, shouldn't we be allowed an occasional violation of our word to our friends and superiors?" - James Lee Burke

"I think subconsciously because of my upbringing, I was very aware of values and morals and that's why I experienced the occasional guilt with my habits." - Anne Jackson

"The pure administration of Graham-and-Doddery really needs a long-term lock-up like Warren Buffett has, or it will have occasional quite dreadful client problems." - Jeremy Grantham

"Coming over from England, I was awe-struck by what Americans do at Halloween. I find it magnificent. In England, you get the occasional fancy dress party." - Neil Gaiman

"The poem began with the title. Then I was annoyed by one of the occasional poetry-is-dead articles. Then I refute that notion." - Thomas Lux

"As a healthy person, my breakfasts are very bland and boring. Think kind of a white pasty gruel. Or there can be an occasional banana over the top." - Billy Corgan

"Despite occasional policy differences between us, I have long respected Jim Jeffords' integrity, and his conscientious service to his constituents and to the nation." - John Mccain

"The muted color scheme allows the occasional brighter yellow or red to pop out on the wall in a show, which I like." - Marcel Dzama

"Cassidy had been drawn to the crime beat because of its guaranteed drama. It offered murders, kidnappings, armed robbery, and the occasional hostage situation. But predictable it wasn't." - Lis Wiehl

"Prayer is not merely an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble: prayer is a life attitude." - Walter A. Mueller

"My adolescence progressed normally: enough misery to keep the death wish my usual state, an occasional high to keep me from actually taking the gas-pipe." - Faye Moskowitz

"A life based on reason will always require to be balanced by an occasional bout of violent and irrational emotion, for the instinctual drives must be satisfied." - Cyril Connolly

"Most of the time you will fail, but you will also occasionally succeed. Those occasional successes make all the hard work and sacrifice worthwhile." - Dean Kamen

"A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold." - Ogden Nash

"I'm labeled a comedic actor, which is awesome. But I love getting the occasional dramatic role, too. Some of your best dramatic actors are ultimately comedians." - Jim Oheir

"Poets suffer occasional delusions of angelhood and find themselves condemned to express it in the bric-a-brac tongues of the human world. Lots of them go mad." - Glen Duncan

"I find it ridiculous to assign a gender to an inanimate object incapable of disrobing and making an occasional fool of itself." - David Sedaris

"Nobody's sex life is such that every experience is a ten. You may have to be satisfied with regular eights or sixes and even an occasional three." - Kevin Leman

"There is no justice. There are occasional acts of vengeance, or regret, but there's no real justice. In the natural scheme of things, it is not possible." - Jack Mcdevitt

"I wrote the first draft of 'Madame Bovary' without studying the previous translations, although I gathered them and took the occasional peek." - Lydia Davis

"A long, hot bath is a real treat. But from a 'green' point of view, that's probably what it should be: an occasional treat." - Sheherazade Goldsmith

"Aside from the occasional genocide, oppression, evil and torture, etc., it is inarguable that public policy could be implemented more rapidly in an autocracy." - David Harsanyi

"I know: If you're looking down at Earth, you're looking through an atmosphere that has a bit of haze in many places and not just occasional clouds." - Buzz Aldrin

"I came back to performing with a different attitude about performing and myself. I wasn't expecting perfection any more, just hoping for an occasional inspiration." - Neil Diamond

"The whole history of pop music had rested on the first person singular, with occasional intrusions of the second person singular." - Brian Eno

"I grew up in New York City, where we played highly unorganized sports: stick ball, stoop ball, and the occasional game of baseball with no adult supervision." - Jeff Greenfield