I realized late last night that I hadn't posted anything for Quotation Wednesday, so here's an entry a day late.
First, a funny:
You Going Somewhere with This, Prof?
Professor: Who can tell me the difference between a birch tree and a beech tree?
Student: A beech tree's got lighter bark.
Professor: But otherwise there's no difference?
Student: I dunno 'bout the leaves or anything, but when you buy furniture from IKEA, beech wood's always lighter.
Professor: But could you identify a birch tree from a beech tree if you saw one on campus?
Student: If I cut it down, maybe.
via Overheard Everywhere, Nov 23, 2007
And now for the more serious couresty of The Quotable Jewish Woman:
"For, of course, the natural childbirth-breastfeeding movement Margaret Mead helped to inspire was not at all a return to primitive earth-mother maternity. It appealed to the independant, educated, spirited...woman...because it enabled her to experience childbirth not as a mindless female animal, an object manipulated by the obstetrician, but as a whole person, able to control her own body with her aware mind." Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique
"I don't want to make money. I just want to be wonderful." Marilyn Monroe
"But suppose we viewed life not as using up our own limited supply but as the accumulation of moments--moments like treasures." Rabbi Shira Milgrom in Four Centuries, 1992