Each one of us is little more than the meager residue of the infinite unrealized possibilities of our lives.

J.G. Ballard, "The Terminal Beach" in The Best Short Stories of J.G. Ballard, Henry Holt and Company (New York, 1995)

Your silence is an important part of my performance.

pianist Alfred Brendel, admonishing his audience to stop coughing

Choose your reactions or they will choose you.

source unknown

Some interesting reference works

Stephen Glazier, Random House Word Menu (Random House, New Yortk 1992)

Richard A. Spears, Slang and Euphemism (Signet, New York 1991)

R.W. Holder, A Dictionary of Euphemisms (Oxford, New York 1995)

Keith Allen and Kate Burridge, Euphemism and Dysphemism (Oxford, New York 1991)

Hugh Rawson, Rawson's Dictionary of Euphemisms and other Doubletalk (Crown, New York 1995)

Christine Ammer, Have a Nice Day — A dictionary of clichés (Dutton, New York 1992)

Robin Williams, Jargon: An informal dictioanry of computer terms (Peachpit Press, Berkeley 1993)

Elyse Sommer and Mike Sommer, Similes Dictioanry (Visible Ink, Detroit 1998)

Elizabeth Knowles, ed., The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying, and Quotation (Oxford, New York 1997)

Clarence Major, Juba to Jive, a dictionary of African-American Slang (Penguin, New York 1994)

Christine Ammer, The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms (Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1997)

Rosalie Maggio, The Nonsexist Word Finder, A Dictionary of Gender-Free Usage (Beacon Press, Boston 1989)

Hugh Rawson, Wicked Words, A Treasury of Curses, Insults.... (Crown, New York 1989)

Anna Scotti and Paul Young, Buzzwords: L.A. Freshspeak (St. Martin's Press, New York 1997)

Tad Tuleja, Foreignisms, A Dictionary of Foreign Expressions commonly used in English (Collier, New York 1989)

John Simpson, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (Oxford, Oxford 1992)

Christine Ammer, Cool Cats, Top Dogs, and Other Beastly Expressions (Houghton Mifflin, Boston 1999)

Mitford M. Mathers, ed., Americanisms. (Phoenix Books, Chicago 1966) An abridged version of A Dictionary of Americanisms on Historical Principles (U. of Chicago Press, Chicago 1951)

Dr. Laurence J. Peter, Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Time (William Morrow, New York 1977)

Bill Swainson, Encarta Book of Quotations (St. Martin's Press, New York 2000)

Richard A. Spears, Hip Hot: A Dictionary of 10,000 American Slang Expressions (Gramercy Books, New York 1997)

Lewis Thomas, Et Cetera, Et Cetera: Notes of a Word-Watcher (Little, Brown and Company, Boston 1990)

Margaret Miner and Hugh Rawson, eds. Dictionary of Quotations from Shakespeare (Dutton, New York 1992)