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Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships.
---Charles Simic
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Recently I have felt that my fortune-cookies have been mocking my unemployment. I mean, when I repeatedly get things like, "The greatest happiness comes from the greatest activity," or "Opportunities multiply as they are seized, they die when neglected,", or even "The attitude within is more important than the circumstances without," I start feeling slightly defensive.

But after today's fortune cookie, all is forgiven. It asked me, very simply and cheerfully, "Aren't you glad you just had a great meal?"

Yes, little fortune cookie. Yes, I am. :-)
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Every noon as the clock hands arrive at twelve, / I want to tie the two arms together, / And walk out of the bank carrying time in bags.

---Robert Bly




I have to write an Inception fic around that idea someday...
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I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
---Jorge Luis Borges


I have a T-shirt with this quote. It speaks to me on a deep level. :-)
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Tonight's fortune cookie: You are the crispy noodle in the vegetarian salad of life.

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*blink*

Okay, apparently I have inadvertently become pasta. Good to know.
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I don't need time. What I need is a deadline.
---Duke Ellington



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*continues beating head against her remix*
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Tonight's fortune cookie has a very serious question to ask the universe:

If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is it naked or homeless?
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Tonight's fortune cookie:

Q. What is H2O?
A. Caring, 2 parts Hug, and 1 part Open-mind.


*blinks*

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Well all right then, if you say so.
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I think that either my local Chinese takeout place has switched to a new fortune cookie provider, or the cookie provider has switched up its choose-a-saying formula, because I very rarely receive actual fortunes anymore, and even more rarely receive complete WTF non-sequiturs. It's all aphorisms these days.

Which is not to say that the humor has departed. It has merely shifted form, and now works best when read in compilation. To wit:


On Choosing a Path in Life

1. Most people, once they graduate from the School of Hard Knocks, automatically enroll.
2. Let your intentions create your methods and not the other way around.
3. It's time to get moving. Your spirits will lift accordingly.
4. Many a false step is made by standing still.
5. Life enrich from seeking, not from sitting.
6. Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
7. Pick a path with heart.


On Living Mindfully

1. Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
2. Moderate your appetite so that with a little you may be content.
3. If the world seems cold, kindle a fire to warm it.
4. It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
5. To conquer your flaws, you must first accept them.
6. It is easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.
7. There are coincidences.



Advice we should treasure and live by. *nods solemnly*
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There are coincidences.
---yet another fortune cookie



It's more than a little terrifying how many people flatly disbelieve that.

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