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A smart quote conveying the following

CentipeedCentipeed Registered User regular
edited December 2006 in Help / Advice Forum
Hey. I'd like a quote that I can whip out whenever a situation comes up that calls for a "horses for courses" phrase. As in, someone likes something, and I like something else, and we differ on that matter, so usually I would say something like "horses for courses", meaning "each to his own".

Does anyone happen to know of a real quote by someone smart or famous that reprensents this saying and sounds really cool?

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  • DakDak Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I always end up with "Different strokes for different folks."

    Or "I say potato..." which sometimes get a laugh, or someone finishing the quote.

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  • ArminasArminas Student of Life SF, CARegistered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Dak wrote:
    I always end up with "Different strokes for different folks."

    Haha, guess I'm not the only one who does this. I have no idea where it originates, though, I picked it up once when I saw Shirt Guy Dom say it in his rant on MegaTokyo. And since then, I've used it to express "to each his own" to varying degrees, I just enjoy the quote for its different levels of meaning.

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  • Apothe0sisApothe0sis Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I like "Whatever stuns your mullet."

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2006
    "Different Strokes for different folks" comes from the song 'Everyday People' by Sly and the Family Stone. Sly was a pretty smart dude. Besides the whole drug abuse thing, that is. Cool and famous to boot.

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  • GodGod Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    How about "Hey, whatever floats your boat."?

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  • malkothmalkoth Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Or "Whatever tickles your pickle."

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  • MunacraMunacra Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    haha. I was just about to write that one.

    although try to refrain from using that wherever there are teenagers or college students.

    seriously. :cry:

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  • Carl with a KCarl with a K Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    whatever gets you off

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  • CentipeedCentipeed Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Ok, maybe you're all misunderstanding what I'm asking for.

    I COULD say "Whatever tickles your pickle", but when I bust out the line, I want it to sound educated and formal, intelligent and to have an impact.

    I mean, like a famous quote from a famous person, a couple of sentences long.

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  • KazhiimKazhiim __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2006
    Why say in a paragraph what you can say in four words?

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  • DakDak Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Yeah, I think you'll just come off as a douche bag. People who quote things in normal conversation usually sound pretty pretentious... Or like a thesis paper.

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  • racyrefinedrajracyrefinedraj Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
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  • VirumVirum Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I don't think you're going to find something like this; we have idioms and we use them; it's a standard part of the English language.

    If you want to be formal, don't use the idiom and say what you mean. "To each his own."

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  • KazhiimKazhiim __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2006
    Alternatively,

    "Brevity is the soul of wit."




    in other words, go with tickling pickles

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  • AmiguAmigu Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    "Whatever floats your boat"

    Fun fact: In Germany there's a saying for this situation that ruffly translates to "Some people like eating leberwurst others prefer green soap".

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  • LavaKnightLavaKnight Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Amigu wrote:
    "Whatever floats your boat"

    Fun fact: In Germany there's a saying for this situation that ruffly translates to "Some people like eating leberwurst others prefer green soap".

    I'm going to use this now without fail. Thank you fun translation time friend!

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  • Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    "Different Strokes for different folks" comes from the song 'Everyday People' by Sly and the Family Stone. Sly was a pretty smart dude. Besides the whole drug abuse thing, that is. Cool and famous to boot.

    I always thought it came from the tv show Different Strokes.

    Which had the coolest theme song ever.

    Or is the theme song and that song one and the same?

    Also how do you pronouce leberwurst?

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  • Xenocide GeekXenocide Geek Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    When exactly do you plan to use this?

    I mean, if you bust out some obscure quote, nobody is going to get it...

    and then you're left explaining what it means, and nobody wants to feel stupid.

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  • AmiguAmigu Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Blaket wrote:
    Also how do you pronouce leberwurst?

    The closest I can think of is Labour vorst.

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2006
    Blaket wrote:
    "Different Strokes for different folks" comes from the song 'Everyday People' by Sly and the Family Stone. Sly was a pretty smart dude. Besides the whole drug abuse thing, that is. Cool and famous to boot.

    I always thought it came from the tv show Different Strokes.

    Which had the coolest theme song ever.

    Or is the theme song and that song one and the same?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diff%27rent_Strokes#Music_connection

    Sly came first.

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  • LibrarianLibrarian The face of liberal fascism Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Amigu wrote:
    "Whatever floats your boat"

    Fun fact: In Germany there's a saying for this situation that ruffly translates to "Some people like eating leberwurst others prefer green soap".

    Fun Fact: I am from Germany and I never ever heard that saying.

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  • ViolentChemistryViolentChemistry __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2006
    I don't think there are any cliche-lines expressing what you want to express that come off as "smart". Most cliche-lines just end up sounding like filler, and filler in conversational speech doesn't sound smart so much.

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  • Peter PrinciplePeter Principle Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
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  • Seattle ThreadSeattle Thread Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    "It's your chicken."

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  • Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Blaket wrote:
    "Different Strokes for different folks" comes from the song 'Everyday People' by Sly and the Family Stone. Sly was a pretty smart dude. Besides the whole drug abuse thing, that is. Cool and famous to boot.

    I always thought it came from the tv show Different Strokes.

    Which had the coolest theme song ever.

    Or is the theme song and that song one and the same?

    Also how do you pronouce leberwurst?
    As it's german, it would be roughly lay-bare-vurst. E by itself in german is pronounced most closely to a hard A in english, as in way, say, bay, etc. W makes a V sound.

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  • drinkinstoutdrinkinstout Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    personally, I can't stand people who use obscure quotes in everyday conversation for the sole purpose of sounding smart and witty. There are places and times where they are appropriate, just like everything else, but going out of your way to learn these and integrate them into your conversation skills seems to me, like a bad idea.

    The same goes for those people that think learning obscure words from the thesaurus and using them constantly makes them look smart. It doesn't. I know a ton and most of my friends know a ton - but I've got one that goes out of his way to show off his intelligence, vocabulary and general Olde English knowledge - it's annoying and makes it so that most people don't enjoy his company.

    If I were to suggest a course of action, I would find something amusing to say and not overuse it. Even in a serious conversation, if you are at a point where disagreement is the end result, being a smart witty prick doesn't help - but being an amusing person to debate with who has a sense of humor does. Even people who perpetually disagree can come together with humor.

    Unless they themselves are pricks who insist on being right and screw the funny jokes because they will have none of it - then don't even bother talking to them because it isn't worth your time :)

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    God wrote:
    How about "Hey, whatever floats your boat."?

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  • Dabt al-HaqqDabt al-Haqq Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I'm privvy to "Whatever peels your banana."

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  • Dr_KeenbeanDr_Keenbean Dumb as a butt Planet Express ShipRegistered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I read a quote somewhere along the lines of

    A facility for quotation denotes a lack of original thought...or something like that.

    I don't remember who said it either.

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  • MuhahahahahaMuhahahahaha Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    "Whatever creams your Twinkie"

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  • AdimaxAdimax Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Truly strange request you've made Centipeed. I'm interested in what you really want to use it for...

    Also, not aware of any quotes off the top of my head that fit the bill. Thats also to specific for Google/Famous n' Cool Quotes websites either, so no fruit there.

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  • CentipeedCentipeed Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    Actually, I only made the request because I was interested. It's not something I would end up saying more than about once or twice in my life anyway. I think I was just seeing if there was one, so that I had it ready for any possible eventuality where I could use it.

    I didn't want to sound like a pretentious guy, that's for sure.

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  • aquabataquabat Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    My favourite is Whatevs

    So casually indifferent, so cool yet so incredibly lame. Or if Im being especially indignent... 'evs.

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  • cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    aquabat wrote:
    My favourite is Whatevs

    So casually indifferent, so cool yet so incredibly lame. Or if Im being especially indignent... 'evs.

    my buddy uses it now that it was used on "The Convention" episode of The Office.

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  • PendayhoPendayho Registered User regular
    edited December 2006
    I read a quote somewhere along the lines of

    A facility for quotation denotes a lack of original thought...or something like that.

    I don't remember who said it either.

    Of course, there's also "The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit" by W. Somerset Maugham :P

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