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That Thing About Quotes. . .

Industry Observer CalDRE #01165532


That Thing About Quotes. . .

Super Tuesday Thoughts

to Ponder and to Question. . .


Today in California our election primary will be held.  Super Tuesday, as it is known, will be held for more than a baker's dozen other states too. Campaigning can certainly conjure up an abundance of words.  And a lot of dough, too. I digress. . .


However, today I’m thinking of words of wisdom that put perspective into place for me.   Not political nor talk of religion, sex or money, my thoughts go to the topic of quotes. There are a number of ActiveRain members who share them. And in many sorts of ways. 


Maybe he was or wasn’t the first, but I remember reading an inspirational post by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS who added the disclaimer-of-sorts attributed to with his selection a while back.


A lot of things start me thinking. Words of wisdom. Words not-so-wise, too. Attributed words as well as those unrelated can cause pondering to begin.  Where did I hear that?  See that?  Previously experience it. And in what context? Yikes. 


There is a quote, at least part of it, that has been rumbling around in my mind for a while:


My philosophy is

what people say about me is none of my business. 

I am who I am and what I do. 

Expect nothing and accept everything. 

Attributed to Jodie Foster


It intrigued me.  Additional investigation showed me part of it was from another quote from someone else.  I can’t recall the entirety of it. And that's not the point. With today's selected quote in mind, I am thinking of attribution, interpretation and all sorts of other things.  And that’s what quotes continue to do for me.  Questioning. Wondering. Still pondering.



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Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

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Pasadena, CA 91102

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Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

I'll occasionally look for a quote for a post and can be quite the rabbithole trying to determine who ACTUALLY said it.  Was it really Mark Twain?  Or what we think is the standard quote a twisted version of the actual words?

"What we've got here is... failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it... well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you men."

Mar 05, 2024 07:26 AM
Michael Jacobs

Bill Liz and Bill Spear - twists, turns and whole lotta detours are parts of the quote rabbit hole adventure.  What's Up, Doc?  🐰👨‍⚕️🥕

Mar 05, 2024 09:44 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I've been to Albuquerque :)

Mar 05, 2024 09:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Morning Michael, great quote, and this year's election should be very interesting, and boring!

Mar 05, 2024 09:17 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - I think today is election day in Colorado too.  🗳

Mar 05, 2024 09:45 AM
Joan Cox

Yes it is, I delivered my ballot yesterday.

Mar 05, 2024 10:57 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael and miss Paul daily quotes with us here in the Rain.  Election night, should be interesting.


Mar 05, 2024 09:55 AM
Michael Jacobs

Will Hamm - I sent him a note and he replied back.  He's doing well.  I miss his posts and photos too.  

Mar 05, 2024 10:14 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Michael- It may have been Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS that began using "attributed to" when sharing his quotes.   Ideas are rarely unique so it wouldn't surprise me that something said has been repeated...or at least a version of the idea. 

Mar 05, 2024 10:41 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - we see a version of interpretation in ActiveRainLand each and every day as members share their thoughts/views on the same/similar subjects in the blogs they write. 

Mar 05, 2024 04:59 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Strolling on the socials I quite often stumble upon inspirational words that must have come from somewhere. It irks me how many times nobody is given credit for it. When I am intrigued, I start researching but that can lead to looking up something else, and follow that link and oh, look over there.. at least I am learning something in the process. 

Mar 05, 2024 10:46 AM
Michael Jacobs

Andrea Bedard - I have stumbled down more than a few rabbit holes over the years.  Sometimes there have been some delightful discoveries. On other occasions, I have seen/heard some things that are much more disastrous.  

Mar 05, 2024 05:17 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Michael,

Of course you're still pondering and you have us pondering! I'm always amazed at how different people can interpret the same quote! It's good to have different voices weigh in....then if we are smart we'll all try and look at it from different angles and see if we agree with our initial impression.

Mar 05, 2024 01:48 PM
Michael Jacobs

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - perhaps, pondering is perfect for perspective.  Hmm. . .  

Mar 05, 2024 05:19 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Not much of an election season. No intrigue as to who will win the nominations...now at the conventions I suggest buying some popcorn and soda...those could get fun.

Mar 05, 2024 02:44 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - I was a child and it would be a couple of elections before I could cast a vote, but the 1968 election year was memorable for me. 

Mar 05, 2024 05:20 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs, do you think we should ponder on quotes? I have always needed to improve my quotes. We should wonder who will receive the Oscar for Best Picture; maybe we will be surprised. It is much lighter and less controversial.

Mar 05, 2024 03:41 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hannah Williams - I had an Oscar-themed post in mind, but I gave up the topics of movies and movie-going for the most part a while ago.  The comments were expected and dare I say, "predictable".    

Mar 05, 2024 05:27 PM
Hannah Williams

Michael Jacobs,  I always enjoyed them. I never thought of you as predictable 

Mar 07, 2024 06:33 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hannah Williams - however, the responses received from the posts I wrote about anything movie-related were predictable.  🎬🍿🎥

Mar 07, 2024 11:12 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - I read many books with interesting quotes that fits the narrative. And I have attended many lectures and presentations where quotes were used appropriately. Some, I look up and many I learn by researching the author to find out who they were and what are their credentials. For me personally, a good quote is like just the right spice inside a recipe that gives it more flavor and enjoyable. 

Mar 06, 2024 02:59 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - You made me laugh! Yes! it's good to mix up quotes with "words of wisdom." There are never too many lessons or recipes to learn! Some are spicy, others sweet. And then there are those that are just right and tasteful too! I get those creative juices too. I think you're the only one on AR who understand me. 

Mar 06, 2024 03:22 AM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I continue to learn more about myself each day so I don't know of any expertise in knowing others. I thank you for the blue-ribbon-style comment.  Bon appetit.  👩‍🍳 

Mar 06, 2024 03:27 AM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - quotes, sayings and other words of wisdom can be good ingredients in storytelling and writing of all sorts. 

By mixing them together in a narrative, the result will be batter (err better - oops).  Thank you for sharing your comment, it started my imagination going in a recipe-like reply.  Preparing such responses allows creative juices to flow.  👨‍🍳🥘👨‍🍳

Mar 06, 2024 03:12 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Memorable quotes can take us back to certain times that were relevant in life or become up-to-date. Every time a challenge presents, I remind myself of Henry Ford's quote, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”

I'm right 100% of the time if that quote is correct, Michael!

Mar 06, 2024 12:49 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

He was told no so many times when trying to get financial partners for his automobile, it's a good thing he took his own advice!

Mar 06, 2024 01:22 PM
Michael Jacobs

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - quotes and the words from industry leaders, past and present, can make an impact.  I remember reading a biography of Henry Ford as a child and there are many things I remember from that book.  

Mar 06, 2024 01:18 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Michael Jacobs excellent report for things about quotes.

Mar 06, 2024 08:57 PM
Michael Jacobs

John Pusa - thank you for the comment.  

Mar 07, 2024 01:17 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Michael, Jodie's quote sounds very Tao to me. I'm studying Dr. Wayne Dyer's book, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, his take on the Tao Te Ching. 

Very thoughtful post for pondering, as you said!

Mar 07, 2024 11:26 AM
Michael Jacobs

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate - her life has been filled with interesting choices - that's for sure.  Intriguing too.  Thank you fo the comment.  It was nice to see a post from you yesterday and today a comment --- sounds pretty perfect to me.  🌞🌻☀️

Mar 07, 2024 11:58 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I love the Jodie Foster quote! Not knowing what others think can make for a much happier life. LOL


Mar 07, 2024 12:01 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - there are those who say ignorance is bliss, maybe ignoring is even better.  I enjoyed the quote too.  😉

Mar 07, 2024 04:49 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Michael, I really think that Jodie Foster has the right life strategy! What a great quote.

Mar 07, 2024 07:24 PM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Kennedy - what a nice surprise to see your name and associated with a comment too - doubly nice.  I hope all is well with you and in your world.  Yes, I like the quite too - it's been in my own "draft mode" for a while waiting for the right moment.  

Mar 07, 2024 07:39 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Michael.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

We have a sunny day in Maryland. 51 degrees as I post this comment. Good weather for a walk through the neighborhood.

Mar 08, 2024 07:27 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - we are fortunate that walking in the neighborhood is a pleasant experience on most days.  Happy Friday and be aware of the time change this weekend.  ⏰

Mar 08, 2024 09:07 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Thank goodness we are all uniquely different and celebrate those million little qualities Michael Jacobs . Or don't but things go smoother if acceptance happens rather than anger. Expecting everyone to be carbon copy is unrealistic and a trifle boring right?

Mar 08, 2024 07:45 AM
Michael Jacobs

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - sorry for my much belated response to your comment.  My tardiness is more than a trifle boring.  Your words/thoughts bring much to the meaning of the post.  Thank you. 

May 09, 2024 06:41 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Michael, I too noticed Paul Henderson's 'Attributed to'.  Thought it meaningful in this 'web world'  I do not use it, but rather expect most everyone to realize the quoted names may or may not come from the person stated to have said them.  We would like to think they have in most cases but there really is no way of knowing for sure.  I try concentrate on the words...as your post suggests.  m

Mar 14, 2024 09:44 AM
Michael Jacobs

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho - I don't always use "attributed to" each time either.  The thought in your comment aligns with me.  Of course, there is an element of consistency (or is that inconsistency) that mixes up my mind on a regular basis.  I apologize for this late reply, I appreciate your comment.  

May 09, 2024 06:45 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

I just read an interesting [partial] quote by YOU this afternoon via a comment you left on another posting.  "Confusion with a side of skepticism..."  So appropriate for the industry talk talk talk this week!

Mar 19, 2024 07:06 PM
Michael Jacobs

Cara Marcelle Mancuso - I do enjoy quotes.  And there are those who say I like to quote (as well as repeat) myself.  🤣

Mar 19, 2024 07:30 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Michael, "Accept everything." A caveat to Jodie's quote might be, "what you resist persists." 

Apr 23, 2024 07:21 PM
Michael Jacobs

Kris Collis, Associate Broker - quotes often open up many sorts of conversation, don't they?  

Apr 24, 2024 02:32 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Michael, Hopefully Jodie Foster's quote put things in perspective for you....

Apr 27, 2024 06:38 PM
Michael Jacobs

Gloria Todor - although I haven't looked/thought of the words for a while, they continues to make me think.  

Apr 27, 2024 06:51 PM