The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.

— Paula Poundstone

The most jittery Paula Poundstone quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

I mean, I do love clever and witty, but I think that the 'Three Stooges' were geniuses. They'd have to be for their appeal to have lasted this long.

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I have a horrible memory and I used to consider that a liability, but I've learned along the way that talking to people is really a beautiful thing.

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I don't have a bank account because I don't know my mother's maiden name.

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I don’t believe for a second that weightlifting is a sport.

They pick up a heavy thing and put it down again. To me, that’s indecision.

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Remember when you were considered an environmentalist when you didn't throw junk out the car window? I sure do miss that simpler, happier time.

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The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling.

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When we save the rain forest, the polar bear, and Al Gore, we should party so hard that Canada calls the cops on us for noise.

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It is my wish to die of unique causes, perhaps in a high-speed tricycle crash, a bizarre stapling incient, or as a result of inadvertently sucking my brains out through my ear while trying to untwist the vacuum hose.

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I have terrible short-term memory loss, which I like to think of as Presidential eligibility.

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I don't need a holiday or a feast to feel grateful for my children, the sun, the moon, the roof over my head, music, and laughter, but I like to take this time to take the path of thanks less traveled.

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I can make things, but I don't cook them, exactly.

Like salmon, I can stick that in a pan. Or the other day I made noodles, but they were hard. It never occurred to me to check them; I just stopped cooking them when I felt they were ready. Really, I'm too absentminded.

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I was diagnosed a number of years ago with obsessive-compulsive disorder - which everyone has, to some degree - and I have this really annoying trait where in conversation, I always steer it back to something that happened to me.

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About Paula Poundstone

Quotes 75 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Comedian
Birthday October 16

When we live up to our Constitution, let's form a Conga line around the Capitol and bungee jump off the dome.

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My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said, 'Mom, they weren't trying to teach you how to swim.'

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I’m an atheist. The good news about atheists is that we have no mandate to convert anyone. So you’ll never find me on your doorstep on a Saturday morning with a big smile saying ‘Just stopped by to tell you there is no word. I brought along this little blank book I was hoping you could take a look at.’

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The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community.

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I'm really more prolific than most stand-ups.

My act changes. I do fold in new experiences, new observations, whatever you want to call it.

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Can you remember when you didn't want to sleep? Isn't it inconceivable? I guess the definition of adulthood is that you want to sleep.

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I was court-ordered to Alcoholics Anonymous on television.

Pretty much blows the hell out of the second A, wouldn't you say?

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The mistakes that I made I made because I drank too much.

I don't think that's going to happen any more. Am I going to make mistakes as a parent? Sadly, every day. I'm looking around for the perfect parent and I haven't seen one yet.

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I was born in Alabama, but I only lived there for a month before I'd done everything there was to do.

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My problem, I try to teach my kids to eat healthy food.

But you get a cantaloupe, and you don't know when it's going to come of age. You have no idea - that period between when it's like, hard as a rock to when it's smushy inside, is about ten minutes.

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I confess that when I first read that smog is particularly hazardous to children, senior citizens, and physically active people, for a brief moment I thought, “I’m in the clear for at least 10 more years.”

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What moron said that knowledge is power? Knowledge is power only if it doesn't depress you so much that it leaves you in an immobile heap at the end of your bed.

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Gay Republicans, how exactly does that work? 'We disapprove of our own lifestyle. We beat ourselves up in parking lots.

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My parents got carried away with the letter P when they were naming the kids in our family. There's me, Paula, my sisters Peggy and Patty, and my brother Pjimmy, spelled with a silent P.

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I think we need a 12-step group for non-stop talkers. We're going to call it On and On Anon.

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I'm thankful for Sarah Palin's vice presidential bid, which taught us that Alaska is not in a box off the coast of California.

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Once I was gone for a month and I was just miserable, so I flew back from Florida for two hours just to be home and see my cats.

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I don't like sex ... I'm a single working mom with nine cats, a dog-shark, a lizard, and a bunny. I don't go to bed, I pass out. The idea that I'd get to my bed and there'd be someone in there with whom I was supposed to have an activity is horrifying to me.

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The position of First Lady has no rules, just precedent, so its evolution has been at a virtual standstill for years. If Martha Washington didn't do it, then no one is sure it should be done.

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Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas.

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Speaking of happy successes, after years of struggling to lose those few extra pounds every mother puts on during adoption, particularly when the doctor orders bed rest, in 2004 I sent my assistant to the Gap in dark glasses with a fake ID to purchase my first pair of Easy Fit jeans.

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I've decided that perhaps I'm bulimic and just keep forgetting to purge.

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I have short-term memory loss, though I'd like to think of it as Persidential eligibility.

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I like to work on New Year's Eve. It has a nice spirit; a nice feel about it. If you are all about the 'year-end' thing at all, then laughing with fellow human beings is a great way to start the new year.

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The definition of adulthood is that you want to sleep.

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President Obama could keep a big map with push pins on it to keep track of how many countries hate us, and when we get down to only half, let's have a ball. I'll blow up the balloons myself.

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When every high school graduate can spell the word, 'inauguration,' let's put lampshades on our heads and listen to his speeches until Obama's voice gives out.

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My mom is one of those really angry moms who gets mad at absolutely everything.

Once when I was a little kid, I accidentally knocked a Flintstones glass off the kitchen table. She said, 'Well, dammit, we can't have nice things.'

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I was one of the first people to almost actually vomit over hearing the use of the phrase "family values" and I pride myself on never having fallen for the idea that Barbara Bush was sweet and grandmotherly. I met Barbara Bush and, as I expected, she was a tank with eyes, not a nice person at all and why should that blow anybody away?

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I made mistakes and I broke the law and I'm more than willing to pay a price for that. But there's a price beyond that that my children have paid, and that's not what was supposed to happen.

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I happen to be a devout atheist. I don't believe in God. I still go to church -- I'm not a heathen. I go to an atheist church. We have crippled guys who stand up and testify that they were crippled, and they still are.

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I used to work at The International House of Pancakes. It was a dream, and I made it happen.

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I've always thought that if my death was imminent, I would read.

When I can't focus on a book, I tend to keep reading the same page. My guess is, I would've read, like the first page of Nicholas Nickleby over and over again.

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It's funny that we think of libraries as quiet demure places where we are shushed by dusty, bun-balancing, bespectacled women. The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. Librarians have stood up to the Patriot Act, sat down with noisy toddlers and reached out to illiterate adults. Libraries can never be shushed.

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If only someone would do for cows what Bambi did for deer.

Cows have been in films, but they haven't starred. I'm still willing to eat a species that is only a supporting player.

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When I sat down to write I just felt like a geek writing about myself.

And then it dawned on me, just because of the way I am, I can't stop talking, and part of the problem is that anything that gets said reminds me of something that happened to me one time, and invariably I cut people off and talk about myself.

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I got my dog three years ago because I was drunk in a pet store.

We had nine cats at the time. The cats started hiding the alcohol after that.

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