Words and music by Christopher Kent

Sometimes life is like a puzzle, where the pieces don’t fit
And you need a little help to make sense of it
Then someone says something that cuts right through the mess
In 25 words or less…

Einstein said knowledge is less important than imagination
Mark Twain said he never let the stuff he learned in school interfere with his education
The Dalai lama said, sometimes not getting what you want works out best of all
Dolly Parton said if you want the rainbow, you’ve got to put up with the rainfall
Leonardo Da Vinci said he who truly knows does not need to shout
Alan Anderson said keep an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out
Herman Melville said a person who has never failed cannot be great
George Burns said he’d rather fail at something he loves than succeed at something he hates

Everybody’s got a piece of the puzzle
Everybody’s learned a thing or two
Good times, hard times, you never know when you’ll find
Another piece of the puzzle waiting for you

Arthur Rubenstein said you won’t find happiness if you’ll only take it on condition
Timothy Leary said women who want to be equal to men lack ambition
Bob Hope said you can survive anything, as long as you can laugh*
Gracie Allen said when she was born she was so surprised she didn’t speak for a year and a half
Dame Flora Robson said, ask God for his blessing but don’t expect him to do your chores
Milton Berle said, if opportunity doesn’t knock, go build yourself some doors
Joe E. Lewis said you only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough
Gloria Steinem said the truth shall set you free, but first it’s going to piss you off


Longfellow said it takes less time to do something right than to explain why you did it wrong
Boris Yeltsin said you can build a throne out of bayonets, but you can’t sit in it for long
Jim Fox said, find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life
Mack McGinnis said he who is impatient ends up waiting twice
Maslow said if you only have a hammer, you tend to see everything as a nail
Paul Sweeney said self-delusion is pulling in your stomach when you step on the scale
Marcel Proust said discovery is not about finding new worlds, it’s about having new eyes
Beverly Sills said you may be disappointed if you don’t reach your goals,
but you’re doomed if you don’t try


© 2001 by Christopher Kent/Dragonheart Music. All rights reserved.

*Note: The original song — finished in 2001 and recorded soon after — attributed this quote to Bill Cosby. It turns out that comedian/actor Bob Hope said almost the same thing, so in light of recent events, in live performance I now attribute this quote to him. Unfortunately, I can’t alter the original recording or the YouTube video of the song. (If I ever write a sequel, I’ll only quote dead people!)