Welcome to the archived web site of
Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
 
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit

Now in memoriam - This website is no longer being updated
While Dr. Friedman is no longer with us, there are still many helpful resources on his site. Articles and resource links have been relocated to the top. His family hopes you might find them helpful. But since this site is no longer being updated, some links may no longer work.

 


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Articles by Dr. Friedman (except where noted otherwise)

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From His Book | Meditations For Life | The Flow of Money, Business and Innovation | Transpersonal/Mind-Body | Approaches, Worldview and Will-isms

Skills For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free | Feeling, Thought, Communication & Action

Strategies/Distinctions For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free

Awakening Stories/Metaphors For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free | The Way It Is

Holiday Family Gatherings | Cartoons, Jokes and Humor | Poems and Quotes | Song Lyrics, Wit and Wisdom

Jokes, Cartoons and Wisdom

The World According to Steve Martin
 

Wild and zany stand-up comedian, actor, writer, author, musician, playwright and composer Steve Martin performs absurdist, offbeat comedy routines. From his "Wild and Crazy Guy" character on Saturday Night Live to his more mature work as an actor, enjoy his spin on the world.

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Well, excuuuuuse me!

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A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

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The greatest thing you can do is surprise yourself.

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Some people have a way with words. . . some people. . . not have way.

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Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.

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Comedy may be big business but it isn't pretty.

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I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you're an idiot.

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I've heard lots of people lie to themselves but they never fool anyone.

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I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks.

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I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.

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The operation was a success, but I'm afraid the doctor is dead.

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I've got to keep breathing. It'll be my worst business mistake if I don't.

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Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.

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What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.

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When your hobbies get in the way of your work—that's OK; but when your hobbies get in the way of themselves. . . well.

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You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies-all of life's riddles are answered in the movies.

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Don't have sex man. It leads to kissing and pretty soon you have to start talking to them.

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There was a point when I was around 14.

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I would have felt a little funny if another actor was playing this role.

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A celebrity is anyone who looks like he spends more than two hours working on his hair.

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First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me.

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Ladies and gentlemen, I can envision a day when the brains of brilliant men can be kept alive in the bodies of dumb people!

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There's someone out there for everyone-even if you need a pickaxe, a compass, and night goggles to find them.

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I never touched a gun in my life. That and that alone forever doomed me to middle management.

All I've ever wanted was an honest week's pay for an honest day's work.

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All dames are alike: they reach down your throat and they can grab your heart, pull it out and they throw it on the floor, step on it with their high heels, spit on it, shove it in the oven and cook the sh*t out of it. Then they slice it into little pieces, slam it on a hunk of toast, and serve it to you and then expect you to say, "Thanks, honey, it was delicious."

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There is one thing I would break up over, and that is if she caught me with another woman. I won't stand for that.

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It's pain that changes our lives.


George Demont Otis      Windswept Trees

I gave my cat a bath the other day...they love it. He sat there, he enjoyed it, if was fun for me. The fur would stick to my tongue, but other than that. . .

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The banjo is such a happy instrument-you can't play a sad song on the banjo-it always comes out so cheerful.

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Through the years, I have learned there is no harm in charging oneself up with delusions between moments of valid inspiration.

You know that look that women get when they want to have sex? Me neither.

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How is it possible to miss a woman whom you kept at a distance, so that when she was gone you would not miss her?

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My most persistent memory of stand-up is of my mouth being in the present and my mind being in the future: the mouth speaking the line, the body delivering the gesture, while the mind looks back, observing, analyzing, judging, worrying, and then deciding when and what to say next. Enjoyment while performing was rare—enjoyment would have been an indulgent loss of focus that comedy cannot afford.

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Yeah, well, we're all writers, aren't we? He's a writer that hasn't been published, and I'm a writer who hasn't written anything.

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Or is it that I think too much?

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Writing is a lot like sex. It's pretty obvious when you're ready to do it.

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I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.

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You know when you're telling these little stories? Here's a good idea: have a point. It makes it so much more interesting for the listener!

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And I was just thinking: as much as I really admire your shoes, and as much as I'd love to have a pair just like them, I really wouldn't want to be "in" your shoes at this particular time and place.

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She had the personality of a ZIP code in Kansas.

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You son of a motherless goat!

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You're like an energy vampire. You suck the life out of people and take the fun out of being a lawyer.

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An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be.

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There was a time in my life when I was very interested in relationship psychology.

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Relationships end, but they don't end your life. But people do often spending more time finding out about failed relationships than finding successful ones.

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The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity I need. My name in print. That really makes somebody. Things are going to start happening to me now!

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You kill me and I'll see that you never work in this town again.

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A kiss may not be the truth, but it is what we wish were true.

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Why is it we don't always recognize the moment when love begins, but we always know when it ends?

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Now let's repeat the non-conformists' oath: I promise to be different! (audience repeats) I promise to be unique! (audience repeats) I promise not to repeat things other people say! (audience laughs, repeats) Good!

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It's so hard to believe in anything anymore. I mean, it's like, religion, you really can't take it seriously, because it seems so mythological, it seems so arbitrary...but, on the other hand, science is just pure empiricism, and by virtue of its method, it excludes metaphysics. I guess I wouldn't believe in anything anymore if it weren't for my lucky astrology mood watch.

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I'm not into that one-night thing. I think a person should get to know someone and even be in love with them before you use them and degrade them.


George Demont Otis      Valley Creek

 


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