The Rat


When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.

Percy B Shelley, poet, Year Rat


The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.

Lee Iacocca, industrialist, Year Rat


Assure a man that he has a soul and then frighten him with old wives' tales as to what is to become of him afterward, and you have hooked a fish, a mental slave.

Theodore Dreiser, journalist, Day Rat


The Ox


I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.


I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.


What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.


Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.


What Britain needs is an iron lady.

Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister, Year Ox


The Tiger


The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away; than what it leaves behind.


What we need is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out.


Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.


Faith is a passionate intuition.

William Wordsworth, poet, Year Tiger


The Rabbit


'But I don't want to go among mad people,' said Alice.

 'Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat. 'We're all mad here.’


Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.


Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.


‘The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things:

of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings.’

Lewis Carroll, author, photographer, mathematician, Year Rabbit



The Dragon


I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?”

John Lennon , musician, Year Dragon


I’d like to end up sort of unforgettable.”

Ringo Starr, musician, Year Dragon


The first thing which I can record concerning myself is, that I was born. These are wonderful words. This life, to which neither time nor eternity can bring diminution - this everlasting living soul, began. My mind loses itself in these depths.”


I think TV is very educational. Every time someone turns on a TV, I go in the other room and read.”


Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others.

Groucho Marx, Day Dragon


Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts.”

Frank Zappa, Year Dragon 


Irving Berlin (an Hour Dragon himself) once quipped about Groucho, “If Marx had been Groucho instead of Karl, the world would be in less of a snarl”.



The Snake


What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.


I have too many fantasies to be a housewife. I guess I am a fantasy.

Marilyn Monroe (Month Snake)


He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart.”

Washington Irving (Day Snake)


They lard their lean books with the fat of others work.


The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.


I've done the most awful rubbish in order to have somewhere to go in the morning.


How strange are the tricks of memory, which, often hazy as a dream about the most important events of a man's life, religiously preserve the merest trifles.


False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.


A man that hoards up riches and enjoys them not, is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.

Richard Burton, actor, Year Snake


Do not fear mistakes. There are none.

Don't play what's there, play what's not there.

For me, music and life are all about style.

I know what I've done for music, but don't call me a legend. Just call me Miles Davis.
I'll play it and tell you what it is later.
I'm always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning... Every day I find something creative to do with my life.
If you understood everything I say, you'd be me!
It's always been a gift with me, hearing music the way I do. I don't know where it comes from, it's just there and I don't question it.
Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.

Miles Davis, Musician, Month Snake



The Horse


I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It's by the nature of his deep inner soul... we're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.


This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.


Yeah, I wasn't chosen to be first. I was just chosen to command that flight. Circumstance put me in that particular role. That wasn't planned by anyone.

Neil Armstrong, astronaut, Year Horse


The idea that a war can be won by standing on the defensive and waiting for the enemy to attack is a dangerous fallacy, which owes its inception to the desire to evade the price of victory.

Douglas Haig, Soldier


For to be poised against fatality, to meet adverse conditions gracefully, is more than simple endurance; it is an act of aggression, a positive triumph.

Thomas Mann, Author


The Sheep


I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.


I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.


In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.


One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.


One is not born a woman, but becomes one.

Simone de Beauvoir, poet, feminist, Year Sheep


The Monkey


I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.


Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.


Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.


The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.

Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance man, polymath, Year Monkey


The Rooster


William Faulkner, Nobel Prize-winning author, Year Rooster and Southern gentleman, was once quoted as saying:


The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.


Spoken like a true Rooster and a great writer. The following quote by him further reveals the character of the Rooster even more deeply and reads,


The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. He has supreme vanity. No matter how much he admires the old writer, he wants to beat him.”


A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he'll never crow. I have seen the light and I'm crowing.”


At home I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far.”


He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”


It's not bragging if you can back it up.”


I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”

Mohammed Ali, Boxer


Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy.


You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Author, Month Rooster


The Dog


Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.


One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.


A friendship like love is warm; a love like friendship is steady.


“Whoever loveth me, loveth my hound.

Thomas More, statesman, humorist, author, Year Dog


The Pig


A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it.


A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.


An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.

Henry Ford, industrialist and Year Pig


Better murder an infant in its cradle than nurse an unacted desire.


Great things are done when men and mountains meet.


The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.


Opposition is true friendship.

William Blake, artist, Month Pig