A note on the limited scope of the material: The only words here are from books and articles I have read or things that have been said to me. Most of the material is not very uplifting, but then I don't think that ``Wow, what a beautiful day!'' is a meaningful contribution to understanding life on that day or any other.
I only check the link integrity only about once a month, so you might find a broken one.
|Saul Alinsky||I start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. That means working within the system. There is no other place to start from except political lunacy.|
|Emperor Leto Atreides II||The past is no farther away than your pillow.|
|Lera Auerbach||If there is consensual love, there must be consensual art, but great art is never consensual – it rips you apart, uses you for its creation, and then leaves you like an empty useless shell. You may resent it, but you can't help loving it all the same.|
|Patricia Barber||On the dark side of passion comes a taste for revenge.|
|Julian Barnes||I think when we are young, we invent futures for ourselves. When we are older, we invent pasts for others.|
|Russell Bernabo||I'm pro letariat, and I vote!|
|Leonard Bernstein||It's easy to shake the blame for any crime|
By trotting out that mea culpa pantomime:
"Yes, yes, I'm bad. I've sinned. I'm sad".
Then go out and do it one more time.
|Charles M. Blow||The mouth that demeans may not always be attached to the hand that destroys, but they are most assuredly connected in spirit and in spite. |
-- From 28 July 2019 column in NY Times.
|Paul Bowles||Whereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler, belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly, over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another.|
|Douglas Broome||I'm not as good as I should be, but I'm better than I want to be.|
-- said about a tedious and error prone task.
|Vincent Bugliosi||When you have a large group of people devoting their lives to looking at every word, every comma, they can create a lot of mischief.|
|Boris Bukh||Some ancient people wasted time on research in number theory, some of which ended up being practically useful. Some studied motion of stars in detail far exceeding calendaring and navigational needs. This also proved useful. Many, many studies also led to dead-ends. At the time, one could not tell which of them would.|
|George Gordon Byron||My slumbers -- if I slumber -- are not sleep, but a continuance of enduring thought, which then I can resist not. In my heart there is a vigil, and these eyes but close to look within.|
|Stephen L. Carter||As there are precious moments between two people that can never be retrieved, there are also moments of tension that can never be avoided, no matter how they try.|
|Stephen Colbert||We don't need any help looking hypocritical, okay? We're the country that invented both chili cheese fries and open-heart surgery.|
|Saint John Will I Am Coltrane||(about Miles Davis) He is completely unpredictable: sometimes he would just walk off stage after just playing a few notes, not even completing one chorus.|
|Christopher Cook||Tristan und Isolde was never intended to be a romantic love story. This is not the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, nor even Guinevere's adulterous love for Lancelot. After Tristan und Isolde there is nothing.|
|Sir Alistair Cooke||In the life of an overnight sensation, a year is an æon.|
|Georges-Jacques Danton||I am not so much an atheist as an adult.|
|Miles Davis||(about Saint John Coltrane) He's so tied up in his music that even his friends don't understand what he's trying to do.|
|Richard Dawkins||Wishful thinking counts, because human psychology has a near-universal tendency to let belief be coloured by desire.|
|Stephen R. Donaldson||What good are friends if they know you too well to believe your lies?|
|Sophie Egan||We don't eat fats or cholesterol or antioxidants -- we eat food.|
|Richard Flanagan||Virtue is just vanity dressed up and waiting for applause.|
|George Flanagin||Any ordering system is partly a hashing algorithm: for example, only alphabetization puts me between Richard Flanagan and Karen Joy Fowler.|
|Karen Joy Fowler||An oft-told story is like a photograph in a family album; eventually, it replaces the moment it was meant to capture.|
|Tana French||I crave the truth, and I lie.|
|Norman Goldman||If you are unwilling to vote for the lesser of two evils, then you are voting for the greater of the two evils.|
|Thomas Hardy, OM||Nature does not often say "See!" to her poor creature at a time when seeing can lead to happy doing; or reply "Here!" to a body's cry of "Where?" till the hide-and-seek has become an irksome, outworn game.|
|Henricus Rex VIII||Most humility is pretense.|
|Frank Herbert||He who wishes to repeat the past must control the teaching of history.|
|Rogers Hornsby||People ask me what I do in the winter when there's no baseball: Well, I stare out the window and wait for spring.|
|Michel Houellebecq||If life is an illusion it's a pretty painful one.|
|Max Howell||But well, what the fuck does comp-sci have to do with modern app development? [after failing to be hired at Google, following the comp-sci interview]|
|Greg Iles||People need a mystery onto which they can project all their free floating paranoia.|
|John Irving||Being afraid you will look like a coward is the worst reason for doing anything.|
|David Janszen||Some people only have one joke, so they molest it into the ground.|
|Lady P. D. James||(on the danger of too much conversation) Words crowd out thought.|
|Stephen King||The exhausted mind is obsession's easiest prey.|
|Donald Knuth||A trick is a clever idea that can be used once, while a technique is a trick that can be used at least twice.|
|Patricia Kopatchinskaja||Classical music is like a ship -- and everyone is standing at the stern and looking at how nice it was where we came from. But no one dares to go onto the bow to see what is coming.|
|Cathy Ladman||All religions are the same: religion is basically guilt, but with different holidays.|
|Scott E. Lewis||If you get all the multiple layers of things that are supposed to improve productivity out of the way, most [programming] tasks take very little time.|
|Dame Hilary Mantel||It is the absence of facts that frightens people; the gap you open into which they pour their fears, fantasies and desires.|
|Dame Hilary Mantel||It is wise to conceal the past even if there is nothing to conceal.|
|Mao Tse-Tung||The enemy advances, we retreat.|
The enemy camps, we harass.
The enemy tires, we attack.
The enemy retreats, we pursue.
|Brian McGreevy||There are dreams so real that you can still feel them when you wake up. ... But then, there's the smell of coffee.|
|David Mitchell||Love is pure joy when it works, but when it goes bad you pay for the good hours at loan shark prices.|
|Prof. Melissa O'Neill||From a very practical perspective, the longer the code, the more likely it is to contain an implementation error.|
|Dorothy Parker||Eternity is the length of time it takes two people to eat a ham.|
|Lee Parker||Life is a pissing match; that's why drinking is so important.|
|Brandon Pike||When in doubt, people follow traditional paths. That way, if they lose, at least they have an alibi.|
|Marcel Proust||It is a charming law of nature that we live in perfect ignorance of those we love.|
|Sergei Rachmaninov||I was guided by the coughing of the audience. Whenever the coughing increased, I would skip to the next piece. Whenever there was no coughing, I would play the [entire work]. |
-- letter to Nikolai Medtner, 21 December 1931.
|Philip Rieff||We are, I fear, getting to know one another. Reticence, secrecy, concealment of self have been transformed into social problems; once they were aspects of civility.|
|Maximillien de Robespierre||When will the people be educated?
When they have enough to eat,
and when the rich and the government stop bribing treacherous tongues and pens to deceive them;
when their interests are identified with those of the people. |
When will this be? Never.
(trans: Thomas Carlyle)
|Carlos Ruiz-Zafón||Se conoce que, en las fases más avanzadas del cretinismo, la falta de ideas se compensa con el exceso de ideologías. (It is known that in the most advanced stages of cretinism, the lack of ideas is made up for by an excess of ideologies.)|
|Oliver Sacks||We do not see with the eyes, but with the brain.|
|Grant Sanderson||There is no cold hard rigorous proof that it's hard to compute [a hash function] in the reverse direction. And yet, a huge amount of modern security depends on cryptographic hash functions and the idea that they have this property [hard to compute in reverse].|
|Leif Segerstam||Don't be afraid to increase the dose of porridge of music, there is no danger from overeating.|
|Frank Sinatra||I feel sorry for people who don't drink; when they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they are going to feel all day.|
|Dame Edith Sitwell||Hell is just as properly proper as Greenwich, or as Bath, or Joppa.|
|Anthony Soprano||I didn't make the rules; the rules have always been there.|
|Kaikhosru Sorabji||... likewise, to the everlasting glory of those few Men blessed and sanctified in the curses and execrations of those many whose praise is eternal damnation.|
|Eliot Spitzer||The 'revolving door' is a better metaphor than [it is] a diagnosis.|
|Jake Swearingen||Youtube is the largest clearinghouse of human stupidity the world has ever known.|
|Donald J. Trump||That speech goes on for about two or three hours after the speech was made, because they came up with other things having to do with other people that they shouldn't have been able to do, and they shouldn't have done, but they did it, and you know exactly what I'm talking about. |
--15 March 2017
|Donald J. Trump||He put out a statement, that was essentially a project really, more or less of an option, that we were looking at in Moscow, and everybody knew about it. I didn't do the project. I decided not to do the project. So I didn't do it. So we're not talking about doing a project, we're talking about not doing a project. We were thinking about building a building. We had an option, I don't know what you would call it. We decided, I decided, ultimately not to do it. There would be nothing wrong if I did do it. If I did do it, there would have been nothing wrong. That was a project that we didn't do, that was a project that wasn't done for a lot of reasons. This was a deal that didn't happen. That was no deal. I mean, if you look, this was an option, I guess. I don't know. I want to be very specific. So but to my way of thinking, it was an option that I decided not to do. We had a position to possibly do a deal, to build and building of some kind in Moscow. I decided not to do it. |
--(transcribed from audio)
|Lars von Trier||Thoughts distort reality, not the other way around.|
|James Wan||Google's corporate motto may be "Don't Be Evil," but its bottom line is still "Make A Profit."|
|Oscar Wilde||What is truth? In matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived. In matters of science, it is the ultimate sensation. In matters of art, it is one's last mood.|
|Ron Kipling Williams||Profanity is what you see everyday. Words don’t do it justice.|