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Get fed up with me:
I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
Make dinner before lunch.
Florence is going to Paris.
If your work really is your life, and that things like friendship, and language, and travel, and bohemia are also the work, then you really are lucky.
Occasionally you may have to go to a hospital or to a restaurant.
Barbara Woodhouse, No Bad Dogs
Happier is the man who has introduced his mind’s oral fixation to his body’s need of water.
The only character to appear in all four Python films (And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Meaning of Life and Life of Brian) is God.
Tears are the water that nourishes life after loss.
If past experience holds true, I will probably write an hour a day and spend eight hours a day biting my knuckle and worrying about not writing.
David Foster Wallace
It must suck not to have lips.
Lee Fisher, on dogs
Marketing is about values.
The more routine I can make the basic practical aspects of my life, the more I am able to be energetic—and spontaneous—about intellectual and other things.
We’ve been waiting millennia for film.
Obama’s mispronunciation [of “corpsman”] is a pithier summation of the State of the Union than any of the dreary 90-minute sludge he paid his speechwriters for.
We are our Archives.
You only have to discipline yourself long enough to change your standards.
Invert, always invert.
I am especially leery when people who loudly and implausibly assert that anti-Semitism isn’t a problem anymore make harsh and unbalanced criticisms about the world’s only Jewish state.
Walter Russell Mead
Is there any pleasure like sitting comfortably in Israel’s hills, a book open by an American, and meditating on England?
One of the few benefits of being a journalist is that you’re not in the Army.
P. J. O’Rourke
Judgments are tragic expressions of unmet needs.
Low-density sprawl is ill-fitted to a creative, postindustrial economy.
The key characteristic of the logic of strategy is that it’s paradoxical and contradictory right through.
You cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another.
In the foster home my hair was my room.
Erin Hannon, at lunch with Michael Scott
Ah, the persuasiveness of wretchedness.
Coffee spreads darkness. Tea is wholesome only in the morning.
Web folk—the least experienced designers out there—are taking on some of the most difficult design challenges.
It’s OK to have a thought without writing it down.
We like to do things together even though I think she’s a stupid cunt.
Wonderful, wonderful person. That was my son.
Jer Bulsara, on Freddie Mercury
Work is more fun than fun.
The further away you are from the Lonely Planet-clutching swarms of Israelis the more fun you will have.
Englishman Alistair Humphreys, on biking around the world
Write a book on how to write a book.
A smile is a valium beam.
Most people will play-act in order to get what they want. But all I want is freedom from ever having to play-act.
The very expression ‘scientifically proven’ is a contradiction in terms.
There is no glamour without solitude.
Design: the marriage of ergonomics and aesthetics.
The opponents of homosexual marriage feel much more strongly about the issue than the supporters.
Richard A. Posner
Instead of concentrating on fat, you should carefully watch how much protein from prepared food you are eating.
The Holocaust reminds America of its calling, Europe of its fragility.
Civilization… is the conscious forefront of evolution.
If you foolishly ignore beauty, you’ll soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
Being pro-Palestinian… [is] moral onanism.
If you want to be somebody nowadays, you’d better start by getting in touch with your inner nobody, because nobody likes a somebody who can’t prove they’ve been nobody all along.
Out of my head all the time; in the bid for a rhyme.
Glamour is to life as life is to everything else.
It’s easier to modify appetites than to curtail them.
If I rise before 6am it’s hard to be depressed, whereas if I rise after 10am it’s hard to be relaxed.
Vinegar, the conservative preservative.
The legacy of liberal individualism is the restoration of the very absolutism that it originally sought to overthrow—a philosophical tragedy.
There’s just something about moving, breathing and sweating. It’s like God’s reset button.
Editing is the natural place of man.
The truest religion is a language.
The march towards self-determination can only be embarked on by a people with democratic aspirations and goals.
Edward Said, 1993
The best thing about New York is that the best thing about New York is its people.
It’s easy to be clever. But the really clever thing is to be simple.
Any fool can fast, but it takes a wise man to break a fast properly.
George Bernard Shaw
The difference between the judgment of a great critic and that of a semi-literate censorious fool lies in its range of inferred or cited reference, in the lucidity and rhetorical strength of articulation or in the accidental addendum which is that of a critic who is a creator in his own right.
Buildings, too, are children of the Earth and Sun.
Frank Lloyd Wright
If land for peace seems a wrongheaded policy for a large country, it is obviously far more so for a small one.
I think humor delineates who your friends really are.
Home is not where you live; it’s where your friends are.
Being an artist allows one to pay tribute to the things one loves.
I know the feeling of the Jew who leaves these dungeons—and breathes the air of Jerusalem. He feels at home, he feels safe, feels the terrible difference between one who lives in his country, his homeland, in a country which is capable of defending his life — to one who stood alone, defenseless against bestial men.
O, reason not the need!
Everything you’re doing I’m doing in heels.
Claire Foster, Date Night
Entertainment is denial.
Somehow I must get the elements of my soul locked into proper position so that I, as the world, am in good and proper relations with the world.
How am I not myself?
The United States is too big a country, too important a country, too gracious a country to have permanent enemies.
To joy, via habituated glee. Or to glee, via habituated joy?
Not even Friday afternoons can offer sanctuary from dangerous or ill-considered policy choices.
Karl Rove, on the Obama Administration
The isolationism of the Left stems from the conviction that America is bad for the rest of the world, whereas the isolationism of the Right is based on the belief that the rest of the world is bad for America.
One nefarious invention is the tweezers, good only for perpetuating bad habits.
A deep and intimate relationship with the security forces of the new Iraqi state is likely to be a significant asset for American foreign policy well into the future.
Walther Russell Mead
Do I not know what to do?
Order means delight.
Look out for 1957 week.
As far as we’re concerned, war always means failure.
Jacques Chirac, President of France
People get raped everywhere by every kind of person.
Only my sickness brought me to reason.
It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.
No other animal on earth could do this. Maybe beavers. But not like this.
Dwight Schrute, in a garbage dump
Be free, belong, believe!
Myths rely on truth for their power.
The intensity of a memory is generally determined by the people one’s with.
Keep the cave.
Without the fear of God and the love of the republic, all we have to check our behavior is the fear of the police.
Walter Russell Mead
Sauna:drug-free altered-state pod.
Constraints amount tothe solution half-built.
Hubris. Is it believing one is exempt, or knowing one isn’t and proceeding nonetheless?
To map between dissimilar data structures, a more powerful data representation is needed.
In content metadata and hierarchies… you will often find a goldmine of implicit and explicit data that you can leverage to creatively contextualize content.
We can’t have chaps walking around saying Muslims are violent because they’ll go bananas and smash the place up.
Do you understand? A bad visitor wants to go sleep, and that doggie making mess? Visitor‘s gonna give you big kick.
Me to my dog at 3:45am as she barks in the night like a fool
Rejoice your vocabulary!
You’re diminutive, for sure.
Brian Greben, to me
I can’t live in a place where dogs require leashes. On the other hand, I need to be within walking distance of a cafe.
What is the pitiable chatter of American flat- and muddle-heads to me?
The teenager is a problem of over-gregarious life.
Frank Lloyd Wright
The sage seeks wisdom for his heart; the artist seeks wisdom for others’.
The most democratic and fair way of choosing candidates is by committee.
He was judged by the color of his skin rather than the content of his character.
Spengler, on Obama’s inauguration
Long before Israel resembled America, America resembled Israel.
Literature is an act of revenge that aspires to elegy.
I still can’t decide which is simpler: a single wall interrupted by a door, which is arguably three things, or a door next to a wall, which is definitely two.
Space is the breath of art.
Frank Lloyd Wright
The difference is psychological tricks.
To be pro-Israel is to be pro-hope.
Walter Russell Mead
I don’t build a house without predicting the end of the present social order.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.
It’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time.
Clayton M. Christensen
Let me be clear: I believe people of goodwill on all sides can find common ground between the absurdly implausible caricatures I attribute to them on a daily basis.
Mark Steyn channelling Barak Obama
Outdoors, hat on; indoors, shoes off.
There’s a simple measure of sanity in housing prices: the ratio of median home price to income.
The fridge is cool.
Perhaps the mistake we make is to continue to regard them as an Anglo Saxon people. That blood is very much watered down now; they are a Latin-Slav mixture, with a fair amount of German and Irish. They are impatient, mercurial, panicky.
Harold Macmillan, on Americans
At least things aren’t going so well that I need fear, “From good fortune, disaster.”
Momentum has its own momentum.
Success: when the current book I’m reading can express the essence of the previous.
Israel has no business not being in the Sinai.
All orthodoxies believe that if you do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, you will probably end up in possession of the right frame of mind.
To paraphrase what Lincoln said about slavery, if cruelty to animals is not wrong then nothing is wrong.
I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.
Be not weary in well doing, for in due time you will reap, if you faint not.
Writing, like most everything else good in life, revolves around flow and rhythm.
The center of moral gravity in world politics has decisively moved from the cause of greater equality in the rich countries to that of greater opportunity in the poor ones.
Walter Russell Mead
It’s good consolation to know that good times passed were actively and consistently recognized at the time to be good.
Bureaucracies temporarily reverse the Second Law of Thermodynamics. In a bureaucracy, it’s easier to make a process more complex than to make it simpler, and easier to create a new burden than kill an old one.
I did nothing. I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
It’s so important to launch fast that it may be better to think of your initial version not as a product, but as a trick for getting users to start talking to you.
Pragmatism works in theory but not in practice.
It has a right to defend itself. It doesn’t follow that it has a right to defend itself by force.
Cunning linguist Noam Chomsky, on Israel
Whereas Western medicine may heroically rescue us, Chinese medicine can protect and preserve our health day to day.
If extraterrestrial lifeforms visited our world and said,“Show us the song of your people,” this would be that song.
cathoman7, on “Bohemian Rhapsody”
At the end of the day you have to do what’s right, and it was either living with myself or being happy.
When the need arises – and it does – you must be able to shoot your own dog.
Robert A. Heinlein
Don’t scorn fashion, for ‘tis the celebration of the age, and what else is one to do with one’s time?
Once I’ve spoken the spell is broken.
The most dangerous way to lose time is not to spend it having fun, but to spend it doing fake work.
We need only live enough to write the rest convincingly.
The natural world, rightly studied, unlocks the soul, and the soul, once opened, yields truths about the moral structure of the universe.
Michael Knox Beran
If you need a horoscope to tell the future, you HAVE no future.
Lordy, I’m such a pagan.
Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.
We used to choose which stories to read in our newspaper. Now we choose the newspapers in which to read our story.
Regarding terrorists, one cannot be both a murderer and a martyr.
Only artists can fully audience.
Let’s start calling it genderism and come up with a more exciting meaning for sexism.
It only ends once; anything that happens before that is just progress.
The essence of Zionism is to meet destruction with construction.
In the age of the global village James Bond is the chivalrous knight about town.
So Charlie looked away, too, and tried to buck himself up by considering the glories of his surroundings.
Tom Wolfe, A Man in Full
I couldn’t think of anything worse. Though it could be good fun.
Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
Frank Lloyd Wright
More is often more.
He had a bad conscience because he had not taken revenge.
Two great modern inventions are the rock concert and the rollercoaster, for with them returned to earth the sound of women screaming en masse in glee and worship.
The trick is acquiring humility without having become wretched.
The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage.
The novel’s success lies in its own sensitiveness.
E. M. Forster
The sedentary life… is the real sin against the holy spirit.
Design is the expression of style, style of philosophy.
It don’t mean a pittance if it ain’t got that resonance.
Writers should engage in politics only enough to protect themselves from politics.
There seems to be something in the cheesy romanticism of Latin American culture that really appeals to Russians.
Where God speaks, the Tao is sexy.
Enjoys giving paprika.
Irit Levy (by mistake)
In a modern, liberal society, religious observance does not “take away” choice. It is a choice.
The Bond movies tend to go downhill once you see henchmen in jumpsuits.
Parsley—a cure for burn?
It is now anachronistic to sport no anachronisms.
Even though I was glad to get out of those areas I still have a soft spot for them.
I am less and less capable of intellectual engagement with contemporary fiction because I feel like I’ve been had when I do so: the very process of literary analysis legitimizes a body of work that I feel is unworthy of such attention.
I prefer you farting than saying these stupid things.
The interest of tone is the interest of manners, and the interest of manners is the interest of morals, and the interest of morals is the interest of civilization.
A yoga day never dips below 7 and is usually an 8.
My feeling about the so-called occupied territories is that there was a war, Israel urged neighboring countries not to get involved in it once it started, they all jumped in, and they lost a lot of real estate to Israel because Israel prevailed in that conflict.
Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defence
What’s good for Israel is good for the world.
Like many rationalists, I’m a Pisces.
In the gospel of America, there are no permanent conflicts.
Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place.
Manhood first, and then gentleness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.
Sit as little as possible.
Only artists, and especially those of the theater, have… taught us the art of viewing ourselves as heroes… Perhaps one should concede a similar merit to the religion that made men see the sinfulness of every single individual through a magnifying glass.
The duel ruins it because all of a sudden Scaramanga seems like an idiot.
John Gruber, on The Man with the Golden Gun
Life is surely best as discoveries of new things to love. Socratic or not?
Problems which bring solutions often bring about your best material.
In fairy tales we get three wishes. In life we get one and it gets the rest.
Life is comprised of sevens, and there aren’t that many of them.
Life is not a burden, but we make it one when we refuse to accept things as they are.
Baba Hari Dass
When you try to dodge ownership of a problem, when you try to hide from responsibility, life will give you ownership and responsibility the hard way.
Depression is cancer of the thought.
To attempt to impose European-style centralized government on a third of a billion people from Maine to Hawaii is to invite failure on a scale unknown to history.
“You should” is the rudest.
First, a nation has to have a good operating system: laws, regulations and property rights.
Remember, we are still in the 6th day.
An organization that wins by exercising power starts to lose the ability to win by doing better work.
Fine line it is between Yoda and Gollum.
How much social capital America gains by its religion of enfranchisement; how stupid can peoples be to ignore this?
Please don’t shouldify every entertainment.
It makes increasingly less sense even to talk about a publishing industry, because the core problem publishing solves — the incredible difficulty, complexity, and expense of making something available to the public — has stopped being a problem.
I like what the Middle East has become. The inevitabilities are being processed and Iran is more isolated than ever.
Thomas PM Barnett
The religious orthodox credo: think not lest ye be thunk about.
Spontaneity requires the trampoline of a plan.
If you are a native of the rainforest you learn to distinguish many sorts of leaves. We learn to distingush many different typefaces.
Western rational thought is not an innate human characteristic; it is a learned ability.
The golden ratio, that is old-fashioned.
Some loathsome facsimile of integrity won’t let me have sex in dreams if I’m not having any in life.
Success is due generally to discipline, which is merely action leavened with order.
Trust your own maps with your life.
I am led to religion because twinkle from surroundings is not constant.
The quickest way to still the mind is to move the body.
A gifted mimic, he nonetheless eschews regional accents for comic effect.
Dean Allen, creator of Textile, on himself
Whistling is musical onanism.
They are lost who ask whether animals have souls, for all animals do — except arguably men, grown with language.
Being in Italy issadly for my high-falutin’ ambitions — mostly just a nuisance.
The English feel a special sympathy for folly committed in the name of loyalty to an utterly outmoded code of conduct.
It was one of the few times in my life that I realized that the artist is much ahead of me.
Woody Allen, on finally liking Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey the third time around
Instead of doing the right thing, I will try to say it.
To know and feel what is good and right for you—that alone is princely.
In advanced societies, thinking that tea, coffee, alcohol, and manufactured beverages are desirable for the purely natural water needs of the daily “stressed” body is an elementary but catastrophic mistake.
A successful nation has to be, to one degree or another, a romance.
What Brando did for the cinema and Elvis did for music, Shatner did for the small screen.
The biggest tragedy is muteness.
The most unromantic thing is to accuse someone of being unromantic.
Science fiction provides shortcuts to profundity.
Environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.
One of the world’s really important divides lies between nations that react well to accidents and nations that do not.
The term “law of nature” illustrates just how young — and perhaps still fragile — science is.
Calling something evil is to say that it is one’s duty to eradicate it.
I’m not passing the buck; this is someone else’s decision.
Britain, with Charlies Darwin and Adam Smith, gives us at long last not narrative but algorithmic cosmology and sociology.
Five minutes ahead of schedule. Right on schedule.
The two classic errors in predicting the future of a technology shift are to overestimate its short-term impact and underestimate its long-term impact.
I feel like another joint while doing it, but I know that it makes me dry and bleary as well as sensuous and special.
Let the day end.
Equal distribution of libidinous drives between homo- and heterosexuality does not exist, simply because homosexuality is not a drive but a defense mechanism.
Balance, that’s the secret. Moderate extremism.
Gentile ethics entails ought implies can, while in Jewish ethics can implies don’t.
A man commonly saunters a little in turning from one sort of employment to another.
We either take each other for everything we are or leave the life we’ve made behind and make a brand new start.
There’s nothing here but volcanoes.
Marxism is shit, the last of Christian shit.
If inertia is the dominant factor during most of life, then momentum must be during quickenings.
I help people as a work on myself and I work on myself to help people.
Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
It’s not being I get sick and tired of, not at all; it’s my thoughts.
We are that part of creation that seeks to know all creation.
George W. Bush
Jewish Prayer and Torah study are the yin and yang of religious life.
Rabbi Maurice Lamm
I would rather sit in front of a machine fighting through a writer’s block than I would do anything else.
Jean M. Auel
In comedy you are the joke whilst over in tragedy the joke is on you.
If I’m facing a choice, I always know I’m standing in the wrong place.
The daily activities most associated with happiness are having sex, socializing after work and having dinner. The daily activity most injurious to happiness is commuting.
The Protestant faith: success is evidence of integrity.
It’s hope so there’s got to be some truthfulness to it.
My biggest expense? Not billing.
The Turk is proud of his German; the German of his English; and the English-speaker of his French.
You know “that look” women get when they want sex? Me neither.
There actually are things to be said in favor of the exception, provided that it never wants to become the rule.
Lettuce become thy pita;spinach thy mince; cucumber thy cracker.
Your rash is your bowels and your bowels is your rash.
Juan Carlos Bronstein
Always carry treats.
Without all the frills, the human body is quite economical to operate.
Let us not forget that nature is utterly monstrous.
He took his work for granted and so he succeeded at it.
With the advent of Israel, anti-Semitism is more detrimental to its practitioners than to Jews.