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.
A gifted mimic, he nonetheless eschews regional accents for comic effect.
Dean Allen, creator of Textile, on himself
The sage seeks wisdom for his heart; the artist seeks wisdom for others’.
The golden ratio, that is old-fashioned.
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.
The religious orthodox credo: think not lest ye be thunk about.
We’ve been waiting millennia for film.
Write a book on how to write a book.
One of the world’s really important divides lies between nations that react well to accidents and nations that do not.
Vinegar, the conservative preservative.
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.
Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.
As far as we’re concerned, war always means failure.
Jacques Chirac, President of France
If you are a native of the rainforest you learn to distinguish many sorts of leaves. We learn to distingush many different typefaces.
There is no glamour without solitude.
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
Constraints amount to the solution half-built.
Low-density sprawl is ill-fitted to a creative, postindustrial economy.
Work is more fun than fun.
Judgments are tragic expressions of unmet needs.
It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.
You’re diminutive, for sure.
Brian Greben, to me
Western rational thought is not an innate human characteristic; it is a learned ability.
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.
Design is the expression of style, style of philosophy.
Life is not a burden, but we make it one when we refuse to accept things as they are.
Baba Hari Dass
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.
Only my sickness brought me to reason.
Manhood first, and then gentleness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
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.
The difference is psychological tricks.
I did nothing. I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
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
Home is not where you live; it’s where your friends are.
Web folk—the least experienced designers out there—are taking on some of the most difficult design challenges.
More is often more.
Lettuce become thy pita;spinach thy mince; cucumber thy cracker.
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
Hubris. Is it believing one is exempt, or knowing one isn’t and proceeding nonetheless?
Problems which bring solutions often bring about your best material.
A smile is a valium beam.
It don’t mean a pittance if it ain’t got that resonance.
I couldn’t think of anything worse. Though it could be good fun.
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
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.
Everything you’re doing I’m doing in heels.
Claire Foster, Date Night
The sedentary life… is the real sin against the holy spirit.
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.
At the end of the day you have to do what’s right, and it was either living with myself or being happy.
Glamour is to life as life is to everything else.
If I’m facing a choice, I always know I’m standing in the wrong place.
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.
Literature is an act of revenge that aspires to elegy.
A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.
A man commonly saunters a little in turning from one sort of employment to another.
“You should” is the rudest.
Sit as little as possible.
In fairy tales we get three wishes. In life we get one and it gets the rest.
If land for peace seems a wrongheaded policy for a large country, it is obviously far more so for a small one.
The novel’s success lies in its own sensitiveness.
E. M. Forster
Writing, like most everything else good in life, revolves around flow and rhythm.
Be free, belong, believe!
What Brando did for the cinema and Elvis did for music, Shatner did for the small screen.
The march towards self-determination can only be embarked on by a people with democratic aspirations and goals.
Edward Said, 1993
It’s not being I get sick and tired of, not at all; it’s my thoughts.
Without all the frills, the human body is quite economical to operate.
Myths rely on truth for their power.
If you need a horoscope to tell the future, you HAVE no future.
You know “that look” women get when they want sex? Me neither.
Science fiction provides shortcuts to profundity.
Depression is cancer of the thought.
Sauna:drug-free altered-state pod.
We are our Archives.
We are that part of creation that seeks to know all creation.
George W. Bush
People get raped everywhere by every kind of person.
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
We either take each other for everything we are or leave the life we’ve made behind and make a brand new start.
In content metadata and hierarchies… you will often find a goldmine of implicit and explicit data that you can leverage to creatively contextualize content.
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.
He took his work for granted and so he succeeded at it.
You only have to discipline yourself long enough to change your standards.
Be not weary in well doing, for in due time you will reap, if you faint not.
There actually are things to be said in favor of the exception, provided that it never wants to become the rule.
What’s good for Israel is good for the world.
The Turk is proud of his German; the German of his English; and the English-speaker of his French.
Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
Frank Lloyd Wright
A successful nation has to be, to one degree or another, a romance.
It is now anachronistic to sport no anachronisms.
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.
Coffee spreads darkness. Tea is wholesome only in the morning.
Occasionally you may have to go to a hospital or to a restaurant.
Barbara Woodhouse, No Bad Dogs
Please don’t shouldify every entertainment.
Outdoors, hat on; indoors, shoes off.
Look out for 1957 week.
Being an artist allows one to pay tribute to the things one loves.
It’s easier to modify appetites than to curtail them.
I feel like another joint while doing it, but I know that it makes me dry and bleary as well as sensuous and special.
Is there any pleasure like sitting comfortably in Israel’s hills, a book open by an American, and meditating on England?
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.
The most unromantic thing is to accuse someone of being unromantic.
Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place.
Lordy, I’m such a pagan.
Whistling is musical onanism.
Marxism is shit, the last of Christian shit.
I prefer you farting than saying these stupid things.
I’m not passing the buck; this is someone else’s decision.
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.
Being pro-Palestinian… [is] moral onanism.
No other animal on earth could do this. Maybe beavers. But not like this.
Dwight Schrute, in a garbage dump
Success is due generally to discipline, which is merely action leavened with order.
It must suck not to have lips.
Lee Fisher, on dogs
It’s hope so there’s got to be some truthfulness to it.
Life is surely best as discoveries of new things to love. Socratic or not?
The most dangerous way to lose time is not to spend it having fun, but to spend it doing fake work.
It’s easy to be clever. But the really clever thing is to be simple.
In comedy you are the joke whilst over in tragedy the joke is on you.
Like many rationalists, I’m a Pisces.
Buildings, too, are children of the Earth and Sun.
Frank Lloyd Wright
You cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another.
Wonderful, wonderful person. That was my son.
Jer Bulsara, on Freddie Mercury
We like to do things together even though I think she’s a stupid cunt.
I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.
Your rash is your bowels and your bowels is your rash.
Juan Carlos Bronstein
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
Trust your own maps with your life.
The duel ruins it because all of a sudden Scaramanga seems like an idiot.
John Gruber, on The Man with the Golden Gun
Out of my head all the time; in the bid for a rhyme.
Once I’ve spoken the spell is broken.
Civilization… is the conscious forefront of evolution.
In the gospel of America, there are no permanent conflicts.
Long before Israel resembled America, America resembled Israel.
The term “law of nature” illustrates just how young — and perhaps still fragile — science is.
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.
Writers should engage in politics only enough to protect themselves from politics.
Balance, that’s the secret. Moderate extremism.
Don’t scorn fashion, for ‘tis the celebration of the age, and what else is one to do with one’s time?
They are lost who ask whether animals have souls, for all animals do — except arguably men, grown with language.
I help people as a work on myself and I work on myself to help people.
Five minutes ahead of schedule. Right on schedule.
The key characteristic of the logic of strategy is that it’s paradoxical and contradictory right through.
When the need arises – and it does – you must be able to shoot your own dog.
Robert A. Heinlein
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.
I would rather sit in front of a machine fighting through a writer’s block than I would do anything else.
Jean M. Auel
My ambition for many years was to be involved in work that was utterly compelling to me, regardless of the consequences.
Let us not forget that nature is utterly monstrous.
We used to choose which stories to read in our newspaper. Now we choose the newspapers in which to read our story.
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.
Walter Russell Mead
Spontaneity requires the trampoline of a plan.
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 United States is too big a country, too important a country, too gracious a country to have permanent enemies.
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.
There’s a simple measure of sanity in housing prices: the ratio of median home price to income.
I like what the Middle East has become. The inevitabilities are being processed and Iran is more isolated than ever.
Thomas PM Barnett
So Charlie looked away, too, and tried to buck himself up by considering the glories of his surroundings.
Tom Wolfe, A Man in Full
The teenager is a problem of over-gregarious life.
Frank Lloyd Wright
An organization that wins by exercising power starts to lose the ability to win by doing better work.
Make dinner before lunch.
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.
If I rise before 6am it’s hard to be depressed, whereas if I rise after 10am it’s hard to be relaxed.
The legacy of liberal individualism is the restoration of the very absolutism that it originally sought to overthrow—a philosophical tragedy.
In the foster home my hair was my room.
Erin Hannon, at lunch with Michael Scott
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
Florence is going to Paris.
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.
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
If extraterrestrial lifeforms visited our world and said,“Show us the song of your people,” this would be that song.
cathoman7, on “Bohemian Rhapsody”
He had a bad conscience because he had not taken revenge.
I think humor delineates who your friends really are.
Let’s start calling it genderism and come up with a more exciting meaning for sexism.
Some loathsome facsimile of integrity won’t let me have sex in dreams if I’m not having any in life.
Gentile ethics entails ought implies can, while in Jewish ethics can implies don’t.
Israel has no business not being in the Sinai.
There’s nothing here but volcanoes.
Only artists can fully audience.
There seems to be something in the cheesy romanticism of Latin American culture that really appeals to Russians.
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
Success: when the current book I’m reading can express the essence of the previous.
Calling something evil is to say that it is one’s duty to eradicate it.
It’s OK to have a thought without writing it down.
Environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.
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
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
How much social capital America gains by its religion of enfranchisement; how stupid can peoples be to ignore this?
Momentum has its own momentum.
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
The Holocaust reminds America of its calling, Europe of its fragility.
To paraphrase what Lincoln said about slavery, if cruelty to animals is not wrong then nothing is wrong.
The trick is acquiring humility without having become wretched.
To be pro-Israel is to be pro-hope.
Walter Russell Mead
The biggest tragedy is muteness.
Ah, the persuasiveness of wretchedness.
The essence of Zionism is to meet destruction with construction.
He was judged by the color of his skin rather than the content of his character.
Spengler, on Obama’s inauguration
Equal distribution of libidinous drives between homo- and heterosexuality does not exist, simply because homosexuality is not a drive but a defense mechanism.
Instead of concentrating on fat, you should carefully watch how much protein from prepared food you are eating.
The quickest way to still the mind is to move the body.
To map between dissimilar data structures, a more powerful data representation is needed.
Fine line it is between Yoda and Gollum.
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.
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.
How am I not myself?
There’s just something about moving, breathing and sweating. It’s like God’s reset button.
To joy, via habituated glee. Or to glee, via habituated joy?
The very expression ‘scientifically proven’ is a contradiction in terms.
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.
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.
First, a nation has to have a good operating system: laws, regulations and property rights.
We need only live enough to write the rest convincingly.
What is the pitiable chatter of American flat- and muddle-heads to me?
Editing is the natural place of man.
I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
O, reason not the need!
One of the few benefits of being a journalist is that you’re not in the Army.
P. J. O’Rourke
My biggest expense? Not billing.
The Protestant faith: success is evidence of integrity.
It’s good consolation to know that good times passed were actively and consistently recognized at the time to be good.
Pragmatism works in theory but not in practice.
Enjoys giving paprika.
Irit Levy (by mistake)
Regarding terrorists, one cannot be both a murderer and a martyr.
Any fool can fast, but it takes a wise man to break a fast properly.
George Bernard Shaw
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.
We can’t have chaps walking around saying Muslims are violent because they’ll go bananas and smash the place up.
Happier is the man who has introduced his mind’s oral fixation to his body’s need of water.
Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage.
The most democratic and fair way of choosing candidates is by committee.
The truest religion is a language.
To know and feel what is good and right for you—that alone is princely.
Jewish Prayer and Torah study are the yin and yang of religious life.
Rabbi Maurice Lamm
Space is the breath of art.
Frank Lloyd Wright
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
With the advent of Israel, anti-Semitism is more detrimental to its practitioners than to Jews.
The Bond movies tend to go downhill once you see henchmen in jumpsuits.
Remember, we are still in the 6th day.
Where God speaks, the Tao is sexy.
Not even Friday afternoons can offer sanctuary from dangerous or ill-considered policy choices.
Karl Rove, on the Obama Administration
Marketing is about values.
I don’t build a house without predicting the end of the present social order.
Frank Lloyd Wright
One nefarious invention is the tweezers, good only for perpetuating bad habits.
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
It only ends once; anything that happens before that is just progress.
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
Life is comprised of sevens, and there aren’t that many of them.
In a modern, liberal society, religious observance does not “take away” choice. It is a choice.
Whereas Western medicine may heroically rescue us, Chinese medicine can protect and preserve our health day to day.
Tears are the water that nourishes life after loss.
Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.
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
The intensity of a memory is generally determined by the people one’s with.
Britain, with Charlies Darwin and Adam Smith, gives us at long last not narrative but algorithmic cosmology and sociology.
Invert, always invert.
In the age of the global village James Bond is the chivalrous knight about town.
At least things aren’t going so well that I need fear, “From good fortune, disaster.”
Even though I was glad to get out of those areas I still have a soft spot for them.
Instead of doing the right thing, I will try to say it.
The English feel a special sympathy for folly committed in the name of loyalty to an utterly outmoded code of conduct.
Rejoice your vocabulary!
A yoga day never dips below 7 and is usually an 8.
Being in Italy issadly for my high-falutin’ ambitions — mostly just a nuisance.
I am led to religion because twinkle from surroundings is not constant.
The best thing about New York is that the best thing about New York is its people.
Do I not know what to do?
If inertia is the dominant factor during most of life, then momentum must be during quickenings.