Monday, January 23, 2012
New Feature (sorta): Quotes Wrap-Up
I used to post the occasional quote I liked from what crossed my work desk. I'm still going to do so, but compile them rather than present them individually — kind of a mix tape from the bunker.
Nothing in particular connects these tidbits, except that they attracted my attention enough at the time to stop what I was doing and write "blog" in the margin.
O’Shaughnessy claims that even ordinary, everyday seeing of a fork, say, involves seeing the fork as a fork, although he notes that Wittgenstein himself may not have been prepared to go that far.
—Jonathan Ellis and Daniel Guevara
Our disease is one of wanting to explain.
One successful approach to changing cultural norms is to encourage family planning and delayed marriage through the actions of sympathetic soap opera characters.
There is nothing so wise as a circle.
—Rainer Maria Rilke
“But Ed’s quite a talker,” he says. “He can talk a dog off a meat wagon.”
One person might say, “When I look in your eyes, time stands still,” implying a mesmerizing connection between the two people. Another person might rephrase the message and say, “Your face could stop a clock.”
—Barry Brewster and Eileen Dowse
The U.S. military now has more people in its marching bands than the State Department has in its foreign service.
Believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Believe that you might be that light for someone else.