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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.

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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.
—Ludwig Wittgenstein

One successful approach to changing cultural norms is to encourage family planning and delayed marriage through the actions of sympathetic soap opera characters.
—Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer

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.”
—Tom Dunlop

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.
—Nicholas Kristof

Believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Believe that you might be that light for someone else.
—Kobi Yamada


3 comments:

moi said...

"Your face could stop a clock." and "dog off a meatwagon" are great!

I want to riddle with shot gun holes #1, #2, #3, and #4.

The second to last is interesting (how people march and play at the same time has always fascinated me), and the last one is wise without being barf-inducing.

czar said...

@Moi: As I say, posting these doesn't indicate an endorsement. Some also make me want to barf or shoot. Maybe not the same ones, and maybe not for the same reasons.

I can't wait to see Aunty's reaction on the family planning one, though.

Aunty Belle said...

"Our disease is one of wanting to explain."

No kiddin'--an' poor ole Aunty has this'un in spades.

I thought the last one was said by Yoda. Heh.

As fer the family planning, I thought thas' why the Chinese allowed their people to have TVs