Quotes to remember

"Beauty is the wonderful smell of a fragrant flower, a newly bathed baby, a loaf of freshly baked bread. Beauty is the sound of a beautiful bird (I especially like nightingales), a wave breaking on the shore, a young girl laughing. Beauty is the touch of a furry animal, a piece of silk, the feel of a fresh breeze on my face. Beauty is the taste of fresh spring water on my tongue, a juicy piece of watermelon, a roasted chestnut and beauty is hearing people say wonderful things about my works."--Esref Armagan, blind artist

"Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."----George Orwell

“You would do well to be less particular. With a library it is easier to hope for serendipity than to look for a precise answer.”
― Lemony Snicket, When Did You See Her Last?

“I googled “what to do when your future werewolf mate / boyfriend /best friend courts you and brings you a dead rabbit.”
First, there was a lot of porn. Then I found a recipe for Maltese rabbit stew. It was delicious. The stew, not the porn. The porn was weird. ”
― T.J. Klune, Wolfsong
“Storytelling and copulation are the two chief forms of amusement in the South. They're inexpensive and easy to procure.” Robert Penn Warren
“Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.”
― Matt Groening, The Big Book of Hell
“We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it’s all gone. ”
― Robert M. Pirsig

“I wanted something altogether wilder, the clumsier romance of strangeness.”
― Paul Theroux, The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas

“Poised midway between the unvisualizable cosmic vastness of curved spacetime and the dubious shadowy flickerings of charged quanta, we human beings, more like rainbows and mirages than like raindrops or boulders, are unpredictable self-writing poems - vague, metaphorical, ambiguous, sometimes exceedingly beautiful.”
― Douglas R. Hofstadter, I Am a Strange Loop
"Be still, and listen.
Far on the black air
Blows the great wind, rises
The running tide, flows the clear river.
Listen, enchanter, hear
Through the black air and the singing air
The music….”
― Mary Stewart

"The only advice I have for you tonight is not to actively resist or fight the system, because active protest and resistance merely entangles you in the system. Instead, ignore it, walk away from it.

Turn your backs on it, laugh at it. Don’t be outraged, be outrageous! Never be stupid enough to respect authority unless that authority proves itself respectable.

So be your own authority, lead yourselves...Refuse to play it safe, for it is from the wavering edge of risk that the sweetest honey of freedom drips and drips. Live dangerously, live lovingly."
-- Tom Robbins
“I don't know what you all believe, and I don't really care … but you have to admit that beliefs are odd. Lots of Christians wear crosses around their necks … you really think when Jesus comes back, he ever wants to see a fucking cross?”
― Bill Hicks
“You learn to get by from day to day," Sam Regan said sympathetically to him. "You never think in longer terms. Just until dinner or until time for bed; very finite intervals and tasks and pleasures. Escapes.”
― Philip K. Dick, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

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"That's part of your problem you know, you haven't seen enough movies; all of life's riddles are answered in the movies."--Davis, "Grand Canyon"

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"...contrary to the naïve dogmatists’ view, that which science captures are not the things themselves, but simply relationships between them. Beyond these relations, there is no knowable reality..." -- Henri Poincare, "Science and Hypothesis"