However, once these thoughts had started up in the vacuum they wouldn’t stop going round and round in my head, again and again, in ever-changing combinations, and they went on until I fell asleep.
— Stefan Zweig, Chess
Something to do with the essentials… that someone really feels spoken to. That someone who comes here takes away something that he or she can ponder over, and maybe reconsider.
— Truus Schröder in Alice T. Friedman, “Family Matters: The Schröder House, by Gerrit Rietveld and Truus Schröder,” Women and the Making of the Modern House: A Social and Architectural History
Maybe that’s not a technical term, but what ever it is, it is beautiful when you recognize it.
— Maddie Wilson, “I nurse, you nurse, we nurse,” The Daily Pennsylvanian
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The existing information and what you self-discover may at first seem skimpy and difficult to connect to other bodies of knowledge. Well, if that’s the case, good.
— E. O. Wilson, “Advice to young scientists,” TED Talk
A get on and get on with it attitude of the world.
— Alan Ryan
They don’t trust themselves.
— Nick
Too much time spent on nothing.
— First Aid Kit, “When I Grow Up”
National Geographic has this theory that the last century, discovery was basically finding things, and in this century, discover is basically making things.
— Stewart Brand, “The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?,” TED Talk
Her hopes and visions were so intricate that she no longer saw the white pillows on which her gaze was fixed or remembered that she was waiting for anything.
— James Joyce, “The Boarding House”
Mies van der Rohe, confident of being in possession of an objective truth, relegated all high-flown utopias to the realm of illusion.
— Fritz Neumeyer, Nexus of the Modern: The New Architecture in Berlin
Evidence of anomalous features in the CMB is more serious than previously thought, suggesting that something fundamental may be missing from the standard framework.
— Jan Tauber, Planck Project Scientist at ESA, “Simple But Challenging: The Universe According to Planck”
It’s the difference in people that makes the world go round.
— Ru
The form of the type, as important as it was in production, had a very limited value on the market. As a market sign, it was not economically visible, not on its own, not without a legal trademark.
— Frederic Schwartz, “Commodity Signs: Peter Behrens, the AEG, and the Trademark”
Often when I thought of this I could make no answer or only a very foolish and halting one upon which he used to smile and nod his head twice or thrice.
— James Joyce, “The Sisters”
He knew that he would have to speak a great deal, to invent and to amuse.
— James Joyce, “Two Gallants”
Durring this conversation the vulture had been calmly listening, letting its eye rove between me and the gentleman.
— Franz Kafka, “The Vulture”
And plinko in my style.
— Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us - feat. Ray Dalton”
The future is a crosswalk.
— Judy
I stride along and my tempo is the tempo of all my side of the street, of the whole street, of the whole quarter.
— Franz Kafka, “The Way Home”