Monday, April 14, 2014
One of our main sources of papyri are ancient trash heaps.
— AnneMarie Luijendijk
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Is it in the head or between your sides?
— Andrew Bird, “Dark Matter”
Friday, April 11, 2014
Imagine that this wall is not something below you but … behind you. You aren’t lying down anymore; you simply have your back pressed against something.
— Adam Frank, “How To Fall Forever Into The Night Sky,” All Things Considered, NPR
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Bug is bug.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
But, Sir, with respect, she’s a vastly heavier ship. She’s out of our class. She could be halfway to Cape Horn by the time we’re repaired and under way.
— Sailing Master John Allen, Master and Commander
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The basic particle of light, a photon, is born traveling at the speed of light, as it emerges from an atom or a molecule. A photon never knows any other speed, and we have not found another phenomenon that accelerates from zero to top speed instantaneously.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Hiding in the Light,” Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Monday, April 7, 2014
By acting like a man in love, he became a man in love again.
— Le mari, “Bastille," Paris, je t'aime
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Benjamin is trying to tell us, in his report from the heart of the revolution, that commodities in their profusion and artful presentation can be valued as something other than commodities.
— Dean MacCannel, “The Tourist in the Urban Symbolic,” The Ethics of Sightseeing
Saturday, April 5, 2014
I think that’s a fair assessment.
— Donald Rumsfeld, The Unknown Known
Friday, April 4, 2014
And my last stroke, and I’m heading into the grave, I wonder what color it will be?
— George W. Bush, “An Ex-President, Brush in Hand, Captures His Fellow Leaders,” The New York Times
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Negative progress, figuring out that what we think doesn’t really work, and that is progress of a kind.
— Martha Himmelfarb
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
A few feet away from us, 27 people had died.
— Mara Gordon, “Broken, Not Bound, by an Intimate Tie,” The New York Times
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
For all we know, if you want to see what it’s like inside a black hole, just look around you.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson, “A Sky Full of Ghosts,” Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Monday, March 31, 2014
Even apocryphal stories get remembered in history.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
They are poles apart in feeling. But carving is a slow business, and if one works for too long a stretch upon a carving which satisfies only one side of one’s nature, one becomes restive, one tends to become absorbed by projects which have not yet been started, and one’s crowing anxiety to be done with the thing one is working on will show in some of the forms. But if there is something with a quite different content on the go at the same time there is an interplay of one’s interests.
— Henry Moore, “Sculpture in the Open Air”
Saturday, March 29, 2014
It’s not our brain that can give us the answer any more. Isn’t meditation the state where answers are given to your most important questions because your mind has achieved a standstill?
— Frederick Kiesler, “Kiesler’s Pursuit of an Idea”
Friday, March 28, 2014
Never be jealous in this life Zero.
— Gustave H, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Thursday, March 27, 2014
No one had to transmit it, so no one had a chance to change it.
— Martha Himmelfarb
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I continue to be much more concerned, when it comes to our security, with the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.
— Barack Obama