There is a natural tendency in dark times to say, “Well, something good will come out of this after it’s over.” I appreciate this as a practical, adaptable response to adversity. I also think it’s generally misplaced and overused. It is not necessarily the case that good follows bad, particularly when it comes to institutions and cultures. Sometimes societies simply languish or decline. It’s not like the Roman Empire made a comeback.
— Andrew Yang, Humanity Forward email "Friends in High Places"
Japanese typically have at least two seals: a custom-made one that is registered with the government and used for formal documents, and another that is used in more informal situations. People often keep one at the entrance of their home for deliveries, another in the desk at their office and a third secreted away in their house for using on bank documents.
— Ben Dooley and Makiko Inoue, "Japan Needs to Telework. Its Paper-Pushing Offices Make That Hard," The New York Times
“She instead compared her experience to being a lamp,” the paper reported.
— Michelle Goldberg, "What to Do With Tara Reade’s Allegation Against Joe Biden?," The New York Times
In my dream, well I don't know if it's a dream, I was thinking about it. I want to cut a bunch of things in half and put Velcro on it so you can put them back together. That would be nice.
— Lily waking up
We have to remind ourselves that voices in print are not necessarily representative.
— Thomas Brothers, Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism
He was working in an environment where written transmission promised greater rewards than performance. The role of the written document in making a claim to copywright casues him to form his musical thought in terms of what can be inscribed.
— Thomas Brothers, Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism
I think it's to be as direct as possible both with youself and other people.
— Sondern
Eventually the arrangement became set. Of course, spontaneity was still possible, but the important thing was the appearance of spontaneity.
— Thomas Brothers, Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism
The irony is that commerical recordings were merely a sideshow for Armstrong, while for us they are the main event.
— Thomas Brothers, Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism
It suddently struck me that the guiding theme of his discourse was how it had all been accidental," Kissinger would recall. "There was no moral to the tale except how easily it could have been othersise.... He never was certain that he had earned it."
— John A. Farrell, Richard Nixon: The Life
Can you bring me my stethoscope? I want to listen to myself digest.
— Lily
The press was looking for portents—peering through the windows of the stationmaster's office and reporting the shapes of Eisenhower's doodles (a "heavy black square" with dark lines through it) as he spoke with Clay.
— John A. Farrell, Richard Nixon: The Life
Try to work and to create more than you consume.
— Ruxandra
And keep in mind, in the rainforest, there's no escalators. All right?
— Joe Exotic, Tiger King
Coughing that is directed at others is increasingly being treated as a type of assault in Europe and the United States.
— "In the age of coronavirus, coughing can be a crime," The New York Times
"That he continued to live and grow after his death in the hearts of men," Nixon wrote. "It may be true that the Resurrection story is a myth, but symbolically it teaches the great lesson that men who acheive the highest values in their lives may gain immortality."
— John A. Farrell, Richard Nixon: The Life
The Selective Service Act prohibited the use of draftees if it were not. After the marines were in place the State Department redefined the hemisphere to inlcude Iceland, and FDR pressed the American patrol zone one degree of longitude eastwawrd.
— Jean Edward Smith, FDR
In this nightmarish moment, we’re feeling warm and fuzzy about the cold and calculating Andrew Cuomo.
— Maureen Dowd, "Let’s ‘Kick Coronavirus’s Ass’," The New York Times
On a single day in April 1932, one fourth of the entire state of Mississippi went under the hammer of auctioneers at foreclosure sales.
— Jean Edward Smith, FDR
The minute it starts looking like art it competes with the art.
— Eric