It's funny how modesty and total bullshit come off exactly the same.
— Lily
Cigar-makers tended to be well educated and skillful at controlling their working conditions, even to the point of demanding that readers be engaged to recite great works for literature to them as they worked.
— Kirstin Downey, The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins
He required the various companies to exchange horses so that each had a single color.
— T. J. Stiles, Custer's Trials
But there is nothing like an ending to reveal the incompleteness of things.
— T. J. Stiles, Custer's Trials
I'm like Tom Riddle, except chicken.
— Lily to herself while preparing to microwave chicken
Custer analyzed the United States Military Academy and calcuated his place—more precisely, his audience. He would perform not for the officers, but for the society of boys.
— T. J. Stiles, Custer's Trials
Like John Hancock's signing of the Declaration of Independence, it is the one fact about the man that lives in American memory.
— T. J. Stiles, Custer's Trials
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