You just don’t see that in a stairwell.
— Man
Any questions?
— Dr. Nichols
You want me to take those downstairs for you?
— Man in antique mall
I thought he was here to look at the furniture.
— Woman in the Whites’ house
Human existence may be simpler than we thought.
— E. O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence
Sooner or later, God’s gonna be on both sides.
— Charlie Wilson, Charlie Wilson’s War
We can’t read them. They’re just decoration.
— Cody on Minecraft books
I gotta add another, see if they don’t notice.
— Lily on ceiling devices
Because of corporate secrecy, because of laziness.
— Michael Gordin
She’s just at the market, she’ll be back in an hour.
— Stewart Menzies, The Imitation Game
What a plus.
— Adrian Cronauer, Good Morning, Vietnam
Santa Claus is coming to town.
— Christmas Music
You sit on a throne of lies!
— Buddy, Elf
This is our favorite play date.
— Lily
I see only the overwhelming indifference of nature.
— Werner Herzog, Grizzly Man
Can she kick it? I don’t want her to hurt herself.
— Public Safety on Lily stuck in Firestone elevator
Google’s not screwing around, when they’re mapping, they’re mapping.
— Lucia
We happen to be in one of the ones we can be in.
— Michael Gordin
Lady, running down to the riptide.
— Vance Joy, “Riptide”
What I’m grandly and abstractly calling “works of art” are more concretely and prosaically books, songs, movies, plays, television series, environmental installations, paintings, operas and anything else that falls into the bin of consumer goods marked “Culture.” These goods are bought and sold, whether as physical objects, ephemeral real-time experiences or digital artifacts. Their making requires labor, capital and a market for distribution. The money might come from foundations, Kickstarter campaigns or retail sales or advertising revenue. The commerce between artist and public is brokered by the traditional culture industry (publishing houses, television networks, record labels and movie studios) and also by disruptive upstarts like Amazon, Netflix, Google and iTunes. But the whole system, from top to bottom, from the Metropolitan Opera House to the busker in the subway station below it, is inescapably part of the capitalist economy.
— A. O. Scott, “Is Our Art Equal to the Challenges of Our Times?,” The New York Times