She noted his developing sense of scale when he said to her, "A coyote is the whole world to a flea."
— John McPhee, Annals of the Former World
Imagine a duck but its wings are hinges onto him so he can flap. You know like layers. But it's cheese graters of different shapes so you can cut cheese. But it's a duck.
— Lily back to seeing things when she closes her eyes before falling asleep
He basically educated me so he could talk to me.
— Philip Glass on Richard Serra, Charlie Rose
“I have a category that almost no one collects, which is superlatives— ‘the biggest,’ ‘the smallest,’ ‘the newest,’ ‘the oldest,’ ‘the most expensive,’ ‘the most beautiful,’ et cetera,” said Ms. Stern.
— Annie Correal, "Postcard People," The New York Times
— Media kids
Cheddar biscuit egg sandwich.
— Fort Defiance menu
You're lucky I even remember it's Verdi.
— Sid
Take your moment girl.
— Starbucks worker to other Starbucks worker going on a quick break
We should make our room look exactly like theirs and see if they notice.
— Lily on making our room the same as the teen's across the street and see if she notices
And I really wish I could turn back the hands of time and taken Mr. And Mrs. Treybig, Cody to church a lot more so that they can see and they can understand that there are a lot of others in this world. There are a lot of other Christians that share my same views and opinions about the Bible.
— Aj Lawrence, "Chip in My Brain," This American Life
Jokes may be invisible to some geologists.
— John McPhee, Annals of the Former World on "the Arabian Plate, the Iranian Plate, the Eurasian Plate, a large part of which used to be known as the (heaven help us) China Plate."
This culture knew only uses, not meanings.
— Seth Price, Fuck Seth Price
Franklin had reached an age when he no longer fretted about squandering his time.
— Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
Go Speed Racer!
— Person handing out pamphlets outside subway turnstiles as I ran by to catch train
Among Franklin's cards was his fame.
— Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
You waiting for a cab?
— Guy paid to keep homeless people out of 42nd and 9th Citi ATM lobby from midnight to 9am
Never tell the machine it's for me.
— Sid on duplicator machine
Absolute time.
— Misreading of Lily from China's misspelling
You're not a real bookbinder?
— Nice lady on last day of her bookbinding I class after I described Uriel as "a real bookbinder." After her question I said no and Uriel laughed and said no.
Franklin became an apostle of being—and, just as important, of appearing to be—industrious. Even after he became successful, he made a show of personally carting the rolls of paper he bought in a wheelbarrow down the street to his shop, rather than having a hired hand do it.
— Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life