There can be no optimum in structures.
— David P. Billington, The Tower and the Bridge
Because we have to chase him.
— James Gordon, The Dark Knight
The fourth, the fifth.
— Jeff Buckley, “Hallelujah”
Endlessness objectivity.
— Random Stranger
Maybe we should always go from the end to the beginning.
— Michael Meredith
The board is set, the pieces are moving.
— Gandalf, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Rope-hung exotica.
— David P. Billington, The Tower and the Bridge
Maybe, that is, he hated the idea of having his work trapped in the amber of historical particulars.
— Alexander Nemerov, "Ground Swell: Edward Hoper in 1939"
It’s just kind of an unwritten maritime rule when you’re at sea.
— Steve Zissou, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Works of art could lift experience out of the commonplace to a realm of meaning that, for me, would otherwise be unreachable.
— Lebbeus Woods, “Why I Became an Architect - Part 2”
It can communicate before it is understood.
— T. S. Eliot via The Imaginative Argument
If you want to undermine the premise of the project, if you do it intelligently, it’s fine.
— Michael Meredith
It is our provence as art historians to look back and put ideas into context.
— Nicole Elder
The form controls the forces; and the more clearly the designer can visualize these forces the surer he is of his form.
— David P. Billington, The Tower and the Bridge
The present does not exist. Only the past and the future exist, and we have a duty to them both.
— Gilbert Highet, Man’s Unconquerable Mind
He is most truly alive when he thinks.
— Gilbert Highet, Man’s Unconquerable Mind
I have no memory of this place.
— Gandalf, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
What were you thinking about?
— Terry Benedict, Ocean’s Eleven
I like the idea of someone who’s got a gang, a crew.
— Wes Anderson, "Interview with Charlie Rose, 2004"
“I don’t know why they’re numbered in this arbitrary way, but perhaps it’s to give one to understand that the terms of an infinite series can be numbered any way whatever.”
Then, as though thinking out loud, he went on.
“If space is infinite, we are anywhere, at any point in space. If time is infinite, we are at any point in time.”
His musings irritated me.
— Jorge Luis Borges, “The Book of Sand"