We have to stop thinking in absolutes.
— Girl in precept
And the Syrian Electronic Army, which American intelligence officials suspect is actually Iranian.
— David E. Sanger, “Syria War Stirs New U.S. Debate on Cyberattacks," The New York Times
But after two or three generations this interest fades.
— Walter Benjamin, “Little History of Photography”
The victim of what must have been one of the very first car accidents.
— James Salzman, Drinking Water: A History
Have doubts
The Magna Carta
And Pumpernickel
And The Little Dipper
— Byrd, “I Don’t Want Any More Seahorses”
Whatever it is, it’s temporary.
— Daniel Heyman
Nostalgia for authentic.
— Ryan Harper
Being a burden is OK.
— Eric Gregory
Give me insight into today and you may have the antique and future worlds.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The American Scholar”
If it’s old then it must be a church.
— Man on SEPTA
I’ll never see you again.
— A man at Trenton Transit Center
There was no part he could ever play in Roark’s presence. Besides, he did not feel like playing a part now.
— Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead
Are we all absolutists, just a matter of where we draw the line sometimes?… Maybe we are all just consequentialists, it just depends on where we draw the line.
— Eric Gregory
Because to feel this vulnerable means I’m alive.
— Brené Brown, “The Power of Vulnerability,” TED
If only those angels had stayed where they belong.
— Martha Himmelfarb
And you’re real life persons for me, and I like that.
— AnneMarie Luijendijk
The perfect glare.
— Grizzly Bear, “While You Wait for the Others”
Yea I’m gonna stick with that, it’s still gonna be good no mater what.
— Dave Parnell, Burn
Wolves into delicate poodles.
— John Hurt, More Than Honey
Why disavow any of that, one never should.
— Ethan Cohen (on things he didn't intend but others ascribe meaning to)