I am someone who proudly and humbly affirms that love is the mystery-of-mysteries, and that nothing measurable matters “a very good God damn”: that “an artist, a man, a failure” is no mere whenfully accreting mechanism, but a givingly eternal complexity-neither some soulless and heartless ultrapredatory infra-animal nor any un-understandingly knowing and believing and thinking automation, but a naturally and miraculously whole human being-a feelingly illimitable individual; whose only happiness is to transcend himself, whose every agony is to grow.
— e e cummings, six nonlectures
It’s in this endless space between the words that I’m finding myself now.
— Samantha, Her
The way is shut.
— Male voice outside of McCosh 30
From her I marvellingly learned that the truest power is gentleness.
— e e cummings, six nonlectures
And there is a danger in making more of these than what they are.
— Wikipedia, “Waiting for Godot”
And the nighttime was the worst.
— The Head And The Heart, “10,000 Weight in Gold”
Poetry or carpentry, history or hats.
— Tom Branson, “Episode One,” Downton Abbey
Ladies and gentlemen.
— “Funny Bear Pole Dancing,” YouTube
Ikkyu wrote that a solitary tune by a
fisherman is an invaluable treasure I know nothing
I will live for a short time
I catch all I can
I sing while I do it
— Maxon
I’d be sad if your twin died.
— Kristin
Go learn something.
— NJ transit conductor
— Cynthia’s bowling name
That is the thing about nature: there is so much of it.
— Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Downton Abbey
Today was 54 billionths of a second longer than yesterday.
— Robert Krulwich, “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” Radiolab
Inside Llewyn Davis
Stephen Hawking talking dirty.
— Cards Against Humanity
And just stay there till it’s over.
— Mary Bronner, “Diagnosis,” Radiolab
Was a kind of grand experiment: novel and momentous, sometimes heady, other times unsettling, but unlikely to be repeated.
— Michael Barbaro and Kitty Bennett, “Cost of Being Mayor? $650 Million, if He’s Rich,” The New York Times
Of course my history goes back a lot farther than yours.
— Dr. Charles “Chic” Shaver
I’m a fuckin Viet Cong!
— Irving Rosenfeld, American Hustle