You can’t steal something that’s already been stolen
— Lord Grantham, “Christmas Special (2013)," Downton Abbey
My dear, all life is a series of problems which we must try and solve; the first one, and the next, and the next, until at last we die. Why don’t you get us an ice cream?
— Dowager Countess, “Episode 8,” Downton Abbey
Just stay hungry
— Notorious B.I.G. in Jay Z, “My 1st Song”
What I have come to believe is we are at least one of the ways the universe knows itself. That is extraordinary.
— Bill Nye, Los Angeles Daily News
Peter Singer just said ‘Dingo.’ Brilliant.
— CHV 310 notes
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
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