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
You want to hear a lesson of bad parenting? My parents took me to the Sistine Chapel and no one told me to look up.
— Lily
I can. I can do that. I like doing that. I mean not every artist wants to do that. Some do that. I mean. Um. I do. I, I've always liked that.
— David Hockney making hand gestures for big and small painting, "The Art of Seeing: David Hockney," YouTube
People aren’t buying knick knacks anymore.
— Darren
As Charlie Warzel wrote on BuzzFeed, “For Wolff’s book, the truth seems almost a secondary concern to what really matters: engagement.”
— David Brooks, "The Decline of Anti-Trumpism," The New York Times
I wanted to build a resort, but I didn't want to copy others and make just another theme park. I wanted to build one that has cultural depth to it. I came up with the idea at 3 in the morning.
— Shaojun Su, "Local Chinese Government Backs Titanic Replica," NPR Morning Edition
I think I want to open a zoo. Zoo futures are up.
— Lily
Finish one.
— Uriel
You live around here?
— Patricio
He announced to aids that he was going to write "a trashy piece of pulp"… a reportedly sex filled novel titled From Palms to Pines.
— Robert Caro, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Kushner, going concave, retreated from the discussion.
— Michael Wolff, excerpt from Fire and Fury in NYMag