“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"
The ultimate pleasure of architecture is that impossible moment when an architectural act, brought to excess, reveals both the traces of reason and the immediate experience of space.
— Bernard Tschumi, Architecture and Disjunction
For whom the present was scarcely more than an indefinite rumor.
— Jorge Luis Borges, “The Man on the Threshold"
Son of a bitch, I’m sick of these dolphins.
— Steve Zissou, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
It occurred to me that this might be the bed used by the resident of the house, whose monstrous anatomy was revealed obliquely by this object in much the way the anatomy of an animal, or a god, may be known by the shadow it casts.
— Jorge Luis Borges, “There Are More Things”
If it could be argued that the discourse about art was art and thus could be exhibited as such, the theoretical discourse about space certainly was not space.
— Bernard Tschumi, Architecture and Disjunction
Calm, collected, German.
— Steve Zissou, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
In truth, the more he is an artist, the more he seeks aid in Chance but ultimately domesticates it, directs it, and solicits it; but he also makes choices within it, accepts it but rejects some of it.
— Umberto Eco, “The Form of Disorder,” Pidgin Magazine Issue 9
Some places are like people.
— Dick Hallorann, The Shining
What is most important, however, is that none of them can lay claim to stand as the referent primitive.
— Jeffrey Kipnis, “A Family Affair”
There’s no lack of void.
— Rem Koolhaas, S,M,L,XL
— Annyong, Arrested Development
Gossip was architecture.
— Bernard Tschumi, Architecture and Disjunction
You can also think through it.
— Bernard Tschumi, Architecture and Disjunction
Any cause-and-effect relationship between form, use, function, and socioeconomic structure has become both impossible and obsolete.
— Bernard Tschumi, Architecture and Disjunction
I’m always waiting in shadows.
— Cold War Kids, “Royal Blue”
A bar of sulfur in the drawer of a mahogany desk?
— Jorge Luis Borges, “The Witness”
Repetition properly so called is recollected forwards.
— Søren Kierkegaard via The Anxiety of Influence
A few words attributed by a Persian bookseller to Al-Mu'tasim are perhaps an expansion of words spoken by the hero; that and other ambiguous similarities may signal the identity of the seeker and the sought; they may also signal that the sought has already influenced the seeker.
— Jorge Luis Borges, “The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim”