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
These may be, in the present phase of American civilization, distinctions without a meaningful difference behind them.
— A. O. Scott, “When Greed Was Good (and Fun),” The New York Times
WWII’s not winning itself.
You’ve got cucumbers on your eyes.
— First Aid Kit, “When I Grow Up”
Even if we knew where he was every minute of his waking life, would that tell us who he is?
— Errol Morris, Believing Is Seeing
I once tried to come up with a definition of art. Always a risky enterprise. But the best I could come up with was: create an arbitrary set of rules, and then follow them slavishly.
— Errol Morris, Believing Is Seeing
The snails, oddly enough, made me feel connected to history.
— Errol Morris, Believing Is Seeing