In other words, TNT doesn't formalize the notions of tension and resolution, goal and subgoal, "naturalness" and "inevitability", any more than a piece of music is a book about harmony and rhythm.
— Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach
He knew that all groups desire a usable past.
— David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass
Boy this makes everything worthwile reading this.
— Sid reading Lily's daily journal
Perfect crime. I had to turn off all the lights to get it.
— Sid after rushing to grab a ginger cookie from where they were hidden from him after the power went out and everyone went outside
Desperately, Douglass announced he "would show that nations should have memories."
— David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass
Yea, could you get me a perscription for suicide?... one for people who had good lives.
— S*
What if everything was named that way? Lady bugs would be sister red wings, ants would be uncle three dots, moths would be brother dust wings... caterpillars, baby hair log... mosquitoes, cousin thin spring...
— Lily on if everything was named like daddy long legs
I have to keep reminding myself of my age.
— Sid
It seems that the clarity of the outer message resides in the sheer length of the message. This is not unexpected; it parallels precisely what happens in deciphering ancient texts. Clearly, one's likelyhood of success depends crutially on the amount of text available.
— Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach
At times Douglass's life must have seemed to him like a hundred rickety bridges held together with wire made of irony.
— David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass
I want two peanuts before I go to bed.
— Sid opening a container of almonds
If that happened to me I'd have to go to boarding school.
— Lily on if she stepped on a chipmunk while running
All great autobiography is about loss, about the hopeless but necessary quest to retrieve and control a past that forever slips away. Memory is both inspiration and burden, method and subject.
— David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass
To boot.
— Ninny, with good timing
“A designer who must rely on cutouts and rearranging to create effects, who cannot achieve the specific image or idea he wants by drawing, is in trouble,” he told the magazine Graphis in 1960.
— William Grimes, "Milton Glaser, Master Designer of ‘I ♥ NY’ Logo, Is Dead at 91," The New York Times
Em, you're just looking at a cartoon.
— Ken on the iPhone weather app
Walking into that space is not going to be comfortable, but that's the space that Black people live in every day.
— Ta-Nehisi Coates, conversation at The Broad
We keep on running up against "sameness-in-differentness", and the question
When are two things the same?
— Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach
"First things are always interesting," he declared.
— David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass
Now, he added, "the whole country and the whole government have changed," and Hoover was too professional a beaurocrat to be fundamentally out of step.
— Taylor Branch, Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-1965