Between his longing for a life based on love and his sense that power was necessary in a world that valued only power.
— David Leeming, James Baldwin
And finally, it had to do with the fact that what one can and cannot see "says something about you."
— David Leeming, James Baldwin
Just like stand up, you wanted the joke to easily enter into a person's mind.
— Joe Rogan, "Joe Rogan Experience #1498 - Jon Stewart"
Really, the more porches the better.
— David
Nearly everyone is surprised to find out that in actual play, a master rarely looks ahead any further than a novice does... The trick is that his mode of percieving the board is like a filter: he literally does not see bad moves when he looks at a chess situation—no more than chess amateurs see illegal moves when they look at a chess situation. Anyone who has played even a little chess has organized his perception so that the diagonal rook-moves, forward capture by pawns, and so forth, are never brought to mind. Similarly, master-level players have built up higher leves of organization in the way they see the board.
— Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach
He found himself in a position, a decade and a half after emancipation, not unlike many leaders of the modern civil rights movement. They have to fight to protect political and constitutional triumphs, as well as a new national historical memory, while they also face a deepening crisis of structural oppression and inequality.
— David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass
In much of Christian tradition—in which Douglass had learned to think and write—the forgiver often forgives for his own sake, not to excuse the oppressor.
— David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass
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