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
“We all know the Trump campaign feeds on data, they are constantly mining these rallies for data,” said Ms. Laupp, who worked on several rallies for Pete Buttigieg’s campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. “Feeding them false data was a bonus. The data they think they have, the data they are collecting from this rally, isn’t accurate.”
— Taylor Lorenz, Kellen Browning and Sheera Frenkel, " TikTok Teens and K-Pop Stans Say They Sank Trump Rally," The New York Times
Apryl (your cousin)
April (the month)
— Words added to "Aa" page in Steck-Vaughn Writing Dictionary
So much of material and so much of the world around us that we see is programmable somehow.
— Kelli Anderson, Materials for Computer People
I read that report . . . of the 1919 riot in Chicago, and it is as if I were reading the report of the investigating committee on the Harlem riot of ’35, the report of the investigating committee on the Harlem riot of ’43, the report of the McCone Commission on the Watts riot. I must again in candor say to you members of this Commission—it is a kind of Alice in Wonderland—with the same moving picture re-shown over and over again, the same analysis, the same recommendations, and the same inaction.
— Kenneth B. Clark, via "Police," Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The only reason that people want to hear from people like me is because you trust me. You don't expect me to be perfect, but I don't lie to you. I'm just a guy. And I don't lie to you. And every institution, every institution that we trust, lies to us.
— Dave Chappelle, 8:46
Then used seventy-two ceremonial pens to sign H.R. 7152 into law.
— Taylor Branch, Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-1965
That's a junk moth.
— Emily on a moth not worth saving