National Geographic has this theory that the last century, discovery was basically finding things, and in this century, discover is basically making things.
— Stewart Brand, “The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?,” TED Talk
Her hopes and visions were so intricate that she no longer saw the white pillows on which her gaze was fixed or remembered that she was waiting for anything.
— James Joyce, “The Boarding House”
Mies van der Rohe, confident of being in possession of an objective truth, relegated all high-flown utopias to the realm of illusion.
— Fritz Neumeyer, Nexus of the Modern: The New Architecture in Berlin
Evidence of anomalous features in the CMB is more serious than previously thought, suggesting that something fundamental may be missing from the standard framework.
— Jan Tauber, Planck Project Scientist at ESA, “Simple But Challenging: The Universe According to Planck”
It’s the difference in people that makes the world go round.
— Ru
The form of the type, as important as it was in production, had a very limited value on the market. As a market sign, it was not economically visible, not on its own, not without a legal trademark.
— Frederic Schwartz, “Commodity Signs: Peter Behrens, the AEG, and the Trademark”
Often when I thought of this I could make no answer or only a very foolish and halting one upon which he used to smile and nod his head twice or thrice.
— James Joyce, “The Sisters”
He knew that he would have to speak a great deal, to invent and to amuse.
— James Joyce, “Two Gallants”
Durring this conversation the vulture had been calmly listening, letting its eye rove between me and the gentleman.
— Franz Kafka, “The Vulture”
And plinko in my style.
— Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us - feat. Ray Dalton”
The future is a crosswalk.
— Judy
I stride along and my tempo is the tempo of all my side of the street, of the whole street, of the whole quarter.
— Franz Kafka, “The Way Home”
It’s good enough for me.
— Jolie Holland, “Old Fashioned Morphine"
I wanted to touch the rim.
— Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Wing$”
And that moment lasts the length of a breath.
— Francis Underwood, House of Cards
Auditing makes such good sense that I have to try hard not to wish I were doing it myself.
— Prof Alan Ryan
Because you have dreamed, properly, of someone who is better than I am.
— Charles Warnke, “You Should Date An Illiterate Girl”
That always exceeds our representations of it.
— Lucien Castaing-Taylor, “Plumbing the Deep,” The New York Times
The amazing thing again is that most of what I’m telling you is true.
— Adam Burrows
But the gathering of such fragments responds to a much deeper compulsion. It resonates with the timeless desire to seize on the minimal remnant — the tiniest identifiable gesture — out of which the world could, in a pinch, be reconstructed.
— Geoffrey O'Brien, “We Are What We Quote,” The New York Times