With no classes to teach, with no obligations whatsoever. These poor bastards could now sit and think clearly all by themselves, OK? So they don't get an idea for a while: They have every opportunity to do something, and they're not getting any ideas. I believe that in a situation like this a kind of guilt or depression worms inside of you, and you begin to worry about not getting any ideas. And nothing happens, still no ideas come.
— Richard P. Feynman on lack of teaching at the Institute for Advanced Study, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
That's the trouble with not being in your own field: you don’t take it seriously.
— Richard P. Feynman, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
I love gossip.
— Jeff Goldblum, Isle of Dogs
One of my major problems is I find myself too funny.
— Sid (not verbatim)
If I would have closed my eyes it would have been like I was 12 or 14.
— Sid on how when eating chocolate cake he feels young
Radio circuits were much easier to understand in those days because everything was out in the open.
— Richard P. Feynman, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
They made money by killing flies, 10 cents per hundred.
— Ron Chernow, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
If somebody spilled something, Rockefeller poured dimes over the stains as a tip for the person who mopped it up.
— Ron Chernow, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
The X-height Files #2
— Subject line of a work email
Lets sing loud.
— Mason on ABCs
Everyone's looking at us.
— Sweet older woman, whom Lily and I were looking at periodically, (potentially from Australia) who was playing backgammon with her sweet older husband near us on the picnic table
Happy cock, happy kike!
— Mason's accidental wordplay response to "Happy mom, happy life."
It's the whole solar system on a baby!
— Mason
Like many powerful men, he retains a deep desire to be accepted by the working class world he arose from.
— Adam Popescu, "Damien Hirst’s Post-Venice,
Post-Truth World," The New York Times
And here's another hit, Barry Bonds.
— Kanye West, "Barry Bonds"
Are you in this conversation?
— Sid to Lily
Do stocks go up on Sundays?
— Lily on stocks
A physician can't be a physician by name. Who codifies him? The patients.
— Preaching man on subway
You did more than those two.
— Lily pointing to two pigeons after I said I didn't do anything today
It's a good thing to hide behind.
— Damien Hirst on his company called "Science," 02/20/2002, Charlie Rose