What are you? And on what account did you go to sea?
— Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
He showed me how to stay hungry.
— Mark Luce, "Robert Demeritt, Rest in Peace,“ My Kid Could Paint That
He’s basically a special type of rain.
— Ian Trase
Don’t point that gun at him, he’s un unpaid intern.
— Steve Zissou, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
We are asking these questions because we are here to question and not at all because we have felt incongruities in what we have seen.
— Eleanor Rowland, The Significance of Art
Like a fox.
— Keith Frazier, Inside Man
Now I want you to notice what appears to be to you just a flat surface, right, but this is not a flat surface to most of life on earth, this is three dimensional.
— E.O. Wilson, Lord of the Ants
This is for drunk penguins.
— Paul Lewis
Good morning.
— Guy outside of Wu
They can’t block out the light in here.
— Giuseppe Conlon, In the Name of the Father
Supposed to be.
— Kristin Cotter
Just because I appreciate documentation.
— David White
With your feet in the air and your head on the ground.
— Pixies, “Where Is My Mind?”
The strong poet peers into the mirror of his fallen precursor and beholds neither the precursor nor himself but a Gnostic double, the dark otherness or antithesis that both he and the precursor longed to be, yet feared to become.
— Harold Bloom, The Anxiety Of Influence
In some measure, we have attributed to the art or artifacts of all time the qualities of our own: that its purpose is to be contemplated, and its main qualities can be apprehended visually.
— Susan Vogel, “Always True to the Object, in Our Fashion”
The illustration is a constructed thing.
— Nicole Elder
You are more likely to address a problem that you have found or even invented.
— Wayne C. Booth, The Craft of Research
Did I tell you a story about the parking lot?
— Woman on NJ Transit train
And you sleep out every night.
— Harry McClintock, "Big Rock Candy Mountain"
Well, ain’t this place a geographical oddity.
— Ulysses Everett McGill, O Brother, Where Art Thou?