No man loses his shadow except it is in the night, and even then his shadow is hidden, not lost.
— Derek Walcott, “From Omeros”
No ideas but in things.
— William Carlos Williams via Paul Muldoon
I’m me.
Me be.
I am.
— Weezer, “Undone (The Sweater Song)”
What brought you to this curious piece of literature?
— Teddy
Interestingly, it is the mere probability.
— Charles C. Camosy, “Peter Singer and Christian Ethics”
As my wife, the professional ethicist, often says: we don’t make important decisions in our life for rational reasons very often.
— Keith Barrington, “23 Weeks 6 Days," Radiolab
Through the shells of empty buildings and great columns of glass.
They say you don’t look.
They say you don’t look.
— Andrew Bird, “Orpheo Looks Back”
The danger would be to be too reductive that it would become a concept.
— Jesse Reiser
Art is something that’s wrapped around it maybe.
— Kai
— Ratatat, “Ghostface Killah & Jadakiss - Run”
Like hammocks of skin.
— Paul Muldoon, “Dancers At The Moy”
— David, C.O.G.
Friction is good, it keeps things together.
— John Hunter
No, in an age of avant-gardism the only possible strategy to counter a new style which you detest is to leapfrog it.
— Tom Wolfe, The Painted Word
With a sigh Braque waited for his old comrade Pablo’s imminent collapse as a painter and a human being… But the damnedest thing happened instead! Picasso just kept ascending.
— Tom Wolfe, The Painted Word
Only when he gave himself up to the idea that the arrow made its own way.
— Paul Muldoon
We are already picking and choosing.
— Peter Singer
But when I do I wonder why.
— Asaf Avidan, “One Day / Reckoning Song (Wankelmut Remix)”
Socrates is skeptical and asks, Is conduct right because the gods command it, or do the gods command it because it is right?
— James Rachels, The Elements of Moral Philosophy
It’s also just truth seeking and everything else.
— Nat Oppenheimer