Thinking causes complications. I’m sorry, but it’s part of that process that we go through of trying to figure out what’s out there in the world, what really happened. This is about truth. Absolute truth. And the pursuit of truth properly considered shouldn’t stop short of insanity.
— Errol Morris, “The Fact of the Matter,” Radiolab
So much guesswork.
— Holden Karnofsky
Everything is possible if it is well done.
— Le Corbusier, “The Core as a Meeting Place of the Arts”
When did you shout last time you were so happy?
— Aleksander Gamme, “Bliss,” Radiolab
If you are persuaded by the moral argument, but are not sufficiently motivated to act accordingly, I recommend that instead of worrying about how much you would have to do in order to live a fully ethical life, you do something that is significantly more than you have been doing so far. Then see how that feels.
— Peter Singer, The Life You Can Save
It has its depressing moments.
— Narrator, The Naked City
It’s very difficult to avoid storytelling.
— Paul Muldoon from notes
I chopped down the house that you had been saving to live in next summer.
I am sorry, but it was morning, and I had nothing to do
and its wooden beams were so inviting.
— Kenneth Koch, "Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams"
That’s exactly the way that I am.
— Trampled By Turtles, “Wait So Long”
And what of the future?
— Chris Hill, The Note
You would never find out another way.
— Alicia Cheng
As a shield from the terrible purity of Singer’s vision, I’ll look to the corruption that comes from interconnectedness. To justify my hopes that Singer’s theoretical world – and its entirely logical extensions – won’t become real, I’ll invoke the muck and mess and undeniable reality of disabled lives well lived. That’s the best I can do.
— Harriet McBryde Johnson, “Unspeakable Conversations,” The New York Times
My kingdom for a sharpie.
— John Hunter
Waitin’ for the manifest.
— Doc Watson, “Blue Railroad Train”
The object doesn’t contain the content.
— Gerardo
You would want to experience them like you would experience a poem.
— David
It’s so nice to be horizontal.
— Becca
I kind of felt that I was cheating. And then I was like: I’m not cheating.
— Dana Schultz
You look up and you realize there is this unreal masonry arch over the produce section.
— Nat Oppenheimer
Cornball jokes down here.
— John Hunter