If we merely believe, but do not understand, why killing adult human beings such as ourselves is wrong, how could we conceivably show that abortion is either immoral or permissible?
— Don Marquis, “Why Abortion is Immoral”
My whole life is printed books like that.
— Guy at PHL restaurant
You’re welcome.
— Neil Ronk, Historian at Christ Church
Indeed, one of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
— Virginia Woolf, Hours In A Library
The bending has been engineered out off our perceptual range.
— Axel Kilian
And growing up everyone always does.
— Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Otherside"
You’re lucky to live sad moments.
— Louis C.K., “Louis C.K. Hates Cell Phones,” Conan
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