But consistency, I remember Gandhi repeating in his autobiography, was the refuge of fools.
— William L. Shirer, Gandhi: A Memoir
There is art on the floor right there.
— MoMA PS1 employee directing visitors to a small video monitor under a hole in the floorboards
Every historian relies on what is unreliable—documents written by people who were not under oath and cannot be cross-examined.
— Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
Proof, 2008
If someone stole your photos and copied your profile name the only way to prove you were the real person was to send MySpace a recording of you reading your own user ID number
— @bradtroemel
1000 found photos of anglers holding fish and smoking cigarettes in custom photo album. edition of 25. video of every included image in the second slide.
— @visitordesign
What remains of anyone's life is what's kept.
— Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
You don’t become your hero by working for your heroes.
— Charlotte McCurdy
We'll give him a call and pass along your number.
— Guy who works for Grand Bazaar NYC on trying to connect me with Robert Miller, the guy who used to sell stamps (after a follow up, they tell me his number is no longer in service)
History is what is written and can be found.
— Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
Jiří Kolář
— Mark Wagner
Another trove of data, he would later come to realize, was Twitter.
— Walter Isaacson, Elon Musk
Henry Winkler's fishing updates are my new favorite posts
— @fuckjerry
And we biographers have this dirty secret that we know we distort history a bit by making the narrative too driven by an individual. But sometimes it is driven by an individual.
— Walter Isaacson, "Walter Isaacson: Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Einstein, Da Vinci & Ben Franklin | Lex Fridman Podcast #395"
I'm starting to realize I don't remember 9/11 like I remember having to remember it.
— @dank.lloyd.wright
Ben Denzer is an artist whose work plays on value and scale.
The New York Times Magazine
Inch, Mile
— Ed Ruscha
One of my most prized possessions – a coin minted with “2 CENTIMETERS” on one side and “2 GRAMMES” on the other. Still in its original presentation sleeve as I found it at an exonumia convention a few decades ago. These exonumia conventions were held in a different mid-western city each year and always took place the last weekend in August. Exonumia is already an obscure category but within that category I would go for the “mavericks”, those coins which defy categorization. Every dealer had a binder or jar filled with such coins and they were always inexpensive. It was in one of these jars/binders that I found this gem. Best $3 I ever spent.
— @micahlexier
You're a good person. Do you like the person that's doing that to your wife?
— Sheila on Lily's intern year
And they reveled in their own manipulation because it was so well executed, becuase it was so comfortable and reassuring, and perhaps most of all, becuase it was so empowering to know that someone could actually have achieved this. In the end, it was not the control of wonder that made Disneyland so overwhelming to its visitors; like so much else in Walt Disney's career, it was the wonder of control.
— Neal Gabler, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination
Bill Evans had landscaped the park largely with indigenous trees that had been uprooted by highway construction, but even then Walt didn't have enough money to finish the job and instructed Evans to put Latin names on the weeds as if they were specimine plants.
— Neal Gabler, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination