Washington's contemporaries recognized that compulsive note taking, this itch to record every action, went to the very essence.
— Ron Chernow, Washington: A Life
When Gilbert Stuart painted them a more brilliant blue, he explained that in a hundred years they would fade to the right color.
— Ron Chernow, Washington: A Life
I loved that it was so shit! It was so out of style to collect these nostalgic things but also so in style to have a Damien Hirst and I kept playing with that. It was like alchemy... I was getting into pairs of objects too, I'd bought 2 of everything wherever I could and I used them as pairs in this piece. I love the confidence you get with two shit things, it makes them good. If you make a horrible painting then paint it again and hang both side by side it becomes super hard to dismiss it, or them.
— @damienhirst
Its growing number of directorates and departments were producing mountains of information that had no clear purpose, application, or meaning.
— Masha Gessen, The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
Mythology distracts us everywhere. For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie: deliberate, contrived, and dishonest. But the myth: persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
— JFK, Introductory Segment from Kennedy Library & Museum Rededication Film (1993), rearranged sentances from JFK's commencement address at Yale on June 11, 1962
Close reading takes time! What a great format for a course.
— @phillipdenny on @johnmcmorrough's post about "Arch 603: Reading: Delirious New York"
"It seems like something that could easily be misconstrued," he said, adding, "In a world without any discrimination, understanding human behavior is a noble goal, but we don't live in that world."
— Pam Belluck quoting Steven Reilly, "Many Genes Influence Same-Sex Sexuality, Not a Single ‘Gay Gene’," The New York Times
Pope Francis told the crowd he was stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes.
— Sylvia Poggioli, NPR
Ike's unusual ability to think like his superiors paid dividends.
— Jean Edward Smith, Eisenhower: In War and Peace
I kind of like things that play you.
— David
So we start fighting all of that by doing error correcting codes and... there's this whole set of technology about how you work with unreliable systems.
— John Carmack, "Joe Rogan Experience #1342 - John Carmack"
As it happened, he had become interested in democratic constitutions and over the holidays had read all then in force.
— William Manchester, American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 - 1964
It's the placebo that works.
— A*
There is a universal sameness in the emotions of men.
— Douglas MacArthur, via William Manchester, American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 - 1964
Oh hi, I was about to reach out to you.
— Lily picking up the phone after I lost her in Target
What could possibly be so interesting?
— Lily as I stop to take a photo of a porch railing
A number of issues around the artist's book have been vigorously debated. Some of the major themes under examination have been:... 3. Where to put the apostrophe.
— "Artist's book," Wikipedia
Cotton over wire.
— Wall text for Carol Eckert, Museum of Fine Arts Boston
At West Point he had been told to regard rivers and oceans as obstacles along which men could dig in, forming lines or resistance. At Annapolis, he knew, midshipmen were taugh that streams and seas were highways.
— William Manchester, American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 - 1964
“During most of human existence, facts have been hard to pin down and most of knowledge was oral history, rumor and received wisdom,” said Scott Brown, a prominent California bookseller. “We have spent our whole lives in a fact-based world and while that seems how things ought to be, it may prove to have been a temporary aberration.” Mr. Brown noted that the news was now mostly digital. “Who can really say what an article really said when it was published? There’s rarely a printed — and therefore hard-to-change — version to refer back to,” he said. “The past is becoming unmoored and unreliable.”
— David Streitfeld, "Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite," The New York Times