I shouldn’t be saying this

23 June 2017

I shouldn’t be saying this – high treason, really – but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren’t fooled by our accent into detecting brilliance that may not really be there.

Stephen Fry


Cold Mountain nevertheless soared in his mind as a place where all his scattered forces might gather

22 June 2017

Cold Mountain nevertheless soared in his mind as a place where all his scattered forces might gather. Inman did not consider himself to be a superstitious person, but he did believe that there is a world invisible to us. He no longer thought of that world as heaven, nor did he still think that we get to go there when we die. Those teachings had been burned away. But he could not abide by a universe composed only of what he could see, especially when it was so frequently foul. So he held to the idea of another world, a better place, and he figured he might as well consider Cold Mountain to be the location of it as anywhere.

Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain


You may hate

21 June 2017

You may hate gravity, but gravity doesn’t care.

Clayton Christensen


You traded a dead man’s scarf

20 June 2017

“So,” Marasi said, “you traded a dead man’s scarf for another dead man’s gun. But…the gun itself belonged to someone dead, so by the same logic—”

“Don’t try,” Waxillium said. “Logic doesn’t work on Wayne.”

“I bought a ward against it off a traveling fortune-teller,” Wayne explained. “It lets me add two ’n’ two and get a pickle.”

Brandon Sanderson, The Alloy of Law


Always read something

19 June 2017

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

P. J. O’Rourke


A hat

18 June 2017

A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat.

P. J. O’Rourke


We shall defend our island

17 June 2017

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

Winston Churchill


It is impossible

16 June 2017

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.

Epictetus, Discourses


The program

15 June 2017

The program of the Two Minutes Hate varied from day to day, but there was none in which Goldstein was not the principal figure. He was the primal traitor, the earliest defiler of the Party’s purity. All subsequent crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprang directly out of his teaching.

George Orwell, 1984


I quit school

14 June 2017

I quit school in the sixth grade because of pneumonia. Not because I had it, but because I couldn’t spell it.

Rocky Graziano

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