Category Archives: Quotes

Quotes From Here and There

Sometimes doing the right thing does not make everyone happy; just the people who need it the most.here

I know a little man both ept and ert.
An intro-? extro-? No, he’s just a vert.
there

I’m a firm believer that writers should read poetry in order to get a sense of what can be done with language, and to learn other ways of expressing ideas.here

Everything happens for a Raisin.there

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My parents were good parents, but by today’s standards they would have been arrested for child endangerment—numerous times.here

…the design of any structure always implies a way to break into it.there

After centuries of the ancient Greeks worshipping reason and evidence, after the debating clubs at the peak of the Enlightenment, we are now a world filled with conspiracy theories and optional realities.here
(I suspect that there have always been conspiracy theorists; the only difference is that the ancient Greeks didn’t have the Internet.)

When it comes to culinary invention, I’m a fan of the “Let’s throw some stuff together, bake it, and see what happens!” approach.there

Reputation

I came across this excellent quotable paragraph in the book I’m reading, Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey.

“Reputation never has very much to do with reality,” she said. “I could name half a dozen paragons of virtue that are horrible, small-souled, evil people. And some of the best men I know, you’d walk out of the room if you heard their names. No one on the screen is who they are when you breathe their air.”

Something that it would be wise to keep in mind, especially in election years.

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In some way I knew that my grandma was sending me a sign…here

I suspect if he could speak to us from the grave, he’d have a few choice words for these special snowflakes about what being ‘hurt’ or ‘offended’ really means.there

It seems Blacky the emu has just discovered the holy grail.here

Every time I come up with a bright idea and introduce it to the story, it usually get complicated. Why? Because this is science fiction and the two guns talk, belong to a psychopath, and hate each other.there

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Apparently having solved cancer and world hunger, the Internet is moving on to wondering why McDonald’s mozzarella sticks contain surprisingly little mozzarella.here (via)

Was I really placed here by an all-knowing Providence in order to struggle each day to eat more vegetables and fewer french fries? Even setting aside my tendency to the grandiose, it seems a little petty.there

In reality, the optimists are consistently correct over the medium term. As with the weather, if you don’t like current events, give it a little time and they will change. But chances are the pessimist will have latched on to something new that spells doom for us all.here

A president doing president stuff in his final year?! TYRANT!there

Yes, alright, almost any teapot can be used to kill if you swing it hard enough.here

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I catch myself being a “realist” to the point where I often talk myself out of things that I’ve logistically evaluated and convinced myself just won’t work. But then a small stubborn voice at the back of my mind says “Oh come on, just try it.”here (Actually, I have always thought that Yoda saying is stupid but in this context I get it. It still means to try but with a positive attitude.)

Once we get into February, it’s always the same for me. Utter elation when the sun shines, pervasive gloom when it’s gray, and the urge to do something to hasten spring.there

“Imagine walking through a park that is actually a library…”here

“Surely you can see,” she tells her lover, Zachary, “that it would not suit me at all to be a mystery’s mistress?”there

The irony is that calling someone pretentious often reveals more about the accuser than the accused. It speaks not only of how we perceive ourselves but also of our society’s “insecurities, prejudices and unquestioned assumptions”.here

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If you don’t like ice cream, you probably have some sort of mental issue that needs to be checked out.here

When I feel like pretending I’m a Mad Scientist, I tell people I have a closet totally devoted to the distribution of hot, maybe even scalding dihydrogen monoxide.there

The Face of Age greets the new day like a vampire at sunrise. It staggers out into the world, arms outstretched like The Mummy in search of a secret lost in the sands of time.here

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… if you repeat something often enough, even something blatantly false, it can become true in the minds of the people who say it and hear it.here

So let’s give a hand to the people who actually get off the couch and TRY. After all, we don’t all have magic wands at our disposal.there

No idea should be above scrutiny, just as no people should be below dignity.here

… and according to the artist himself the deal had a little help of some wine, which quite frankly comes to no surprise.”there

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Call me old school but I wear sweatpants for sweating not strutting.here

You might think that Welsh myth and Star Wars ships don’t really go together, but it’s my library and I say, they do.there

Back in the day, few of us could aspire to these heady heights of technology, but oh, how we dreamedhere

…but then I had to go and cover the world gravy wrestling championships in Bacup (try explaining that one to someone whose first language isn’t English)there

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Some Americans seem to think that a robust safety net somehow nullifies the distributed planning of capitalism.here (Long article; I haven’t read the whole thing yet but I will. Maybe in January.)

It’s the rare and horrifying thing that motivates people, not the mundane but far more likely thing.there

(Sorry, that’s all folks. I haven’t been doing a lot of Web surfing lately and it’s probably going to be like that for a while.)

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But if the Internet has taught us anything, it’s that crazy people have a great deal of free time on their hands.here

We can all walk outside and look up and admire the same stars, regardless of the stories we inscribe upon them.there

…it’s madness to demand free speech, even as we demand silence from those who say things we don’t agree with.here

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…I will confess it irks me that an “old lady craft” becomes interesting to people when a man does it.here

It is sort of remarkable to me how much grief can well up when a pet dies, until one remembers that they are in fact people, who just happen not to be human.there

So if the Devil is handing out tasks willy-nilly, I’d bet my immortal soul he’s giving them to impatient hands instead.here

I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a six-year-old.there

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Fundamentally, conspiracy theories haven’t actually changed much over the course of hundreds of years.here

For years I dwelled inside the walls of my inadequacies, attempting to dismantle them brick by brick.there (Lots of annoying ads but worth it)

How is it possible, with so many able-bodied people not working, to feel “embarrassed” by choosing to learn a skill that’s actually in demand? We simply MUST eliminate the stigma currently attached to a host of worthwhile careers. If we don’t, we’ll get exactly what we deserve – a workforce with no balance, a crumbling infrastructure, a widening skills gap, and a country that can’t make or fix anything.here

I am troubled by the increasing levels of hostility toward science in America today, and part of this is the general dearth of real science coverage in our major news media.there

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“People say that I am old, but I think of the trees and how they are hundred of years old. They recycle themselves each winter. I recycle myself like the trees every winter to get ready for the spring so that I can dance my way through life.”here

One autumn years ago I saw the first snow at Algoma.there

Did you know that there’s a native elephant in Iceland?here

I read them so I have someone to argue with.there

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No one wants to be the caboose on the Moron Train.here (via)

I can now expect to hear about some type of conspiracy, cover-up, or otherwise nefarious activity at least several times a week, ranging from the ridiculous (The Reptilians, a race of humanoid reptiles who are the secret rulers of the Earth, spring immediately to mind) to the extremely unlikely (The “Government” is secretly watching you…an idea most often expressed to me by meth addicts) to the outright racist (The Islamic Center is actually a training camp for ISIS run by the Zionist Occupational Government who control the media to keep people stupid. Yes, I really had that conversation.)there

I feel obliged to tell you that few things are less persuasive than these virtual spasms of self-righteous indignation brought about by a flurry of facts not in evidence.here

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Any child anywhere knows that Lego’s little plastic bricks are an integral part of life, and any parent anywhere knows that stepping on Lego’s little plastic bricks are an integral part of vicariously teaching your kids to swear.here

Vegetarianism is obviously not in the stars for me because I would die before giving up sausage, bacon, and carnitas.there

How much do you think it would cost to send a paperclip to the surface of the Moon?here

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Some are born bored, some achieve boredom, and some have boredom thrust upon them.here

So, among my many tools at work, I have one that we lovingly call the Staff of Ra.there

And then suddenly the picture and text make a mad dash for the left edge of your screen. Before you can catch them, they are gone, and you had not even finished the first paragraph. In their place appears something else—something about new fashions in organic fertilizer or six International Style gas stations to see before you die. What happened to the okapi?here

The phrase “I am not programmed to respond in this area” comes immediately to mind.there

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Just like there is no more fervent believer than the recent convert, there is no more willing spender than the recently poor.here

People are people, man. Some are famous, some are not. There are many Wondrous People worthy of a brief interlude, or a photo, in every walk of life.there

And I get that I’ll eventually not be able to outrun the Grim Reaper, it’s not that…..it’s the whole fact that medicine in some sectors seems to be coming back to an idea not unlike the “you sinned, so you got sick” idea of the medieval erahere

Millions of people tune in to watch TV series and docu-dramas with a questionable grip on facts about the past.there

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It doesn’t matter how well he played. If Thelonius Monk himself decided to set up a solo show in the middle of Chestnut Ridge on a Sunday morning, it would have been every bit as annoying and inappropriate.here

This has the awesome implication that someone could actually plant this: a typographic forestry of Borges translations.there

At this stage in my life I’m having a lot more conversations with vegetables, particularly eggplant and cabbage.here