Category: Quotes

  • The Mistakes We Made Out of Love

    I hope if there is another world, we will not be judged too harshly for the things we did wrong here — that we will at least be forgiven for the mistakes we made out of love. Joe Hill, Pop Art (published in 20th Century Ghosts)

  • A Sup­port Sys­tem for Art

    Put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around. Stephen King, On Writing

  • Wee­knote 34: Family-​Sized Pa­paya

  • You Should Ac­quire a Cat

    “For concentration,” I said, “you need a cat. Do you happen to have a cat?” So I passed him some very good advice that if you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, you should acquire a cat. Alone with the cat in the room where you work, I explained, the cat will invariably get…

  • Each Crime and Every Kind­ness

    Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future. David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas See also: Pawns of Some Scripted Fate

  • Used By Tech­nol­ogy

    I will use technology when I judge it to be in my favor to do so. I resist being used by it. In some cases I may have a moral objection. But in most instances, my objection is practical, and reason tells me to measure the results from that point of view. Reason also advises…

  • Be Cu­ri­ous, Not Judg­men­tal

    Be curious, not judgmental. Ted Lasso This quote is often misattributed to Walt Whitman, but the actual origins of the phrase are unknown. Since I first heard it on Ted Lasso, I’m simply going to assume Lasso came up with it.

  • There’s No Refuge From the Supra­cul­ture

    Joyce Messier: Yes, you and I belong to the supraculture. We’re common, the herd. The music on the radio, the food in the chain restaurant — those are all too popular for the girl in the old-lady rags. She prefers a fantasy world — an infraculture with its own dress code and vernacular. It is an illusion, I’m afraid.…

  • Create

    When you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow and exclude people. So create. why the lucky stiff

  • The Noonday Sun

    Emacs outshines all other editing software in approximately the same way that the noonday sun does the stars. It is not just bigger and brighter; it simply makes everything else vanish. Neal Stephenson, In the Beginning was the Command Line (1998)

  • We do bones

    Her adept said: “I’ll keep it off you. Nav, show them what the Ninth House does.” Gideon lifted her sword. The construct worked itself free of its last confines of masonry and rotten wood and heaved before them, flexing itself like a butterfly. “We do bones, motherfucker,” she said. Tamsyn Muir, Gideon the Ninth

  • Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television

    There is skill to it. More importantly, it has to be joyful, effortless, fun. TV defeats its own purpose when it’s pushing an agenda, or trying to defeat other TV or being proud or ashamed of itself for existing. It’s TV; it’s comfort. It’s a friend you’ve known so well, and for so long you…

  • Catch-22

    “You mean there’s a catch?” “Sure there’s a catch,” Doc Daneeka replied. “Catch-22. Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn’t really crazy.” There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the…

  • The Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect

    Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong…

  • Pawns of Some Scripted Fate

    We are not pawns of some scripted fate. It’s the invisible ties we forge that bind us. Robin, Fire Emblem: Awakening

  • Fairy Tales

    Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. Neil Gaiman, Coraline