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  • #1
    Eric Hoffer
    “We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand.”
    Eric Hoffer


  • #2
    Jane Mayer
    “Few would argue against safe-guarding the nation. But in the judgment of at least one of the country's most distinguished presidential scholars, the legal steps taken by the Bush Administration in its war against terrorism were a quantum leap beyond earlier blots on the country's history and traditions: more significant than John Adams' Alien and Sedition Acts, than Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War, than the imprisonment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. Collectively, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. argued, the Bush Administration's extralegal counter-terrorism program presented the most dramatic, sustained, and radical challenge to the rule of law in American history.”
    Jane Mayer, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals


  • #3
    Anton Chekhov
    “Useless pursuits and conversations always about the same things absorb the better part of one's time, the better part of one's strength, and in the end there is left a life grovelling and curtailed, worthless and trivial, and there is no escaping or getting away from it—just as though one were in a madhouse or prison.”
    Anton Chekhov, The Lady With the Little Dog and Other Stories, 1896-1904


  • #4
    William Faulkner
    “They held the funeral on the second day, with the town coming to look at Miss Emily beneath a mass of bought flowers with the crayon face of her father musing profoundly above the bier and the ladies sibilant and macabre; and the very old men - some in their brushed Confederate uniforms - on the porch and the lawn, talking of Miss Emily as if she had been a contemporary of theirs, believing that they had danced with her and courted her perhaps, confusing time with its mathematical progression, as the old do, to whom all the past is not a diminishing road but, instead, a huge meadow which no winter ever quite touches, divided from them now by the narrow bottle-neck of the most recent decade of years.”
    William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily


  • #5
    Frederick Exley
    “That my lunacy had been recognized was chastening enough, but the judge's gratuitous "fatuous" carried with it intimations that I was in a blubbering, nose-picking state; an I had visions of arriving at my mother's door, garbed not in the "attractive," melancholic dementia of the poet but in the drooling, masturbatory, moony-eyed condition of the Mongoloid.”
    Frederick Exley, A Fan's Notes


  • #6
    Harold Brodkey
    “I distrust summaries, any kind of gliding through time, any too great a claim that one is in control of what one recounts; I think someone who claims to understand but who is obviously calm, someone who claims to write with emotion recollected in tranquility, is a fool and a liar. To understand is to tremble. To recollect is to reenter and be riven. An acrobat after spinning through the air in a mockery of flight stands erect on his perch and mockingly takes his bow as if what he is being applauded for was easy for him and cost him nothing, although meanwhile he is covered with sweat and his smile is edged with a relief chilling to think about; he is indulging in a show-business style; he is pretending to be superhuman. I am bored with that and with here it has brought us. I admire the authority of being on one's knees in front of the event.
    - Innocence, from My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead”
    Harold Brodkey


  • #7
    P.G. Wodehouse
    “I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.”
    P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters


  • #8
    William Shakespeare
    “What's his offense?
    Groping for trout in a peculiar river.”
    William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure


  • #9
    Edward Abbey
    “I love America because it is a confused, chaotic mess - and I hope we can keep it this way for at least another thousand years. The permissive society is the free society.”
    Edward Abbey


  • #10
    “When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”
    Robert Anthony


  • #11
    Henry Adams
    “Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.”
    Henry Adams


  • #12
    Dolly Parton
    “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”
    Dolly Parton


  • #13
    John Quincy Adams
    “To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so, is something worse.”
    John Quincy Adams


  • #14
    “Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. I am the first man to piss his pants on the moon.”
    Buzz Aldrin


  • #15
    Lloyd Alexander
    “In some cases we learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”
    Lloyd Alexander, The Book of Three


  • #16
    Woody Allen
    “I am at two with nature.”
    Woody Allen


  • #17
    Woody Allen
    “Some guy hit my fender the other day, and I said unto him, 'Be fruitful, and multiply'. But not in those words.”
    Woody Allen


  • #18
    Woody Allen
    “The difference between sex and love is that sex relieves tension and love causes it.”
    Woody Allen
    tags: sex


  • #19
    Woody Allen
    “The last woman I was in was the Statue of Liberty.”
    Woody Allen


  • #20
    Woody Allen
    “God, you Jews are truly exotic."
    Exotic? She should only know the Greenblatts. Or Mr. and Mrs. Milton Sharpstein, my father's friends. Or for that matter, my cousin Tovah. Exotic? I mean, they're nice, but hardly exotic with their endless bickering over the best way to combat indigestion or how far back to sit from the television set.”
    Woody Allen


  • #21
    Woody Allen
    “Abysmal vermin that I am, I couldn't of course tell her that it was her incredible mother that I wanted to see again… I knew only as I drove through the cold, night autumn air that somewhere Freud, Sophocles and Eugene O’Neill were laughing.”
    Woody Allen


  • #22
    Woody Allen
    “Ads answered out of desperation in the New York Review of Books proved equally futile as…the 'Bay Area Bisexual' told me I didn't quite coincide with either of her desires.”
    Woody Allen, Side Effects


  • #23
    Woody Allen
    “She wore a short skirt and a tight sweater and her figure described a set of parabolas that could cause cardiac arrest in a yak.”
    Woody Allen, Getting Even


  • #24
    Woody Allen
    “I wonder if Socrates and Plato took a house on Crete during the summer.”
    Woody Allen, Love and Death


  • #25
    “Liberty is always unfinished business.”
    American Civil Liberties Union


  • #26
    Kingsley Amis
    “He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.”
    Kingsley Amis, One Fat Englishman


  • #27
    Martin Amis
    “Closure is a greasy little word which, moreover, describes a nonexistent condition. The truth, Venus, is that nobody gets over anything.”
    Martin Amis, House of Meetings


  • #28
    Martin Amis
    “For both of us, I think, it had to do with our weakened power to love. It is strange that enslavement should have that effect – not just the fantastic degradation, not just the fear and the boredom and all the rest, but also the layered injustice, the silent injustice. So all right. We’re back where we started. To you, nothing – from you, everything. They took it from me, it seems, for no reason, other than that I value it so much.”
    Martin Amis, House of Meetings


  • #29
    Martin Amis
    “Gluttony and sloth, as worldly goals, were quietly usurped by avarice and lust, which, together with poetry (yes, poetry), consumed all my free time.”
    Martin Amis, House of Meetings


  • #30
    Martin Amis
    “I’m sitting in the prow-shaped dining room of a tourist steamer, the Georgi Zhukov, on the Yenisei River, which flows from the foothills of Mongolia to the Arctic Ocean, thus cleaving the northern Eurasian plain – a distance of some two and a half thousand versts. Given Russian distances, and the general arduousness of Russian life, you’d expect a verst to be the equivalent of – I don’t know – thirty-nine miles. In fact it’s barely more than a kilometer.”
    Martin Amis, House of Meetings




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