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    Sarah Vowell
    “American history is a quagmire, and the more one knows, the quaggier the mire gets.”
    Sarah Vowell


  • #2
    Sarah Vowell
    “When I think about my relationship with America, I feel like a battered wife: Yeah, he knocks me around a lot, but boy, he sure can dance.”
    Sarah Vowell, Take the Cannoli


  • #3
    Sarah Vowell
    “Oh my dear, idealists are the cruelest monsters of them all.”
    Sarah Vowell


  • #4
    Sarah Vowell
    “[Martin Luther King, Jr.] concluded the learned discourse that came to be known as the 'loving your enemies' sermon this way: 'So this morning, as I look into your eyes and into the eyes of all my brothers in Alabama and all over America and over the world, I say to you,'I love you. I would rather die than hate you.''

    Go ahead and reread that. That is hands down the most beautiful, strange, impossible, but most of all radical thing a human being can say. And it comes from reading the most beautiful, strange, impossible, but most of all radical civics lesson ever taught, when Jesus of Nazareth went to a hill in Galilee and told his disciples, 'Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you.”
    Sarah Vowell, The Wordy Shipmates


  • #5
    Sarah Vowell
    “Behind every bad law, a deep fear.”
    Sarah Vowell, The Wordy Shipmates


  • #6
    Sarah Vowell
    “As recently as fifty years ago my grandmother was picking cotton with bleeding fingers. I think about her all the time while I'm getting overpaid to sit at a computer, eat Chinese takeout, and think up things in my pajamas, The half century separating my fingers, which are moisturized with cucumber lotion and type eighty words per minute, and her bloody digits is an ordinary Land of Opportunity parable, and don't think I don't appreciate it. ”
    Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot


  • #7
    Sarah Vowell
    “I wish that in order to secure his party’s nomination, a presidential candidate would be required to point at the sky and name all the stars; have the periodic table of the elements memorized; rattle off the kings and queens of Spain; define the significance of the Gatling gun; joke around in Latin; interpret the symbolism in seventeenth-century Dutch painting; explain photosynthesis to a six-year-old; recite Emily Dickenson; bake a perfect popover; build a shortwave radio out of a coconut; and know all the words to Hoagy Carmichael’s “Two Sleepy People”, Johnny Cash’s “Five Feet High and Rising”, and “You Got the Silver” by the Rolling Stones...What we need is a president who is at least twelve kinds of nerd, a nerd messiah to come along every four years, acquire the Secret Service code name Poindexter, install a Revenge of the Nerds screen saver on the Oval Office computer, and one by one decrypt our woes.”
    Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot


  • #8
    Sarah Vowell
    “Along with voting, jury duty, and paying taxes, goofing off is one of the central obligations of American citizenship.”
    Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot


  • #9
    Sarah Vowell
    “Heaven, such as it is, is right here on earth. Behold: my revelation: I stand at the door in the morning, and lo, there is a newspaper, in sight like unto an emerald. And holy, holy, holy is the coffee, which was, and is, and is to come. And hark, I hear the voice of an angel round about the radio saying, "Since my baby left me I found a new place to dwell." And lo, after this I beheld a great multitude, which no man could number, of shoes. And after these things I will hasten unto a taxicab and to a theater, where a ticket will be given unto me, and lo, it will be a matinee, and a film that doeth great wonders. And when it is finished, the heavens will open, and out will cometh a rain fragrant as myrrh, and yea, I have an umbrella.”
    Sarah Vowell, Take the Cannoli


  • #10
    Sarah Vowell
    “The only thing more dangerous than an idea is a belief.”
    Sarah Vowell, The Wordy Shipmates


  • #11
    Sarah Vowell
    “My lips are chapped from the winds of change.”
    Sarah Vowell, Radio On: A Listener's Diary




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