Quotes About Garbage

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Deb Caletti
“It starts so young, and I'm angry about that. The garbage we're taught. About love, about what's "romantic." Look at so many of the so-called romantic figures in books and movies. Do we ever stop and think how many of them would cause serious and drastic unhappiness after The End? Why are sick and dangerous personality types so often shown a passionate and tragic and something to be longed for when those are the very ones you should run for your life from? Think about it. Heathcliff. Romeo. Don Juan. Jay Gatsby. Rochester. Mr. Darcy. From the rigid control freak in The Sound of Music to all the bad boys some woman goes running to the airport to catch in the last minute of every romantic comedy. She should let him leave. Your time is so valuable, and look at these guys--depressive and moody and violent and immature and self-centered. And what about the big daddy of them all, Prince Charming? What was his secret life? We dont know anything about him, other then he looks good and comes to the rescue.”
Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming

Veronica Roth
“The floor is solid metal in some places and metal grating in others. Everything smells like rotting garbage and fire.
"Don't say I never took you anywhere nice," Peter says.
"Wouldn't dream of it," I say.”
Veronica Roth, Insurgent

Jodi Picoult
“I was starting to see that what looks like garbage from one angle might be art from another. Maybe it did take a crisis to get to know yourself; maybe you needed to get whacked hard by life before you understood what you wanted out of it.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

Andy Warhol
“Just because people throw it out and don't have any use for it, doesn't mean it's garbage.”
Andy Warhol

Ambrose Bierce
“GEOLOGY, n. The science of the earth's crust --to which, doubtless, will be added that of its interior whenever a man shall come up garrulous out of a well. The geological formations of the globe already noted are catalogued thus: The Primary, or lower one, consists of rocks, bones or mired mules, gas-pipes, miners' tools, antique statues minus the nose, Spanish doubloons and ancestors. The Secondary is largely made up of red worms and moles. The Tertiary comprises railway tracks, patent pavements, grass, snakes, mouldy boots, beer bottles, tomato cans, intoxicated citizens, garbage, anarchists, snap-dogs and fools.”
Ambrose Bierce

Amy Chua
“Once when I was young-maybe more than once-when I was extremely disrespectful to my mother, my father angrily called me "garbage" in our native Hokkien dialect. It worked really well. I felt terrible and deeply ashamed of what I had done. But it didn't damage my self esteem or anything like that. I knew exactly how highly he thought of me. I didn't actually think I was worthless or feel like a piece of garbage.
As an adult, I once did the same thing to Sophie, calling her garbage in English when she acted extremely disrespectful toward me. When I mentioned I had done this at a dinner party, I was immediately ostracized. One guest named Marcy got so upset she broke down in tears and had to leave early. My friend Susan, the host, tried to rehabilitate me with the remaining guests.
"Oh dear, it's just a misunderstanding. Amy was speaking metaphorically-right, Amy? you didn't actually call Sophie 'garbage.'"
"Um, yes I did. But it's all in the context," I tried to explain. "It's a Chinese immigrant thing.”
Amy Chua, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Jarod Kintz
“I’ll wear a garbage bag like a poncho as I preach about commercialism and not throwing away good stuff, like love.”
Jarod Kintz, Love quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.

Jarod Kintz
“I hate noise pollution. Get that filthy soda can out of my ear!”
Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title

Jarod Kintz
“I wish trash were treasure, because then I’d be a garbage collector and king.”
Jarod Kintz, Seriously delirious, but not at all serious

John Steinbeck
“American cities are like badger holes, ringed with trash -- all of them -- surrounded by piles of wrecked and rusting automobiles, and almost smothered with rubbish. Everything we use comes in boxes, cartons, bins, the so-called packaging we love so much. The mountains of things we throw away are much greater than the things we use. In this, if no other way, we can see the wild an reckless exuberance of our production, and waste seems to be the index. Driving along I thought how in France or Italy every item of these thrown-out things would have been saved and used for something. This is not said in criticism of one system or the other but I do wonder whether there will come a time when we can no longer afford our wastefulness -- chemical wastes in the rivers, metal wastes everywhere, and atomic wastes buried deep in the earth or sunk in the sea. When an Indian village became too deep in its own filth, the inhabitants moved. And we have no place to which to move.”
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

“Garbage Is, always. We will die, civilization will crumble, life as we know it will cease to exist, but trash will endure, and there it was on the street, our ceaselessly erected, ceaselessly broken cenotaphs to ephemera and disconnection and unquenchable want.”
Robin Nagle, Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City

Osayi Osar-Emokpae
“Don't think you can watch all the romantic movies, soap operas, TV shows and read all the romantic books out there and not be affected. Ninety-nine percent of the romantic stuff out there is garbage... and what you put in always comes out... UGLIER!”
Osayi Osar-Emokpae, Impossible Is Stupid

“To know our refuse is to know ourselves. We mark our own trail from past to present with what we've used and consumed, fondled, rejected, outgrown.”
Jane Avrich, The Winter Without Milk: Stories

“Imagine if we were capable of a form of empathy that lets us know one another by savoring the aura we leave on the things we have touched. We would go to a dump to get drunk on one another's souls.”
Robin Nagle, Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City

Cecy Robson
“...the putrid carnal waste dump my skin and hair had become. An irate woman beating me with her placenta would have been more welcome than the copious amount of...snot gluing my fingers together.”
Cecy Robson, Sealed with a Curse

M.F. Moonzajer
“Your water is in the bottles, and my water is in the bucket, but we are brothers?
I am collecting garbage, and you are in the bed, but we are sisters?
My fingers are broken, and your hands are so soft, but we are family?
Your God is like an angel, and my God is like an evil, but we are equal?
My stomach is empty, and your stomach is so big, but we are humans?”

Jarod Kintz
“I just ate at a new McDonald’s franchise, and it was great. Everything looked new, including the food. Apparently fast food will look new for years, sort of like plastic. I wonder if the toys in Happy Meals are more edible than the meals themselves.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale

Jarod Kintz
“If it comes all scratched and dented, then no matter what you do, unless you buff and polish it, it always looks brand new. That’s why my love looks like it belongs in the trash. My love also looks like garbage so no thief will steal it away from you.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale

Jarod Kintz
“Her love is complete trash. My love is shaped like a garbage can.
Jarod Kintz, My love can only occupy one person at a time

“Reading the bible is like dumpster diving. You sift through the garbage hoping to find anything of value.”
Nick Krampus

John Brunner
“The killers are the people who are ruining the world to line their
pockets, poisoning us, burying us under garbage!"
-The Sheep Look Up”
John Brunner, The Sheep Look Up

“Garbage, in its "worthless" state, is the primary fuel for creativity.”
Yusuf A. Leinge

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