Commentary Quotes

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Rachel  Maddow
“The single best thing about coming out of the closet is that nobody can insult you by telling you what you've just told them.”
Rachel Maddow

Jane Austen
“And pictures of perfection, as you know, make me sick and wicked.”
Jane Austen

Arthur  Miller
“A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.”
Arthur Miller

Malcolm Gladwell
“Do you see the consequences of the way we have chosen to think about success? Because we so profoundly personalize success, we miss opportunities to lift others onto the top rung...We are too much in awe of those who succeed and far too dismissive of those who fail. And most of all, we become much too passive. We overlook just how large a role we all play—and by “we” I mean society—in determining who makes it and who doesn’t.”
Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

J.R. Ward
“Tore up from the floor up. Followed by a big outtie.

John Mathew”
J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

Will Durant
“The constant steaming in of thoughts of others must suppress and confine our own and indeed in the long run paralyze the power of thought… The inclination of most scholars is a kind of fuga vacui ( latin for vacuum suction )from the poverty of their own mind , which forcibly draws in the thoughts of others… It is dangerous to read about a subject before we have thought about it ourselves… When we read, another person thinks for us; merely repeat his mental process. So it comes about that if anybody spends almost the whole day in reading, he gradually loses the capacity for thinking. Experience of the world may be looked upon as a kind of text, to which reflection and knowledge form the commentary. Where there is a great deal of reflection and intellectual knowledge and very little experience , the result is like those books which have on each page two lines of text to forty lines of commentary”
Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

Ronald Knox
“If a man tells you that he is fond of the Imitation, view him with sudden suspicion; he is either a dabbler or a Saint.”
Ronald A. Knox

Colson Whitehead
“Two people, two hands, and two songs, in this case "Big Shot" and "Bette Davis Eyes." The lyrics of the two songs provided no commentary, honest or ironic, on the proceedings. They were merely there and always underfoot, the insistent gray muck that was pop culture. It stuck to our shoes and we tracked it through our lives.”
Colson Whitehead, Sag Harbor

Chuck Palahniuk
“The club is too loud to talk, so after a couple of drinks, everyone feels like the centre of attention but completely cut off from participating with anyone else.
You're the corpse in an English murder mystery.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

C.P. Scott
“Comments are free but facts are sacred.”
C.P. Scott

Ray Bradbury
“Is it true, the world works hard and we play? Is that why we're hated so much?”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“She turned quickly to face him, and with one part of his mind he thought, They call it falling in love, admiring as always the wisdom of the language. Not stumbling in love, not walking, striding, jumping, bouncing, crawling in love. You fall in love, straight forward like a chopped tree, straight down like a rock from a cliff: gravity, earth, concussion.”
Max Byrd, Jackson

“Yardy doing a good job out there—1-14 off his five overs so far—but Bangla are letting this drift. The bowling is there to attack, but they're as passive as sleeping sloths at the mo.”
Tom Fordyce

Theresa Griffin Kennedy
“Always support younger writers, and do all you can to nourish that spirit of creativity, and original risk. The unique manner of literary innovation that younger writers may engage in, ultimately is priceless. Writers, poets and authors are the spokespersons for ours and the next generations. Support them, mentor them, protect them from the viciousness of popular opinion, which is generally nothing more than censorship wearing the cloak of righteous indignation.”
Theresa Griffin Kennedy

Alexandra Kleeman
“My fiancé immediately began to look uncomfortable, but did not voice this discomfort except by a soft gurgling sound in the throat . . . The gurgling escalated, but my mother politely switched on the dishwasher, and soon we heard mostly the sound of machinery rather than that of a person's feelings surfacing.”
Alexandra Kleeman, Intimations: Stories

Dexter Palmer
“They do think the world is some kind of science-fiction novel, then. Do you realize how fervently most people will believe in the promises of technology, even when those promises fly in the face of common sense?”
Dexter Palmer, The Dream of Perpetual Motion

Jennifer L. Armentrout
“What movie are you guys gonna see anyway?”
“I don’t...know,” I answered when Rider remained quiet. An idea formed. “Do you want to come?”
Jayden blinked as if he was surprised. “Aw, that’s sweet of you, but I’m not good sittin’ in a theater.”
My brows furrowed. “Why?”
“Because he’d talk through it,” Paige answered from the couch. “He would literally talk through the entire movie.”
“True dat,” one of the other guys responded.
I grinned.
“It’s true. You know, I like to add commentary every once in a while,” Jayden explained. “But for some reason people be all upset over that.”
“I can imagine,” Rider replied drily.
“I like to think what I’m addin’ actually enlightens the experience,” Jayden said.
Paige snorted. “I don’t think enlighten is the right word.”
“My entire presence is enlightening,” he replied.
Hector looked over his shoulder, eyebrows raised. “I can come up with a few words that describe your presence. Enlightening is not one of them.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Problem with Forever

Euripides
“Yet censure strikes hard at women, while men, the true agents of trouble, hear no reproach.”
Euripides, Electra

Catherine Lacey
“The late-afternoon light was thick and orange and she passed four different couples taking photos of themselves on the same cobblestoned block, all their loves endlessly recorded and reviewed, ever and ever, a little archive of two.”
Catherine Lacey, The Answers

Geoff Dyer
“Photographers sometimes take pictures of each other; occasionally they take pictures of each other at work; more usually they take photographs - or versions - of each other's work. Consciously or not they are constantly in dialogue with their contemporaries and predecessors.”
Geoff Dyer, The Ongoing Moment

“Any commentary on life is irrelevant to the living of it.”
Marty Rubin

C.P. Scott
“Comment is free, but facts are sacred.”
C. P. Scott

Walter Scott
“By my faith,' said Wamba, 'it would seem the Templars love the Jews' inheritance better than they do their company.”
Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

“John does not say 'the sins'... But he says, 'the sin of the world,' as if the whole mass of human transgression was bound together, in one black and awful bundle, and laid upon the unshrinking shoulders of this better Atlas who can bear it all, and bear it all away. Your sin, and mine, and every man's, they were all laid upon Jesus Christ.”
Alexander MacLaren, Expositions Of Holy Scripture St. John Chapters I To Xiv

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“We can say a thousand things and not do a single thing. And if that’s what we’re doing, we’re wasting everything.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Iris Murdoch
“The book is quite serious and quite funny. (Most novels are.)”
Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince

“haiku were not written to be weighed down with commentary.

(Buson, p. 103)”
Harold G. Henderson, An Introduction to Haiku

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