Self Referential Quotes

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Isaac Asimov
“And [Asimov]'ll sign anything, hardbacks, softbacks, other people's books, scraps of paper. Inevitably someone handed him a blank check on the occasion when I was there, and he signed that without as much as a waver to his smile — except that he signed: 'Harlan Ellison.”
Isaac Asimov, Murder at the ABA

David Mitchell
“Spent the fortnight gone in the music room reworking my year's fragments into a 'sextet for overlapping soloists': piano, clarinet, 'cello, flute, oboe, and violin, each in its own language of key, scale, and color. In the first set, each solo is interrupted by its successor; in the second, each interruption is recontinued, in order. Revolutionary or gimmicky? Shan't know until it's finished, and by then it'll be too late.”
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Douglas R. Hofstadter
“A mirror mirroring a mirror”
Douglas R. Hofstadter, I Am a Strange Loop

Douglas R. Hofstadter
“I wish my wish would not be granted!”
Douglas R. Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Jack Kerouac
“When the railroad trains moaned, and river-winds blew, bringing echoes through the vale, it was as if a wild hum of voices, the dear voices of everybody he had known, were crying: "Peter, Peter! Where are you going, Peter?" And a big soft gust of rain came down.
He put up the collar of his jacket, and bowed his head, and hurried along.”
Jack Kerouac, The Town and the City

Douglas R. Hofstadter
“I enjoy acronyms. Recursive Acronyms Crablike "RACRECIR" Especially Create Infinite Regress”
Douglas R. Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

“Life is fundamentally a mental state. We live in a dream world that we create. Whose life is truer, the rational man of action pursuing practical goals of personal happiness and wealth or the philosophic man who lives in a world of theoretical and metaphysical ideas? We ascribe the value quotient to our lives by making decisions that we score as either valid or invalid based upon our personal ethics and how we think and behave.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Douglas R. Hofstadter
“Please, Oh please, publish me in your collection of self-referential sentences!”
Douglas R. Hofstadter, Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

Vladimir Nabokov
“Why our poet chose to give his 1958 hurricane a little-used Spanish name sometimes given to parrots) instead of Linda or Lois, is not clear.”
Nabokov Vladimir, Pale Fire

Douglas R. Hofstadter
“This computer-generated pangram contains six a's, one b, three c's, three d's, thirty-seven e's, six f's, three g's, nine h's, twelve i's, one j, one k, two l's, three m's, twenty-two n's, thirteen o's, three p's, one q, fourteen r's, twenty-nine s's, twenty-four t's, five u's, six v's, seven w's, four x's, five y's, and one z.”
Douglas R. Hofstadter, Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

David Foster Wallace
“Advertising that makes fun of itself is so powerful because it
implicitly congratulates both itself and the viewer (for making the joke and
getting the joke, respectively).”
David Foster Wallace

Gary Lutz
“Here is a story in the worst way. I have no business being anywhere in it. It comes between me and the life I have coming.”
Gary Lutz, Stories in the Worst Way

“The mind is matter in and of itself, but I don't mind, and it doesn't matter.”

Humberto R. Maturana
“In a sense it has been my way to transcendental experience: to the discovery that matter metaphorically speaking, is the creation of the spirit (the mode of existence of the observer in a domain of discourse), and that the spirit is the creation of the matter it creates. This is not a paradox, but it is the expression of our existence in a domain of cognition in which the content of cognition is cognition itself. Beyond that nothing can be said.”
Humberto R. Maturana, Autopoiesis and Cognition: The Realization of the Living

Robert W. Service
“Of Books and Scribes there are no end:
This Plague--and who can doubt it?
Dismays me so, I've sadly penned
Another book about it.”
Robert W. Service, The Pretender: A Story of the Latin Quarter

Stephen King
“The truth was she wouldn't trade Roland's world for anything. Its silent mystery and empty spaces were intoxicating.”
Stephen King, The Waste Lands

“A second way of interpreting Baudrillard’s hyperreality can therefore be found in his critique of the sign where consumer society, in its unstoppable process of deterritorialization, reduces objects to signs and the latter to empty signifiers. Hyperreality can eventually be understood as the pathway leading from a condition where the sign bears some semblance to reality to one where the sign becomes self-referential.”
Francesco Proto, Baudrillard for Architects