Quotes About Observational

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Terry Pratchett
“A European says: I can't understand this, what's wrong with me? An American says: I can't understand this, what's wrong with him?
I make no suggestion that one side or other is right, but observation over many years leads me to believe it is true.”
Terry Pratchett

Christopher Isherwood
“I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. Recording the man shaving at the window opposite and the woman in the kimono washing her hair. Some day, all this will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed.”
Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin

James     Baldwin
“It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
James Baldwin

Joe Hill
“There's something horribly unfair about dying in the middle of a good story, before you have a chance to see how it all comes out. Of course, I suppose everyone ALWAYS dies in the middle of a good story, in a sense. Your own story. Or the story of your grandchildren. Death is a raw deal for narrative junkies.”
Joe Hill, The Fireman

Carl Sagan
“The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.”
Carl Sagan

James     Baldwin
“It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is their system of reality and what they assume themselves to be.”
James Baldwin

John Steinbeck
“Strange how one person can saturate a room with vitality, with excitement. Then there are others, and this dame was one of them, who can drain off energy and joy, can suck pleasure dry and get no sustenance from it. Such people spread a grayness in the air about them.”
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Graham Greene
“There was always another side to a joke, the side of the victim.”
Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana

Dean Koontz
“Death came, Death went, but Commerce flowed Eternal.”
Dean Koontz, Forever Odd

Nuala O'Faolain
“Let me just say that I am not often lonely in country places. In cities I am, like the writers of the letters. Nature doesn't break your heart: other people do. Yet, we cannot live apart from each other in bowers feeding on nectar. We're in this together, this getting through our lives, as the fact that we are word-users shows.”
Nuala O'Faolain

Edmund Morris
“Norway...looked to Roosevelt "as funny a kingdom as was ever imagined outside of opera bouffe....It is much as if Vermont should offhand try the experiment of having a king.”
Edmund Morris, Colonel Roosevelt

S.J. Lewis
“It's not what you're not sure of that gets you: It's when you just know it's okay, and you don't check.”
S.J. Lewis

Martin Amis
“She didn't use the misery of others to cultivate her own smugness, true, but at least I didn't go about eating all their food.”
Martin Amis, The Rachel Papers

Bernard Taylor
“I know-that things exist beyond our reasoning. They DO exist. We may not understand them but that doesn't mean they can't BE. You find people so ready to-to scoff at anything they can't figure out, can't reason, and those same people will turn straight round and tell you that they believe in God. Is HE understandable? Is that belief backed up by reasoning, scientific logic? We live with mysteries all day long, all our lives, but because they're familiar mysteries, we accept them. Well, you'd have to-or go mad. Who understands LIFE? Yet we live it. We hang on to it. We accept it just as we accept the inevitability of death. Life and death: the only two absolute certainties we're aware of, but we can't even BEGIN to explain them.”
Bernard Taylor

Sorin Suciu
“Tuesdays are the worst. They are the spoiled leftovers of Mondays, repackaged with a new expiry date.”
Sorin Suciu, In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett

Dahlia Lithwick
“I think men get nervous when women start counting the number of female senators, and whites become edgy when they hear the next Supreme Court seat will probably go to a Latino. This isn't always because they object to sharing the spoils, by the way; it just reminds us that the melting pot may not be working, and we haven't yet achieved the ambiguous national dream of becoming a nation of indistinguishable beige atheists.”
Dahlia Lithwick

Bill Loguidice
“Maybe the secret to continued success is as simple as knowing that your past successes could be done so much better now.”
Bill Loguidice

Michael McDowell
“Benjamin Stallworth understood his shortcomings and was rendered unhappy by that understanding. He was upright enough to wish for correction but too weak to enforce it upon himself.”
Michael McDowell

“Maude meant nothing that she said. She knew how pretty she looked in furs. She was a rattle, not understanding her own bnoise; but the scholar hung upon her words, and believed them inspired, and did not know they were murmurings from a shell.”
Ernest G. Henham

S.J. Lewis
“Mother Nature is a peculiar entity. On the one hand, she gives us everything that we need to live. On the other hand, she keeps trying to kill us.”
S.J. Lewis

Michael Blumlein
“It's just agony then. Not death”
Michael Blumlein, The Brains of Rats

Michael Blumlein
“Tenacity, in some an admirable quality, is no substitute for the ability to change, for what in one age might be considered tenacious in another would most certainly be called cowardly.”
Michael Blumlein

“People usually advance in the direction of making life easy that they prefer personal and private spaces. When they do that than they tend to be very observant and solution orientated.”
Jackson Taviri

Sophie McManus
“The discordant principals' duet is like the nocturnal emission of a cancerous horse tethered in its dolorous slumber to a barbed aluminum fence during an electrical storm.”
Sophie McManus, The Unfortunates

“The first step to insanity is taking a risk.The type of insanity depends on the situation of a risk.”
Jackson Taviri

“Time is like a phone call, but you can only call once.”
Jackson Taviri

“Beauty shoudn't suffer but should be embraced.”
Jackson Taviri

“Anger and stubborness are bestfriends, they need each other for fuel.”
Jackson Taviri

“Suppression is a form of social and intellectual terrorism which results in oppression.”
Jackson Taviri

Carlene Bauer
“A man always wants his friends to be a little in love with his beloved too.”
Carlene Bauer, Frances and Bernard

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