2013 in Review: Quotes Part 2

Continuing with quoting stuff from part 1.

“О сердцевед, ты видишь все пути
И знаешь все, что я скажу, заране
Мои нечаянные умолчанья
В молитвы мне по благости зачти”
—Николоз Бараташвили Моя молитва пер. Б. Пастернака

“Whoever maintains that this life is worthless is in error: it is worth a great deal; only one must learn how to use it properly” —The Baal Shem Tov

“But that class of neutral beings who have neither earned merit nor created bad karma will experience neither pleasure nor pain, but a sort of colourless stupidity of indifference” —Tibetan Book of the Dead

“For the tales which I borrow I charge them upon the conscience of those from whom I get them” —Montaigne Essais XXI

“Hong fucking Kong and I spend half my life walking around feeling like a steamed dumpling” …. “—But what’s the book itself like? —Well, some of it is twaddle, but mostly it’s just piffle” …. “as dent proof as fog” —David Mitchell Ghostwritten

“Now is not the time to do what I can do; and that which it is now time to do, I cannot do” —Isocrates the Orator, quoted in Montaigne Essais XXVI

“When you punish a person for dreaming his dream don’t expect him to thank or forgive you” —The Mountain Goats Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton

“То, что не имеет конца, не имеет и смысла” —И.Ю. цитирует Лотмана в Телегах и гномах

“Я не обязан ходить туда, потому что не строю плана пещеры. Я лишь кое-где развешиваю фонарики — не для того, чтобы всерьез помочь будущим спелеологам, но с единственной целью: изредка порадовать их утомленный темнотой взгляд” —И.Ю. Телеги и гномы

“He’s on the third floor of a commercial building so nondescript that the most interesting observation one can make about it is that it has four stories” … “—Haven’t you guys figured out yet that banzai charges DON’T FUCKING WORK? —All of the people who learned that were killed in banzai charges” —Neal Stephenson Cryptonomicon

“If it were not that it makes one look like a madman to talk to oneself, I should confess that hardly a day passes on which I may not be heard growling to myself ‘confound the idiot!’ And yet I do not intend that to be my definition” —Montaigne, while explaining the fundamental attribution error centuries before its discovery in Essais XXXVIII

“As it turns out, there are many things in this world that can make you roll down a hill, immediately rip off your pants, and frantically begin slapping yourself. Most of them are ants” —evopropinquitous

“Believe me, nobody thinks about his own retirement more than an anarchist” —Dario Fo Accidental Dath of an Anarchist

“The dust of dead words has clung to you. Purify your soul with silence” —Rabindranath Tagore

“…a kind of combined steamroller and fine-toothed comb…” —Primo Levi The Periodic Table

“… (atmosphere strained, soup not)…” —Shashi Tharoor Riot

“I have been careful to hint, occasionally, casually, at the vast amount of research upon which my theories are founded” —C. Northcote Parkinson Parkinson’s Law

“…it also doesn’t matter at all to this crowd that, for example, Cruz failed to stop Chuck Hagel from becoming Defense Secretary. What matters is that he was a huge dick about it, not whether he won or lost” —Alex Pareene on Ted Cruz

“‘What are the three most important rules of the chemist?’ This I knew from Ben. ‘Label clearly. Measure twice. Eat elsewhere'” —Patrick Rothfuss Name of the Wind

“Bad enough to be a lettuce. How awful to think you are a lettuce, too” —Patrick Rothfuss The Wise Man’s Fear

“Whoever invented the Daily Mail
Ought to be cut down to size
Pulped and reduced to a nauseous juice
And dried out and flattened ’til ready for use
Then covered in newsprint and lies”
—Leon Rosselson Whoever Invented the Fishfinger

“I asked him why he was a priest, and he said if you have to work for anybody, an absentee boss is best” —Jeanette Winterson The Passion

“The scholarly authorities on freezing to death seem to be, unsurprisingly, Canadians” —Randall Munroe, what-if/64

“One of their ministers, in a mood of firm rejoicing at his own hanging, excommunicated all the other preachers in the world” —Alice Munro Friend of My Youth

“This was […] a sort of philosophical horror at the thought of a cosmos in which rude pictures of beasts and monsters had been painted with flaming suns” … “Urth is not, as we assume, older than her daughters the trees, and [I] imagined them growing in the emptiness before the face of the sun, tree clinging to tree with tangled roots and interlacing twigs until at last their accumulation became out Urth, and they only the nap of her garment” —Gene Wolfe Sword of the Lictor

“And there in a nutshell you have Charles Edward Biffen. As vague and woollen-headed a blighter as ever bit a sandwich” —P.G. Wodehouse The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy

“He belongs to time, and by the horror that seizes him, he recognizes his worst enemy. Tomorrow, he was longing for tomorrow, whereas everything in him ought to reject it” —Camus Myth of Sysiphus

“If all masses subject to attraction were to disappear, the law of attraction would not be destroyed but would simply remain without any possible application” —Husserl quoted by Camus in Myth of Sysiphus

Lady Bracknell: To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.” —Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest

“The only words I said today are ‘beer’ and ‘thank you'” —Bill Callahan The Sing

“А колокола, что Грозный из Новгорода спер, в землю от огня по капле утекли” —Леонид Латынин Спящий во время жатвы

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3 Responses to 2013 in Review: Quotes Part 2

  1. Mila Khramov says:

    I just cannot leave a comment for some reason, but I like it!!!

  2. Pingback: 2015 in Review: Quotes Part 1 | Rated Zed

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