2014 in Review: Quotes Part 1

Much like 2013, 2014 was a year where I wrote stuff down. Some of that stuff was quotes

“(“страусиное”, подумал образованый мальчик Антон)” —А. Чудаков Ложится мгла на старые ступени

“She had only come to see him in Fontechiusa once, and they had quarrelled terribly, about politics, because she was against Stalin, and so was he, but from a different point of view; and also because she had left a woollen vest in the kitchen and he had inadvertently used it to clean his motorbike” —Natalia Ginzburg Family

“You can’t just drift through life and hope that love is just gonna flow into you like plankton into a whale’s fucking mouth!” —Jeanie on Louie

“В XV веке, вероятно, было так же скучно прирожденным программистам, одаренным велосипедистам или выдающимся кинооператорам; и страшно подумать, какой гадостью они занимались” —Д. Быков об Олеше в Советской литературе

“вот он списывает мысли щуки, совсем молодой, почти малька. “Я хочу съесть карася!” – думает щука. Вот она постарше, поопытнее – “Я хочу съесть карася!!!” А вот роскошная зрелость мощной особи: “ЯХОЧУСЪЕСТЬКАРАСЯЯХОЧУСЪЕСТЬКАРАСЯЯХОЧУСЪЕСТЬКАРАСЯ” ” —Д. Быков пересказывает сказку А. Шарова там же

“Ivan Gorchev, sailor on the freight ship Rangoon was not yet twenty-one when he won the Nobel Prize in physics. To win a scientific award at such a romantically young age is unprecedented, though some people might consider the means by which it was achieved a flaw. For Ivan Gorchev won the Nobel Prize in physics in a card game, called Macao.” —Eno Retjo, opening lines of The Fourteen Carat Roadster

“The three most important factors in my profession are brains, psychology, and a carefully groomed beard” —Eno Retjo ibid.

“A man said to the universe
‘Sir, I exist!’
‘However,’ replied the universe
‘the fact has not created in me
a sense of obligation'”
—Stephen Crane A Man Said to the Universe

“This is like being accused by the Pacific Ocean of containing too much water” —Scott Lemieux makes fun of Freddie de Boer

“The world today is made, it is powered by science; and for any man to abdicate an interest in science is to walk with open eyes toward slavery” —J. Bronowski Science and Human Values

“People were torn between the longing for the good taste of pork, and the fear of death. It was a time of waste and confusion” —Carson McCullers Ballad of the Sad Cafe

“It will be seen that at each point Burnham is predicting a continuation of the thing that is happening. Now the tendency to do this is not simply a bad habit, like inaccuracy or exaggeration, which one can correct by taking thought. It is a major mental disease, and its roots lie partly in cowardice, and partly in the worship of power, which is not fully separable from cowardice” —George Orwell James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution

“One friend from Northern Ireland said on Facebook that a relative had told him that the key to understanding any conflict is to work out who are the ‘Protestants’ and who are the ‘Catholics’” —Chris Bertram on how not to think about Ukraine

“who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you”
—E.E. Cummings since feeling is first

“This pragmatical, preposterous pig of a world, its farrow that so solid seem
Must vanish on the instant if the mind but change its theme”
—W.B. Yeats Blood and the Moon

“Albert Camus was a goalie, and I feel pretty comfortable attributing the entire structure of existentialist thought to that fact” —Laurent Dubois on goalies

“Have you heard the expression ‘prevention is nine-tenths the cure’? Well in the case of suicide, it’s actually ten-tenths the cure ” —Damsels in Distress

“Ринулся в чащу, а там берлога
шел на медведя, а их там шесть –
Это почерк дьявола, а не Бога,
Это дьявол под маской Бога
Отнимает надежду там где надежда есть”
—Д. Быков Новая графология2



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