2014 in Review: Quotes Part 2

continuing with quoting stuff

“Actually, I didn’t understand this point, it just seemed like a random stringing together of words, but, whatever cricket is like, it is not like the metric system” —Harry Brighouse on Ann Coulter’s dislike of soccer

“A healthy increase in crow numbers would make basic services like cawing loudly outside your bedroom window at six in the morning available to all” —Ian Frazier Tomorrow’s Bird

“There’s only two kinds of music: good, and bad” —Duke Ellington

“‘It’s the balls that get me,’ Vicky said. ‘They’re like kiwifruit gone bad'” —Elizabeth Berg The Party

Suzy: Was he a good dog?
Sam: Who is to say? But he didn’t deserve to die” —Moonrise Kingdom

“What if soy milk is just regular milk introducing itself in Spanish?” —A grocery store sign

“If this is Upper Silesia, one wonders what Lower Silesia must be like” —P.G. Wodehouse on Tost

“But this was no time for books. Through a chance connection I picked up a job in a chicken hatchery” —Loren Eiseley All the Strange Hours

“Быть может прежде губ уже родился шепот,
И в бездревесности кружилися листы.
И те, кому мы посвящаем опыт,
До опыта приобрели черты”
—О. Мандельштам ***

“Our conduct as states clings to a code of self-interest which science, like humanity, has long left behind” —J. Bronowski Science and Human Values

“If I steal from any person, there may be no harm done by the mere transfer of possession; he may not feel the loss, or it may even prevent him from using the money badly. But I cannot help doing this great wrong towards Man, that I make myself dishonest. What hurts society is not that it should lose its property, but that it should become a den of thieves” —W.K. Clifford quoted in ibid.

“Гражданин Муравьев, почему вы живете в троллейбусе” —Учебник русского языка

“I asked him if he liked parachuting. He said that he found it most disagreeable, but thought that it might be a useful way of getting to places” —Fitzroy Maclean on David Sterling in Eastern Approaches

“This new relation will breeze in and out of our lives like a sort of extreme niece or nephew” —Meghan Daum Difference Maker

“The good news is that if you’re a child in Southwestern Kazakhstan or Northern Uzbekistan, you have access to a creepy, apocalyptic playground that your parents never did” —Liz Core on the Aral Sea

“Fuck’s sake a million dollars is a shitload of money. How can you possibly not have a bunch lying around after people just gave you a million dollars” —Steve Albini

“I’ve tried to ask you this in some daydreams that I’ve had
But you’re always busy being make-believe” —Arctic Monkeys Love is a Laserquest

“You cannot, it seems, let children run about in the streets. People who have seen them running wild in Russia say the sight is not a pleasant one” —Virginia Woolf A Room of One’s Own

“The business of progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected” —G.K. Chesterton

“You can’t argue with 100%. Seriously, you can’t argue with a percentage. It’s not a sentient thing capable of communication” —Daniel Wagner on Shawn Matthias’ faceoff percentage

“Needless to say, as old people run the world, an enormous camouflage has been built up to hide the fact that only young people are attractive or important” … “If I had been asked to do this article about five years ago, it might have been worth reading” —F. Scott Fitzgerald What I think and feel at 25

“Если ты не экспансируешь, то тебя экспансируют, хотя тут можно использовать и более грубое слово” —Валерий Скурлатов в интервью с “Русской Планетой”

“It’s weird how people hate getting older. People love mountains, and mountains are old as fuck. They are the oldest things there are” —Dan Deacon

“He sat carefully and shut his eyes. To have a really safe hiding place had always been one of his most serious ambitions” —Tove Jansson Moominpappa at Sea

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