2016 in Review: Quotes Part 1

Here is the first part of this year’s quotes list

“Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one.” —Heidegger quoted by Meghan O’Rourke

“To catch a bus you have to think like a bus” —tumblr user neptunain

“All men are selfish, brutal and inconsiderate—and I wish I could find one” —Shulamith Firestone quoted by Amber Frost

“—Завидуешь, Леня?
—Завидую факту, а не объекту.” —Василий Гроссман Жизнь и судьба

“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people” —Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

“The occupational hazard of the literary intellectual is to believe that he is redeemed by consciousness.  He knows, for example, what mean-spiritedness is, and he is, of course, against it; therefore, he need have no further worries about falling into it himself.” —Norman Podhoretz

“Male urination is a form of commentary” — Camille Paglia

“//Marriage,/The ultimate double dare” —A Softer World

“In the life of every human being there is a point in time where each discovers that one is only what one is. All at once we realize that the world no longer concedes us credit for our future, it no longer wants to entertain seeing us for what we could be… We find ourselves to be creatures without potential. No one asks us any longer, ‘What do you want to do?’” —Jean Améry quoted by Vivian Gornick in The Situation and the Story

“Altogether elsewhere, vast
Herds of reindeer move across
Miles and miles of golden moss,
Silently and very fast.” —W.H. Auden The Fall of Rome

“Странник прошёл, опираясь на посох, —
Мне почему-то припомнилась ты.
Едет пролетка на красных колёсах —
Мне почему-то припомнилась ты.

Вечером лампу зажгут в коридоре —
Мне непременно припомнишься ты.
Что б ни случилось, на суше, на море
Или на небе, — мне вспомнишься ты.” —В.Ф. Ходасевич

“Welcome to Meteor Deflection Corp. Our quest is to maximize shareholder value this quarter.” —@InstanceOfClass quoted by Scott Alexander

“Like, you just messed up at reading a book. You read a book so poorly that you died.” —Ryan North describing choose your own adventure books

“’Lots of exciting outdoor recreation opportunities,’ they said—but they didn’t add ‘for the survivors.’” —Jeremy Stewart Theory of North

“Принес ей ‘Технологию Секса”. Книга замечательная. Первую страницу открываешь, написано “Введение”. Уже смешно.” —Довлатов Компромисс

“It’s sad that a family can be torn apart by something as simple as a pack of wild dogs.” – Jack Handey

“Человек без бороды умным быть не может” —Герман Стерлигов

“CORRECTION: Boris Johnson’s award-winning limerick about the Turkish president referred to Erdogan as a wanker who performed a sex act with a goat. A previous version of this article included the prompt for the poetry contest, which included a different sex act, also with a goat.”  —Buzzfeed corrections dept.

“I once asked Danny Dorling why, when I was at school, geography was about the shapes of rivers, but now all the best-known geographers seem to be Marxists. He said it’s because when you look at a map and see that the people on one side of some line are rich and healthy and long-lived and the people on the other side are poor and sick and die young, you start to wonder why, and that turns you towards deep-causal explanations, which then lead in the direction of Marxism.” —John Lanchester

“Insofar as the other great antagonism is that of classes, could we not also imagine a homologous critical rejection of the class binary? The “binary” class struggle and exploitation should also be supplemented by a “gay” position (exploitation among members of the ruling class itself, e.g., bankers and lawyers exploiting the “honest” productive capitalists), a “lesbian” position (beggars stealing from honest workers, etc.), a “bisexual” position (as a self-employed worker, I act as both capitalist and worker), an “asexual” one (I remain outside capitalist production), and so forth.” —Žižek being Žižek

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