2016 in Review: Quotes Part 2

…continuing with quoting stuff…

Now, setting a booby-trap for a respectable citizen like a head master (even of an inferior school to your own) is not a matter to be approached lightly and without careful preparation. I don’t suppose I’ve ever selected a lunch with more thought than I did that day. —P.G. Wodehouse The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy

I think the accusation that someone has read Derrida is always offensive —Geoffrey Pullum

This reminds me of Ploetz, Dr. Charles Ploetz, one of the vicarious tormentors of my youth, who wrote the most comprehensive French grammar in existence. This work was so maddeningly comprehensive that it contained all the exceptions to all the rules, and all manners of expressing the same thing in different ways. Ploetz’s last words were “je meurs, but it is equally correct to say je me meurs.” —Edith Templeton The Surprise of Cremona

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. —Albert Camus

This show would be so bad if there were no anthropomorphic animals in there, but there are so it’s raw and beautiful. —Peli Grietzer on “BoJack Horseman”

I remember […] coming to the distinct conclusion that there were only two things really worth living for—the glory and beauty of Nature, and the glory and beauty of human love and friendship. And to-day I still feel the same —Edward Carpenter My Days and Dreams

Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up. —C.S. Lewis

That winter, Alice Toklas, Picasso, and myself took a villa in the south of France. I was then working on what I felt was a major American novel but the print was too small and I couldn’t get through it. In the afternoons, Gertrude Stein and I used to go antique hunting in the local shops, and I remember once asking her if she thought I should become a writer. In the typically cryptic way we were all so enchanted with, she said, “No.” I took that to mean yes and sailed for Italy the next day. —Woody Allen A Twenties Memory

The Hollow Earth theory was not going over well in the quarry. —Neil Gaiman Good Omens

Centralised control is a necessary pre-condition of Socialism, but it no more produces Socialism than my typewriter would of itself produce this article I am writing.  —George Orwell Catastrophic Gradualism

Election morning, thousands of left-footed shoes were distributed to Roma voters with the promise that if Bajram won the election by nightfall, right-footed shoes would also be distributed.  —Alexander Clapp in the Baffler

Taheri-Azar’s incompetence as a terrorist is bewildering —Charles Kurzman in FP

Such conflicting questions ride
Around in my brain:
Should I order cyanide
Or order champagne —Cole Porter I am in Love

Художник, не стремись быть современным. Это единственное, чего ты, к сожалению, как бы ни старался, не сможешь избежать. —Сальвадор Дали

There is no good trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to be a purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put the new life into us. We may think this rather crude and unspiritual. God does not: He invented eating. He likes matter. He invented it. —C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity

There is probably no pleasure equal to the pleasure of climbing a dangerous Alp; but it is a pleasure which is confined strictly to people who can find pleasure in it. — Mark Twain

Suppose you are walking in a thunderstorm, and you say to yourself, “I am not at all likely to be struck by lightning.” The next moment you are struck, but you experience no surprise, because you are dead. —Bertrand Russell

If you say guns kill people one more time, we will shoot you with a gun, and you will, coincidentally, die. —joke NRA bumper sticker

the dormant goodwill in people needs to be stirred. People need to hear that it makes sense to behave decently or to help others, to place common interests above their own, to respect the elementary rules of human coexistence. —Vaclav Havel

When one arrives for the first time at a city, and especially if one arrives at night, the people in the streets have, just for that moment, a special quality: they are adepts in a ritual the traveller doesn’t know; they are moving from one mystery to another. —V.S. Naipaul The Middle Passage

No, 2016 is not the worst year ever, but it’s the year I started feeling like the Internet would only ever induce the sense of powerlessness that comes when the sphere of what a person can influence remains static, while the sphere of what can influence us seems to expand without limit, allowing no respite at all. —Jia Tolentino in the New Yorker

Возьмем для примера трех лидеров живой и неживой природы: лидер из неживой природы — солнце, лидер из животных — ёжик, из человеческих изделий — айфон… —Ариша Назанская

The Council of Eleven Nations Terrestrial wants no trouble with the Vegans over a sliver of land like Israel, not in these times with what’s going on in the galaxy: If both sides in the Vegan Civil War are going to claim the place as holy territory because the men they call the founders of their religions once walked in it, let the bivalves have it, says the Council, let them fight it out between themselves. —William Tenn On Venus, Have We Got a Rabbi

Listen, it could have been worse. As Esther said to Mordecai when he told her of Haman’s plans to massacre all the Jews of Persia—it could have been worse, but I don’t for the moment see exactly how. —ibid.

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