Archive for August, 2013



All words are pegs to hang ideas on.

Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit (1887)



It’s not denial. I’m just very selective about the reality I accept.

Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes (1992)



I think I’m greedy, but I’m not greedy for money – I think that can be a burden – I’m greedy for an exciting life. I want it to be exciting all the time, and I get it, actually. On the other hand, I can find excitement, I admit, in raindrops falling on a puddle and a lot of people wouldn’t. I intend to have it exciting until the day I fall over.

David Hockney in A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney (2011)



It was a pleasant cafe, warm and clean and friendly, and I hung up my old water-proof on the coat rack to dry and put my worn and weathered felt hat on the rack above the bench and ordered a cafe au lait. The waiter brought it and I took out a notebook from the pocket of the coat and a pencil and started to write.

Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast (1964)



I am awaiting / perpetually and forever / a renaissance of wonder

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, “I Am Waiting” in A Coney Island of the Mind (1958)



Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.

George Eliot, Impressions of Theophrastus Such (1879)



Life is a long lesson in humility.

J. M. Barrie, The Little Minister (1891)



I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.

Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl (1944)



Instagram isn’t about reality – it’s about a well-crafted fantasy, a highlights reel of your life that shows off versions of yourself that you want to remember and put on display in a glass case for other people to admire and browse through. It’s why most of the photographs uploaded to Instagram are beautiful and entertaining slices of life and not the tedious time in-between of those moments, when bills get paid, cranky children are put to bed, little spats with friends. Instagram is a yearbook of our most memorable moments, not because they’re the moments worth remembering, but because they’re the moments worth projecting and sharing.

Jenna Wrotham, “Instagram Videos and the Death of Fantasy” (2013)



Go, and never darken my towels again.

Groucho Marx, Duck Soup (1933)



The only genuine love worthy of a name is unconditional.

John Powell, Unconditional Love (1978)



We do what we must, and call it by the best names we can…

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Experience” (1844)



The future is there…looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become.

William Gibson, Pattern Recognition (2003)


two lives

We all have two lives. The second begins when you realize you only have one.

original author not known, quoted (in French) by Tom Hiddleston, interview at Nerd HQ (2013)

Note: Soo… today’s my birthday, and this is a new favorite quote of mine! But, I’m having some trouble tracking down the original citation (where Hiddleston got it from). If anyone has any idea, I’d be incredibly grateful!

Update: Some sources say it’s originally from Confucius. No real way to check that, I guess. (My Chinese being what it is…er, isn’t. 🙂

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