Posts tagged ‘me’



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)


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. 🙂



…she loves what is strange and curious.

Oscar Wilde, “Some Literary Notes (2)” in Essays, Criticism and Reviews (1901)



Many people have believed that they were Chosen, but none more badly than the Texans.

Edward Hoagland, Hoagland On Nature: Essays (2003)

Note: in the interest of full disclosure: I’m Texan…and am back in Texas for a visit this week 🙂



Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

Albert Camus, Notebook IV in Notebooks: 1942-1951  (c. 1949)



For as much as she stumbled, she’s runnin’ / For as much as she runs, she’s still here.

Eli Young Band, “Guinevere,” Jet Black & Jealous (2008)


high time

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul…then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.

Herman Melville, Moby Dick (1851)



…I want / to think again of dangerous and noble things. / I want to be light and frolicsome. / I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, / as though I had wings.

Mary Oliver, “Starlings in Winter” in Owls and Other Fantasies (2003)


be somebody

All my life, I’ve always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.

Jane Wagner, “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,”  performed by Lily Tomlin (1985)


practical shoes

…I’d sooner remove my own spleen with a grapefruit spoon than buy a set of sheets that require ironing. I believe in practical shoes, low-maintenance hair, and whichever frozen peas happen to be on sale.

Lisa Kogan, “Romance in the Real World,” O, The Oprah Magazine (2007)



…she had an unequalled gift…of squeezing big mistakes into small opportunities.

Henry James, “Greville Fane,” The Real Thing: and Other Tales (1893)


billowing wreath

Her head of hair was something, a labyrinthine, billowing wreath of spirals and ringlets, fuzzy as twine and large enough for use as Christmas ornamentation. All the disquiet of her childhood seemed to have passed into the convolutions of her sinuous thicket of hair. Her irreversible hair. You could polish pots with it and no more alter its construction than if it were harvested from the inky depths of the sea, some kind of wiry reef-building organism, a dense living onyx hybrid of coral and shrub, perhaps possessing medicinal properties. For three hours she held Coleman entranced by her comedy, her outrage, her hair, and by her flair for manufacturing excitement, by a frenzied, untrained adolescent intellect and an actressy ability to enkindle herself and believe her every exaggeration… But when he got her back to Sullivan Street that evening, everything changed. It turned out that she had no idea in the world who she was. Once you’d made your way past the hair, all she was was molten.

Philip Roth, The Human Stain (2001)


the ERA

Ainsley Hayes (on opposing the ERA):
I am a citizen of this country, I am not a special subset in need of your protection. I do not have to have my rights handed down to me by a bunch of old, white men. The same Article 14 that protects you protects me.

Aaron Sorkin, The West Wing, “17 People” (2001)


most pastimes

She liked soccer, but not practicing, which was kind of how she felt about most pastimes.

Rebecca Grace (2012)

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