Monday, February 26, 2018

Between the hammer and the anvil, that's where steel is forged.

-Scott Oden, A Gathering of Ravens

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nothing is more useful for mortals, than clear-minded skepticism.

-Euripides (translated by Emily Wilson), Helen

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I might have to join Tumblr

lolmythesis — the work of scholars everywhere reduced to aphorisms.

that's how it's supposed to be from the beginning

Children come to displace. They live on the earth after you are gone, and forget you. It's not their fault.

-Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist

Saturday, October 26, 2013

the following day, no one died

Nothing is ever perfect, however, for alongside those who laugh, there will always be others who weep, and sometimes for the self-same reasons.

One cannot be too careful with words, they change their minds just as people do.

Words move, they change from one day to the next, they are as unstable as shadows, are themselves shadows, which both are and have ceased to be, soap bubbles, shells in which one can barely hear a whisper, mere tree stumps.

Life is an orchestra which is always playing, in tune or out, a titanic that is always sinking and always rising to the surface.

Prudence only serves to postpone the inevitable, sooner or later, it surrenders.

Dissonance also has a role to play in music.

It wasn't true what the proverb said, that what the eyes don't see, the heart doesn't grieve over. Proverbs are so deceiving.

-José Saramago, Death with Interruptions

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

stop that thinking, boy!

An idea is a long suppressed lust. Those who get ideas are the most dangerous people in the world because they are ready to take the risk. They just want to see what happens; their thinking goes no further.

-Andri Snaer Magnason, LoveStar

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

he does credit Pascal

The sole cause of Man’s unhappiness is his inability to sit quietly in his room.

If I can make things seem fun, then maybe they’ll be fun.

-Scott Hutchins, A Working Theory of Love