Quotes

“Laconic speech has an entrancing quality.”  Ones I enjoy:

  • I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx
  • I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  • You must surrender whatever preconceptions you have about music if you’re really interested in it.” – Cecil Taylor
  • All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.” – Edward Gibbon
  • The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” – Nikola Tesla
  • An artist who is inspired is being obvious. They are not making any decisions; They are not weighing one idea against another. They are accepting their first thoughts.” – Keith Johnstone
  • My number one goal was not getting ‘A’s’ – and I proved it. I was a ‘C’ student. You have to be ready to learn. If you’re not interested in learning, it doesn’t work. As I grew older and wanted to learn and desperately wanted inside information, learning was a lot easier.” – Brian Lamb
  • If the whole is to be Art, the parts must not try to be.” – Del Close
  • Hit one note that you like.  Then find another note that you like in combination with that.  That’s how you begin to make your own music.” Cecil Taylor
  • Any painters who could never hit a nose or an eye have with felicity copied a smallpox, or been admirable at a toad or a red herring.” – Alexander Pope
  • “We are our choices.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
  • You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else!” – Winston Churchill
  • A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management techniques for wisdom, and fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion, not its speed or ability to consume, condemns itself to death.” – Chris Hedges
  • Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.” – H. L. Mencken

My own humble contribution to the waste on the Internet:

  • Use a timer.
  • Don’t limit your political life to the ballot box.
  • Everything we do and don’t do is political.

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