Quotes, Part Four

I’ve always been a quote-collector. Scribblin’ ’em down in my notebook or CTRL+C-in’ them, and inevitably doing nothing with them except dumping them into the ol’ WordPress draft folder. I collected a bunch into a blog post in 2011, another in 2012, and yet another one 2013. It appears that I’ve backlogged another bucket of quotes. So here they are. Read ’em. Click here to see my other quote posts.


“I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.”
– William Blake

“Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.”
– Barry Switzer

“I think it’s not inaccurate to say that I had a perfectly happy childhood during which I was very unhappy.”
– Joss Wheden

“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”
– Mark Twain

“I’m careless Lord, sometimes when I’m in town.”
– The Cowboy’s Prayer (by way of Johnny Cash)

“Stupidity is sometimes the greatest of historical forces.”
– Sidney Hook

” Back in the garage with my bullshit detector”
– Joe Strummer (Garageland, The Claah)

“Any sufficiently advanced troll is indistinguishable from a genuine kook.”
– Alan Morgan, Usenet, 2001

“I probably would’ve kept slogging on that same chord change, because there’s a tendency to have that happen. You get into the cadence in your mind, and it’s hard to make the kind of left turn that you probably need to keep it really interesting.”
– Aimee Mann, (Rolling Stone)

“They muddy the water to make it seem deep.”
– Nietzsche

“If I speak at one constant volume, at one constant pitch, at one constant rhythm, right into your ear, you still won’t hear.”
– Faith No More, A Small Victory

“When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.”
– Charles Goodhart (via aeon)

“There is less here than meets the eye.”
– Dorothy Parker

“We are what we repeatedly do.”
– Aristotle

“Life sucks, get a fucking helmet!”
– Denis Leary

“We got to the party and we saw it wasn’t for us.”
Paul Westerberg

“The problem with it is that it’s shrink-wrapped rock. It’s like rock music off the shelf with preservatives and wrapped in cellophane that you can keep in the freezer.”
– Steve Coogan (talking about Ryan Adams)

“I have to say, the robots were a little scary.”
– President Barack Obama

“Each person tells you who they think they are, and who they think you are.”
Ram Dass

“If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all.”
– Stephen King

“There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.”
– Maya Angelou

“Courage, the original definition of courage, when it first came into the English language — it’s from the Latin word cor, meaning heart — and the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.”
Brené Brown

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
– Frederick Douglass

“If the best way to learn to succeed is to fail as fast as possible, then the second-best way is to watch someone else fail as fast as possible. Watching someone else screw up is a kind of rehearsal for your own eventual downfall. A close observation of someone else’s attempt to resolve a difficulty is a great way to acquire real-world insight into whether and when to deploy their method in your own times of trouble.”
Cory Doctrow

“No one complained about the meal, however; it was not delicious, but it was there and it was hot.”
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

“If you’re just creative, you’ll always have to rely on technical people. If you’re creative and technical, you’re unstoppable.”
– Robert Rodriguez

“Evil brings men together.”
– Aristotle

“Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face.”
– Mike Tyson

“we must education everyone around us.”
Food Babe

“America is just a shit-cunt of a country and I don’t care what’s in the news.”
Louis CK

“They say money can’t buy happiness and it’s totally true. Money can buy you a bunch of shit to glue to a bunch of other shit that will make you happy, but besides that, there’s no more happiness. There’s no point in me focusing on getting any fucking richer. Obviously the shit you buy doesn’t make you happier because I’m sitting here gluing a bunch of junk to stuff. ”
Miley Cyrus

“Your reputation is what you’re perceived to be, your character is what you really are.”
John Wooden

“People always clap for the wrong things.”
– Holden Caufield

“When we are on our right path, we have a surefootedness.”
– Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
– Winston Churchill

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