Quotes, Part Three

I’ve always been a quote-collector. Scribblin’ ’em down in my notebook or CTRL+Cin’ ’em, 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, and another one in 2012, and it appears that I’ve backlogged another murder of quotes. So here they are. Read them. Click here to see all of my quote posts.


“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
– Bruce Lee

“There is nothing more common than unsuccessful men with talent.”
— Joe Strummer

“Cartooning really is just designing.”
— Charles Schulz

“One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.”
– Lou Reed

“When people begin to lose hope, there’s bound to be explosions.”
– Stephen King, 11/22/63

“God only exhibits his thunder and lightning at intervals, and so they always command attention. These are God’s adjectives. You thunder and lightning too much; the reader ceases to get under the bed, by and by.”
— Mark Twain, Letter to Orion Clemens

“Just an FYI: ‘Thursday the 12th’ is just as rare as ‘Friday the 13th’.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Americans are getting stronger. Twenty years ago, it took two people to carry ten dollars’ worth of groceries. Today, a five-year-old can do it.”
— Henny Youngman

Monty Python reviewing Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy:

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
— Steve Martin’s career advice.

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
— Harry S Truman

“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
— Bible, Matthew 7

“I think if you’re a lady playing a guitar, other ladies need to see you playing the guitar, and they don’t need to see men come out and fix your equipment for you. It just looks incredibly pussy. So I just do it all myself.”
— Neko Case, Fretboard Journal interview

“I can never stand still. I must explore and experiment. I am never satisfied with my work. I resent the limitations of my own imagination.”
— Walt Disney

“Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.”
— Amy Sedaris

“You don’t have to worry about the future, you don’t worry about the past – you just explode.”
— Ray Bradbury

“Stories about an 8-year-old boy, for example, inevitably become tragic.”
Hayao Miyazaki

“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.”
— Albert Einstein

“Our outworn economic system dooms millions to frustration.”
— Olaf Stapledon (introduction to Star Maker, 1937)

“Shrapnel was invented by an Englishman of the same name. Don’t you wish you could have something named after you?”
— Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without A Country

“I think all the funny people were bullied. When they talk about outlawing bullying, it’s like, what? You want no Comedy Central?”
— Chris Rock

“All great art is a form of complaint.”
— John Cage

“I didn’t realize quite how liberal I was until I was asked to make passionate comedic choices as opposed to necessarily successful comedic choices.”
— Stephen Colbert

“If it doesn’t rock enough, Bob will scoff at it, and if it isn’t catchy enough, Chris won’t like it, and if it isn’t modern enough, Tommy won’t like it.”
— Paul Westerberg

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.”
— Eckhart Tolle

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader, not the fact that it’s raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”
— E. L. Doctorow

“It’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent. It’s easier to do little things we know we can do than to start on big things we’re not so sure about.”
John Cleese

“I don’t believe that one should devote his life to morbid self-attention, I believe that one should become a person like other people.”
— Taxi Driver

“The first draft of anything is shit.”
― Ernest Hemingway

“It may be that America has become too big and complicated for most people to deal with being part of. People are longing for a smaller, stupider reality.”
Matt Taibbi

“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals – sounds that say listen to this, it is important.”
— Gary Provost

“I find music confusing and annoying.”
— Moss, The IT Crowd

“There’s a tremendous power in using the least amount of information to get a point across.”
Rick Rubin

“I live in constant fear of not being misunderstood.”
— Oscar Wilde

“Don’t know what 2 say about Dunk-a-roos. They’re just good! Sometimes you want a food that is comfortable and takes you back. For me, it’s those crazy little kangaroo crackers.”
Prince

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