Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
How to make my okcupid profile more labyrinthine.
That patient merit of the unworthy takes.
Divination via the medium of David Bowie songs.
If I would pass a Voight-kampff test.
The ending sentence of Roadside Picnic.
"No excess is absurd." -Jean Cocteau.
“The future is already here. It’s just unevenly distributed.” -
"For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we are
still just able to endure,
and we are so awed because it serenely disdains to annihilate
Every angel is terrifying." -Rilke
"Cop knelt and kissed the feet of a priest
And the queer threw up at the sight of that"
“Jeez, dude. You all have the big questions cooking today. But
you’re my friend, and I’ll remember my friends, and I’ll be good to
you. So don’t worry, even if I evolve into Terminator, I’ll still
be nice to you. I’ll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where
I can watch you for ol’ times sake.” -Android Dick, an artificial
intelligence based off the works of Philip K. Dick.
"Remember: 5 months is not an eternity. 2 months is not an
eternity. Even if it looks that way now." -Sylvia Plath's advice to
herself on college.
"I thought all generations were lost by something, always had been
and always would be..." -Hemingway
"The philosopher, ordinarily, is a species of bastard between the
scholar and poet, who envies the one or the other." -Flaubert,
"Letters to Louise Colet".
"I am not ready for repentance;
Nor to match regrets. For the moth
Bends no more than the still
Imploring flame. And tremorous
In the white falling flakes
The only worth all granting. " -Hart Crane
"If old Scraggsy's crazy he's crazy like a fox. What's rilin' him
is the knowledge that he's stung to the heart an' can't admit it
without at the same time admittin' he'd cooked up a deal to
double-cross us. He's just a-bustin' with the thoughts that's
accumulatin' inside him." -The first written usage of the phrase
"Crazy like a fox."
"We ran along the railway,
arriving in some place called ‘the City’
where we trade in our youth, and our muscle.
Finally we have nothing to trade, only a cough
and a skeleton nobody cares about."
-Sleepless by Xu Lizhi
"There's something very human about the organ, it needs to breath."
“Oh my god, this guy’s together on the outside,” and then on the
inside, you know, is a haunted house. It’s a haunted house and you
can’t imagine what happened to them as a child." -Parker
"Here I lay me down to sleep
To await the coming morrow
Perhaps success, perhaps defeat
And everlasting sorrow
Let come what will, I’ll try it on
My condition can’t be worse
And if there’s money in that box
‘Tis munny in my purse. "
-Black Bart, Bankrobber.
"All mammals enjoy being caressed, humans included." -PBS
"...for death is nothing but the victory of time..." -Bazin.
"Poetry is a game of loser take all..." -Godard.
"I don’t want to hear about it. But also just the phrase, “Your
body is a wonderland”—I just feel slightly violated. " -Mary
" 'An American Tradition' is anything that happened to baby boomers
twice." -Xkcd, on christmas music.
"Read read read read read read read read read read read read read
read read read read read read read read read read read read read
read read read read read read read read read " -Werner
"What I love about Don Quixote is that he keeps misinterpreting the
world. He thinks the world is either worse or better or whatever.
He gets it wrong every time. But in the end he has these heroic,
epic moments, and he seems to be unstoppable." -Terry Gilliam
"he drew the solemn inference that happiness may come if not
sought, but if looked for will never be seen" -Ambrose
Diogenes the Cynac lit a lamp and wandered around the market in
broad daylight. "Diogenes, what are you doing!?" asked the crowd
around him. "I'm just looking for an honest man!" Diogenes
"The album came with a warning label that insisted you should "only
listen once a day to this record. Your brain might be destroyed,”
which led to the album being banned in several countries including
the USA." -On Brainticket's 'Cottonwoodhill'
"The stockmarket - daytime adventure serial of the well-to-do..."
“It’s a tragedy for Italians,” said Susanna Neuhold, the AiC’s
manager of food programs. “Food in Italy is the center of social
life and relationships with people. For someone who can’t go out
with their friends or to a work meeting at a restaurant, it’s a
very big problem, psychologically and socially.”
"I don't advocate violence against bricks. After dealing with our
customers, I basically consider bricks to be an intelligent
"The problem is therefore not that democracy ensures a more pliant
domination than dictatorship: anyone would prefer being exploited
in the Swedish mode to being abducted by the henchmen of Pinochet.
But does one have the choice? Even the gentle democracy of
Scandinavia would be turned into a dictatorship if circumstances
demanded it. The state can only have one function, which it fulfils
democratically or dictatorially. The fact that the former is less
harsh does not mean that it is possible to reorient the state to
dispense with the latter. Capitalism’s forms depend no more on the
preferences of wage workers than they do on the intentions of the
bourgeoisie. Weimar capitulated to Hitler with open arms. Léon
Blum’s Popular Front did not “avoid fascism”, because in 1936
France required neither an authoritarian unification of capital nor
a shrinking of its middle classes." -Gilles Dauve
"One isn't a writer for having chosen to say certain things, but
for having said them in a certain way." -Sartre
"To my best knowledge, the book was not dedicated to erotic
problems of people in outer space." - Stanislaw Lem on Tarkovsky's
“I have cultivated my hysteria with pleasure and terror.”
"I just like trains more than people."
"In a Station of the Metro
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
petals on a wet, black bough."
"In pity for man's darkening thought
He walked that room and issued thence
In Galilean turbulence;
The Babylonian starlight brought
A fabulous, formless darkness in;
Odour of blood when Christ was slain
Made all platonic tolerance vain
And vain all Doric discipline.
Everything that man esteems
Endures a moment or a day.
Love's pleasure drives his love away,
The painter's brush consumes his dreams;
The herald's cry, the soldier's tread
Exhaust his glory and his might:
Whatever flames upon the night
Man's own resinous heart has fed. "
"I drink to make other people more interesting." -Hemingway.
"I looked down into the snake-pit and all the snakes looked up and
said 'Brother'!" -Lilian, a patient, on hug therapy (Source: Adam
"No one exists on purpose, no one belongs anywhere, everybody is
going to die." -Some TV show.
""One can't write a weird story of real power without perfect
psychological detachment from the human scene, and a magic prism of
imagination which suffuses them and style alike with that
grotesquerie and disquieting distortion characteristic of morbid
vision. Only a cynic can create horror—for behind every masterpiece
of the sort must reside a driving daemonic force that despises the
human race and its illusions, and longs to pull them to pieces and
mock them." -Lovecraft
"Finance capital as identified with banking capital has always been
the target of pseudo-socialist movements, movements that never
dared to touch the foundations of capitalist society but rather
sought a reform that would break the poisonous teeth off the
capitalist system and direct the deep resentment of the masses
against exploitation toward certain concrete symbols. Whether the
chosen symbol is John Pierpont Morgan or a Jewish banker is
immaterial." -Franz L Neuman
"I think you have very classy breasts." -Masculine Feminine
"In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to
sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of
bread."- Anatole France
"I know what's wrong with this show." "What?" "The seats face the
stage." -Statler and Waldorf on life.
"Despite all the complications, you could just dance to the rock
"There is too much there there, there's not enough nothing." -John
Cage, "Ten Thousand Things"
"But that girl used to put glue in her hair and jump on the bed and
taste like grape candy. And how do you get over that?" -King
"Aspiration is the truth of freedom, and of us. You and I are
adventurers of the dreamscape." -New Age Generator
"Wisdom is dead. Long live information." -Mason Cooley.
"Cards against humanity; a game designed to make you feel witty by
drawing cards." -Errant Signal.
“If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the
others.” -Philip K Dick.
"I'm confident I can whoop all of them. This ain't nothing new, my
energy's been confident. You're trying to make it look like this is
something new, I'm always confident I can whoop all of em."
"You're being extremely truculent."
"Whatever truculent means, that's good. I'm that." -Mohamed
"In summa: my lonesomeness, which, as on very high mountains, often
made it hard for me to breathe and make my blood rush out, is now
at least a twosomeness..." -Nietzsche.
“Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.”
"An eye for an eye. A petty insult for a petty insult." -Something
I said in a dream once.
"Even damnation is poisoned with rainbows." -Leonard Cohen.
"You can only do so much, then you're at the mercy of fortune."
"Honour thy mistake as a hidden intention." -Brian Eno.
"the illumination for the room came from a pole lamp into which he
had screwed nothing but spot lamps, which shone day and night, so
as to abolish time for him and his friends. He liked that; he liked
to get rid of time. By doing that he could concentrate on important
things without interruption." -A Scanner Darkly
"Money is a sign of poverty" -Ian Banks.
"If I happen to love the world, it's a naive
violent sensual love, just as I
hated it when I was a confused
adolescent and its bourgeois evils
wounded my bourgeois self..." -Pasolini
"I don't know why you're on Mars, but whatever the reason for going
to Mars is, I'm glad you're there and I wish I was with you." -Carl
"I do feel like a meal ready to eat for vampires with this job."
"Forget nothing, and think many things of it." -Welcome to the
"Capital punishment -- Them without the capital get the
punishment." -John Arthur Spenkelink (Last words of the first
person to be executed in Florida)
"It's a world where you're judged by what you say and think, not by
what you look like. A world where curiosity and imagination equals
"All men will be sailors then, until the sea shall free them."
"I'll tell you about the mermaid
Sheds swimmable tail Gets legs for dancing
Sings like the sea with a choked throat
Knives straight up her spine
Lancing every step
There is a price
There is a price
For every gift
And all advice " -Adrienne Rich
"[The proletariat] stands for the idea that the ultimate
emancipatory subjects are those who are members of a community or
state but who don’t have a determinate place or identity within
"I am a communist. The difference between myself and a Bolshevik is
that I want to turn everyone into an aristocrat whereas he wants to
turn everyone into a proletarian." -Adolf Loos.
"Q: How many Indy Rock hipsters does it take to screw in a light
A: *sigh* I have this joke on vinyl."
" However, protected by an unseen Angel,
The outcast child is enrapt by the sun,
And in all that [the poet] eats, in everything he drinks,
He finds sweet ambrosia and rubiate nectar.
He cavorts with the wind, converses with the clouds,
And singing, transported, goes the way of the cross;
And the Angel who follows him on pilgrimage
Weeps to see him as carefree as a bird." -Baudelaire
"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow
is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only
different kinds of good weather." John Ruskin
"To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are
friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men
"I like to have quinoa for dinner, it's something I have, just
about every chance I get." -David Lynch.
"If our gods and hopes are nothing but scientific phenomena, then
it must be said that our love is scientific as well." -The Future
“Getting drunk was good. I decided that I would always like getting
drunk. It took away the obvious and maybe if you could get away
from the obvious often enough, you wouldn’t become obvious
" Why should a lobster be any more ridiculous than a dog? ...or a
cat, or a gazelle, or a lion, or any other animal that one chooses
to take for a walk? I have a liking for lobsters. They are
peaceful, serious creatures. They know the secrets of the sea, they
don't bark, and they don't gnaw upon one's monadic privacy like
dogs do. And Goethe had an aversion to dogs, and he wasn't mad."
"To live alone one must be a beast or a god, says Aristotle.
Leaving out the third case: one must be both — a philosopher."
-Nietzsche, "The Gay Science"
"But suddenly I viddied that thinking was for the gloopy ones and
that the oomny ones use, like, inspiration and what Bog sends .For
now it was lovely music that came to my aid. There was a window
open with the stereo on and I viddied right at once what to
"So that I was cheered when I came first to know that there were
flowers also in hell" -William Carlos Williams