There is no way of living in the modern world without doing morally reprehensible things on a daily basis. — Jamie Lee Curtis Taete, “There is nothing pretentious about being a vegan,” Vice Magazine (http://m.vice.com/read/there-is-nothing-pretentious-about-being-a-vegan-723).
On a kiosk the morning’s papers hang idiotically, looking already a little yellow, like a great artichoke of news that’s beginning to go bad. A little dog pees on them quick, the vendor’s asleep. — Journey to the End of the Night, Louis-Ferdinand Céline
The quickest way to wealth is to sell the cheapest thing possible in the dearest bottle. — H. G. Wells, Tono-Bungay.
We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real? — Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (via bookmania)
…there is no use wishing it were a simpler problem or trying to make it a simpler problem, because in real life it is not a simpler problem. — Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Happy Gerald Ford Trapped in an Elevator Day -
This plaque commemorates the spot where, while on campus to dedicate a conference room named for alum and trustee Thomas S. Gates in 1984, former President Gerald R. Ford was briefly stuck in a staff elevator in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.
The iron lace on the roof of the broken greenhouses, the noise of the fountains whose basins were disfigured and cracked, the rattle of the dumbwaiter that brought their tasteless dinner up from the basement kitchens, where the rats lived—the Mackenzies regarded all this foolishness with the deepest respect, as if it had some genuine significance. They may have suffered from an indiscriminate sense of the past or from an inability to understand that the past plays no part in our happiness. — John Cheever, “The Children”
Park Slope Family Circus -
I wish I could do brain surgery. If only I could find the time. — Joshua Henkin commenting on his frustration with casual, wannabe writers. http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/tnbfiction/2013/05/joshua-henkin-the-tnb-self-interview/