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Quotes 2005

"There's nothing as safe as ignorance -- or as dangerous."
Rex Stout, Triple Jeopardy


"Ignorant people need scapegoats."
Rita Mae Brown, Alma Mater


"Sex makes monkeys out of all of us. If you don't give in to it, you wind up a cold, unfeeling bastard. If you do, you spend the rest of your life picking up the pieces."
Rita Mae Brown, Alma Mater


"You've got to admire the faith meteorologists inspire in their religious followers. Weathermen, like most gods, are seldom correct in their prophesies, but unlike anyone else who fucks up a public broadcast, they get to keep their jobs."
Leslie Forbes, Bombay Ice


"A very small cause which escapes our notice determines a considerable effect that we cannot fail to see ... and then people say that this effect is due to chance. ... They prefer to believe in magic. Art, weather, the oscillations of our hearts and brains, all these seem unpredictable and erratic to them. In fact, it is only that we have not yet discovered the right magic ball in which to peer."
Leslie Forbes, Bombay Ice


"...facts are like butterflies, madam. Most difficult to catch, and often lacking in beauty when finally pinned down."
Leslie Forbes, Bombay Ice


"People can recover from snakebite... Like alibis, orgasm, property prices, it's only a question of location and timing."
Leslie Forbes, Bombay Ice


"She ... grinned and flashed Langdon the thumbs-up sign. Langdon smiled weakly and returned the gesture, wondering if she knew it was the ancient phallic symbol for masculine virility."
Dan Brown, Angels & Demons


"Richard noticed that events were cowards: they didn't occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once."
Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere


"...in everybody's life there's a point of no return. And in a very few cases, a point where you can't go forward anymore. And when we reach that point, all we can do is quietly accept the fact. That's how we survive."
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


"... what I'm getting at is no matter who or what you're dealing with, people build up meaning between themselves and the things around them. The important thing is whether this comes about naturally or not. Being bright has nothing to do with it. What matters is that you see things with your own eyes."
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


"It isn't a question of intelligence. I'm not all that bright, I just have my own way of thinking. That's why people get disgusted with me. They accuse me of always bringing up things that are better left alone. If you try to use your head to think about things, people don't want to have anything to do with you."
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


"As long as there's such a thing as time, everybody's damaged in the end, changed into something else. It always happens, sooner or later."
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


"What's a man's important thinking?"

"Where he wants to be, of course ... in the future, ... I mean, on your way you must gather your intelligence, you may ask opinion, but when you are determining your own place in the world ... this is your private, your secret thinking ... and if you are to be a man ... a man of difference, then this thinking must be done alone."
Robert Wilson, A Small Death In Lisbon


"History's only a weight to those that lived it. For the next generation it's no heavier than a few school books and forgotten with a glass of beer and the latest CD."
Robert Wilson, A Small Death In Lisbon


"The deadly, seriously boring people end up working on Saturday afternoons. It's the only thing that makes us feel worth something."
Robert Wilson, A Small Death In Lisbon


"Loss is like a shrapnel wound, ... where the piece of metal's got stuck in a place where the surgeons daren't go, so they decide to leave it. It's painful at first, horribly painful, so that you wonder whether you can live with it. But then the body grows around it, until it doesn't hurt any more. Not like it used to. But every now and again there are these twinges when you're not ready for them, and you realize it's still there and it's always going to be there. It's a part of you. A still, hard point inside."
Robert Wilson, A Small Death In Lisbon


"With a coward, one at least knows where one stands. With a fool, anything can happen. And most frequently does."
Laurie R. King, Locked Rooms


"Photoshop smells fear."
Michael Ninness
Executive Director
Lynda.com


"Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors."
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner


"I'm so afraid. ... Because I'm so profoundly happy... Happiness like this is frightening. ... They only let you be this happy if they're preparing to take something from you."
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner


"Anyone who calls you 'little lady' has already excluded you from the set of people worth listening to."
Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys


I'm a politics junkie. I watch probably far too many of the political talk shows. And what irks me after a while is it all boils down to the fact that one is liberal and one is conservative. They yell at each other for half an hour and nothing gets solved. They've made money for thirty minutes of talk. The network has made money. The show's sponsors have invaded my living room for thirty minutes or an hour, and we're no closer to solving anything. I always watch, and at the end I always wind up saying "What just happened here?"
Charles Barkley, Who's Afraid Of A Large Black Man?


I almost got into a fistfight with two preachers during a meeting about support for John Kerry before the 2004 presidential election. They asked me, "Do you support homosexuality?" I said the issue here isn't homosexuality, it's more important than that, and only God can judge people. I told them that's what scares me about the religious agenda in this country right now. Religious people, in my mind, ought to be compassionate and accepting toward other people. And what was their response? "If you're with us, you're with us; if you're not, you're not."
Charles Barkley, Who's Afraid Of A Large Black Man?


For the most part, whenever you hear the word image, that means "How much product can we sell with you?" That's all image seems to mean. Anytime anything happens, the first thing anybody says is "image." All image means is: How can we sell your face and our products.
Charles Barkley, Who's Afraid Of A Large Black Man?


"I ask these kids now why they wear their pants so low, why I can see the crevice of their asses because the pants and the shorts are so low. I say to them, 'Tell me who designed those jeans. One of y'all tell me real quick.' And of course," he said, "nobody can tell me. And I tell them, 'I'm going to tell you who designed them: somebody who just got out of jail. In jail, you can't wear a belt. You can't wear a belt or rope around you waist. You just wear what they issue you. And it doesn't fit so the pants fall down around your ass. They take the strings out of your shoes because you might try to hang yourself. So here you are, walking around with your pants down, like you can't have a belt, and your shoes without the laces, as if somebody took them away. That's jail culture. Nobody designed that."
Charles Barkley, Who's Afraid Of A Large Black Man?


"There was a kayaker, below in the river. A woman, he thought... he would have been hard pressed to say exactly how he knew, and yet he was sure. ... some anthropologists postulated that this kind of rapid identification of reproductive possibility was what the enlarged neocortex had grown to do. The brain growing with such evolutionary speed, specifically to get along with the other sex. A depressing thought given the results so far."
Kim Stanley Robinson, Forty Signs Of Rain


"Grimly he watched America walk by. Who were these people who could live so placidly while the world fell into an acute global environmental crisis? Experts at denial. Experts at filtering their information to hear only what made it seem sensible to behave as they behaved. Many of those walking by went to church on Sundays, believed in God, voted Republican, spent their time shopping and watching TV. Obviously nice people. The world was doomed."
Kim Stanley Robinson, Forty Signs Of Rain


'So you're not -- what is it? -- credente?'
'A believer? Of course. I'm a fervent Protestant.'
'Really?'
'Absolutely. I protest against everything.'
Michael Dibdin, Back To Bologna


"Deterministic materialism is the only game left in town. The intellectual high rollers have figured out the odds down to the last decimal point, and basically they agree... Details aside, the deal is shit happens."
Michael Dibdin, Back To Bologna

"ISO 9000 does nothing at all to improve working practices. It just adds more work to your existing working practices. If you have good working practices, then you will have less time to do the work because you have to spend all the time documenting them, and having meetings to review the documentation, and further meetings to review the documentation procedures. If you have ho-hum working practices, you will be so completely up the creek that your boat will be touching north and south banks simultaneously."
Verity Stob, The Best Of Verity Stob

"... it [first commercial computer] had wonderful tape drives, with huge reels that used to twitch round in a rather sinister way. Executives used to love to come and be filmed standing in front of them spouting nonsense about 'electronic brains.' Or simply watch them moving. Think kitten in front of a washing machine. In those days it didn't much matter what the machine did, provided it Gave Good Tape. Just as a modern website must Give Good Flash."
Verity Stob, The Best Of Verity Stob


"Every new experience is unusual. The rest of life is just sleep and committee meetings."
John Twelve Hawks, The Traveler