"There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive. This ecstasy, this forgetfulness of living, comes to the artist, caught up and out of himself in a sheet of flame; it comes to the soldier, war-mad in a stricken field and refusing quarter; and it came to Buck, leading the pack, sounding the old wolf-cry, straining after the food that was alive and that fled swiftly before him through the moonlight." ~ Jack London, Call of the Wild, 1903
"Stop the clocks, kill the firstborn, rename the moon "Thatcher" and then set fire to the sea. Boil the air, ban Death, privatise the trees and drape the clouds in thick, rough, bibleblack taffeta. Strangle Time, arrest thought, dilute tears and yank a Kraken's arse til it whinnies like a narwhal. Fuck this, fuck that, fuck everything & bay at the moon like a werewolf on acid. But believe me, Tories, she ain't coming back!" ~ Martin Rowson (on Twitter)
"That is the greatest fallacy, the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful." ~ Ernest Hemingway
"To me, copyright and intellectual property are some of the real determining issues of this new century. I think they are euphemisms for control." ~ Barbara Kruger
"I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." ~ Vincent van Gogh
"There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life." ~ Federico Fellini, born on this day in 1920.
“Film to me is a magical medium that makes you dream…allows you to dream in the dark." ~ David Lynch, born on this day in 1946.
"They seemed to him vague, fickle, irresponsible creatures, who wallowed in relativism like hippopotami in mud, with their nostrils barely protruding into the air of common-sense." ~ David Lodge, Changing Places
"Sceptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense." ~ Carl Sagan
"Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge." ~ Carl Sagan
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." ~ Robert Frost
"Well, maybe it is true," Clevinger conceded unwillingly in a subdued tone. "Maybe a long life does have to be filled with many unpleasant conditions if it's to seem long. But in that event, who wants one?" "I do," Dunbar told him. "Why?" Clevinger asked. "What else is there?"
Joseph Heller, Catch-22
"The group of artists and scientists that had so far done least was the one that had attracted the greatest interest - and the greatest alarm. This was the team working on ‘total identification’. The history of the cinema gave the clue to their actions. First, sound, then colour, then stereoscopy, then Cinerama, had made the old ‘moving pictures’ more and more like reality itself. Where was the end of the story? Surely, the final stage would be reached when the audience forgot it was an audience, and became part of the action. To achieve this would involve stimulation of all the senses, and perhaps hypnosis as well, but many believed it to be practical. When the goal was attained, there would be an enormous enrichment of human experience. A man could become - for a while, at least - any other person, and could take part in any conceivable adventure, real or imaginary. He could even be plant or animal, if it proved possible to capture and record the sense impressions of other living creatures. And when the ‘programme’ was over, he would have acquired a memory as vivid as any experience in his actual life indeed, indistinguishable from reality itself.
The prospect was dazzling. Many also found it terrifying and hoped that the enterprise would fail. But they knew in their hearts that once science had declared a thing possible, there was no escape from its eventual realization..."
"So it goes." ~ Kurt Vonnegut
"We no longer have roots, we have aerials." ~ McKenzie Wark
"The map is not the territory" ~ Alfred Korzybski
"The description is not the described; I can describe the mountain, but the description is not the mountain, and if you are caught up in the description, as most people are, then you will never see the mountain." ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
"Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind." ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
"We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns." ~ Tom Waits
"The beauty of flowers is sad because they are fragile and destined for death, like anything on Earth of course, but flowers are particularly fragile, and like animals their corpse is only a grotesque parody of their vital being, and their corpse, like that of an animal, stinks." ~ Michel Houellebecq, "The Map and the Territory"
"Woke up this morning feeling like the hapless victim of an elaborate self-defeating plot that I have unwittingly perpetrated against myself." ~ John Tottenham
"The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed." ~ Ernest Hemingway
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." ~ Edmund Burke
"I didn't call to him, for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone - he stretched out his arms towards the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward - and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness." ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." ~ Pablo Picasso
"A genius is the one most like himself." ~ Thelonious Sphere Monk