Monday, March 21, 2011

An Abundance of Quotes Part 12

"Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking." - Black Elk

“I try not to hate anything. Allowing hate in your life just means you’re carrying around excess baggage on behalf of something that’s not worth your effort.” - Kristina Horner, the person I would want to be if I wasn't myself

“I found myself wishing there were some way for those of us on one side of an ocean to tell people on the other side that we were thinking of them. A way that I could say that not only to the people of Japan, but also to Dorothy, who found that baby girl in 1961. But images can travel in a way that our thoughts cannot, and that night I felt sad and frustrated that technology can never quite bridge the oceans between us.” - John Green

“[Comics] do provide us, I think, with a great opportunity to analyze ourselves and what we’re becoming obsessed with, and what we’re becoming afraid of. Interestingly, those two things: often the same thing.” - Hank Green

"Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man." - Francis Bacon, 1625

"As a rule, people don't collect books; they let books collect themselves." - Arnold Bennett, 1926 That is so, so true.

There was also a great quote/discussion from an episode of Bones I was watching a couple days ago about how a writer's views/thoughts-at-the-time assimilate themselves into his/her writing subconsciously, but I didn't write it down at the time. I know it happens to me a heck of a lot, though.


  1. I like the first one and have heard derivatives of it BUT it's sooooo hard to be that way with some people. Fortunately, I know few people that make me feel that way...but there is still one...

    The second one is lovely. I love it.

  2. Yeah, that video you quote from John was wonderful! If my readership had more of a shared Nerdfighteria context I would make a post about it. I really liked his point that every day is a juxtaposition of tragedy and joy, "but then really, all human life is lived in close proximity to tragedy." If we waited for suffering to cease before we put on our suits and went to celebrate weddings, people would never be wed (whether or not they do so for love or for the purpose of marriage itself).

    In regard to the specific quote that you posted, we have been reading some philosophers for/around class lately who believe the technological optimism of modernity is a trap. That is, technology itself is increasing the breadth of the oceans between us. It is a concept that isn't entirely unbelievable, as one could argue that our technological shortcuts dilute the genuine nature of human interaction, and Facebook serves as an insufficient replacement for the human face. But the Internets bring me John Green, so I cannot complain about that too vociferously.

    "Wouldn't it be sad if a child's pool were enough to imprison you?" This was another great quote from that post, but I don't feel the need to clutter this comment with the thoughts it inspired.


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