Monday, July 4, 2022

New Arrivals: July 4, 2022

 

"No crying on the yacht." - Catriona McPherson

"Trust the wolves, but do not tell them where you are going." -Neil Gaiiman

"You cannot complain about both political apathy and electoral fraud." - Andy Zaltzman

 I’ve spent a lot of years learning that “‘No’ is a complete sentence,” but I think I’ve finally got it.” -Elizabeth Zelvin 

"A closed cookbook gathers no stains." - Lorrie B. Potters

"What you don't know is exactly what can hurt you." - Zeke Hoskin

"Fear doesn''t stop death so much as it stops life." -Bill Fitzhugh

"What the reader wants is not always what the reader needs." -Glen Erik Hamilton

"What's the opposite of a tribute band?" - Paul Merton

"The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around." -Senator Gaylord Nelson 

"The book index: killing off experimental curiosity since the seventeenth century." - Dennis Duncan

" I do all my own stunts but not on purpose." - Tom Hodge

"I am addicted to semi-colons. I can hardly write a text message without them." - Mick Herron

Monday, January 17, 2022

New Arrivals: January 17, 2022


"You never know when your bad luck is going to run out." - Dan Savage

"Experience is a thing of extraordinary value and often exorbitant price.  And yet, when you try to give it away, to hand it over to someone else free of charge, they frequently refuse it."  - Leonard Pitts.

"I write to find out what I am thinking." - David Gerrold

"A good sulk is a commitment."  - Sarah Kellington

"For a groovy parent trains a groovy child, and the groovy child must be father of a groovy man." - The Saturday Review, January 9, 1864.

"People of pure blood usually have extra fingers and no kneecaps." - Heinrich Hall

"All his life he thought  scruples were the little dangly bits at the back of the throat.  And they were removed when he was six." - Marilyn Todd

"Everyone but the sheriff loves a Robin Hood." - Leigh Lundin

"Royalty checks are so often reality checks." - Gil Reavill

"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned." - Richard Feynman

"Money may beat whatever's in second place, but it ain't everything." - Brendan DuBois

"Writing is a constant struggle to avoid cliches – half the battle is striking out stock phrases like 'half the battle.'” -Neil Steinberg


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Religion

 



"You gotta treat God like Grandma."  - Jerron Paxton

"If childhood piety was like having chicken pox, its resurgence was like shingles -- the itching had come back decades later as pain." - Thomas Perry

“Only one thing is impossible for God: to find any sense in any copyright law on the planet” – Mark Twain

"There are a lot worse things to believe in than God." -Suzanne M. Wolfe

"I think there probably is humor in heaven, or earth wouldn't look like this." - Ovidia Yu

"Some times I feel like God's favorite sitcom." - Marie-Helene Bertino

"Are you aware that there’s an abundance of recent science that actually confirms the Genesis account of creation?" - Louisiana State Senator John Milkovich (D-Shreveport), 3/29/2016

"TiVo is god in my household." -Michael Powell, Chairman of the FCC, January 2003.

"If God is in the details, then the Code of Federal Regulations and especially the Federal Register are leading candidates for secular deification." -Joe Morehead

"You don't want to read the Book of Revelation and the federal budget in one sitting. It is pretty scary." -Gene Goldsmith, (former) state representative, 42nd District of Washington

"I have long known that it is part of God's plan for me to spend a little time with each of the most stupid people on earth." -Bill Bryson

"A true holy book could fit on an index card, but most of the words on it haven't been invented yet." - Will Ludwigsen

"The second law of thermodynamics, simply put, is as follows: left to themselves, things tend to go to hell in a handbasket." -Cecil Adams

"In eternity, there will be no underground beatnik intellectual dive cafe's hashing phony, ambiguous 'word art' for you to lounge in and laugh it up with your cheap wine coolers and funky sexually-vague groupies." - An anonymous correspondent of the Kook's Museum.

"Don't play God.  He always wins." - Terry Pratchett

"If it were proven that there is a God, there would be no religion." - Ursula K. LeGuin

"I frankly don't care if someone thinks I'm going to hell after death and I'm not going to argue with him for the same reason I'm not going to argue with someone who believes that I'm going to the lost continent of Atlantis after dinner." - Dan Savage

"Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them." -Umberto Eco


Sanity and Insanity


 
"What is paranoia, after all, but  an extreme form of gullibility?" - Mat Coward

“That way, of course, lies madness, but I would be the last person to say that madness is not a solution.”  -James Thurber

"Yes, I am insane. Thanks for asking." -Harlan Coben 


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Truth and Falsehood


 

"Contrarian arguments are generally contrarian because they're bullshit." -Scott Lemieux

"A lying man produces more plausible excuses." - Dave Gordon

"Truth is stoned to death by tiny pebbles." - Judy Dugas

Or perhaps the truth is less interesting than the facts?" -Amy Weiss, Senior VicePresident for Communications, RIAA

"I am always true to my word, which happens to be 'dishonest.'" - Lorrie B. Potters

"Bullshit still works as fertilizer."  - Chuck Wendig

"Truth is very scarce in official documents. It is not expected by the public, and it would be utterly thrown away upon Congress." -J. Ross Browne, U.S. Treasury official, 1858
 

Monday, August 24, 2020

Conscience

 

"The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience." -Harper Lee

"A buried conscience is the worst ghost of all."  - Janice Law (slightly edited)

"An attorney must have either a guilty conscience or no conscience at all." -David Mamet 

"People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well and is cheaper, and more easily obtained." - Jerome K. Jerome


Racism and Diversity


“Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” -Verna Meyers

"If people were given a choice between democracy and whiteness, how many would choose whiteness?" -Taylor Branch

"Ever been left-handed and used dangerous power tools like chainsaws and weed whackers, only to have a mouthful of sawdust or a rock to the groin violently inform you that everything on those tools— from the safety mechanisms to the trigger placement to the ergonomic sweep of the handles — are designed for right-handed people? That’s what racism is like, except the chainsaw was designed by a guy who didn’t want left-handed people cutting firewood, trimming weeds, or sleeping with his daughter." – Chris Newman

"Racism depends on the presence of those it hates."  - Elisabeth Anne Leonard   


“The Sicilians are vivid in imagination, affable, and benevolent, but excitable, superstitious, and revengeful.” - Congressional Serial Set, v 5867, Senate Document 662