August 24, 2017

"There is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down" and more

"For the past forty-odd years as a journalist and writer, I have felt myself part of, and complicit in, an increasingly unreal world, in which the means of my existence are generated by others, while I simply comment and observe, a pitcher on the ditch. I have felt myself drifting away not merely from the concrete world of my father, but actually from reality itself." ― John Waters,  Back to Work

"I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream – the maximum of individual freedom consistent with law and order – or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism."  ― Ronald Reagan  A Time for Choosing, aka The Speech, 1964

"Scientism is the religion of the part, while religion is the science of the whole....It is only too easy... to rest content with what we already know. But he who wishes to behold, and to continue to behold, the totality of things, lives in a perpetual expectation of new light. The truth is the whole, but we never see the whole of anything!...Nevertheless, we never stop trying, for we are open at the top." ―  Gaghdad Bob, The Loss of God is Just Plain Careless

"We forget that nature itself is one vast miracle transcending the reality of night and nothingness. We forget that each one of us in his personal life repeats that miracle." ― Loren Eisley via The Muskrat and the Meaning of Life

"Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and eventually degenerates into a racket."  ― Eric Hoffer, The Temper of Our Time

"People who worry about the fate of democracy still write (and read) books. Those who are determining it prefer to tweet." ― Elizabeth Kolbert in Who Owns the Internet?

"What I’ve learned from TV about the aging process for white males is that they’re hopeless goofballs until they hit around 50 or 55, at which point they start windsurfing, mountain-biking, and consuming vast amounts of Viagra and Cialis." ― Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit

“He snorted and hit me in the solar plexus. I bent over and took hold of the room with both hands and spun it. When I had it nicely spinning I gave it a full swing and hit myself on the back of the head with the floor.” ― Raymond Chandler, Pearls are a Nuisance

Posted by Jill Fallon at August 24, 2017 2:44 PM | Permalink