Filed under: i was born in the wrong decade, keith richards, music, quote of the day, things i like
“keith is sick, cynical, and sarcastic, but all in the nicest possible way, of course.”
Filed under: books, history, politics, quote of the day, rome, things i like
“when i notice how carefully arranged his hair is and when i watch him adjusting the parting with one finger, i cannot imagine that this man could conceive of such a wicked thing as to destroy the roman constitution.”
– attributed to cicero in plutarch’s life of caesar
“the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to those who see it coming and jump aside.”
– hunter thompson, the rum diary
“if dracula can’t see his reflection in a mirror, how come his centre parting is always so perfect?”
– karl pilkington, of course.
“i write differently from what i speak, i speak differently from what i think, i think differently from the way i ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.”
– franz kafka
“…from now on let’s try to be careful when we’re around people i know. you won’t sketch them and i won’t mace them. we’ll just try to relax and get drunk.”
“right,” he said. “we’ll go native.”
– h.s.t., “the kentucky derby is decadent and depraved” (1970)
above: self-portrait in the white whale, las vegas, 1970.
“it seems to me that with the burial of myth, the barn in which the mysterious animals of the human unconscious were housed over thousands of years has been abandoned and the animals turned loose – on the tragically mistaken assumption that they were phantoms – and that now they are devastating the countryside.”
– václav havel, “thriller,” 1984. read the short and brilliant piece here.
“i am a compassionate cynic. …i have tried to let the truth be my prejudice.”
– w. eugene smith.
not only do i love his work; i adore and respect this idea. he said it regarding his philosophy on his photography, but it seems applicable to life in general.
Filed under: fry and laurie, history, quote of the day, stephen fry, things i like, tv
“if history has taught us one thing,
it has taught us that the battle of agincourt was in 1415.”
– stephen fry, in a bit of fry & laurie. it’s all in the delivery, really.
“men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence- whether much that is glorious- whether all that is profound- does not spring from disease of thought- from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.”
– edgar allan poe, “eleonora”