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Let the day end.


He was judged by the color of his skin rather than the content of his character.

Spengler, on Obama’s inauguration

The truest religion is a language.


The opponents of homosexual marriage feel much more strongly about the issue than the supporters.

Richard A. Posner

The further away you are from the Lonely Planet-clutching swarms of Israelis the more fun you will have.

Englishman Alistair Humphreys, on biking around the world

That is the best part of each writer which has nothing private in it; that which he does not know; that which flowed out of his constitution and not from his too active invention; that which in the study of a single artist you might not easily find, but in the study of many you would abstract as the spirit of them all.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gentile ethics entails ought implies can, while in Jewish ethics can implies don’t.

Sidney Morgenbesser

The best thing about New York is that the best thing about New York is its people.


Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Don’t scorn fashion, for ‘tis the celebration of the age, and what else is one to do with one’s time?


The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It makes increasingly less sense even to talk about a publishing industry, because the core problem publishing solves—the incredible difficulty, complexity, and expense of making something available to the public—has stopped being a problem.

Clay Shirky

People get raped everywhere by every kind of person.

Ronit Sela

Writers should engage in politics only enough to protect themselves from politics.

Anton Chekhov

In the woods, is perpetual youth.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Look out for 1957 week.


The daily activities most associated with happiness are having sex, socializing after work and having dinner. The daily activity most injurious to happiness is commuting.

David Brooks

Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.

David Gelertner

Do you understand? A bad visitor wants to go sleep, and that doggie making mess? Visitor‘s gonna give you big kick.

Me to my dog at 3:45am as she barks in the night like a fool

Always carry treats.


Go out of the house to see the moon, and ‘tis mere tinsel; it will not please as when its light shines upon your necessary journey.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you want to be somebody nowadays, you’d better start by getting in touch with your inner nobody, because nobody likes a somebody who can’t prove they’ve been nobody all along.

Andrew O’Hagan

The very expression ‘scientifically proven’ is a contradiction in terms.

Carlo Rovelli

I prefer you farting than saying these stupid things.


Money isn’t really a reason to do anything—it’s a reason not to do things, but it’s never a reason to do something.

Irvine Welsh

More is often more.

Hal Prince

Out of my head all the time; in the bid for a rhyme.

Shuggie Otis

I think humor delineates who your friends really are.

Crispin Glover

What is the pitiable chatter of American flat- and muddle-heads to me?

Friedrich Nietzsche

First, a nation has to have a good operating system: laws, regulations and property rights.

David Brooks

I did nothing. I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.

Peter Gibbons

Literature is an act of revenge that aspires to elegy.

Dale Peck

Whistling is musical onanism.

James Lileks

Magic and all that is ascribed to it is a deep presentiment of the powers of science.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Problems which bring solutions often bring about your best material.

Douglas Adams

Where God speaks, the Tao is sexy.


It’s good consolation to know that good times passed were actively and consistently recognized at the time to be good.


Let’s start calling it genderism and come up with a more exciting meaning for sexism.


Everything you’re doing I’m doing in heels.

Claire Foster

The sage seeks wisdom for his heart; the artist seeks wisdom for others’.


I can’t live in a place where dogs require leashes. On the other hand, I need to be within walking distance of a cafe.


Science fiction provides shortcuts to profundity.


My feeling about the so-called occupied territories is that there was a war, Israel urged neighboring countries not to get involved in it once it started, they all jumped in, and they lost a lot of real estate to Israel because Israel prevailed in that conflict.

Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defence

You’re diminutive, for sure.

Brian Greben, to me

Instead of doing the right thing, I will try to say it.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Life is surely best as discoveries of new things to love. Socratic or not?


You cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind. If you suppress it in one form, it merely re-emerges in another.

Michael Crichton

Lordy, I’m such a pagan.

Chokae Kalekoa

Web folk—the least experienced designers out there—are taking on some of the most difficult design challenges.


Even though I was glad to get out of those areas I still have a soft spot for them.

Tim Burton

If your work really is your life, and that things like friendship, and language, and travel, and bohemia are also the work, then you really are lucky.

Christopher Hitchens

Without the fear of God and the love of the republic, all we have to check our behavior is the fear of the police.

Walter Russell Mead

I like what the Middle East has become. The inevitabilities are being processed and Iran is more isolated than ever.

Thomas PM Barnett

But men are better than their theology.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Turk is proud of his German; the German of his English; and the English-speaker of his French.


Hubris. Is it believing one is exempt, or knowing one isn’t and proceeding nonetheless?


Lettuce become thy pita; spinach thy mince; cucumber thy cracker.


Fasting is socially extreme but it’s probably not biologically extreme.

Ray Cronise

In content metadata and hierarchies… you will often find a goldmine of implicit and explicit data that you can leverage to creatively contextualize content.

Christian Ricci

Wonderful, wonderful person. That was my son.

Jer Bulsara, on Freddie Mercury

Be free, belong, believe!


Constraints amount to the solution half-built.

Andy Rutledge

If I’m facing a choice, I always know I’m standing in the wrong place.

Ram Dass

Marxism is shit, the last of Christian shit.

Salvador Dali

Life is not a burden, but we make it one when we refuse to accept things as they are.

Baba Hari Dass

Only artists, and especially those of the theater, have… taught us the art of viewing ourselves as heroes… Perhaps one should concede a similar merit to the religion that made men see the sinfulness of every single individual through a magnifying glass.

Friedrich Nietzsche

It only ends once; anything that happens before that is just progress.


Marketing is about values.

Steve Jobs

The biggest tragedy is muteness.


The only character to appear in all four Python films (And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Meaning of Life and Life of Brian) is God.


You only have to discipline yourself long enough to change your standards.

David Allen

It don’t mean a pittance if it ain’t got that resonance.


Marriage makes or mars our whole life.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There’s a simple measure of sanity in housing prices: the ratio of median home price to income.

Michael Lewis

So Charlie looked away, too, and tried to buck himself up by considering the glories of his surroundings.

Tom Wolfe, A Man in Full

No other animal on earth could do this. Maybe beavers. But not like this.

Dwight Schrute at a garbage dump

Instead of concentrating on fat, you should carefully watch how much protein from prepared food you are eating.


Only my sickness brought me to reason.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Like many rationalists, I’m a Pisces.

Robin Ince

There’s nothing here but volcanoes.


They are lost who ask whether animals have souls, for all animals do — except arguably men, grown with language.


All that matters is the quality of the experience and the ability to scale…

Ben Thompson

There’s nothing worse than organized disorder.

Irit Levy

Entertainment is denial.


Writing, like most everything else good in life, revolves around flow and rhythm.

Jim Walsh

“You should” is the rudest.


Low-density sprawl is ill-fitted to a creative, post-industrial economy.

Richard Florida

It’s hope so there’s got to be some truthfulness to it.

Aaron Livingstone

The most dangerous way to lose time is not to spend it having fun, but to spend it doing fake work.

Paul Graham

The key characteristic of the logic of strategy is that it’s paradoxical and contradictory right through.

Edward Luttwak

Do I not know what to do?


I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Glamour is to life as life is to everything else.


The English feel a special sympathy for folly committed in the name of loyalty to an utterly outmoded code of conduct.

Julian Evans

My biggest expense? Not billing.


A deep and intimate relationship with the security forces of the new Iraqi state is likely to be a significant asset for American foreign policy well into the future.

Walter Russell Mead

Being in Italy is—sadly for my high-falutin’ ambitions—mostly just a nuisance.


We must never forget that PBS aired Are You Being Served as a public service.


A smile is a valium beam.

Aaron Livingstone

Your rash is your bowels and your bowels is your rash.

Juan Carlos Bronstein

Manhood first, and then gentleness.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Design: the marriage of ergonomics and aesthetics.


Happier is the man who has introduced his mind’s oral fixation to his body’s need of water.


What Brando did for the cinema and Elvis did for music, Shatner did for the small screen.

Mark Simpson

To map between dissimilar data structures, a more powerful data representation is needed.

James Hendler

Depression is cancer of the thought.


If extraterrestrial lifeforms visited our world and said, “Show us the song of your people,” this would be that song.

cathoman7, on “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Anyone who goes to [Beethoven’s] Ninth Symphony then sits down and designs a wallpaper pattern is either a confidence trickster or a degenerate.

Adolf Loos

A man commonly saunters a little in turning from one sort of employment to another.

Adam Smith

The trick is acquiring humility without having become wretched.


I am led to religion because twinkle from surroundings is not constant.


We used to choose which stories to read in our newspaper. Now we choose the newspapers in which to read our story.


Order means delight.


It is now anachronistic to sport no anachronisms.


In advanced societies, thinking that tea, coffee, alcohol, and manufactured beverages are desirable for the purely natural water needs of the daily “stressed” body is an elementary but catastrophic mistake.

Fereydoon Batmanghelidj

Man is an analogist, and studies relations in all objects.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I feel like another joint while doing it, but I know that it makes me dry and bleary as well as sensuous and special.


The legacy of liberal individualism is the restoration of the very absolutism that it originally sought to overthrow—a philosophical tragedy.

Phillip Blond

If inertia is the dominant factor during most of life, then momentum must be so during quickenings.


If I rise before 6am it’s hard to be depressed, whereas if I rise after 10am it’s hard to be relaxed.


To paraphrase what Lincoln said about slavery, if cruelty to animals is not wrong then nothing is wrong.

Larry Hansen

The most unromantic thing is to accuse someone of being unromantic.


Some loathsome facsimile of integrity won’t let me have sex in dreams if I’m not having any in life.


I have enough of an ego to feel that it merely being my opinion is good enough.

John Scalzi

There’s just something about moving, breathing and sweating. It’s like God’s reset button.

Jonathan Fields

Long before Israel resembled America, America resembled Israel.

David Gelernter

It’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time.

Clayton M. Christensen

It’s not being I get sick and tired of, not at all; it’s my thoughts.


If you go into the markets and the custom-houses, the insurers’ and notaries’ offices, the offices of sealers of weights and measures, of inspection of provisions,—it will appear as if one man had made it all.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fridge is cool.


Be not weary in well doing, for in due time you will reap, if you faint not.


He took his work for granted and so he succeeded at it.

Norman Mailer

Civilization… is the conscious forefront of evolution.

Edward Abbey

The difference is psychological tricks.


Success: when the current book I’m reading can express the essence of the previous.


The more routine I can make the basic practical aspects of my life, the more I am able to be energetic—and spontaneous—about intellectual and other things.

Stephen Wolfram

My ambition for many years was to be involved in work that was utterly compelling to me, regardless of the consequences.

Daniel Day-Lewis

Coffee spreads darkness. Tea is wholesome only in the morning.

Friedrich Nietzsche

All orthodoxies believe that if you do the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, you will probably end up in possession of the right frame of mind.

Irving Kristol

Judgments are tragic expressions of unmet needs.

Marshall Rosenberg

The teenager is a problem of over-gregarious life.

Frank Lloyd Wright

The essence of Zionism is to meet destruction with construction.


Jewish Prayer and Torah study are the yin and yang of religious life.

Rabbi Maurice Lamm

Whereas Western medicine may heroically rescue us, Chinese medicine can protect and preserve our health day to day.


The great secret of education is to use exercise of mind and body as relaxation one to the other.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Let us not forget that nature is utterly monstrous.


What’s good for Israel is good for the world.


Trust your own maps with your life—or else what?


One of the world’s really important divides lies between nations that react well to accidents and nations that do not.

William Langewiesche

It must suck not to have lips.

Lee Fisher, on dogs

She is not proud of her virtue, she is only proud in order to preserve her virtue.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Space is the breath of art.

Frank Lloyd Wright

The novel’s success lies in its own sensitiveness.

E. M. Forster

Pragmatism works in theory but not in practice.

Sidney Morgenbesser

Bureaucracies temporarily reverse the Second Law of Thermodynamics. In a bureaucracy, it’s easier to make a process more complex than to make it simpler, and easier to create a new burden than kill an old one.

Clay Shirky

The quickest way to still the mind is to move the body.


The Holocaust reminds America of its calling, Europe of its fragility.

Alain Finkielkraut

I still can’t decide which is simpler: a single wall interrupted by a door, which is arguably three things, or a door next to a wall, which is definitely two.


If you foolishly ignore beauty, you’ll soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.

Frank Lloyd Wright

I am especially leery when people who loudly and implausibly assert that anti-Semitism isn’t a problem anymore make harsh and unbalanced criticisms about the world’s only Jewish state.

Walter Russell Mead

I’m not passing the buck; this is someone else’s decision.

David Brent

Your children are friends whom you know from the bottom up.


When the need arises—and it does—you must be able to shoot your own dog.

Robert A. Heinlein

The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage.


I don’t build a house without predicting the end of the present social order.

Frank Lloyd Wright

It’s OK to have a thought without writing it down.


We are our Archives.

Will Femia

It’s hard to do a really good job on anything you don’t think about in the shower.

Paul Graham

Fine line it is between Yoda and Gollum.


Buildings, too, are children of the Earth and Sun.

Frank Lloyd Wright

The natural world, rightly studied, unlocks the soul, and the soul, once opened, yields truths about the moral structure of the universe.

Michael Knox Beran

The sedentary life… is the real sin against the holy spirit.

Friedrich Nietzsche

We can’t have chaps walking around saying Muslims are violent—because they’ll go bananas and smash the place up.

Mark Steyn

Florence is going to Paris.


Vinegar, the conservative preservative.


The isolationism of the Left stems from the conviction that America is bad for the rest of the world, whereas the isolationism of the Right is based on the belief that the rest of the world is bad for America.

Norman Podhoretz

The march towards self-determination can only be embarked on by a people with democratic aspirations and goals.

Edward Said, 1993

Occasionally you may have to go to a hospital or to a restaurant.

Barbara Woodhouse

Obama’s mispronunciation [of “corpsman”] is a pithier summation of the State of the Union than any of the dreary 90-minute sludge he paid his speechwriters for.

Mark Steyn

Any fool can fast, but it takes a wise man to break a fast properly.

George Bernard Shaw

Please don’t shouldify every entertainment.


Five minutes ahead of schedule. Right on schedule.

Dwight Schrute

It is remarkable that involuntarily we always read as superior beings.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If land for peace seems a wrongheaded policy for a large country, it is obviously far more so for a small one.


To be pro-Israel is to be pro-hope.

Walter Russell Mead

Balance, that’s the secret. Moderate extremism.


Once we’ve spoken the spell is broken.


There seems to be something in the cheesy romanticism of Latin American culture that really appeals to Russians.

John Dolan

I want the bottom to be higher than the top.

Eden, age 5, possibly misheard but still I’m very proud

In comedy you are the joke whilst over in tragedy the joke is on you.


We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Being an artist allows one to pay tribute to the things one loves.


In the gospel of America, there are no permanent conflicts.

David Brooks

At least things aren’t going so well that I need fear, “From good fortune, disaster.”


Make dinner before lunch.


Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.


An organization that wins by exercising power starts to lose the ability to win by doing better work.

Paul Graham

Design is the expression of style, style of philosophy.


It’s so important to launch fast that it may be better to think of your initial version not as a product, but as a trick for getting users to start talking to you.

Paul Graham

Spontaneity requires the trampoline of a plan.


Let me be clear: I believe people of goodwill on all sides can find common ground between the absurdly implausible caricatures I attribute to them on a daily basis.

Mark Steyn channelling Barak Obama

The difference between the judgment of a great critic and that of a semi-literate censorious fool lies in its range of inferred or cited reference, in the lucidity and rhetorical strength of articulation or in the accidental addendum which is that of a critic who is a creator in his own right.

George Steiner

Tears are the water that nourishes life after loss.

Sherri Mandell

How am I not myself?

Brad Stand

Rejoice your vocabulary!

Aaron Livingstone

The two classic errors in predicting the future of a technology shift are to overestimate its short-term impact and underestimate its long-term impact.


Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill

Most people will play-act in order to get what they want. But all I want is freedom from ever having to play-act.

Jim Goad

If past experience holds true, I will probably write an hour a day and spend eight hours a day biting my knuckle and worrying about not writing.

David Foster Wallace

One of the few benefits of being a journalist is that you’re not in the Army.

P. J. O’Rourke

There is no glamour without solitude.


Without all the frills, the human body is quite economical to operate.

Ray Jardine

We like to do things together even though I think she’s a stupid cunt.

Aaron Livingstone

It has a right to defend itself. It doesn’t follow that it has a right to defend itself by force.

Cunning linguist Noam Chomsky, on Israel

He had a bad conscience because he had not taken revenge.

Friedrich Nietzsche

If you need a horoscope to tell the future, you HAVE no future.

Jim Goad

Parsley—a cure for burn?


The United States is too big a country, too important a country, too gracious a country to have permanent enemies.

Condoleezza Rice

As far as we’re concerned, war always means failure.

Jacques Chirac, President of France

We’ve been waiting millennia for film.

Alexander Payne

The most democratic and fair way of choosing candidates is by committee.

Avigdor Lieberman

A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.

Napoleon Hill

Sit as little as possible.

Friedrich Nietzsche

A yoga day never dips below 7 and is usually an 8.


Keep the cave.


Being pro-Palestinian… [is] moral onanism.

Bret Stephens

Work is more fun than fun.

Noel Coward

If it appears more than once, it’s almost always going to appear more than twice.

Karen Menezes

In the age of the global village James Bond is the chivalrous knight about town.


A successful nation has to be, to one degree or another, a romance.

Mark Steyn

Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.

Douglas Adams

At the end of the day you have to do what’s right, and it was either living with myself or being happy.

Michael Scott

We need only live enough to write the rest convincingly.


I would rather sit in front of a machine fighting through a writer’s block than I would do anything else.

Jean M. Auel

The center of moral gravity in world politics has decisively moved from the cause of greater equality in the rich countries to that of greater opportunity in the poor ones.

Walter Russell Mead

One nefarious invention is the tweezers, good only for perpetuating bad habits.


England, strong, punctual, practical, well-spoken England I should not find if I should go to the island to seek it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Outdoors, hat on; indoors, shoes off.


Western rational thought is not an innate human characteristic; it is a learned ability.


Myths rely on truth for their power.

National Geographic

To joy, via habituated glee. Or to glee, via habituated joy?


The term “law of nature” illustrates just how young—and perhaps still fragile—science is.


The Bond movies tend to go downhill once you see henchmen in jumpsuits.

John Gruber

We have such exorbitant eyes that on seeing the smallest arc we complete the curve…

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Momentum has its own momentum.


The interest of tone is the interest of manners, and the interest of manners is the interest of morals, and the interest of morals is the interest of civilization.

Henry James

Invert, always invert.

Charlie Munger

The most permanent, secure, and durable thing we can possess is a foolproof way to deal with impermanence, insecurity, and surprise.

David Allen

Sauna: drug-free altered-state pod.


Somehow I must get the elements of my soul locked into proper position so that I, as the world, am in good and proper relations with the world.


Editing is the natural place of man.

Alexander Payne

It’s easier to modify appetites than to curtail them.


The religious orthodox credo: think not lest ye be thunk about.


With the advent of Israel, anti-Semitism is more detrimental to its practitioners than to Jews.


Eddie was more than a hero, Mrs Meechum. He was our friend.

Claire Underwood

Labour, it must always be remembered, and not any particular commodity, or set of commodities, is the real measure of the value both of silver and of all other commodities.

Adam Smith

I am less and less capable of intellectual engagement with contemporary fiction because I feel like I’ve been had when I do so: the very process of literary analysis legitimizes a body of work that I feel is unworthy of such attention.

Dale Peck

It was one of the few times in my life that I realized that the artist is much ahead of me.

Woody Allen, on finally liking Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey the third time around

O, reason not the need!


Calling something evil is to say that it is one’s duty to eradicate it.


We are that part of creation that seeks to know all creation.

George W. Bush

The intensity of a memory is generally determined by the people one’s with.


In fairy tales we get three wishes. In life we get one and it gets the rest.


A great man is always willing to be little.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Remember, we are still in the 6th day.


Environmentalism is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.


We honor the rich because they have externally the freedom, power, and grace which we feel to be proper to man, proper to us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the foster home my hair was my room.

Erin Hannon

Ah, the persuasiveness of wretchedness.


Is there any pleasure like sitting comfortably in Israel’s hills, a book open by an American, and meditating on England?


Home is not where you live; it’s where your friends are.

Jeremy Clarkson

The duel ruins it because all of a sudden Scaramanga seems like an idiot.

John Gruber on The Man with the Golden Gun

Britain, with Charles Darwin and Adam Smith, gives us at long last cosmology and sociology that are not narrative but algorithmic.


All literature writes the character of the wise man.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are a native of the rainforest you learn to distinguish many sorts of leaves. We learn to distingush many different typefaces.

Virginia Postrel

In a modern, liberal society, religious observance does not “take away” choice. It is a choice.

Virginia Postrel

Israel has no business not being in the Sinai.


I help people as a work on myself and I work on myself to help people.

Ram Dass

Two great modern inventions are the rock concert and the rollercoaster, for with them returned to earth the sound of women screaming en masse in glee and worship.


The Protestant faith: success is evidence of integrity.


We either take each other for everything we are or leave the life we’ve made behind and make a brand new start.

The Carpenters

How much social capital America gains by its religion of enfranchisement; how stupid can peoples be to ignore this?


Perhaps the mistake we make is to continue to regard them as an Anglo Saxon people. That blood is very much watered down now; they are a Latin-Slav mixture, with a fair amount of German and Irish. They are impatient, mercurial, panicky.

Harold Macmillan, on Americans

Success is due generally to discipline, which is merely action leavened with order.


Life is comprised of sevens; these days we can hope for seven of them then maybe seven more.


Write a book on how to write a book.


I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.

Tom Clancy

Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place.

Billy Crystal

You know “that look” women get when they want sex? Me neither.

Steve Martin

Why don’t you both go make some coffee.

Jane Smith

Is the agenda actually pernicious or is it just pernicious that there’s an agenda?


Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.

J. Cerone

To know and feel what is good and right for you—that alone is princely.


Regarding terrorists, one cannot be both a murderer and a martyr.


Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous. The dawn is my Assyria; the sun-set and moon-rise my Paphos, and unimaginable realms of faerie; broad noon shall be my England of the senses and the understanding; the night shall be my Germany of mystic philosophy and dreams.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I couldn’t think of anything worse. Though it could be good fun.

Aaron Livingstone