For my part, I feel that Darwin’s is a glorious vision. I love the notion that we are literally related to all other creatures: that apes are our sisters, and mushrooms are our cousins, and oak trees and monkey puzzles are our distant uncles and aunts. Conservation, on such a view, becomes a family affair.
Colin Tudge in The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter (2006)
“We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.” — John Waters
I realized recently that I’ve been reading the Marcus Didius Falco mysteries by Lindsey Davis for literally half my life. I’m aging roughly seven years for each year that Falco ages. It’s like being on the wrong end of dog years.
Writing is done alone. People do not talk about the things they do alone.
Anneli Rufus in Party of One: The Loners’ Manifesto (2003)
Even if I would prefer not to think that sexuality contaminates experiences, I have to admit that ambivalence about sexuality does just that.
Laura Miller in The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia (2008)
Reality is for people who lack imagination.
He who decides a case without hearing the other side…
Though he decide justly, cannot be considered just.
Seneca (ca. 4 BCE - 65 CE)
As a rule, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. One exception is if you are trying to cut through the center of the Mall of America.
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)