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Quotes

This is a collection of fragments, snippets of text detached of their author, context and potentially violated by the meaning I read into them. Inspiration remains their primary goal alongside controversial thoughts and voices. Not much to agree or disagree on – but borrowed goods to share, rethink and reappropriate.

He had gone barely half a mile when he met a lame Fox and a blind Cat, walking together like two good friends. The lame Fox leaned on the Cat, and the blind Cat let the Fox lead him along, so that no one knew who was helping whom.

Carlo Collodi

Nature is, above all, profligate…(Its schemes) are the brainchild of a deranged manic-depresive with limitless capital. Extravagance. Nature will try anything once. That is what the form of the insect says. No form is too gruesome, no behaviour too grotesque. If you’re dealing with organic compounds, then let them combine. If it works, if it quickens, set it clacking in the grass: There’s always room for one more; you ain’t so handsome yourself. This is a spendthrift economy; though nothing is lost, all is spent.

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

This shit lasts so make it good
and make it mean something.

Jennifer Everett

We are also bound to seek perspective from those points of view, which can never be known in advance, that promise something quite extraordinary, that is knowledge potent for constructing worlds less organised by axes of domination.

Donna Haraway

Think we must.

Virginia Woolf

We are the granddaughters of the witches you didn't burn.

Donna Haraway

Dreams ain't big enough if people understand what you're planning to do.

Unknown or Lauro Höring

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

Mark Twain

In the dark times will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times.

Bertold Brecht

Ich hab Euch Blumen und Pralinen vom Arsch der Hölle mitgebracht.

Kid Kopphausen

Critics are considered the optimists of society.

Jaron Lanier

Es ging darum, sehr präzise zu sein und etwas exakt auf einen musikalischen Einsatz hin zu pinkeln, und zwar nicht einfach nur so, sondern absurd viel.

Florentina Holzinger

Survival itself has something nonsensical about it today, like dreams in
which, having experienced the end of the world, one afterwards crawls from
the basement.

T.W. Adorno

(...) life, is heartbreak followed by reality, followed by love, followed by loneliness, followed by despair, followed by jokes, followed by exhaustion. 

Carvell Wallace

Rarely do we create something significant without being confronted with the brink of disaster.

Lucy McRae

Real comes and goes and isn't very interesting.

Miranda July

There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

Two wrongs

Unknown

The line is drawn The curse is cast The slow one now Will later be fast As the present now Will later be past The order is Rapidly fadin'. And the first one now Will later be last For the times they are a-changin'

Bob Dylan

I am not proposing a return to the Stone Age. My intent is not reactionary, not even conservative, but simply subversive. It seems that the utopian imagination is trapped, like capitalism and industrialism and the human population, in a one-way future consisting only of growth. All I'm trying to do is figure out how to put a pig on the tracks.

Ursula K. Le Guin

The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Redemption preserves itself in a small crack in the continuum of catastrophe.

Walter Benjamin

Frozen in a moment of exclusive disaster.

Unknown

The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck.

Paul Virilio

Only dull people are good at breakfast.

Oscar Wilde

There is no weather yet to define the day in those terms, no brightness or structural shadow has revealed the line or flesh of anything.

Will Burton & Hanna Peal

Architects are the choreographers of society.

Unknown

I like it because it could be anything.

Max Kleijberg

An ecology of the virtual is thus just as pressing as ecologies of the visible world.

Felix Guattari

There is an ecology of bad ideas, just as there is an ecology of weeds.

Gregory Bateson

People would be moved by what I wrote and would be informed by what you wrote.

Robin Lustig

It's just that, when we agree about our hallucinations, we call that reality.

Anil Seth

What really makes science grow is new ideas including false ideas.

Sir Carl Popper

When the stars stand still, the sky moves.

Lawrence Weiner

In the nature of the case, an explorer can never know what he is exploring until it has been explored.

Gregory Bateson

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. Build a new model that makes the existing
model obsolete.

Buckminster Fuller

A place does not exist until we create it, or rather place it within a system: A geographical position within a system of coordinates, x meters below or above sea level and so on. By creating a new context for this point in our atlas we can now understand and further miss-understand it.

Moldvær, M. & Linné, C.O.

Change does not usually occur by imperceptuality gradual alteration of entire species but rather by isolation of small populations and their geologically instantaneous transformation into new species

Stephen Jay Gold

We do not believe that there is such a thing as objective (absolute and unconditional) truth, though it has been a long-standing theme in Western culture that there is. WE do believe that there are truths but think that the idea of truth need not be tied to the objectivist view. We believe that the idea that there is absolute objective truth is not only mistaken but socially and politically dangerous. As we have seen, truth is always relative to a conceptual system that is defined in large part by metaphors.

Lakoff & Johnson

One of those system-level ideas which sets in motions all sorts of behavior without ever having to be referred to directly again

Brian Eno

If we chip in 50 each, they might gonna stop singing

Ron Jones

The past is only a story we tell us every day

Unknown

Magic is creating a moment for someone else. where they forget that reality is reality and they actually question everything for a moment not in a scary way but in the most exciting way because magic is an experienced magic is a total moment of being astonished
to question what you believe in.

Mario the Magician

’Oshima: “ It’s all a question of imagination. Our responsibility begins with the power to imagine. It’s just like Yeats said: In dreams begin responsibilities.
Flip this around and you could say that where there’s no power to imagine, no responsibility can arise."

Haruki Murakami

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Lewis Carrol

Two billion years ago, our ancestors were microbes, a half-billion years ago, fish; a hundred million years ago, something like mice; ten million years ago, proto-humans puzzling out the taming of fire; Our evolutionary lineage is marked by mastery of change. In our time, the pace is quickening.

Carl Sagan

The Lies? Should be Rosy, Clear and Obvious.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.

Mitch Hedberg

Shoot the desperate, hug the needy.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

[...]There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

Rumsfeld, D

Every night he waits until all the prisoners are sound asleep and then he goes around unlocking all the doors, leaving them open for hours on end.

Daniel C. Dennett