Category Archives: Quotations

Things people said.

Prophecy Fire

Paul Theroux traveled in China in 1986 and 1987 for his book “Riding the Iron Rooster” published in 1988. He described police assaults on pro-democracy demonstrators that he witnessed. The book was dismissed by some reviewers “as alarmist and Sinophobic.” … Continue reading

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Vindication of Stuttering

The battle with speech impediment can equip persons like Darcey Steinke with fascinating insights into language. It was around this time [in elementary school] that I started separating the alphabet into good letters, V as well as M, and bad … Continue reading

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Didn’t Speak English

The Catholic leader changed the phrase “lead us not into temptation” to “do not let us fall into temptation”… Francis explained… “It’s Satan who leads us into temptation, that’s his department.” Fox News religion correspondent, Jonathan Morris, told Martha MacCallum … Continue reading

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More Jesus for Me

Reading this interview with Stephen Colbert gave my day a good start. … I work very hard not to proselytize. I would never want anybody to think I was trying to convince them of my point of view. Because, hey, … Continue reading

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More Wit, Less Affirmation!

Jessa Crispin cites two writers to illustrate the distinction she draws between aphorism and affirmation. Aphorism: “He who fears death will never do anything worthy of a man who is alive.” (Seneca) Affirmation: “I do not need the kind of … Continue reading

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Waters on Embracing the Infuriating

John Waters answers an interviewer’s question about the art he collects. “Besides liking the work, what guiding principles do you follow in collecting?” It has to sometimes, at first, make me angry. It has to delight me and surprise me … Continue reading

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“Fervent Repetition”

… Josh Smith… degrades and celebrates his medium through the relentless yet fervent repetition of a selected motif. [He] tends to work fast and a trifle sloppily, until a certain image becomes second nature, a template. This automatism opens the … Continue reading

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