Thursday, November 23, 2006

Quotes that caught Lili's eye



You can’t build a sky scraper out of plasticine. And you can’t build a just civilization out of ignorance and lies.
- Julian Assange, 2012 *
http://wikileaks.org/Statement-by-Julian-Assange-after.html


Although I am a typical loner in daily life, my consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice keeps me from feeling isolated.
- Albert Einstein *


I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.
- Kurt Cobain


He was the best friend I’ve ever had ...
- Courtney Love *, widow of Kurt Cobain


Just being alive is working at a part you don’t want to do.
- Andy Warhol *


Be yourself. Everybody else is already taken.
- Sara/Claes Lund


There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
- Oscar Levant *


Humanity is quite amusing, when kept at a proper distance.
- quote attributed to H. P. Lovecraft *


Vote for insanity: you know it makes sense.
- David (Screaming Lord) Sutch *, co-founder of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party


Cogito ergo stim.
- “Earthmonkey”, member of an online forum for people who identify as having Asperger syndrome


I drink therefore I am.
- W. C. Fields


All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.
- Mae West


There is no happiness for people at the expense of other people.
- Anwar Sadat


The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
- Lily Tomlin


That is my temperament. I enjoy creating systems on a grand scale, and I enjoy helping people who are vulnerable. And I enjoy crushing bastards.
- Julian Assange*, founder of WikiLeaks


I'm a combative person. So I like crushing bastards. So it is deeply, personally, personally, deeply satisfying to me.
- Julian Assange*, founder of WikiLeaks


Retired at last! Retired at last! Thank God Almighty, retired at last!
- Theodore Dalrymple, author and retired prison and hospital doctor and psychiatrist who worked for the NHS.


Only someone who has Asperger’s would read a subprime-mortgage-bond prospectus.
- Michael Burry * quoted in an article in Vanity Fair magazine April 2010
http://www.vanityfair.com/business/features/2010/04/wall-street-excerpt-201004

Whenever you can, count.
- Sir Francis Galton FRS*, statistician, obsessive, genius and English Victorian polymath


I did not know Henry for twenty years.
- the landlord of reclusive artist Henry Darger *, quoted in the book Not even wrong: adventures in autism by Paul Collins.


This is another man I can never know because I can never talk with him, for I am a mute and cannot speak. I am cut off from other men, but in my own silence I can hear things they cannot hear, know things they can never know.
- Finn the Mute, a character played by Skelton Knaggs, from the 1943 movie The Ghost Ship, produced by Val Lewton.


Men who leave their mark on the world are very often those who, being gifted and full of nervous power, are at the same time haunted and driven by a dominant idea, and are therefore within a measurable distance of insanity.
- Sir Francis Galton FRS *


It's true that I've driven through a number of red lights on occasion, but on the other hand, I've stopped at a lot of green ones but never gotten credit for it.
- Glenn Gould * quoted in Wondrous strange: the life and art of Glenn Gould by Kevin Bazzana


If they can take it for ten minutes, then we play it for fifteen. That's our policy: always leave them wanting less.
- Andy Warhol * discussing the Velvet Underground


IBM computer with a Garbo accent....
- a description of the voice of Nico (Christa Paffgen) *, friend of Andy Warhol * and member of the Velvet Underground, quoted in the book Do you want to dance and blow your mind with the Velvet Underground: an illustrated history of a walk on the wild side. by Jim DeRogatis et al


Half goddess, half icicle...
- Richard Goldstein describing Nico * quoted in the above book


People are about as important to me as food. As I grow older, I find more and more that I can do without them.
- Glenn Gould *


Do you realise that to many men it makes a vast and profound difference whether or not the things about them are as they appear?
- H. P. Lovecraft *


I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success .... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.
– Nikola Tesla *


Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
- Albert Einstein *


Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my best friend is truth.
- Sir Isaac Newton *


The average man's opinions are much less foolish than they would be if he thought for himself.
- Bertrand Russell *


You're all a bunch of sheep. Can't you go baa?
- Craig Nicholls * of the Vines, speaking to a concert audience


Most people are sheep, and they need the support of others ...
- Bobby Fischer * genius chess player


Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
- Oscar Wilde


Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
- Albert Einstein *


Hypocrisy in search of social acceptance erodes your self-respect.
- James Watson, Nobel Prize winner quoted in New Scientist


In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.
- John Kenneth Galbraith


I don't like my thinking done for me. Thinking's not much good if it's second-hand. I just want to think afresh, think sideways, and not be trapped in anybody else's poems. I want to make my own poems.
- Les Murray * highly respected Australian poet


I didn't have that tendency to conform and I found it easy not to conform. I didn't scare easily. And it amazed to see that people who I respected, who I liked—would just fit in without ever really thinking about the consequences of what they did.
- Helen Dale/Darville/Demidenko *


I am not totally lacking in the motivation to conform; it’s just weak.
-Judith Rich Harris, controversial psychologist, on p. 200 of her book No two alike.


I did not think of myself as original: I merely said what I thought.
- Janet Frame *


I was never interested in what everybody else was interested in.
- Tim Burton * talking about his childhood from a 1992 Rolling Stone magazine interview
http://www.timburtoncollective.com/articles/misc5.html


There's lots of things about me you wouldn't understand, you couldn't understand, you shouldn't understand.
- a line from a movie directed by Tim Burton * from a 1992 Rolling Stone magazine interview
http://www.timburtoncollective.com/articles/misc5.html



Left equals good. Art equals Left. Pop stars and artists are meant to be so original. So how come everyone has the same opinion?
- George Passmore, artist (one half of Gilbert and George)


There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth.
- John Kenneth Galbraith


If you skip the racial part he was trying to make a valid point which science to this very day doesn't want to look at.
- Joel Shurkin, biographer of William Shockley *


When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.
- Jonathan Swift *


People do not have a right to be free of offence.
- Helen Dale/Darville/Demidenko *


Even Beethoven had his critics. See if you can name three of them.
- a line from the Australian movie Chopper


We cannot escape irrationality, for it’s the price we pay for relying so heavily on the views of others.
- Kim Sterelny, in the book Richard Dawkins: how a scientist changed the way we think


Until proven otherwise, we should assume that consciousness doesn’t play a role in human behaviour.
- Robert Provine, psychologist, of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, quoted in New Scientist


Thinking is the hardest thing known to man, which is the reason it is so rarely done.
- Henry Ford *, quoted in the book Any colour – so long as it’s black by John Duncan


The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill


If someone were to start a Society for the Prevention of Thought, he would swiftly make a fortune from the subscriptions.
- Theodore Dalrymple, author and prison psychiatrist, from his book Second Opinion


Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
- Albert Einstein


I am free of all prejudices. I hate every one equally.
-W. C. Fields


... I'm sort of anxious about the world. I'm more frightened about humans than anything else, I think. They're the most dangerous, and violent, and irrational creatures on the planet, I think.
- Reg Mombassa/Chris O’Doherty *, NZ-born Australian rock and roll musician and artist, from the TV show Talking Heads, broadcast July 2007
http://www.abc.net.au/talkingheads/txt/s1982349.htm
If you can't say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
- quote attributed to Dame Edna Everage


Politics is Hollywood for ugly people.
- Mark Latham


Politics is just show business for ugly people.
- Jay Leno


Well, I was the first. If anyone can be shown to be the one that really did his own work and created this strategy from scratch, it'd be me....A physician with no true education in anything Wall Street. Completely self-taught, working by myself.
- Michael Burry * , American hedge fund founder and manager who correctly predicted the collapse of the subprime mortgage market and figured out how to make a fortune from this for himself and his investors, despite pressure to sell from frightened investors. This quote is from an email quoted in the book The greatest trade ever by Gregory Zuckerman, p. 269


A money manager does not go from being a near nobody to being nearly universally applauded to being nearly universally vilified without some effect.
- Michael Burry * (see above) quoted in the book The greatest trade ever by Gregory Zuckerman, p. 166


If I am looking at you, that's the one time I know I won't be listening to you.
- Michael Burry * (see above) quoted in an article by Michael Lewis in Vanity Fair magazine April 2010
http://www.vanityfair.com/business/features/2010/04/wall-street-excerpt-201004

It is the psychology of those who have not bothered to learn psychology ...
- Mario Bunge writing about psychoanalysis in New Scientist


Leadership is always a lonely race. Anyone honest about their reflections on that reaches the same conclusion....I’ve always just been a person who believes in rowing his own race, that is, doing what you believe to be the right thing, doing it with vigour, doing it with conviction and doing it with determination.
- former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd quoted by David Marr in "Power trip: the political journey of Kevin Rudd." Quarterly Essay. Number 38, p. 40.


Kevin has worked hard at becoming normal. He’s come close but I don’t think he’ll ever quite get there, But I don’t think you want a Prime Minister to be normal, do you?
– Wayne Goss, former Premier of Queensland, quoted in the book Inside Kevin07: The people, the plan, the prize by Christine Jackman.


How could you say someone like us is boring?
- ex-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, on the Rove TV show, September 2008


If Mark had become Prime Minister, he would have had around him an absolutely first-class front bench which would have taken care of any emergency situation that arose....If anything went seriously wrong with the leadership while we were in office, we would have dealt with it.
- Kim Beazley about Mark Latham, quoted in the 2008 book "Power plays" by Laurie Oakes, p. 326-7


I’d rather read a book on a plane than talk to the fellow next to me.
- former President John F. Kennedy


Autism has been here all along. Considered as an evolutionary condition with far-reaching social implications, its full presence and impact remain hidden in plain sight, unrecognized and uncredited.
- Mark Stairwalt writing at Shift Journalhttp://www.shiftjournal.com/



There is, in fact, no better way to produce shallow and superficial people than to let them live their lives entirely in the open, without concealment of anything.
- Theodore Dalrymple, author and prison psychiatrist, from "All Sex, All the Time" City Journal. Summer 2000


Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde


He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
- Winston Churchill


We are all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.
- Tennessee Williams, playwright, quoted in Advanced banter: the QI book of quotations by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson


We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only though our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
- Orson Welles *


I think if you’ve ever had that feeling of loneliness, of being an outsider, it never quite leaves you. You can be happy or successful of whatever, but that thing still stays within you.
- Tim Burton *, movie director in a February 2010 article in the
Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/tim-burton-boyhood-traumas-of-a-director-1910871.html



Ian is a strange child. He likes to be away by himself and can never be found when he is wanted.
-Rose Fairweather, mother of Australian artist Ian Fairweather


There’s only one person in the world who could look OK in that colour of lipstick, and his name is Ronald McDonald.
- what Lili Marlene wishes she had said to one of her particularly dislikeable work supervisors


What brings you here? I know it couldn't have been an invitiation.
- David Letterman on The Late Show


You know, if it weren't for the caffeine, I'd have virtually no personality whatsoever.
- David Letterman


In my game, a flush beats a full house.
- sign seen on the back of a plumber's van


Autism, clearly, is a condition that has always existed, affecting occasional individuals in every period and culture.
- Oliver Sacks, quoted from the chapter “Prodigies” in the book An anthropologist from Mars


I was really obsessive about it, and I think you’ve got to be that way to make an impact or do anything that is going to get recognised.
- Craig Nicholls * from the Australian rock band The Vines, in a 2011 interview with Nathan Jolly
http://www.themusicnetwork.com/music-features/artists/2011/01/17/the-vines-craig-nicholls-unfiltered/


I always say to the other guys, if you want to throw a TV out of a hotel room window, then do it just before you leave the hotel, because there might be something you want to watch.
-Craig Nicholls from a 2004 article in The Guardian by Alexis Petridis http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2004/mar/05/popandrock


Two obsessions are one too many.
- Dr James Watson, Nobel Prize winner


Nothing attracts money like the quest for a cure for a terrible disease.
- Dr James Watson, Nobel Prize winner and ex-president of a major US medical research organization, on page 313 of his book Avoid boring people.


So, I think, while I would prefer to believe otherwise, I guess my experience with my two and a half year old twin daughters who were not given dolls and who were given trucks, and found themselves saying to each other, look, daddy truck is carrying the baby truck, tells me something.
- Lawrence Summers *, American economist, Director of the White House's National Economic Council and controversial former President of Harvard University


A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
- Winston Churchill


The autistic child has become the symbolic point of convergence of two major currents of contemporary anxiety: anxiety about early childhood development and anxiety about impending environmental disaster.
- Dr Michael Fitzpatrick in the book Defeating autism: a damaging delusion.


I do not plead guilty to a shallow view of human nature, when I propose to apply, as it were, a foot-rule to its heights and depths.
- Sir Francis Galton FRS * , pioneer of science and psychology and one of the first to describe synaesthesia


Ever wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?
- John Mendoza


Do people who don’t have coloured letters synaesthesia get the full effect of alphabet soup?
- Lili Marlene, colour-grapheme synaesthete


Reason is a tool. Try to remember where you left it.
- John Clarke


The aim of science is to make difficult things understandable in a simpler way; the aim of poetry is to state simple things in an incomprehensible way. The two are incompatible.
- Paul Dirac OM, FRS, * physicist


I was lucky, I went to good schools, I had excellent teachers. I was in the right place in the right time.
- a very modest Nobel Prize winner, Paul Dirac OM, FRS *


We came, we saw, we concreted.
- motto of ex-European migrant Australian homeowners


I had to kill her, doctor, or I don’t know what I would have done.
- a man who has just murdered his lover, quoted by Theodore Dalrymple in his book In praise of prejudice


If you're going through hell, keep going.
- Winston Churchill


And have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but overacuteness of the senses?
- from The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe


Contrary to widespread belief, we do not think exclusively in language.
- Steven Pinker


It should now be up there in neon lights: contrary to Descartes, you don’t need language to think. Cognition is one thing and language is another.
– Herb Terrace of Columbia University, quoted in New Scientist

Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It's that you are destroying the peg.
- Paul Collins, in the book Not even wrong: adventures in autism


… the self is an hallucination hallucinated by an hallucination.
- Douglas Hofstadter, quoted in New Scientist


… the cognitive system underlying theory of mind also seeks to attribute intentionality and meaning, even where there is none.
- excerpt from a story about religion by Helen Phillips in New Scientist


They cheer me because they all understand me, and they cheer you because no-one understands you.
- Charles Chaplin to Albert Einstein * at a movie premiere, quoted in the book Cultural amnesia by Clive James


The lessons of history don’t suit our wishes: if they did, they would not be lessons, and history would be a fairy story.
- Clive James, from his book Cultural amnesia


Some of the worst mistakes in my life have been haircuts.
- Jim Morrisson


We are convinced, then, that autistic people have their place in the organism of the social community. They fulfil their role well, perhaps better than anyone else could, and we are talking of people who as children had the greatest difficulties and caused untold worries to their care-givers.
- Hans Asperger * from Chapter 2 of Autism and Asperger syndrome edited by Uta Frith


I'm always happy when I'm protesting.
- Richard Stallman *


He was one of the unthanked benefactors of his race, who was patiently teaching and serving mankind, whilst they were shrinking from his coldness, or mocking his peculiarities. . .
- biographer George Wilson describing Henry Cavendish * quoted by Oliver Sacks


Life results from the non-random survival of randomly varying replicators.
- Richard Dawkins


The autistic personality is an extreme variant of male intelligence.
- Hans Asperger * from page 84 in Chapter 2 of Autism and Asperger syndrome edited by Uta Frith


Any man who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
- Samuel Goldwyn


("Great game, Bobby.”) How would you know?
- reply by genius chess champion Robert “Bobby” Fischer *


I told him, ‘You are paranoid,’ and he said that paranoids can be right.
- Pal Benko recounting a conversation with Robert “Bobby” Fischer *


Just because you're paranoid, don't mean they're not after you.
- part of a song lyric by the rock band Nirvana


My mother refused to give me colouring books as a child. She probably saved me, 'cause when you think about it, what a colouring book does is completely kill creativity.
- attributed to David Lynch, movie director


He who laughs last laughs longest.
- corny line from a 1960s TV comedy series


Wagner’s music isn’t as bad as it sounds.
- unattributed quote from the book Cultural amnesia by Clive James.


The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.
- Jean Giraudoux


The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.
- George Orwell *


I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, I speak like a child.
- Vladimir Nabokov, author and synaesthete


Show me a cultural relativist in a jet aircraft at 35 000 feet, and I'll show you a hypocrite.
- Richard Dawkins


I looked and looked but I didn't see God.
- Uri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut and the first person to orbit the Earth


The situation varies from country to country, but there exists no autism society that is about autistic people.
- Michelle Dawson


The detached individual, who does not quite conform to the prevailing norms, was a part of the stereotype of the twentieth-century intellectual.
- Frank Furedi in Where have all the intellectuals gone?: Confronting 21st century philistinism


In fact, if I hadn't been smart, I probably would have been thrown in the garbage, basically. But because I was obviously smart, they couldn't just say, "This is a manufacturing failure; get rid of it."
- Richard Stallman * founder of the free software movement


Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.
- Rosalind Franklin *


When we try to envision another's happiness, we suffer from arrogance and a poverty of imagination.
- George Johnson


One could conclude that the towering edifice of ABA therapy is built on a total lack of empathy. Empathy is, after all, the ability to imagine things from someone else’s perspective.
- Alyric


“I don’t think I’m at all eccentric” That is the hallmark of a true eccentric – not thinking you’re at all eccentric, even when your every thought, word, and deed seems to set you apart from the rest of the world.
- Kevin Bazzana, in the biography Wondrous strange: the life and art of Glenn Gould *


You might think you're the most ordinary person in the world. The world begs to differ.
- Anneli Rufus, in her book Party of one: the loners’ manifesto


Other people think I'm eccentric, but I'm not eccentric. I'm quite normal; it's all the other people who are eccentric - and there's plenty of them, in those straight suits, collars and ties - they're the eccentric ones.
- David (Screaming Lord) Sutch * quoted in the biography The man who was Screaming Lord Sutch by Graham Sharpe


The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
- John Stuart Mill, philosopher


No mind should have to beg to differ.
- Mel Levine M.D.


Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
- Oscar Wilde


A hard man is good to find.
- Mae West


When I think about people being treated badly just because of their body language, I'm in no smiling mood.
- Lili Marlene


March separately but strike together!
- Leon Trotsky


Let the credulous and the vulgar continue to believe that all mental woes can be cured by a daily application of old Greek myths to their private parts.
- Vladimir Nabokov on Freud


To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.
- Albert Einstein *


Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it.
- former President Lyndon B. Johnson


Disease mongering turns healthy people into patients, wastes precious resources, and causes iatrogenic harm.
- Ray Moynihan and David Henry, in PLoS Medicine


I've met the man in the street ... and he's a c***
- Sid Vicious


Harden the *uck up Australia!
- Chopper, comedy character from The Ronnie Johns Half Hour


Most maths departments I've been in have at least one person who is clearly weirder than I am.
- attributed to Professor Richard Borcherds *


Another roof, another proof.
- Paul Erdos * famous mathematician who had an unusual academic drifter lifestyle


A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.
- Alfred Renyi, one of Paul Erdos’ many collaborators


I remember once going to see him when he was lying ill at Putney. I had ridden in taxi cab number 1729 and remarked that the number seemed to me rather a dull one, and that I hoped it was not an unfavorable omen. "No," he replied, "it is a very interesting number; it is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways.
- mathematician G. H. Hardy * remembering legendary mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan *


Some of you may have met mathematicians and wondered how they got that way.
-Tom Lehrer


The world is full of people who can’t do simple household chores properly, and need to be cared for by other people. They are called “husbands”.
- Lili Marlene, housewife


For years we [British psychiatrists] have been prescribing drugs to our patients that we wouldn't dream of taking ourselves or giving to our families
- Professor Robin Murray (Royal College of Psychiatrists): 1997: Insights into Schizophrenia: Solian (amisulpiride) symposium

It is superb, it smells old-fashioned, like Brahms in a world of hip hop.
- Luca Turin (known as "the emperor of scent", referring to the legendary Guerlain fragrance Mitsouko)


I like very much the singer Madonna. I think very much that it is a credit to the West that a transvestite can become so popular.
- Borat, TV and movie comedy character


I never fall apart because I never fall together.
- Andy Warhol *


They say isolation drives you crazy. Sure it does – when you can’t get enough of it.
- Anneli Rufus, in her book Party of one: the loners’ manifesto


I don't belong to any club or group. I don't fish, cook, dance, endorse books, sign books, co-sign declarations, eat oysters, get drunk, go to church, go to analysts, or take part in demonstrations.
- Vladimir Nabokov, author and synaesthete


Most people help to make the world go round, but only an elite few make the world go forward.
- Lili Marlene


...I know more than I can express in words, and the little I can express would not have been expressed, had I not known more.
- Vladimir Nabokov, author and synaesthete


Consumption today consists of people spending money they don’t own, to buy things they don’t need, to impress people they don’t like.
- Dr Clive Hamilton


Regrets? I've got no regrets... except that I was born a woman instead of a man.
- Nico (Christa Paffgen) *


I am at heart a gentleman
– Marlene Dietrich


I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.
- Marlene Dietrich


Intelligence is like four-wheel drive. It only allows you to get stuck in more remote places
- attributed to Garrison Keillor


We’re perfectly well-adjusted, just not to their frequency.
- attributed to Anneli Rufus


Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.
- Dame Edna Everage


... there's a real science to eye contact, and the only reason that I'm so good at it now is because I've practiced the technique for hours with a room full of blow-up dolls.
- Elliot Goblet, stand-up comedy character **


You say the truth is never black and white, but I want to know how you can be so sure.
- Lili Marlene


…. a world without humour is … Germany.
- Shaun Micallef


Life goes faster when you're somewhere else.
- Daria Morgendorffer, character in the animated TV series Daria **


Also, I like public transport because I like to stare at people for long periods of time. This is a luxury that you just can't enjoy in the confines of your own motor car.
- Elliot Goblet, stand-up comedy character **


I haven't read a book in my life ...
- Victoria Beckham


You say I’m a bitch like it’s a bad thing.
- witty quote from The B Word calendar


Just give me the coffee and no one gets hurt.
- witty quote from another calendar


My voice is mono-modulated, but it's well mono-modulated.
- Elliot Goblet, stand-up comedy character **


You can't run a chocolate factory with a family hanging over you like an old dead goose... no offense.
- Willy Wonka, character in the movie Charlie and the chocolate factory **


I live in the same world that you live in, it's just that I experience it more accurately.
- Lili Marlene


The world is my oyster... but I can't seem to get it open.
- Daria Morgendorffer, character in the animated TV series Daria **


Quotes from Mr Anonymous -


Don't vote, it only encourages them.


Politics is Hollywood for ugly people.


There's no I in team, but there are three U's in shut the f*** up.


Don’t take life too seriously, it isn’t permanent.


Don't get married, just meet someone you don't like and buy them a house.


I used to think I was indecisive, now I'm not so sure.


Nobody knows everything. I am a nobody. Therefore I know everything.


Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?


I've learned that depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.


* This denotes that it is a quote from a person who is in this list:http://incorrectpleasures.blogspot.com/2006/09/referenced-list-of-famous-or-important.html

** A quote from a fictional character who is on this list:
http://incorrectpleasures.blogspot.com/2006_11_01_archive.html


Some more online and print sources for great quotes: 


BrainyQuote http://www.brainyquote.com/


Wikiquote 
http://www.wikiquote.org/

Quotes from author Theodore Dalrymple 
http://www.skepticaldoctor.com/Quotes

Mae West quotes from
BrainyQuote http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/mae_west.html

Winston Churchill Quotes from BrainyQuote 
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/w/winston_churchill.html

Winston Churchill quotes about himself from Winston Churchill Leadership 
http://www.winston-churchill-leadership.com/churchill-quote-himself.html

W. C. Fields quotes at BrainyQuote
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/w/w_c_fields.html

The Quotations Page – Oscar Wilde 
http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Oscar_Wilde/

Some Julian Assange quotes:

http://incorrectpleasures.blogspot.com/2011/01/julian-assange-international-man-of.html

Syd Barrett Quotes
BrainyQuote
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/s/syd_barrett.html

Advanced banter: the QI book of quotations by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, Faber and Faber, 2008.
[This book is a spinoff from the excellent TV show
QI]

3 comments:

mcewen said...

Great collection. Thanks for starting my day. Happy Thanksgiving

Dave said...

Some of those quotes are just to die for. 'Cogito ergo stim'. Brilliant!

Good luck with the blog. The more aspies in the blogosphere the better, I reckon.

I actually 'came out' on mine.

http://davespartblog.blogspot.com/2006/10/gordon-brown-and-autism.html

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