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A picture is worth a thousand lies.

“Fabulous weather, isn’t it?” said the chauffeur, looking up at the sky. “It’s–how can I put it?–crystal clear.”
I nodded.
“When it gets this clear, God’s messages must have no trouble getting through at all,” I offered.
“Nothing of the kind,” said the chauffeur with a grin. “There are messages already in all things. In flowers, in the rocks, in the clouds…”
“And cars?”
“In cars too.”
“But cars are made in factories.” Typical me.
“Whosoever makes it, God’s will is worked into it.”
“As in ear lice?” Her contribution.
“As in the very air,” corrected the chauffeur.
“Well then, I suppose that cars made in Saudi Arabia have Allah in them.”
“They don’t produce cars in Saudi Arabia.”
“Really?” Again me.
“Then what about cars produced in America for export to Saudi Arabia? What god’s in them?” queried my girlfriend.
A difficult question.
Haruki Murakami: A Wild Sheep Chase, p. 151

General Ralph Landry: You know, when they forced Khruschev out, he sat down and wrote two letters to his successor. He said – “When you get yourself into a situation you can’t get out of, open the first letter, and you’ll be safe. When you get yourself into another situation you can’t get out of, open the second letter”.
Soon enough, he gets into a tight situation, and he opens the first letter. It says – “Blame it all on me”. So he blames it all on the old guy, and it worked like a charm.
When he got himself into a second situation, he opened the second letter. It said – “Sit down, and write two letters”.
Traffic (2000) – directed by Steven Soderbergh

For a Jewish person to renounce his Jewishness is like for a snail leaving its shell. It will still be a snail.
– Albert Einstein, on being Jewish

When I am dead
I hope it may be said
“His sins were scarlet
but his books were read”
– Hillaire Belloc

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
– Winston S. Churchill

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
– Bertrand Russell

Natural selection? I laugh in the face of natural selection!
– TuxRadar podcast

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me!
– William Shakespeare: Richard III

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
– Thomas A. Edison

Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.
– Oscar Wilde

My work is done. Why wait?
– Suicide note of Kodak founder George Eastman

gult blad i frostvind
efterårssmag på tungen
jeg kysser din ring

My thoughts sharp, but short
Never enough for a book
Maybe just haiku?

Vietnamese looks like an explosion in a diacritics factory.
Omniglot blog

[…] som Adrian Lloyd Hughes konstaterede i DR 2-programmet ’Kulturkøbing’, har hver kommune med respekt for sig selv rejst en smuk bygning for kunsten, men investeringen er blevet gjort i mursten: smukke rammer, café og designbutik og ikke i samlingerne!
Lise Bach Hansen i Politiken: Knowledge is Pleasure

‘‘Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future?’’ It’s a question I get asked so often that I have a little canned response I can rattle off without thinking: ‘‘In order to be an activist, you have to be both: pessimistic enough to believe that things will get worse if left unchecked, optimistic enough to believe that if you take action, the worst can be prevented.’’
Cory Doctorow: Techno-optimism

Mathematics brought rigor to economics. Unfortunately it also brought mortis.
Kenneth Boulding

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