Sunday, 2 April 2017

Art is a Microscope




"A breakdown in communications," -  if you listen carefully to the eleven o'clock news - it is the source of all human problems viz: "Police officials blamed the accidental shooting of three orphans in a drug bust on 7th Street on a breakdown in communications." ~ Sam Smith #quote

It stands to reason that self-righteous, inflexible, single-minded, authoritarian true believers are politically organized. Open-minded, flexible, complex, ambiguous, anti-authoritarian people would just as soon be left to mind their own fucking business. ~ R.U. Sirius in 'How To Mutate and Take Over The World' #quote

It’s not about what happens to people on a page; it’s about what happens to a reader in his heart and mind. ~ Gordon Lish, legendary editor who helped launch Raymond Carver and Amy Hempel #quote






The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power. ~ Toni Morrison #quote

UBIQUITY, n.The gift or power of being in all places at one time, but not in all places at all times, which is omnipresence, an attribute of God and the luminiferous ether only. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Vicious actions are not hurtful because they are forbidden, but forbidden because they are hurtful. ~ Benjamin Franklin #quote



OPTIMIST, n. A proponent of the doctrine that black is white. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honours on your head. ~ Jean Cocteau #quote

We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, have been asked to do so much with so little for so long that we are now capable of doing anything with nothing. #oneliners

Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin. ~ John von Neumann #quote

MAGIC, n. An art of converting superstition into coin. There are other arts serving the same high purpose, but the discreet lexicographer does not name them. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice. #oneliners

Race car driver who cheated death strikes gold #FunnyNewspaperHeadlines

Compromise: the art of dividing a cake so that everybody believes he or she got the biggest piece. #oneliners


I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul. ~ Jean Cocteau #quotes #cats

If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear.  #ifmenwrotetherules

In dreams begin responsibilities. ~ William Butler Yeats #quote

He who blames himself is halfway there… He who blames no one has arrived. #oneliners


Sentences that begin with "all women" are never, never true. ~ Margaret Banning #quote

Diplomacy -- the art of letting someone have your own way. #oneliners

Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart. ~ Alan Alda #quotes

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. ~ H. G. Wells  #quote

We struggle against most of our exceptional qualities until we’re about forty and then, too late, find out they compose the real us. ~ Gertrude Stein as quoted by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who considered her a genius; and she was Hemingway’s literary wet-nurse #quote

Art is a microscope which the artist fixes on the secrets of his soul and shows to people these secrets which are common to all. ~ Leo Tolstoy #quote

The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof shit detector. This is the writer’s radar and all great writers have it. ~ Ernest Hemingway, the man who started a literary revolution with short sentences and paragraphs #quote

Whether it’s something that happened twenty years ago or only yesterday, I must start with an emotion—one that’s close to me and that I can understand. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald; his notes on the manuscript helped launch Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, blasting Hem out of obscurity #quote

Beauty is a form of genius—is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. ~ Oscar Wilde, who maintained his famous sense of humour on his deathbed: while sipping champagne, he said, I’m dying beyond my means. #quote

Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for. ~ Ray Bradbury, wrote every day and never went to college #quote


Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behaviour. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry. ~ J.D. Salinger, who had a hard time publishing  The Catcher in the Rye; the biggest complaint was that Holden Caulfield wasn't believable  #quote



I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. ~ Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most productive people in history #quote

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry. ~ Douglas Adams #quote
LOGIC, n. The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding. ~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary #quote

The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed. #ENGgrammar

Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup. #tonguetwister

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong. #observationalHumour