“I named my camel Katrina. She was a natural disaster. She slobbered everywhere and seemed to think the purple streak in my hair was some kind of exotic fruit. She was obsessed with trying to eat my head. I named Walt’s camel Hindenburg. He was almost as large as a zeppelin and definitely as full of gas.”
― Rick Riordan, The Throne of Fire
“It was childish to feel disappointed, but childishness comes almost as naturally to a man as to a child,”
― Isaac Asimov, Foundation
"You just stole stuff?"
"No, found. It's like stealing, but no one yells at you."
--Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.”
― Noam Chomsky
“Believing in something is easy enough – it is anonymous, and can be done from a distance. But change requires more – it needs voices and faces, people to say the words and do the deeds.”
― April White, Death's Door
“I want to say before I go on that I have never previously told anyone my sordid past in detail. I haven’t done it now to sound as though I might be proud of how bad, how evil, I was. But people are always speculating – why am I as I am? To understand that of any person his whole life, from birth, must be reviewed. All of our experiences fused into our personality. Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient”
― Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
I was born in 1928, so in 1943, 1944, we had the war in Rome. There were a lot of hardships, a lack of food, many shortages.
So when I worked with the Americans, the English, and the Canadians soon after the war, when I played with them, they paid me with food.
That will give you an idea how widespread poverty was at that time.
“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“Dance like it hurts. Love like you need money. Work when people are watching. -- Dogbert's Motto”
― Scott Adams
“Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness.
Listen to it carefully.”
― Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
“No rational argument will have a rational effect on a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude.”
― Karl Popper
“Ex-Confederate? What’s that, like an ex-Nazi? The man fought for slavery! You don’t get to put an ‘ex-’ in front of that!”
― Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country
"I don’t want you telling me to go back to Africa, unless you going back where you come from. I got a note one day telling me to go back to Africa and ever since that time—it’s been three times a week I say it when I am in a white audience—I say, 'We’ll make a deal. After you send all the Koreans back to Korea, the Chinese back to China, the Jewish people back to Jerusalem, and you give the Indians their land back and you get on the Mayflower from which you come'...We all here on borrowed land. We have to figure out how we’re going to make things right for all the people of this country." - Fannie Lou Hamer
“When the reality was depressing, men tried to console themselves with myth.”
― Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars
Trump refuses to acknowledge he is wrong when he is wrong, too.
So don't feel bad.
“Dear Grandpa, This is Sawyer, your grandson. I don’t know if Mom told you, but I’m part dinosaur now. And I need to know how not to be. Please help me. I don’t mean any offense. I know you’re part stegosaurus too. But you didn’t become part dinosaur until you were an adult. It’s much harder to do it when you’re a kid. School is hard enough.”
― Cory Putman Oakes, Dinosaur Boy
“Everything in the universe is either a jelly bean or not a jelly bean!”
― Silly Willy, Silly Facts for Silly Kids. Children's fact book age 5-12
“Fanatics can always come up with excuses for not thinking.”
― Christopher G. Nuttall, Desperate Fire