"What's the use of being Irish if the world doesn't break your heart?" ~ JFK
"Try not to have a good time...This is supposed to be educational." ~ Charles Schultz
"I would venture to warn against too great an intimacy with artists, as it is very seductive and a little dangerous." ~ Queen Victoria
“I find myself… with my head lifted into the wind, straining to catch a trace of that perfume. It suffuses my dreams, and I awake sweating and famished. In my dreams I gorge on chocolates, I roll in chocolates and their texture is not brittle but soft as flesh, like a thousand mouths on my body, devouring me in fluttering small bites. To die beneath their tender gluttony seems the culmination of every temptation I have ever known..." ~ Joanne Harris, from "Chocolat"
"Aroused flowers burn with the desire to out do the sky’s azure by the energy of their colors, and the heat, turning scents visible, seems to make them rise to the stars like smoke." from “The Mercury Visions of Louis Deugerre”
"Somewhere someone is thinking of you. Someone is calling you an angel. This person is using celestial colors to paint your image. Someone is making you into a vision so beautiful that it can only live in the mind. Someone is thinking of the way your breath escapes your lips when you are touched. How your eyes close and your jaw tightens with concentration as you give pleasure a home. These thoughts are saving a life somewhere right now. In some airless apartment on a dark, urine stained, whore lined street, someone is calling out to you silently and you are answering without even being there. So crystalline. So pure. Such life saving power when you smile. You will never know how you have cauterized my wounds. So sad that we will never touch. How it hurts me to know that I will never be able to give you everything I have." ~ Henry Rollins, from "Solipsist"
"Of all the things I am not very good at, living in the real world is perhaps the most outstanding." ~Bill Bryson, from "I'm a Stranger Here Myself"
"Ignatius, what's all this trash on the floor?" "That is my worldview that you see. It still must be incorporated into a whole, so be careful where you step." ~John Kennedy Toole, from "Confederacy of Dunces"
"Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, 'you owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky." ~Hafiz
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." ~Mohandas Gandhi
“Mika, you need to buck up. I know you think this story has no purpose other than keeping Sarah Palin’s name in the headlines for another news cycle.I know you think she has nothing to offer the national dialogue and that her speeches are just coded talking points mixed in with words picked up at random from a thesaurus. I know you think Sarah Palin is, at best, a self-promoting ignoramus, and at worst a shameless media troll who’ll abuse any platform to deliver dog-whistle encouragement to a far-right base that may include possible insurrectionists. I know you think her reality show was pathetically un-statesmanlike, and at the same time I know you think it represents the pinnacle of her potential, and that her transparent desperation to be a celebrity so completely eclipsed her interest in public service so long ago, that there would be more journalistic integrity in reporting on one of the lesser Kardashians’ ass implants. And I know, I know that when you arrive at the office each day, you say a silent prayer that maybe, just maybe Sarah Palin will at long last shut up for ten fucking minutes. I know ‘cause I can see it in your eyes!” ~Stephen Colbert (in character)