[I found some old quotes in a draft post that I never published…might as well post it now.]
“Alcohol is like love. The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl’s clothes off.” -Raymond Chandler, “The Long Goodbye”, Esquire
“I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun.” -Raymond Chandler, “Farewell, My Lovely”
“The 85-cent dinner tasted like a discarded mailbag and was served to me by a waiter who looked as if he would slug me for a quarter, cut my throat for six bits, and bury me at sea in a barrel of concrete for a dollar and a half, plus sales tax.” -Raymond Chandler, “Farewell, My Lovely”
“If you want to get to know someone, loan him some money.” -Rick Franks
“We are never very far from those we hate. For this reason, we shall never be truly close to those we love. An appalling fact, I knew it well enough when I embarked. But some truths deserve our attention; others are best left alone.” -Albert Sanchez Pinol, “Cold Skin”
From Neil Strauss’s The Game:
“One of the reasons I became a writer is that, unlike starting a band, directing movies, or acting in a theatrical production, you can do it alone. Your success and failure depend entirely on yourself. I’ve never trusted collaborations, because most people in this world are not closers. They don’t finish what they start; they don’t live what they dream; they sabotage their own progress because they’re afraid they won’t find what they seek.”
John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State, July 4, 1821:
“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her own example. She well knows that by once enlisting under banners other than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, ambition, which assumed the colors and usurped the standards of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. … She might become the dictatress of the world. She would no longer be the ruler of her own spirit.”
From James McManus’s Positively Fifth Street:
“Jack Binion told Alvarez, “In the free enterprise system, you have to assume that each guy is the best judge of what he does with his own money…so if a guy wants to bet twenty or thirty thousand dollars in a poker game, that is his privilege. Society might consider it bad judgment but if that is what he wants to do, you can’t fault him for it. That’s America.” A skeptical Alvarez commented: “that, too, is Las Vegas — the only place on earth where they justify gambling as a form of patriotism.”
Poem by Osama bin Laden, in response to his son, Hamza, in June 2003:
What can I say if we are living in a world of laziness and discontent?
What can I say to a world that is blind in both sight and perception?
Nations are sold and bought like hooves.
Pardon me, my son, but I can only see a very steep path ahead.
A decade has gone by in vagrancy and travel.
What are you asking me about?
About people who are sedated?
Here we are in our tragedy.
Security has gone but danger remains.
It is a world of crimes in which children are slaughtered like cows.
Zion is killing our brothers, and the Arabs are holding a conference.
From Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash:
“Hiro, you are such a geek. She’s a woman, you’re a dude. You’re not SUPPOSED to understand her. That’s not what she’s after. She doesn’t want you to understand HER. She knows THAT’S impossible. She just wants you to understand YOURSELF. Everything else is negotiable.”
“What makes you think I don’t understand myself?”
“It’s just obvious. You’re a really smart hacker and the greatest sword fighter in the world — and you’re delivering pizza and promoting concerts that you don’t make any money off of.”
From The Great Influenza:
“As Einstein once said, “One of the strongest motives that lead persons to art or science is a flight from the everyday life… With this negative motive goes a positive one. Man seeks to form for himself, in whatever manner is suitable for him, a simplified and lucid image of the world, and so to overcome the world of experience by striving to replace it to some extent by this image. This is what the painter does, and the poet, the speculative philosopher, the natural scientist, each in his own way. Into this image and its formation, he places the center of gravity of his emotional life, in order to attain the peace and serenity that he cannot find within the narrow confines of swirling personal experience.”