The blog of a stay-at-home dad in the Greater Boston Area. Come for the cute childhood anecdotes, stay for the musings on the transformative qualities of death.

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord.

QUOTES

Push back against the age, as hard as it pushes against you.-Flannery O’Connor

The future always looks good in the golden land because no one remembers the past.-Joan Didion

If you want coherence, gentlemen, you’ve come to the wrong place.-Phil Lesh

Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey.-Orwell

Hey, hey, hey, hey now. Don’t be mean. We don’t have to be mean. ‘Cause, remember, no matter where you go, there you are.-Buckaroo Banzai

Art: “Samuel Beckett once said: ‘Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.’”
Pavel: “Yes.”
Art: “On the other hand, he SAID it.”
Pavel: “He was right. Maybe you can include it in your book.”-Art Spieglman, Maus

Here begins our tale. The empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide. Thus it has ever been. -The Three Kingdoms

Talk is cheap. -Traditional

The heater was working. It was warm in the Jaguar, and Kumiko was very tired now. She settled back against red leather and closed her eyes. Somehow, she thought, her meeting with 3Jane had freed her of her shame, and her father’s answer of her anger. 3Jane had been very cruel. Now she saw her mother’s cruelty as well. But all must be forgiven, one day, she thought, and fell asleep on the way to a place called Camden Town. -Gibson, Mona Lisa Overdrive.

Life is one big minefield, and the only place that isn’t a minefield is the place they make the mines.-Michael O’Donoghue

I think I know what military fame is: to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers.-William Tecumseh Sherman

I was learning from these mortal-farcical events about the eternal presence in human affairs of accident and contingency, as well as the fatuity of optimism at any time or place. All planning was not just likely to recoil ironically; it was almost certain to do so. Human beings were clearly not like machines. They were mysterious congeries of twisted will and error, misapprehension and misrepresentation, and the expected could not be expected of them.-Paul Fussell

I suppose the trouble is that one thinks one’s life instead of living it. Occasionally one enters into contact for a split second, when the wind blows across one’s face, or when the moon comes out from behind a cloud, or a wave breaks against the rocks in some particular way which it would be impossible to recognize or define. The one catches oneself being conscious of the contact and it is lost.-Paul Bowles

Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child. -Cicero

If you start counting up all the things in the world that are not lutefisk, you quickly run out of fingers.-Steven Brust

Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit.
(Maybe one day we shall be glad to remember even these things)
-Virgil, Aeneid, 1:203

Et in arcadia ego.-traditional

Anyone who has ever studied the history of American diplomacy, especially military diplomacy, knows that you might start in a war with certain things on your mind as a purpose of what you are doing, but in the end you found yourself fighting for entirely different things that you had never thought of before. War has a momentum of its own, and it carries you away from all thoughtful intentions when you get into it. … War seldom ever leads to good results.-George F. Kennan

The older I get, the more I think that maybe the Grand Challenge of Modern Adulthood is using the perspective you’ve gained at the price of your youth to actually do the things whose value you now, finally, realize.-Paul Starr

 

Da Mayor: Doctor…

Mookie: C’mon, what. What?

Da Mayor: Always do the right thing.

Mookie: That’s it?

Da Mayor: That’s it.

Mookie: I got it, I’m gone.  -Spike Lee, “Do The Right Thing”

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