“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
“Most writing on art is by people who are not artists: thus all the misconceptions.”
-Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix
“Those who can’t repeat the past are condemned to remember it.”
-Amy Hempel, In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried.”
"Sometimes when you start writing, you try so hard, that you end up ruining the fucker."
“She would always sleep with her husband and with another man in the course of the same day, and then the rest of the day, for whatever was left to her of that day, should would exploit by incanting, ‘French Film, French Film.’”
-Amy Hempel The Housewife
"Do you ever get the feeling that there's something going on we don't know about?"
-Timothy Fenwick Jr. in Barry Levinson's Diner
"I'm nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I've begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I'm reminiscing this right now. I can't go to the bar because I've already looked back on it in my memory... and I didn't have a good time."
-Max in Noah Baumbach's Kicking and Screaming
"A motion to adjourn is always in order."
"It's impossible to learn to plow by reading books."
"1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law."
-Issac Assimov in Handbook of Robotics, 56th Edition, 2058 CE
"Know history. Take it in. Digest it. Absorb it. And then destroy it."
“I exaggerated even before I began to exaggerate, because it's true — nothing is ever quite as bad as it could be.”
-Amy Hempel, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom.
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