All posts tagged: quotes

Eminently Unquotable Thoughts on Quotes…

I received the following quotes in my email, over the course of the last week, and thought (hah!) I’d share them with you. “There are haunters of the silence, ghosts that hold the heart and brain.” Madison Julius Cawein “Parsifal – the kind of opera that starts at six o’clock and after it has been going three hours, you look at your watch and it says 6:20” David Randolph Advertisements

Aphorisms 101

The need for aphorisms, the desire for the well-written and pithy quote, is one of the truly ironic things about modern society. It speaks – not ‘to’, but ‘for’ – our willingness to allow someone else to do our thinking for us. It’s an intellectual/philosophical laziness, enabled by a 24/7 culture, where anything we might want can be had on the instant. “I don’t have the time or the energy to figure out what I believe, or how I feel. What does this expert think? What does that celebrity say? Oh, look. Here’s a comforting/funny/profound saying on a blog/in a book/on a greeting card. There – my critical thinking’s been done for me. Let’s eat.” We can’t even be bothered to personalize the sentiment – the words of the anonymous author will have to do – for to put it into our own words would require us to think about it for longer than it took to read it. A true philosophy, even one so small as to be suitable to a congregation of just …

Be vewy, vewy quiet. We’re hunting Quayle.

For todays post, we shall go on a journey. An exploration, not so much of space, as of time. And as we prepare for our voyage, we here at IDIOT, the Institute Devoted (to the) Increase Of Twaddle (or Tommyrot, or Tomfoolery… we here at the Institute don’t mind you injecting your own favorite ‘T‘ word wherever you wish. We wouldn’t want to be thought of as Thoughtless, after all) – I say, we here at the Institute wish you to relax. Leave the twirling of the dials and the button pushing to us. We’ll fiddle with all the settings on our little time machine, as it were. You just close your eyes, and marvel at the good fortune which allows you to live in an age where, to travel back in time, you need only wish it to be so. Take a deep breath. Relax.