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Zanesville, Kris Saknussemm [17 Mar 2007|11:28pm]

[ mood | tired ]

A four-hundred-and-eighty-five page book, a sprawling theme park of literature, all boiling down to these two quotes encompassing ideas I've more-or-less always espoused myself, but never expected to see here.

"You're listening to me now because you aren't consciously digesting your food or making your heart pump - or, for that matter, firing your nervous system. You are the continuous result of these 'systems' functioning harmoniously and yet independently of what you call 'you.'"

"My vision of enlightenment is not trying to rise above the game - but accepting that one is always in the game - and striving to be more involved, not less."

[07 Jun 2006|09:22am]

"Do you know what it's like to care too much/'bout someone that you're never gonna get to touch?/Hey man now you're really living" - The Eels "Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)

They speak truth dudes.

Poetic Prose [28 May 2006|02:44pm]

[ mood | content ]

I just finished up reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer and it was rife with excellent quotes. So I've come to share.

"I think and think, I've thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it." (p 17)

"[...]'A little cut but I never forgot it! That was so long ago!'
'But yesterday in your life right?'
'Yesterday! Today! Five minutes ago! Now!'" (p 161)

"She had fallen in love so many times that she began to suspect she was not falling in love at all, but doing something much more ordinary." (p 79)

"Thinking would keep me alive. But now I am alive, and thinking is killing me." (p 215)

"'Well it's hard for anyone, even the most pessimistic of pessimists, to spend more than a few minutes in Central Park without feeling that he or she is experiencing a tense in addition to present, right?'
'I guess.'
'Maybe we're just missing things we've lost, or hoping for what we want to come. Or maybe it's the residue of the dreams from that night the park was moved. Maybe we miss what those children had lost, and hope for what they hoped for.'" (p 222 - this is a small part of a larger story in the book about a fabled sixth borough in NYC, where Central Park was originally located. I wish I could type out the whole story - the whole thing was excellent.)

"'That's the difference between heaven and hell! In hell we starve! In heave we feed each other!'
'I don't believe in the afterlife.'
'Neither do I, but I believe in the story!'" (p 164)

"[...] literature was the only religion her father practiced, when a book fell on the floor he kissed it, when he was done with a book he tried to give it away to someone who would love it, and if he couldn't find a worthy recipient, he buried it [...] I imagined [the trees'] roots wrapped around books, pulling nourishment from th epages, I imagined rings of letters in their trunks." (p 114)

"You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness." (p 180)

"It's a shame we have to live, but it's a tragedy that we get to live only one life." (p 119)

"'I know about this building because I love it.'
'What is it about this building?'
'If I had an answer, it wouldn't really be love, would it?'" (p 250)

"Why didn't I learn to treat everything like it was the last time? My greatest regret is how much I believed in the future." (p 281)

"I touched the sheets, I lowered myself to the floor, and smelled the pillow, I wanted anything of you that I could have, I wanted dust." (p 281)

So yeah. A lot. But I love them. I love this book.

Elliott Smith [09 Apr 2006|05:23pm]

The first line from "Say Yes" by Elliott Smith:

I'm in love with the world through the eyes of a girl

Though it's just a piece of one line, it sounded like a really sweet idea.
I'm such a romantic at heart, and don't even try to hide it.

[23 Mar 2006|07:52am]

As I have not worried to be born, I do not worry to die.
-Frederico Garcia Lorca

I think for it to be unhip to be idealistic is weird, you know? I mean, all the best rebels, to me, had some sense of hope in them.
-Tom Petty

[16 Mar 2006|10:06pm]

Hello and all that fun stuff.

Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas has some of my favourite quotes of all time, so I'll start with a couple of those.

Is this not a reasonable place to park?Collapse )

And now, the first paragraph of one of my favourite books.

To Athene, then.Collapse )

And finally, a pair of songs.

Vintage Guns N RosesCollapse )

Err, sorry. That was rather long.

Journaling [15 Mar 2006|05:00pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Sometimes when I read a book, I'll come across a really great passage. I am reluctant to keep reading if I can't stop to record it right then, risking losing it. Too many times that's happened. So luckily I was able to go back a couple pages and re-read to find this again. Which, I think, also says something about it. (There was another bit I liked when I first read the page, but I can't re-find it now either).

"If we were to open to a random page in her journal - which she must have kept with her at all times, not fearing that it would be lost, or discovered and read, but that she would one day stumble upon that thing which was finally worth writing about and remembering, only to find that she had no place to write it [...]" Everything is Illuminated Jonathan Safran Foer.

While I little long, the core of this quote really speaks to journaling I think. Or rather, part of my journaling process. And I do exactly this. Carrying around two extra notebooks at all times almost just to be safe. I know the day I leave one home will be the day I need it.

Desire and Want [05 Mar 2006|07:37pm]

"Maybe the things you want are like cards. You don't want them for themselves, really, though you think you do. You don't want a card because you want the card, but because in a perfectly arbitrary system of rules and values and in a special combination of which you already hold a part the card has meaning. But suppose you aren't sitting in a game. Then, even if you do know the rules, a card doesn't mean a thing. They all look alike."

-All the King's Men Robert Penn Warren

[31 Oct 2005|02:42pm]

"Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable. The obstacles preventing this realization of both these exreme states are of the same nature: they derive from our human condition which is opposed to everything infinite."
-Primo Levi, Survival in Aushwitz

I just thought that was really interesting, and strangely uplifting.

[06 Oct 2005|10:33pm]

"There's more important things than making sure your watch looks just right, and second-hand opinions don't make you look any smarter."
-Natalie Imbruglia, "Don't You Think"

A Few Diddies [12 Sep 2005|05:58pm]

"But a short time's a long time, when your mind just won't let it go."
:Jack Johnson, 'Dreams Be Dreams':

"I don't want to be your regret. I'd rather be your cocoon."
:Jack Johnson, 'Cocoon':

"And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure."
:JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Blogging Joy [27 Jun 2005|04:03pm]

Another one from one of my favorite celebrities:

Joy is one of the ones it’s harder to pin down afterwards – it’s like sticking a pin through a captive butterfly and wondering why it isn’t as beautiful as when it was fluttering crookedly in the sunlight. - Neil Gaiman, from officialgaiman on Blogging Emotions.

[13 Jun 2005|11:57pm]

"If God is just, I tremble for my country."
~Thomas Jefferson

[02 Jun 2005|12:06am]

"Wisdom's in the trees, not the glass windows."
~Jack Johnson

[29 May 2005|03:49pm]

"The world is full of all sorts of brilliant stuff and I haven't found out all about it yet, so I don't want anyone messing it about or endin' it before I've had a chance to find out about it. So you can all just go away."

~Good Omens

I feel that way sometimes.

Foucault's Pendulum [27 May 2005|04:09pm]

[ mood | happy ]

Some quotes from the book I've picked back up again, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco.

I struck the agogo, trying to fall in with the beat of the drums, and gradually I became part of the event, and, becoming part of it, I controlled it. I found relief by moving my legs and feet, I freed myself from what surrounded me, I challenged it, I embraced it.
--I just really liked what this could say about resistance, and acceptance.

I spent long, long hours on the beach, sunbathing.
I flew kites, which down there are very beautiful.

--This was just so simple. It may need more contextulization, but I know that voldemort234 is about to read the book so I don't want to give anything away. But basically he just came through an ordeal, not terribly taxing but very odd, and this is how he ended his time there. And something about that was beautiful to me.

He [Hermes] was also creator of writing, which is an art of evasion and dissimulation and a navigation that carries us to the end of all boundaries, where everything dissolves into the horizon, where cranes lift stones from the ground and weapons transform life into death, and water pumps make heavy matter float, and philosophy deludes and deceives...And do you know where Hermes is today? Right here.
--A lot of Eco's writing I find poetic. He has a natural rhythm and cadence to it with excellent imagery. This is just another example.


Media literacy [01 May 2005|10:14pm]

"A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both." - James Madison

I'm in a media literacy class and it takes the very cynical slant. This was in one of the texts we're reading advocating for and informing about the public's opportunity to stop media conglomeration. I just liked it.

[22 Apr 2005|03:48pm]

[ mood | disappointed ]

Take a deep breath and realize how completely insane it is that you're alive.
-Zach Braff.

My love and admiration for this man has no limit.

[19 Apr 2005|11:28pm]

"What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the words I have read in my life." - Walt Whitman

[16 Apr 2005|12:27pm]

I just recently finished the book The Sisterhood of Travelling Pants and found it interesting that the break in chapters was noted by having different quote pages. Quotes from television, comedians, films, classic authors, fortune cookies - a whole eclectic variety.

If I had taken more care I would have found my favorites, but I was so entrenched in the book that that didn't happen. :)

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