Posts tagged ‘Quotes’

The wind is blowin’

January 3rd, 2007

In his song Blowin’ in the Wind Bob Dylan answers a wonderful bunch of big questions with his famous lyrics

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

The whole life is a pretty windy season. But until today, the answer has not been blown off.


December 13th, 2006

I am looking for references of the following apparently inevitable quote:

I once said that I often quoted myself. It added spice to my conversation, like this adds spice to my conversation. See?
— supposedly by George Bernard Shaw

Any pointers welcome.

Partially right, partially wrong

December 5th, 2006

Quotes from no liars taken from an ongoing lecture series on human ecology:

In ecology, anything is partially right and partially wrong, and everything else is also partially right and partially wrong.
Markus Staudinger, 2006-11-28

And, at the end of today’s lecture:

Everything we have said here today is wrong. Wrong in the sense that it has been too short and not detailed enough, though, there is a chance to deal with it more closely.
Alexander Haslberger, 2006-12-05

The translations were done by a liar who is at liberty to quote the original passages:

Wie bei allem in der Ökologie ist es so, dass das Eine teils wahr und teils falsch und das Andere auch teils wahr und teils falsch ist.
Markus Staudinger, 2006-11-28

Alles, was wir hier jetzt gesagt haben, ist falsch. Falsch in dem Sinn, dass es viel zu kurz und zu wenig detailliert ist, dass es aber doch die Möglichkeit gibt, sich damit etwas genauer zu beschäftigen.
Alexander Haslberger, 2006-12-05

Generally, one is better off judging others. But beware of generalizations if you cannot deal with self-reference.

Mensch Janosch über Sprache

November 28th, 2006

Aus Janoschs Wörterbuch der Lebenskunst (München 1995):


Wahrscheinlich gäbe es weniger Unheil auf der Welt, wäre dem Menschen nicht das Wort gegeben. Mit dem er lügt. Und verdreht. Ein Hund kann gar nicht lügen.

It’s all surface

November 26th, 2006

Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. (Oscar Wilde)

Even if it sounds like facts it’s still stories.

Of course, true facts always surface.

Because, lies are anything but surface.

That is not is not

November 21st, 2006

That that is is that that is not is not.

[1] [2]

Really be dishonest

November 15th, 2006

The following conversation took place at Calvin and Hobbes’ family (see today’s cartoon at gocomics). Calvin to his mother:

I want the last piece of pie. Don’t divide it up. I want it all to me.

Calvin’s mother:

Don’t be selfish, Calvin.


So the real message here is “be dishonest”?

Of course it is. That’s why we are :)


The self I seem to be today

November 14th, 2006

Arlo Guthrie performed a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on November 10, 2006. At some point during the show, host Dan Reed quoted Arlo Guthrie’s website quote of the day:

The me I used to think of as being myself
has slowly been replaced by the self I seem to be today.
— Arlo Guthrie

Then, Dan asked Arlo: I think it deserves an explanation, perhaps!? And, Arlo explained:

Well, that’s nice of you. You know, if these things need an explanation there’s no point in doing them. I would have just put the explanation in and forgot the quote.

Dan: End of quote.