From Pine View Farm

QOTD category archive

QOTD 0

Robert K. Merton:

Scientific research is not conducted in a social vacuum.

Share

QOTD 0

Annie Dillard:

Matters of taste are not, it turns out, moral issues.

Share

QOTD 0

Krystal Ball:

If you want to understand why something is happening in America just follow the money.

Share

QOTD 0

Douglas Adams:

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

Share

QOTD 0

Robert Goldsborough, in the voice of Nero Wolfe:

We do not yet dwell in what I would term a police state, and I hope I do not live to see that eventuality.

Goldsborough, Robert, Stop the Presses (New York: Mysterious Press, 2016), p. 147.

Share

QOTD 0

Mandy Patinkin (in the voice of Jason Gideon):

In my experience, evil not a cultural phenomenon. It’s a human one.

Share

QOTD 0

Kerry Greenwood, in the voice the poet, Tadeusz Lodz.

There is something macabre about the gramophone. It preserves the voices of the dead, as cherries are preserved in confiture.

Greenwood, Kerry, Urn Burial (Scottsdale, Arizona: Poisoned Pen Press, 2007), p. 91.

Share

QOTD 0

Buckminster Fuller:

We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.

Share

QOTD 0

Prabal Guring:

Revolutions always begin fragmented. Then, when united, real change happens . . . .

“Racism in Fashion: How To End It,” New York Times (Sunday, 28 June 2020, Sunday Styles) p. 7.

Share

QOTD 0

Fred M. Vinson:

Whatever theoretical merit there may be to the argument that there is a “right” to rebellion against dictatorial governments is without force where the existing structure of the government provides for peaceful and orderly change.

Share

QOTD 0

Susan Sontag:

Authoritarian political ideologies have a vested interest in promoting fear, a sense of the imminence of takeover by aliens — and real diseases are useful material. Epidemic diseases usually elicit a call to ban the entry of foreigners, immigrants. And xenophobic propaganda has always depicted immigrants as bearers of disease . . . .

Share

QOTD 0

Plutarch:

It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such a one as is unworthy of him; for the one is only belief – the other contempt.

Share

QOTD 0

Lee Trevino:

I never think of yesterday. Can’t do anything about it.

Share

QOTD 0

Thomas Dewar:

Minds are like parachutes: they only function when open.

Share

QOTD 0

Liu Shahe:

Being misunderstood by someone is vexation. Being misunderstood by everyone is tragedy.

Share

QOTD 0

Lillian Hellman:

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.

Share

QOTD 0

Francis John McConnell:

We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues of those who are opposed to us.

Share

QOTD 0

Nick Tosches:

Mortality applies to every aspect of life. The fear of death is the driving fear of life.

Share

QOTD 0

Kerry Greenwood:

A moment’s acquaintance was enough to convince her that Mrs. Freeman would not know anything that she did not want to know.

Greenwood, Kerry, The Green Mill Murder (Scottsdale, AZ: Poisoned Pen Press, 2007), p. 31.

Share

QOTD 0

Lou Ferrigno:

Computers can bully us. A slow and unreliable system will bring even the toughest soul to their knees as they find themselves completely defenseless against the erratic whims of their rogue machine.

Share