Stuff n' Things

But I believe in uttering the truth, even if it hurts. Particularly if it hurts.

— Joyce Carol Oates, We Were The Mulvaneys


He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life, where every path was an improvisation and a considerable part of one’s waking life was spent watching one’s feet.

— William Golding


It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

— Johnathan Swift


Scientists talk about dark matter, the invisible, mysterious substance that occupies the space between stars. Dark matter makes up 99.99 percent of the universe, and they don’t know what it is. Well I do. It’s apathy. That’s the truth of it; pile together everything we know and care about in the universe and it will still be nothing more than a tiny speck in the middle of a vast black ocean of Who Gives a Fuck.

— David Wong, John Dies at the End


It’s a disease. Nobody thinks or feels or cares any more; nobody gets excited or believes in anything except their own comfortable little God damn mediocrity.

— Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road


Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom.

— Terry Pratchett, Hogfather


I will admit there’s a certain degree of giving a fuck that goes into not giving a fuck. by saying you don’t care if the world falls apart, in some small way you’re saying you want it to stay together, on your terms.

— David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson


She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.

— Toni Morrison, Beloved


It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order - and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order.

— Douglas R. Hofstadter, Metamagical Themas


Got you. You’re mine now. For the rest of the day, week, month, year, life. Have you guessed who I am? Sometimes I think you have. Sometimes when you’re standing in a crowd I feel those sultry, dark eyes of yours stop on me. Are you too afraid to come up to me and let me know how you feel? I want to moan and writhe with you and I want to go up to you and kiss your mouth and pull you to me and say “I love you I love you I love you” while stripping. I want you so bad it stings. I want to kill the ugly girls that you’re always with. Do you really like those boring, naive, coy, calculating girls or is it just for sex? The seeds of love have taken hold, and if we won’t burn together, I’ll burn alone.

— Bret Easton Ellis, The Rules of Attraction


To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places— and there are so many— where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.

— Howard Zinn


If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self— himself— he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it.

— Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat


The future is unwritten. There are best case scenarios. There are worst-case scenarios. Both of them are great fun to write about if you’ re a science fiction novelist, but neither of them ever happens in the real world. What happens in the real world is always a sideways-case scenario. World-changing marvels to us, are only wallpaper to our children.

— Bruce Sterling