Source: Dreamland (2000)
„When a war breaks out, people say: "It's too stupid; it can't last long." But though the war may well be "too stupid," that doesn't prevent its lasting. Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves.“
The Plague (1947)
„Yeah, she's heard the war stories … I tell it all to her. I think one has to, because one wants to know somebody, and one wants to feel that somebody knows one. I mean, the embarrassment quotient has been going down for a long time, and the fond amusement has been rising.“
— Iggy Pop American rock singer-songwriter, musician, and actor 1947
On discussing his past escapades with his girlfriend.
Rolling Stone interview (2003)
— Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881
Upon being asked to offer the young son of a member of Parliament advice, cited in Wilfrid Meynell, Benjamin Disraeli: An Unconventional Biography (1903), p. 83.
Sourced but undated
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
Letter to Harrison Blake (16 November 1857)
Context: Let me suggest a theme for you: to state to yourself precisely and completely what that walk over the mountains amounted to for you, — returning to this essay again and again, until you are satisfied that all that was important in your experience is in it. Give this good reason to yourself for having gone over the mountains, for mankind is ever going over a mountain. Don't suppose that you can tell it precisely the first dozen times you try, but at 'em again, especially when, after a sufficient pause, you suspect that you are touching the heart or summit of the matter, reiterate your blows there, and account for the mountain to yourself. Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
„Positivism … implies the double falsehood that no interpretation is needed, and that it is not needed because the story which the positivist writer tells, such as it is, is obvious. The story he or she tells is usually a bad one, and its being obvious only means that it is familiar.“
— Bernard Williams English moral philosopher 1929 - 2003
Source: Truth and Truthfulness (2002), p. 12
— Erik Naggum Norwegian computer programmer 1965 - 2009
Re: A draft business plan for free software LISP vendors http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.lisp/msg/3bb9094cbc310a0f (Usenet article).
Usenet articles, Miscellaneous
— Henry Van Dyke American diplomat 1852 - 1933
Source: Time Is...
Too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love,
Time is Eternity. (Music and Other Poems, 1904)
„Now, today is the day we honor, of course, the Presidents, ranging from George Washington, who couldn't tell a lie, to George Bush, who couldn't tell the truth, to Bill Clinton, who couldn't tell the difference.“
— Jay Leno American comedian, actor, writer, producer, voice actor and television host 1950
Monologue, 19 February 2007 (U.S. Presidents Day)
The Tonight Show
Travis Parker, Proloque, p. 1
Source: 2000s, The Choice (2007)
— Allan Gurganus American novelist and story writer 1947
Variant: Know something, sugar? Stories only happen to people who can tell them.
„I invent stories, confront one with another, and by this means I ask questions. The stupidity of people comes from having an answer to everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything.“
— Milan Kundera Czech author of Czech and French literature 1929