Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.

—Milton Glaser (b. 1929)


I’m interested in architecture, but it’s no good thing being an architect if you are interested in architecture. It’s like being a butcher if you are interested in animals.
Ed Steed (b. 1987) via It’s Nice That


Beauty is temporary, ugliness lasts forever.
Marina Abramović (b. 1946) via Walk Through Walls


Do not fear mistakes. There are none.
Miles Davis (1926–1991) via Brainy Quote


Lack of focus is why we have a lack of greatness.
Jerry Seinfeld (b. 1954) via Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, S6E1


It’s not the easiest thing to try and put a smile on a face. But it’s always worth it.
—Jerome Allen Seinfeld, a.k.a., Jerry Seinfeld (b. 1954) via Some website


Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
—Eric Arthur Blair, a.k.a., George Orwell (1903 – 1950) via Nineteen Eighty-Four


Please, could you expel, or, at least, restrain, the comma-maniac, on your editorial staff?
Mary Norris, a.k.a., The Comma Queen (1952– ) via The nit-picking glory of the New Yorker’s Comma Queen


The Americans are very impressionable people; they see what they want to see. I have a lot of respect for them. I am not upset at all that I ended up on this list. If they want to see the devil, let them see him.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, a.k.a., Putin’s chef (b. 1961) via The New York Times


Beauty conforms to the demands of the spirit.
Mark Rothko (1903–1970) via Brainpickings


I often can’t tell if people are at peace or just being dull.
—Heinrich Karl Bukowski, a.k.a. Charles Bukowski (1920–1994) via Half-Truth Zine Issue 16 (1993) found at Bukowskiforum.com


Excellence has no sex
Eva Hesse (1936—1970)


Most of the wonderful places of the world were not made by architects but by the people
Christopher Wolfgang Alexander (1936– ) via “A Pattern Language


If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944) via GoodReads


I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters.
—Donald Trump, #amateur (b. 1946)


You won’t find reasonable men on the tops of tall mountains.
Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) via GoodReads


Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
—Julius Henry Marx, a.k.a. Groucho Marx (1890–1977) via Wikipedia


Saying that cultural objects have value is like saying that telephones have conversations.
Brian Eno (b. 1948) via A Year with Swollen Appendices


In his highest flights, musical and architectural above all, for they are one, man gives the illusion of rivaling the order, the majesty and the splendor of the heavens.
Henry Miller (1891–1980), via The Colossus of Maroussi


Creativity is the residue of time wasted.
Albert Einstein (1879–1955) via Goodreads


There are no born masters of typography.
Jan Tschichold (1902–1974) via The Form of the Book: Essays on the Morality of Good Design


How to write a good short story:

Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.

Start as close to the end as possible.

Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007) via Brain Pickings &; YouTube


Downtown L. A. looks like they started to build Chicago and then gave up…and let it become a sprawling suburb.
Gary Oldman (b. 1958) via Esquire


If you’re looking for sympathy you’ll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary.
David Sedaris (b. 1956), via Barrel Fever


The scientist has marched in and taken the place of the poet. But one day somebody will find the solution to the problems of the world and remember, it will be a poet, not a scientist.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) via The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives


Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.
Frank Zappa (1940 – 1993)


Television is chewing gum for the eyes.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959)


Confusion is a word we have invented for an order that is not understood.
Henry Miller (1891–1980)


Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.
—李小龍. a.k.a., Bruce Lee via Think exist


There are 3 rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965) via QI


Hello, World!
Brian Kernighan (b. 1945) via Wikipedia

”Give me my longsword, ho!
—William Shakespeare

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