2020-0531

Computers are to design as microwaves are to cooking.

—Milton Glaser (b. 1929)

2020-0427

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

2020-0423

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

2020-0323

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

2020-0317

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

2020-0317

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

2020-0305

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

2019-1015

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

2018-0219

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

2018-0105

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

2017-1106

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

2017-0827

Excellence has no sex
Eva Hesse (1936—1970)

2016-1101

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

2016-1025

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

2016-0123

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

2015-0104

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

2014-0530

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

2014-0521

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

2014-0504

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

2014-0430

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

2014-0428

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

2014-0412

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

2013-1214

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

2013-1001

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

2013-0920

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

2013-0905

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)

2013-0904

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

2013-0417

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

2013-0320

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

2013-0109

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

2012-1211

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

”Give me my longsword, ho!
—William Shakespeare

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