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


If an ass goes traveling, he’ll not come back a horse.
Thomas Fuller (1606-1661) via Google Books


Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)


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


Talent is like a marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like a marksman who hits a target…others cannot even see.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860) via Google Books


Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809–1894) via Google Books


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


You really can’t think of a self-driving vehicle as merely a car–fundamentally, it’s a robot on four wheels that looks and feels like a car.
—Jan Becker, Senior Director of Automated Driving for Faraday & Future


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


A man‘s ignorance sometimes is not only useful, but beautiful, while his knowledge, so called, is oftentimes worse than useless, besides being ugly. Which is the best man to deal with, he who knows nothing about a subject, and, what is extremely rare, knows that he knows nothing, or he who really knows something about it, but thinks that he knows all?
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) via Dictionary.com


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


The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.
—Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain (1835–1910) via a letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888


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


Swallow a toad in the morning if you want to encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.
Nicolas Chamfort (1741-1794) via QI


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

”Give me my longsword, ho!
—William Shakespeare

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