Category Archives: Quotes

2015 Kentucky Derby

Steadman wanted to see some Kentucky Colonels, but he wasn’t sure what they looked like.
I told him to go back to the clubhouse men’s rooms and look for men in white linen suits
vomitting in the urinals. “They’ll usually have large brown whiskey stains on the front of
their suits,” I said. “But watch the shoes, that’s the tip-off. Most of them manage to avoid
vomitting on their own clothes, but they never miss their shoes.”

— Hunter S. Thompson, from the Kentucky Derby.

Photos cc by Jeremy Parnell.

No.

No sun—no moon!
No morn—no noon—
No dawn—no dusk—no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member—
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds!—
November!

— Thomas Hood, from “No!”

Unless you’re weird

Five years ago, it would have been stupid advice to build something for yourself. But now if you build something that you love, that you believe is sufficiently epic, there might be another billion people in the world who love it, too — unless you’re weird.

— Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote

“…unless you’re weird”. File that under things developers worry about.

Look at that

You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’

— Edgar D. Mitchell
Edgar Mitchell

Before we were born

An often cited anxiety when facing mortality comes from thinking about all of the experiences and opportunities missed due to one’s own death, or because of the loss of a loved one. I thought of that when reading this quote by Mark Twain:

I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.

It’s a condition, Twain says, identical to death to simply not yet be born. We don’t lament missing out on any of the amazing experiences that came before us in human history, to any real degree, so it suddenly seems strange to me that we would have a great deal of anxiety over not having the opportunity to live out those experiences that follow us in history. On a more personal level, we don’t suffer greatly over having missed some early parts of a loved one’s life — the years that preceded us in our grandparent’s, parent’s, or spouse’s lives — and maybe there’s some comfort in that thought when facing future parts of life that don’t include them in ours, or us in theirs. The moments we share when we are here are all the ones we get to enjoy, and those are plenty for a lifetime.