An Archive of Growth?

English language

Are you insinuating that I am a purveyor of terminological inexactitudes?

–Winston Churchill

 

books

J. R. R. VIKING AAAAAH

J. R. R. Tolkien was known to dress up as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior and chase his astonished neighbour down the street. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

To hate a man because he was born in another country, because he speaks a different language, or because he takes a different view of this subject or that, is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human…Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity.

–John Comenius

 

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.

–Paul Valery

 

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.

–Stephen Jay Gould

 

books

Age of Gender Enlightenment

In 1921, American novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She won the award for her novel The Age of Innocence, a story set…

Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.

–Mae West

 

Given a choice between two theories, take the one which is funnier.

–Blore’s Razor

 

books

Fandom at work

The only fan letter Richard Dawkins has ever written was to Douglas Adams; to his delight, he got one back. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

Sacred cows make the best hamburgers.

–Mark Twain

 

If you’re not turned on to politics, politics will turn on you.

–Ralph Nader

 

I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change.

–Dan Quayle

 

Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.

–George Carlin

 

You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.

–Will Rogers

 

Lots of people are willing to die for the person they love, which is a pity, for it is a much grander thing to live for that person.

–Jason Hurst

 

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.

–Paul Harvey

 

All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.

–Bobby Knight

 

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.

–Thomas Jefferson

 

All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.

–Unknown

 

Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.

–Louis Pasteur

 

books

Durrrrrrrr

When Marcel Proust and James Joyce met in 1922, they spent dinner talking about their ailments before admitting they hadn’t read each other’s work. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention – invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.

–Agatha Christie

 

Every child deserves a home and love. Period.

–Dave Thomas

 

anime and manga

Tale of Genji

The world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, was published in Japan around A.D. 1000 by female author Murasaki Shikibu. (Source: genderacrossborders.com)

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.

–George Orwell

 

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.

–Oscar Wilde

 

The best way to get approval is not to need it.

–Hugh Macleod

 

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