Around the House
Aaron Fuegi's Collected Quotations
Frodo was now safe in the Last Homely House east of the Sea. That house
was, as Bilbo had long ago reported, "a perfect house, whether you like food or
sleep, or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a
pleasant mixture of them all." Merely to be there was a cure for weariness,
fear and sadness.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Dr. Strauss says I should rite down what I think and remembir and evrey thing
that happins to me from now on..
- Daniel Keys, opening line of Flowers for Algernon
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to
know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my
parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David
Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to
know the truth.
- J.D. Salinger, opening line of The Catcher in the Rye
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not
follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Camus
"Do you know what I learned from you? I learned what is possible, and now I
must hold out for what I thought we had. I want to be very close to someone I
respect and admire and have somebody who feels the same way about me. That or
nothing. I realized that what I'm looking for is not what you're looking for.
You don't want what I want."
"What do you think I want?" I asked.
"Exactly what you have. Many women you know a little and don't care very much
about. Superficial flirtations, mutual use, no chance of love. That's my idea
of hell. Hell is a place, a time, a consciousness, Richard, in which there is
no love. Horrible! Leave me out of it."
- Richard Bach, Spoken by Leslie Parrish and Richard Bach, The Bridge Across Forever
I don't wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be
something to someone.
- Katherine Kurtz, spoken by Javan
...that was the first thing I had to learn about her, and maybe the hardest
I've ever learned about anything--that she is her own, and what she gives
me is of her choosing, and the more precious because of it. Sometimes
a butterfly will come to sit in your open palm, but if you close your
hand, one way or the other, it--and its choice to be there--are gone.
- Barbara Hambly, Spoken by John Aversin, Dragonsbane
And though I came to forget or regret all I have ever done, yet
would I remember that once I saw the dragons aloft on the wind
at sunset above the western isles; and I would be content.
- Ursula K. LeGuin, The Tombs of Atuan
What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do especially in
other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there
and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on
- William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways
In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really
good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change
their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do
it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and
change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last
time something like that happened in politics or religion.
- Carl Sagan, 1987 CSICOP Keynote Address
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as
one wishes to live.
- Oscar Wilde
The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's
- Joseph Heller, Catch22
My close relationship with Alice Waters illustrates the kind of client
with whom I get along best. We have a clear aesthetic, are dedicated to our
work, and leave each other to do the best we can for each other. I cannot
imagine a finer relationship.
- David Lance Goines, Graphic Designer
"I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that
truly makes living worth while?"
Death thought about it "Cats," he said eventually, "Cats are Nice."
- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that
goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!
- Albert Einstein
One man scorned and covered with scars
still strove with his last ounce of courage
to reach the unreachable stars;
and the world will be better for this.
- Mitch Leigh, The Quest, based on Cervantes
That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how
we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from
it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious
way, is winning.
- Richard Bach, note written by Richard Bach,
The Bridge Across Forever
The main problem with today's high-technology society is that we allow
politicians to run it instead of people equipped with the wherewithal to
understand it. Their mentalities are still in the nineteenth century. How can
they hope to manage complex economies when they're not competent to run a
yard-sale. What can they do that requires even a smattering of knowledge or
People let them get away with it. If people are gonna elect turkeys to tell
them what to do, then the people are gonna have problems. You can't blame the
turkeys. The Constitution never guaranteed smart government; it guaranteed
representative government. And it works - that's what we've got.
The trouble with the damn system is that it selects for the skills needed to
get elected, and nothing else... which requires only an ability to fool a
sufficient number of people for just long enough to get the votes.
Unfortunately the personal qualities necessary for attaining office are
practically the opposite of those demanded by the office itself. A test that
you can pass only by cheating can't possibly select honest people, can it?
- James P. Hogan, Code of the Lifemaker
Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for
three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don't
have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it's
true. If you hire somebody without the first, you really want them to
be dumb and lazy.
- Warren Buffet
Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes
when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well
-- he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"There. There," said the marquis de Carabas, awkwardly, patting her shoulder.
And he added, for good measure, "There." He did not comfort well.
- Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in
anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in
anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not
believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not
believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with
reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it
and live up to it.
The avalanche has started, it is too late for the pebbles to vote.
- Vorlon Ambassador Kosh Naranek, Babylon 5: Believers
Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood
from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually
record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise
children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of
civilization is what happened on the banks.
- Will Durant, The History of Civilization
You cannot rule the world El-ahrairah, for I will not have it so. All the
world will be your enemy, Prince With a Thousand Enemies. And whenever they
catch you, they will kill you. But first, they must catch you--digger,
listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of
tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.
- Richard Adams, Watership Down
Copyright 2006 by Aaron D. Fuegi. All rights reserved.