In book 2 of the Confessions
St. Augustine describes how he stole some pears out of pure wickedness. I have a vague memory of a prominent US Southern politician saying something about this passage like "Nobody ever made such a fuss about stealing a pear." Am I imagining this? Google searches aren't turning up anything.
posted by crazy with stars
on Nov 2, 2013 -
Someone once wrote (paraphrased), "I have done two things I hated every day of my life: woken up and gone to bed." Who said this, and where can I get the rest of the piece in which it appeared? I seem to recall it was Samuel Johnson, but have had no success tracking this quote down.
posted by rwhe
on Oct 26, 2013 -
Looking for a source for a quote about revolutions being made by ordinary people--Nelson Mandela? MLK? Looking for a direct statement from a speech or interview more than an observation by a journalist or writer.
posted by Ideefixe
on Sep 19, 2013 -
I'm looking for a Junot Diaz quotation about writing and politics, and google is failing me. I saw it in the last year or two in the form of a tumblr-type image, though it was not this one about Elvish
. It went something like this:
Interview question: How do you make sure your writing has good politics?
Diaz: When you grow up in a society that is as repressive as ours, that bad politics is going to come out in your writing no matter what. I have to struggle constantly to examine my writing and make sure I agree with the politics and get misogynistic or otherwise reactionary political content scrubbed out of it.
The interview question may or may not have been present. I of course can't phrase Diaz's response as eloquently as he did.
posted by HeroZero
on Sep 15, 2013 -
I am looking for a quotation making the same point as "tempest in a teapot"/"mountain out of a molehill" type quip. I want to make the same point to dismiss someone's complaint but don't want to use those, and I am hoping for a more witty or erudite version that really undermines and makes the reader smile.
posted by dios
on Aug 22, 2013 -
What is the proper way to cite a quotation alone, not in the context of a paper, without any other text around it? [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile
on Jun 18, 2013 -
There's a famous quote that goes something like "Intelligence is the Ability to Tolerate Paradox". But that's obviously not it, given that it doesn't google at all.
Can anyone help?
posted by Quisp Lover
on Jun 5, 2013 -
I'm searching for a quotation that was paraphrased to me as
Talking about sustainability should not be like doing taxes, it must be like writing a love letter.
The person (architect, with interest in sustainable design) who paraphrased this to me is certain this is not the actual quotation and citation, and believes it came to her attention within the past seven years.
posted by Prince_of_Cups
on Apr 15, 2013 -
Help me track down the origin of this Leonardo Da Vinci maxim, of which I can only find a French translation. [more inside]
posted by padraigin
on Feb 7, 2013 -
It's easy for people to assume that the usefulness
of something to them is the same as its wider purpose
for existing. What's the quotation, literary situation, fable, or famous saying that sums up this phenomenon in far pithier or funnier terms than the ones I'm using? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph
on Aug 10, 2012 -
QuotationFilter: Rincewind the Wizzard cast a spell that one time (when he was in peril and the eighth spell needed to work through him to fry the cause of the peril with octarine fire) and then Rincewind thought something to the effect that he now understood why most wizards were single and pale (because doing magic was really satisfying and more fun than a normal life, apparently). I can't remember the exact wording, or find it in the books-- do you know? (I want to know because I might feel the same way about engineering.)
posted by sninctown
on May 10, 2012 -
APA citation filter: can I indicate the page number only once in a sentence that contains multiple quotes by the same author? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger
on Feb 13, 2012 -
"Why did I do it? If I hadn't, how could I ever have listened to music again?" Who said this, or something like it? [more inside]
posted by decagon
on Jan 5, 2012 -
F. Scott FitzgeraldFilter: "Everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness." I've seen this quote attributed to F. Scott. Did he actually say it? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine
on Nov 28, 2011 -
Programmers soon learn that
“Any code of your own that you haven't looked at for six or more months might as well have been written by someone else.”
This maxim, generally cited as “Eagleson's Law [of Programming]” (and often extended “Eagleson is an optimist; the real number is more like 3 weeks”) has been floating around the internet for ages*
. But who is Eagleson, and where did this notion originally appear? [more inside]
posted by Songdog
on Nov 14, 2011 -
Can you help me find a specific NYT Magazine article with an interview with a Bush administration official, or help me figure out where this article appeared that was not the NYTimes? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn
on Nov 8, 2011 -
I am trying to find a quotation that addresses that feeling that one can never truly enjoy the good moments in life because one is constantly afraid that if things are presently good, then something bad must surely be on its way. [more inside]
posted by amro
on Mar 29, 2011 -
Does anyone know where the Lévi-Strauss quote in the film Sans Soleil
comes from? [more inside]
posted by Beardman
on Sep 10, 2010 -
I have a dim memory of a comment by the authors of a science textbook, stating that they had attempted to avoid making any statements that were not entirely true, and describing how difficult this had been. My attempts to find the quotation with Google, the Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations, and Gaither’s Dictionary of Scientific Quotations have all failed. It was probably an undergraduate textbook in physics, chemistry or biology.
posted by James Scott-Brown
on Sep 6, 2010 -
Did Frida Kahlo actually say this, or is it just a line from the movie? [more inside]
posted by cubby
on Jul 10, 2010 -
Does anyone know the actual source for the much-quoted Gandhi line, "I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet." [more inside]
posted by southvie
on Jun 24, 2010 -
What are some good quotations involving the phrase "the dead" or the word "advice?" [more inside]
posted by avoision
on Jun 19, 2010 -
The aphorism "Be Kind, For Everyone You Meet Is Fighting A Hard Battle" is widely attributed (at least online) to Plato of Athens. I am having a difficult time finding the particular line in the dialogues where he makes this statement. Is this quote apocryphal? [more inside]
posted by joe lisboa
on Jun 11, 2010 -
Quotefilter: I know, I know, two in a row, but there is a fantastic quote about fostering a love of reading that I am looking for now. Any help would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith
on May 11, 2010 -
Help me find a non-cheesy short poem/quote/verse to put inside a Mother's Day card. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA
on Feb 24, 2010 -
Does anyone know what the source text of this D.H. Lawrence quotation is, or if it's even correctly attributed to him? Quotation inside. [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton
on Nov 25, 2009 -
Editors, I need your help with quotation marks! Which is correct?
a) I sent him an article about "The X Factor".
b) I sent him an article about "The X Factor." [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie
on Oct 26, 2009 -
What is this quotation from? "...and tomorrow, and for the rest of our lives?" I think the beginning is something like "what are we going to do tonight..." and it might be from a young adult type novel. The person is carrying on a normal conversation and suddenly gets panicky/existential.
posted by lilbizou
on Oct 7, 2009 -
Canonicalize this aphorism: "When you're 90% finished, you're half-way done." [more inside]
posted by rlk
on Sep 22, 2009 -
Widely attributed, unreferenced Gandhi quotation: "I like your Christ..." Authentic? [more inside]
posted by goethean
on Sep 9, 2009 -
Quotefilter: A wise junkie once told me something that sounded suspiciously like a quotation. He said, "They'll spend any amount of your money to protect theirs." Does this ring a bell for anyone? I've had no luck thus far googling for variations.
posted by well_balanced
on Jun 18, 2009 -
What novel (possibly or probably by Haruki Murakami) contains a speech or inner monologue with the phrase "So maybe I'm not such a good person after all"? And what's the actual text of the quotation? [more inside]
posted by telegraph
on Jun 2, 2009 -
I'm looking for quotations or citations about "the aquarium," from before it existed. [more inside]
posted by sleevener
on May 3, 2009 -
I once heard this quotation by Bob Dylan to the effect that everybody is struggling in their own way. Anyone know the exact quotation?
posted by goethean
on Jan 20, 2009 -
Help me identify this quote about death, dying, and the end of the world! [more inside]
posted by Doug
on Nov 19, 2008 -
I am going the Nike+ route and am about to order an iPod Nano. I want an inspiring but not cheesy quotation engraved on the back. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Rudy Gerner
on Oct 8, 2008 -
Someone, somewhere--some cultural critic, I think, someone who has yet to die, or who was alive within the last half-century (but I could be wrong there), once said something along the lines of "Irony is the laughter of the slave." Do you know who that was? [more inside]
posted by ftrain
on Sep 29, 2008 -
Quotefilter: Who said something along the lines of "The way to know a people is through its artists"? [more inside]
posted by Carillon
on Sep 28, 2008 -
Where does the phrase "where the bee sups, there sups I" come from? I think that's a misquote because google fails me, and it's been bugging me.
posted by Grod
on Jul 30, 2008 -
[Quotation source-filter] I've found many references on the Internet to two similar quotes about losing a good reputation. The quotes are attributed to Warren Buffett and Benjamin Franklin, but I haven't been able to pin down what the original source is. The full text of the quotes are inside. [more inside]
posted by eisenkr
on Jun 29, 2008 -
Quotation-filter. I'm trying to remember how a quotation went concerning Richard Feynman's lectures on physics. [more inside]
posted by jmhodges
on May 2, 2008 -