Does anyone know the Terry Pratchett quotation I'm trying to remember? I think (but am not certain) it's in one of the City Watch books, possibly Night Watch. It was a great concise expression of how people are not good or bad, they're people, and how most people want tomorrow to be the same as yesterday with maybe a tiny bit of improvement to look forward to. Or at least that's how I remember it. I can't for the life of me nail down the details of the quote and Pratchett is so popular and prolific that trying to Google it is not working. Hivemind, help me!
posted by Wretch729
on Oct 21, 2013 -
Who said something like "culture is the rulership of the dead over the living"? Is is Zizek? Looking for an exact quote please. [more inside]
posted by esprit de l'escalier
on Oct 15, 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 -
My kids' elementary school uses this Margaret Mead quotation on a banner in their Independence Day float, and every year it bugs the heck out out of me:
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."
Without any context, I struggle to understand the tone of these two sentences. Is this a heartwarming celebration of individuality? Or is this some kind of snarky put-down of same?
If it's the latter, what kind of misbegotten school am I sending my kids to?
posted by baseballpajamas
on Jun 15, 2013 -
My partner is a huge, huge theater buff, particularly musicals, and he is going away to work for the next three months directing shows at a performing arts camp. Last summer, before he left, he hid little love notes for me to discover in the apartment, and it was just the sweetest gesture ever. I want to return the favor to him this year, and sneak my own notes into his luggage before he leaves and in his cabin when I visit. I decided that it would be perfect to use romantic quotes from show tunes - but I really don't know anything about theater other than what I've picked up from osmosis. I could google for Broadway quotes, but they wouldn't have any significance to me. So I'm hoping that if I give some ideas of what he likes and dislikes, the hivemind could make some thoughtful suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara
on May 29, 2013 -
I'm trying to remember a quotation. It might be from an ancient philosopher or a saint. Someone says to him something like, "How do you know how to do the right thing?" And his response is, "I observe the people around me doing the wrong things, and I do the opposite." That's a very rough recollection, and not enough for Google to help. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
posted by southern_sky
on May 2, 2013 -
My boss (I work in Tokyo for an independent think tank) has asked me to track down a particular quote for him by Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the Free French Forces and first president of the French Fifth Republic. Specifically, he is looking for a quote in which de Gaulle says something about the alliance not sharing a common destiny... I've been looking like crazy but have yet to find anything along these lines? Any ideas?? [more inside]
posted by amirachel
on Dec 11, 2012 -
"Rich man's war, poor man's fight" goes back to the US Civil War and illustrates how it's the poor who do most of the actual fighting in any conflict. What other catchy or classic phrases illustrate how careers involving legalized violence (military, police) frequently draw in the economically disadvantaged? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath
on Oct 1, 2012 -
Help me find a possibly misremembered George Bernard Shaw quotation. It was something like "I enjoy writing plays because I get to argue all the sides of an argument with myself." [more inside]
posted by HeroZero
on Jul 11, 2012 -
I'm doing research for an artistic work exploring the theme of suicide, and I seek 1) a particular recent article arguing that life is not worth living and 2) the most provocative, interesting works on suicide from artistic, philosophical, social science, journalistic, religious or medical perspectives. [more inside]
posted by reren
on Jun 30, 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 -
My wife is starting a new blog to kick off the new year, and it's going to be based on an idea that revolves around inspirational quotes, one a week throughout 2012. My daughter and I are in charge of finding the quotes. Care to donate one? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman
on Dec 26, 2011 -
"When economic theory collides with reality, prefer economic theory"
. Who said this, and what exactly did he say?
posted by falcon
on Nov 19, 2011 -
Quip identify filter-
: "What's the newest thing in science?"
, feigning surprise: "Oh, so you already know all the old science?"
Does anyone recognize this? Who said it?
posted by RobotHero
on Feb 11, 2011 -
Looking for a short inscription for a Father's Day card. The father in question likes literature, me, and not much else. [more inside]
posted by pluckemin
on Jun 18, 2010 -
What are memorable phrases that reinforce the idea that you should suck it up and play nice? I'm thinking of this line from Tomato Nation
: "Rudeness is not a signifier of your importance. Rudeness is a signifier of itself, nothing more. We all have bad days; yours is not weightier than anyone else's, comparatively, and does not excuse displays of poor breeding. Be civil or be elsewhere." [more inside]
posted by verbyournouns
on Jun 11, 2010 -
Where does the quote "Call it fate, call it kismet, call it what you will..." come from? I have wondered for years, and occasionally searched, but never found a source. Googling the phrase turns up a couple of identical uses of it. Googling "call it kismet" turns up lots of examples that are clearly based on something like it as a template. But where does it come from originally?
posted by rusty
on Jun 10, 2010 -
Hegelians, gather round and join in the greatest waste of an AskMeFi question since the previous greatest one. Did Hegel leave us with two very important concepts or just the one? [more inside]
posted by bryon
on May 6, 2010 -
QuotationFilter: "Serious over my cereal, I broke one morning my fast, with something-to-read-searching retina ... " [more inside]
posted by paduasoy
on Apr 25, 2010 -
Celebrating a golden wedding anniversary next month - photobook in production - your favourite quotations, poetry and passages (in English, Welsh and French) please! [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 3, 2010 -
Please share your favorite poems/quotations about man's love for dog(s).
posted by corn_bread
on Dec 19, 2009 -
I have a word document composed of multiple text files. I'd like to highlight the good parts, push a button, and have those quotes automatically excerpted and pasted into a new document. Bonus points if the title of each article were retained above the respective excerpt. Is there a slick and easy way to do this using mac or web-based applications? [more inside]
posted by mecran01
on Dec 13, 2009 -
I'm looking for good quotations about science (particularly physics) and education that are suitable for the wall of a secondary school (ages 11-18) classroom. [more inside]
posted by alby
on Sep 28, 2009 -
Widely attributed, unreferenced Gandhi quotation: "I like your Christ..." Authentic? [more inside]
posted by goethean
on Sep 9, 2009 -
Quotation help: A vaguely remembered snippet about so-called domestic fiction. [more inside]
posted by scratch
on Aug 27, 2009 -
"The United States is in no sense founded upon the christian doctrine."
is often attributed to George Washington. Where did he say this? Google turns up many unattributed versions of this quotation, but I couldn't find any attribution or source. Anyone able to do better?
posted by ivey
on Aug 24, 2009 -
Occasionally I find myself regretting and second-guessing decisions I've made in the past. Whenever this happens, it naturally wreaks havoc on my happiness and self-esteem. I'd like to be able to cheer myself up during such times. What are your favorite quotations about letting go of the past/looking toward the future/stopping regret/living in the present/etc.?
posted by punchdrunkhistory
on May 22, 2009 -
What were Yitzhak Rabin's last words? I am trying to fact check what my guide on a Birthright Israel tour told us, which is that before he died, Rabin said "I can't believe it's a Jew," referring to his assassin who was a right-wing Orthodox Jew. I feel like I've heard this quote elsewhere, but when I try googling to find Rabin's last words I cant find this quote. Can anyone verify this?
posted by minicloud
on Mar 23, 2009 -
Who was it who first said that (paraphrasing) "the American black man is the most imitated man in the world"? [more inside]
posted by CRM114
on Mar 2, 2009 -
Who is (was?) Tas Soft Wind?
A few quotes have been attributed to Tas Soft Wind, one of the most notable being "I like her because she smiles at me," and tonight a friend asked me if I could find biographical info on this person. I'm not at work (the library) so I don't have access to the other sources I might have checked, so, naturally, I Googled - to no avail, I'm ashamed to say. I was directed to several quotations sites, a frightening number of porn sites (?), and quite a few link farms, but no bio info. I tried several other meta and specialized engines with no result. And now that I can't find the answer, I am dying to know. Anyone? (Also, if you find the answer via Google or somesuch, I would LOVE to know what you used for a search string!) Thanks!
posted by coollibrarian
on Feb 27, 2009 -
MovieQuoteFilter: I'm trying to find the origin of a quote from Waking Life
and I'm starting to think it's either misattributed or simply wrong. Help! [more inside]
posted by valkyryn
on Jan 28, 2009 -
Some journalist once said something to the effect of, "What happened today that didn't happen yesterday. That's what news is. Start typing." Who was the journalist, and what was the exact quote? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00
on Sep 4, 2008 -
I'm hoping to find a pdf or image of the old Shearson Lehman/American Express ad featuring the following quotation:
"Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions that speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time, year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of, the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism."
So far google has failed me, anyone happen to have it lying around? Or know any more information? (e.g. what magazine(s) it appeared in? What year?)
posted by hihowareyou
on Jul 8, 2008 -
Help me find this quotation. The gist of it is something like this: in current times, fantastical metaphors are the only way of describing the convoluted reality of experience. [more inside]
posted by overglow
on May 12, 2008 -
Literary Identification, please! Help me remember a passage about the quality of sleep and how it is transcendent when shared. I believe it is in one of the US-public-school-required-reading-by-a-British-guy novels. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick
on May 2, 2008 -
Isn't there some saying about "before you die/live life, you'll connect through Atlanta", referring to ATL being a huge hub airport? How does it go exactly? Google-fu failing and all that.
posted by tinkertown
on Feb 6, 2008 -