Looking for a quote about how the average 8 year old is plenty equipped with the skills to build/create X complicated thing. [more inside]
posted by popcassady
on Jan 20, 2014 -
"He had catched a great cold,had he had no other clothes to wear than the skin of a bear not yet killed."- Fuller- This is from "Middlemarch" written by G.Eliot. I'd like to know the source of Thomas Fuller. I can't find any information about it whereas I read a lot of his another quotations on the internet. I wonder if he really said so...
posted by mizukko
on Nov 18, 2013 -
I vaguely recall a quote along the lines of the following: "What people really want is for tomorrow to be more or less the same as today."
I think it might have been from a Terry Pratchett book. Can you help me locate the source and the actual quote?
posted by hoverboards don't work on water
on Sep 14, 2013 -
I'm trying to find where this quote comes from on behalf of a rapt and extremely frustrated knitting forum. This may not be completely accurate, but the gist of it is: "I wanted Sixteen Candles
Molly Ringwald, not Pretty in Pink
Molly Ringwald." [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize
on Sep 3, 2013 -
My younger sister is graduating from University (UK), with a degree in Press Photography. I'm looking for a quote to frame and give to my sister as a graduation gift. I have found many examples of typical 'graduation' quotes, but I'm looking for something a bit more specific, which will ideally fit a number of the criteria below. [more inside]
posted by schmoo
on Aug 9, 2013 -
Somewhere in the back of my brain there's a memory of a quote I once read, possibly by a Greek philosopher but just as possibly not. The quote was something about sleep (and maybe dreams?) being the greatest reward in life - that the only reason we toil through the day is to "earn" our sleep at night. [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX
on Aug 7, 2013 -
I love this quote. It carried me through (and continues to carry me through) a very tough time in my life. I'm considering getting it tattooed on myself. Problem: I can't find its primary source. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes
on Aug 5, 2013 -
I remember the phrase "We do what we can because we must" from watching TV as a child in the 70s. This phrase was comically reversed in the Portal soundtrack, which generated a meme and rendered it ungooglable. What was the source of the original phrase?
posted by rlk
on Jul 19, 2013 -
Is it normal for a concrete contractor to charge more than the price quoted because he needed to use more materials than he thought he would? [more inside]
posted by miaou
on Jun 28, 2013 -
I'm looking for a primary source for this quote. "Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” The quote is attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. Thanks in advance!
posted by lrnarabic
on Jun 24, 2013 -
There are a lot of places attributing the quote ""The sun will rise without thy assistance" to the Talmud. Is that true? If so, where does it say that in the Talmud? I would love to either verify or debunk this quote.
posted by juniperesque
on Jun 18, 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 -
George Lincoln Walton in his 1908 book Why Worry?
quotes Marcus Aurelius as having said this:
When a man has done thee any wrong, immediately consider with what opinion about good or evil he has done wrong. For when thou hast seen this, thou wilt pity him, and neither wonder nor be angry.
How might the underlined portion be rephrased in today's English? I'm having a hard time understanding what Aurelius meant.
posted by davcoo
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 -
Help-me-find-that-quote-filter - along the lines of "over the next thousand years the struggle between machines and humankind will be a close run race but ultimately humankind will emerge triumphant"? [more inside]
posted by Albondiga
on May 12, 2013 -
I remember reading something, somewhere from one of the founding fathers about the original intent of legislators to NOT be a political class. To serve a term or two and go home so that people from outside could contribute and people inside didn't get too jaded. Though maybe I'm adding a lot of subtext. Is there anything from any of the FF's on this that rings a bell? Do you have a quote or two?
posted by rileyray3000
on May 10, 2013 -
Quentin Tarantino, in an interview, said something along the lines of, "The medium that I work in is the audience's emotions." I think that the interview was relatively recent, either about Inglourious Basterds or Django, and it may even have been referenced on Metafilter, but now that I'm looking for it, I can't find it.
So, did he actually say something to this effect? If yes, where did he say it and what was the actual statement?
posted by frimble
on May 10, 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 -
[novel filter] I'm searching the recesses of my mind to locate a half-remembered passage from a fictional novel which provides a beautiful meditation on the fact that all humans are essentially the same; and not getting very far. What I can remember is that one of the characters is projecting themselves into the shoes of others (or one particular 'bad' person? I can't recall) - murderers, rapists, etc - and noting that there is little that separates him or her personally, or good people in general, from those we deem the evil. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mrme
on Feb 23, 2013 -
Can anyone give me a original source for this (almost certainly garbled) quote?
"History is divided into two roughly equal parts -- that which probably never happened and that which doesn't matter much anyway". [more inside]
posted by unSane
on Feb 19, 2013 -
Back in 2005, I visited St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York with a friend of mine. Recently he asked if I remembered a quote engraved on the floor, something to the effect of, "Forget the [...], take up the chorus". While this sounds very familiar to me, I can't recall the full quote or the source. I remember it was part of a series of quotes engraved on the floor, mostly from (I believe) 20th-century writers and thinkers. Other than that, I'm stuck.
posted by Yiggs
on Jan 31, 2013 -
Paraphrased: "It's not that that half of your visitors will be on mobile devices, it's that all your visitors will be on mobile devices half the time." Who said it? I saw it on Twitter a few weeks ago and can't find it anywhere.
posted by furtive
on Jan 21, 2013 -
I read, somewhere, a quote about poets to the effect that even successful poets have day jobs, collect disability payments or come from money. I vaguely recall that this was said (or written) by a woman who was a successful [poet? writer? editor?] in her own right, and who would have had a reasonable sample size on which to base the statement. What quote am I thinking of? Who wrote or said it? My googles have been uncharacteristically ineffective in locating the quote or identifying the source.
posted by dersins
on Jan 11, 2013 -
I read a quote the other day, and now I can't find it. It was about mapping how different forms of disease spread. It wasn't here, where would I have seen it? [more inside]
posted by Marky
on Jan 4, 2013 -
Person bumped into me in parking lot, wants to give me check instead of filing insurance, is this kosher? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn
on Dec 27, 2012 -
My mechanic says the leak from my car looks like it is because a wash plug between the gear box and engine block needs replacing. He says it's not a simple job because he'll have to remove the gearbox. He is quoting me "at least" $600. (Bearing in mind that in this city mechanic labour alone is around $80-100 an hour) does that sound reasonable? [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Dec 19, 2012 -
Movie Quote Filter: Where is this quotation/scene from? I'm very hazy on the details. Two characters (I think). One is having a meltdown, hitting, yelling, crying. The other is standing there, just taking it in with a look of solemn acceptance, and keeps repeating "I forgive you... I forgive you...." [more inside]
posted by ariela
on Dec 2, 2012 -
"She believed she could, so she did." I'm starting to see this aphorism (?) a bit all over the place. Where does this phrase come from? Is this a quote? What's the source? (Thanks hive-mind!)
posted by ruelle
on Oct 16, 2012 -
Is there a book blurb search engine, or something that will let me see if someone has ever written a book blurb, and what it was? (Or some clever way of googling Amazon's Editorial Reviews sections) [more inside]
posted by sdis
on Oct 11, 2012 -
Does this figure of speech from Spartan have a real-life antecedent/basis in military or law enforcement vernacular? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser
on Oct 2, 2012 -
I'm looking for a quote by architect Jeanne Gang I read in an article about her last year, and my Google-fu is failing me. Help me, hivemind. [more inside]
posted by dw
on Sep 28, 2012 -
Looking for a quote or passage about the dogs a man has throughout his lifetime... help pull this mental sliver for me. [more inside]
posted by BagOTricks
on Aug 10, 2012 -
Years ago -- perhaps the mid-80s? -- I came across a prediction to the effect that "Technology will never again advance as slowly as it is advancing today." [more inside]
posted by peakcomm
on Jun 29, 2012 -
Looking for a good motto, quote, or possibly a graphic related to space exploration/research, intended to be engraved on a gift pocketknife. I need ideas! [more inside]
posted by 2N2222
on Jun 20, 2012 -
Want to find a quote I heard recently about writing good characters. The idea was that a character should be really good at something, but constantly put upon, so that nothing goes their way. Indiana Jones was held up as being a perfect example. [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah
on Jun 11, 2012 -
I need a reputable source for the surgical maxim that suggests that a good surgeon knows when not to cut. [more inside]
posted by roofus
on May 23, 2012 -
What is the source of the assertion (that goes something like) "When you ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, they say famous, but not famous for something" ? [more inside]
posted by bytewrite
on Apr 26, 2012 -
"And those who were seen dancing were thought insane by those who could not hear the music." Did Nietzsche actually say this? What work is it from? [more inside]
posted by vanitas
on Apr 11, 2012 -
Quotation/Proverb: returning to the drudge of work after holidays is so painful that it's better not to take holidays, just plough on. Has someone said this in a more well-known/profound/general way? Maybe something about caged birds being happy because they've never known freedom?
posted by Gomoryhu
on Feb 22, 2012 -
I'm trying to remember the origin and full quote of a part of a book I read - it mentions 4AM being "the witching hour". [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume
on Feb 16, 2012 -
"When she sat across from the philosopher the hour glass flipped in her mind and the sand started to fall." Where is this quote from? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday
on Feb 11, 2012 -
This quote is driving me batty, where is it from? "Is this about the snake farm? Because I can explain! I'm going to raise and sell snakes." [more inside]
posted by supercrayon
on Jan 26, 2012 -