“A spoken word, even from the mouth of the greatest ruler, prophet or sage, dissolves into the air. Words that are printed survive, thrive and multiply. Since 1439 words printed by Gutenberg’s process have driven every invention, change of thinking and political idea.”—On the invention of the printing press, voted as the most pivotal moment of all time (More Intelligent Life).
“In life, we do things. Some, we wish we had never done and some we wish we could replay a million times. They make us who we are and, in the end, they shape and detail us. If we were to reserve them, we wouldn’t be the person we are today. So, just live. Make mistakes and have wonderful memories. But, never second guess who you are, where you’ve been and, most importantly, where you’re going.”—(via secondsminuteshours)
“Junot Diaz said about writers: “What we do might be done in solitude and with great desperation, but it tends to produce exactly the opposite. It tends to produce community and in many people hope and joy.”—Junot Díaz
“You really want to know what being an X-Man feels like? Just be a smart bookish boy of color in a contemporary U.S. ghetto. Mamma mia! Like having bat wings or a pair of tentacle growing out of your chest.”—Junot Díaz
“Somewhere around the fifth or seventh grade I figured out that I could ingratiate myself to people by making them laugh. Essentially, I was just trying to make them like me. But after a while it became part of my identity.”—Tina Fey
“New York is the only state in the country where women can be topless legally, after a 1992 ruling in the state’s highest court. That means any woman can walk around the city at any time with no shirt on.”—
“Generation, you disgust me. Everyone has devoloped this holier than thou attitude. This “swag, spaceman, baller, clever, grown-up, better than everyone” attitude. Our generation will be defined by materialism, pseudo-philosphers and everyone attempting to rap. This makes me sick. Everyone swears that they’re the shit, and they’re God’s gift to the world, and they’re the life of the party. Everyone’s become “different” in the same fucking way as then next person and it’s getting a little rediculous and silly. People have become so “unique” and fucking “ironic” that they’ve forgotten to use common sense. Grow the fuck up please, I refuse to grow up in a generation of medicore sheep. Not everyone is the life of the party, someone has to play the background. Personally, I like the background. Not everyone is a leader, someone has to follow. Some people are delusional and claim to lead, while they’re following. Alas, not everyone is the life, or a leader. Otherwise, there would just be complete fuckery all across the world. I’m an old salty man, goodnight, and please come the fuck back down to earth.”—livefromthepavement
“There are no guarantees that if you work hard enough, or are talented enough, that you will be successful, be able to support yourself, or importantly, make a meaningful contribution to others. But in the meantime, if you are an artist, the art just comes—whether you like it or not—because you can’t stop it.”—Jessica Todd Harper