*Guest Quote* Found Words – Mad Men

February 14, 2012

A special, cynical Valentine’s addition of guest quote!

Don Draper: “What you call love was invented by guys like me to sell nylons.”

Thanks: Isabeau Fleur


Found Words – Pascal Mercier

August 13, 2010

***Guest Post***

From “Night Train to Lisbon” by Pascal Mercier. English Version © 2004 Translated from the original German pg 25

The context is a book within the novel (the fictional book is theoretically in Portuguese, which is translated into English (via German, I suppose) for the reader’s benefit).

“When I read a newspaper, listen to the radio or overhear what people are saying in the café, I often feel aversion, even disgust at the same expressions, phrases, and metaphors repeated… They’re so horribly frayed and threadbare, these words, worn out by being used millions of times. Do they still have any meaning? Naturally, the exchange of words functions, people act on them, they laugh and cry, they go left or right, the waiter brings the coffee or tea. But that’s not what I want to ask. The question is: Are they still an expression of thoughts? Or only effective sounds that drive people here and there because the worn grooves of babble incessantly flash?”


Found Words – Nietzsche

January 29, 2009

“Whoever would be someday the bearer of an important message remains quiet for a long time; whoever wants to provide lightning must for a long time be a cloud.”

//hat tip: TD


Found Words – Seeleib-Kaiser

November 12, 2008

Quote of the seminar:

“Government policies are like prescription drugs, they have unexpected side effects.” 

//hat tip: EK


Found Words – Ehrmann

October 24, 2008

Beyond a wholesome discipline, 
be gentle with yourself. 
You are a child of the universe 
no less than the trees and the stars; 
you have a right to be here. 
And whether or not it is clear to you, 
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

 – desiderata

//hat tip: ch


Found Words – Moliere

September 24, 2008

***guest post***

“I am, I fear, inclined to be unfashionably sincere.”

 – The Misanthrope

//hat tip: JD


Found Words – Snow Patrol

September 13, 2008

You could be happy and I won’t know
But you weren’t happy the day I watched you go

And all the things that I wished I had not said
Are played in loops ’till it’s madness in my head

Is it too late to remind you how we were
But not our last days of silence, screaming, blur

Most of what I remember makes me sure
I should have stopped you from walking out the door

You could be happy, I hope you are
You made me happier than I’d been by far

Somehow everything I own smells of you
And for the tiniest moment it’s all not true

Do the things that you always wanted to
Without me there to hold you back, don’t think, just do

More than anything I want to see you, girl
Take a glorious bite out of the whole world

 – you could be happy

//hat tip: jl