“Selon Schopenhauer, «si l’on s’aperçoit que l’adversaire est supérieur et que l’on ne va pas gagner, il faut tenir des propos blessants et grossiers. Être désobligeant, cela consiste à quitter l’objet de la querelle (puisqu’on a perdu la partie) pour passer à l’adversaire, et à l’attaquer d’une manière ou d’une autre dans ce qu’il est.»”—Schopenhauer, ce coach média de Sarkozy… - Libération
“Nous ne voyons jamais qu’un seul côté des choses ;
L’autre plonge en la nuit d’un mystère effrayant.
L’homme subit l’effet sans connaître les causes:
Tout ce qu’il voit est court, inutile et fuyant.”—Victor Hugo (via regardintemporel)
“Imagine that you are French. You are walking along a busy pavement in Paris and another pedestrian is approaching from the opposite direction. A collision will occur unless you each move out of the other’s way. Which way do you step?”—Understanding and modelling how pedestrians behave is a youngish field for researchers. Anticipating pedestrian flows makes crowd events smoother and safer, and accounting for the peculiar propensities of different nationalities is key to getting it right. (via theeconomist)
“People love telling war stories: Because we mostly purchase cheaply manufactured presents at stores, rather than craft something ourselves, we want the gift itself to have a more dramatic and personal backstory than the laws of supply and demand or the container ships running across the Pacific. And so we have to brave the long lines, stay up all night, and dodge pepper-spray. Just think of the craziest Black Friday shopper in your family. Don’t they just relish telling their shopping horror-stories through Christmas dinner? Plus, a good Black Friday war story can guilt someone into appreciating a crappy gift.”—
Presidential debates, says NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, are now part of the winnowing process. Instead of going to a small state and wooing caucus-goers, Republican presidential hopefuls are going on national cable to see if they can resonate with the voters.
With 26 GOP debates currently scheduled between May 5, 2011, and March 19, 2012 (17 of them before the Iowa caucuses), the fight for the party’s nomination is now played out in living rooms and dens around the country as much as in diners, candidate coffees and small events in Iowa and New Hampshire.
If Chuck Todd is correct — and I have no doubt that he is — we now have a nominating process that values certain skills and abilities in candidates that have nothing to do with governing.
Let me tell you a wonderful old joke from communist times.
A guy was sent from East Germany to work in Siberia. He knew his mail would be read by censors. So he told his friends: Let’s establish a code. If the letter you get from me is written in blue ink ,it is true what I said. If it is written in red ink, it is false. After a month his friends get a first letter. Everything is in blue. It says, this letter: everything is wonderful here. Stores are full of good food. Movie theaters show good films from the West. Apartments are large and luxurious. The only thing you cannot buy is red ink.
This is how we live. We have all the freedoms we want. But what we are missing is red ink. The language to articulate our non-freedom. The way we are taught to speak about freedom, war, and terrorism and so on falsifies freedom. And this is what you are doing here: You are giving all of us red ink.
There is a danger. Don’t fall in love with yourselves. We have a nice time here. But remember: carnivals come cheap. What matters is the day after. When we will have to return to normal life. Will there be any changes then? I don’t want you to remember these days, you know, like - oh, we were young, it was beautiful. Remember that our basic message is: We are allowed to think about alternatives. The rule is broken. We do not live in the best possible world. But there is a long road ahead. There are truly difficult questions that confront us. We know what we do not want. But what do we want? What social organization can replace capitalism? What type of new leaders do we want?
Remember: the problem is not corruption or greed. The problem is the system that pushes you to give up. Beware not only of the enemies. But also of false friends who are already working to dilute this process. In the same way you get coffee without caffeine, beer without alcohol, ice cream without fat. They will try to make this into a harmless moral protest.
“People ask me, ‘Don’t you ever run out of ideas?’ In the first place I don’t use ideas. Every time I have an idea it’s too limiting, and usually turns out to be a disappointment. But I haven’t run out of curiosity.”—Robert Rauschenberg (via merrickb)
“Those who make antitheses by forcing the words are like those who make false windows for symmetry’s sake: their rule is not to speak right but to make right figures.”—Blaise Pascal, Pensées, quoted in Rudolf Arnheim’s “Entropy and Art: An Essay on Order and Disorder.” (via touslesdeux)
“A work of art need not contain any statement of a political or of a social or of a philosophical conviction, but it nearly always implies one.”—Ezra Pound, from “Patria Mia,” in Selected Prose: 1909-1965 (via proustitute)
“Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with the 130 IQ. Once you have ordinary intelligence, what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing.”—Warren Buffett (via youmightfindyourself)
Actual Quote: Durcher later claimed that what he said, referring to crosstown rivals the New York Giants, was: “Take a look at them. They’re all nice guys, but they’ll finish last. Nice guys. Finish last.” Pictured: Durocher (center), Dolph Camilli, and Lyn Lary at Ebbets Field in 1939.
Here, in hopes of setting the proverbial record straight, LIFE offers other famous quotes — both written and spoken — that, in fact, were never written nor spoken.