“They’re not misanthropic, they’re just rude.” — drummer Justin Greaves on his former bandmates in Electric Wizard, as reported in Dan Franklin’s Heavy: How Metal Changes the Way We See the World (2020)
Category Archives: Quotations
Sprung from the Tongue
• Quot linguas calles, tot homines vales. — attributed to the polyglot Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
• • You’re worth as many people as the languages you speak.
• • The more languages you speak, the more people you are.
• • Speak a new language, be a new person.
• • New language, new person.
• • New tongue, new man.
I wake from dreams and turning
My vision on the height
I scan the beacons burning
About the fields of night.
Each in its steadfast station
Inflaming heaven they flare;
They sign with conflagration
The empty moors of air.
The signal-fires of warning
They blaze, but none regard;
And on through night to morning
The world runs ruinward. — A.E. Housman in More Poems (1936)
There was a young fellow named Bright
Who travelled much faster than light.
He set off one day,
In a relative way
And came back the previous night. — Anonymous
Moz on Mogz
“The basic fascination I have with cats is nothing unusual. I find them very intelligent and very superior. And I feel entranced by them. If I see one in the street I feel immediately drawn to the cat. I have a friend, Chrissie Hynde [the singer with The Pretenders], she’s exactly the same. You can be walking with her along the street, she sees a cat, she walks away. You continue to walk on, talking to no one. You look around and she’s crouched down with a cat in a hedge. I’m exactly the same way. I’m fascinated by them.” — “Morrissey on… privacy, the Queen and The Smiths”, The Daily Telegraph, 17vi11
• Il calcio è la cosa più importante delle cose meno importanti — Arrigo Sacchi
• • “Football is the most important of the unimportant things in life.” — Arrigo Sacchi
Jay Jay Say
“Mathematics is the music of reason.” — James Joseph Sylvester (1814-97)
Cats and Dogmas
« Les chats furent créés dans notre monde pour réfuter le dogme que toutes choses furent créées pour servir l’Homme. » — Froquevielle
• “Cats were created in our world to refute the dogma that everything was created to serve mankind.”
I can’t find any more details of “Froquevielle”, which may be a misspelling.
Careway to Seven
• დედაბერს შვიდი სოფლის ფიქრი აწუხებდა, იმისი კი არავისა ჰქონდაო.
• • Dedabers shvidi soplis pikri ats’ukhbda, imisi k’i aravisa hkondao.
• • • The old woman worried about seven villages, but nobody cared about her. — A Comprehensive Georgian-English Dictionary, ed. Donald Rayfield et al (2006)
The title of this incendiary intervention is of course a radical reference to core Black Sabbath platter “Freewheel Burnin'” (2004).
• Stare-Way to Hair, Then
• Russell in Your Head-Roe
• Sampled (Underfoot)
Dicing with Danger
“In no other branch of mathematics is it so easy for experts to blunder as in probability theory.” — Martin Gardner (1914-2010)
Who sees with equal eye, as God of all,
A hero perish, or a sparrow fall,
Atoms or systems into ruin hurl’d,
And now a bubble burst, and now a world.
• An Essay on Man (1734), Alexander Pope