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We are big. It’s the Advertising that got small.


“With 100 million daily readers, newspapers are a tremendous scoring opportunity”
– A group called the “Newspaper Project” making the case that news on the printed page is not on the verge of extinction.

I will find you. And I will Kill You.

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”
– Liam Neeson in Taken, opening January 30, 2009

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Science and men

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

We were never special …

“For years I thought we’ve shared this secret that we would be wonderful in the world. I don’t know exactly how, but just the possibility kept me hoping. How pathetic is that? So stupid. To put all your hopes in a promise that was never made. Frank knows what he wants, he found his place, he’s just fine. Married, two kids, it should be enough. It is for him. And he’s right; we were never special or destined for anything at all.”
– Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road – opening wide, January 23, 2009

Reactions to Just Being Nominated


I was in my living room (at his home in Rhode Island) having a cup of coffee, and my son’s father-in-law called me. … He said, ‘Way to go.’ And I said, ‘What?’ He said, ‘You not watch it?’ I said, ‘Really?’ I was truly floored.
— Richard Jenkins, best-actor nominee for The Visitor
It feels surreal. I just got a call from [onetime costar] Javier Bardem in Spain, and he was flipping out and screaming. The reality is I got up at 5:55 here in Utah and looked at the clock and figured the nominations were announced and it didn’t happen. I said to myself, ‘That’s OK, I can deal with it.’ Then I realized there’s a one-hour time difference.
— Josh Brolin, supporting-actor nominee for Milk

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Economics

“Did you ever think that making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg? It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else.”
– President Lyndon Johnson

Smarting

Well, you’ve done your job, so I don’t suppose I can kill your wife Zenat. Although frankly I’d be doing the sighted world a favor.
– Siegfried

The last page

I always read the last page of a book first so that if I die before I finish I’ll know how it turned out.
– Nora Ephron

An Army of Ideas

A stand can be made against invasion by an army; no stand can be made against invasion by an idea.
– Victor Hugo

Hulking

We got a case of gamma poisoning in Milwaukee. A man drank one of those health soda drinks – guess it had a bit more kick than he was looking for…
– The Incredible Hulk

Heroism

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.
It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost,
but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
~ Arthur Ashe

Lofty Ideas from a Master

A lofty idea must be had,
not of what one is doing, but of what one may some day do.
Otherwise there is no point in working on.
– Degas (at age 70)

Wonder

Wonder, rather than doubt, is the root of knowledge.
~ Abraham Joshua Heschel

The universe …

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
– Eden Phillpots

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“We don’t have any idea what the universe is. Wise people have always told us that this is proof you shouldn’t think, because thinking leads you nowhere. You just build over this huge construction of misunderstanding, which is culture. The history of culture is the history of the misunderstandings of great thinkers. So we always have to go back to zero and begin differently. And maybe in that way you have a chance not to understand but at least not to have further misunderstandings. Because this is the other side of this question—Am I really so brave to cancel all human culture? To stop admiring the beauty in human production? It’s very difficult to say no.”
~ László Krasznahorkai

“I have a license to carry in New York. Can you believe that? Nobody knows that, [Applause] somebody attacks, somebody attacks me, oh, they’re gonna be shot. Can you imagine? Somebody says, oh, it is Trump, he’s easy pickings what do you say? Right? Oh, boy. What was the famous movie? No. Remember, no remember where he went around and he sort of after his wife was hurt so badly and kill. What?  I — Honestly, Yeah, right, it’s true, but you have many of them. Famous movie. Somebody. You have many of them. Charles Bronson right the late great Charles Bronson name of the movie come on.  , remember that? Ah, we’re gonna cut you up, sir, we’re gonna cut you up, uh-huh.

Bing!

One of the great movies. Charles Bronson, great, Charles Bronson. Great movies. Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct, right? It’s not politically correct. But could you imagine with Trump? Somebody says, oh, all these big monsters aren’t around he’s easy pickings and then shoot.”
~ Donald Trump