Intellectual Wallpaper

A constant swish of the leaves

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“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” -Neil Armstrong 

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“I spilled a whole mess of maple syrup down my shirt earlier and didn’t notice until just a moment ago. Now the drips are congealed and I look like a bejeweled emperor of sorts. That’s one of the perks of living alone - I’ve been a mighty emperor for about 5 hours now and nobody was here to point out that I’m not an emperor at all, but merely a maple syrup splattered idiot.” – James Hance

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“I give my respect to those who have earned it; to everyone else I am civil.” – Man in The Deep Blue Sea 

“Nobody knows what’s wrong with themselves and everybody else can see it right away.” - Stephanie on Mad Men

“Funky rhombus is my new band of math.” –Katy

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Totally Worthwhile

“When you re-read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before.” ~Clifton Fadiman

“If you cannot read all your books…fondle them—-peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them, at any rate, be your acquaintances.” –Winston Churchill

“It is very worthwhile to be tormented for two or three years of one’s life, for the sake of being able to read all the rest of it.” –Jane Austen

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“When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’ It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?” –Sandi Toksvig

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You Should Work On Differentiating Those Faces

“That thing where you sprinkle your entire living room with the nice smelling vacuum fresh powder before you test to see if your vacuum cleaner is actually working, then find out it isn’t, then your landlord arrives to pick up the rent and you find out that your ‘this isn’t cocaine’ face looks exactly like your ‘THIS IS ALL COCAINE’ face.”  –James Hance

“Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.” –Benjamin Franklin

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The Very Essence

"I have read novels in which young people are describes as bursting with energy—joie de vivre, the magnificent vitality of youth. Personally, all the young people I come across have the air of amiable wraiths.” -The vicar in The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

(About church ladies). “What they need is a little immorality in their lives. Then they wouldn’t be so busy looking for it in other people’s.” -Griselda in The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

"Nothing is more dangerous than the well-meant offers of the younger generation to assist you and show their sympathy."-The vicar in The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

"I cannot say that I have at any time a great admiration for Mr. Raymond West. He is, I know, supposed to be a brilliant novelist, and has made quite a name as a poet. His poems have no capital letters in them, which is, I believe, the essence of modernity."-The vicar in The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

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Life Advice From Moriarty

“A man with brains has no right to carry firearms. There was always a way, and a better way, by the quick exercise of the brain.” –Adam Worth

“I really hate it when I’m watching a show on my computer on full screen and then the show fades to black, and then suddenly I can see my reflection on the monitor. You can see that slack, dull face just staring at itself. I just want to snap out of it and go do something with my life but I know that I can’t because I’m in the middle of a show.” –Hank Green

“As we grow older, it becomes difficult to just believe. It’s not that we don’t want to, but too much has happened and we can’t.” –Sam in Now and Then

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I Think About This Story A Lot

“On this subject [of repeating a theatrical performance over and over] I always tell this wonderful story about classical music, about Sir Thomas Beecham guest conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony in Brahms 2nd, and rehearsing during the day and the concert is that night, and getting no interest, or enthusiasm, or energy from the orchestra, and stopping and saying, ‘Ladies and gentlemen. I know you are bored to death by Brahms second. You’ve played it a thousand times and you have no particular interest in playing it again tonight. But there are two people in the audience tonight that I want you to play this for. The person who’s hearing Brahms 2nd for the first time, and the person who’s hearing it for the last time.’” – John Lithgow

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“What makes you happy?” “I daren’t say. I’m not superstitious, but I do dread tempting providence. There are things I couldn’t live without: Apple Macintoshes for example (no, I am not paid by Apple and have never received so much as a free floppy from them, I just plain adore the kitteny darlings). Mostly, happiness comes round a dinner table with friends. Eating, drinking, playing poker, being silly. The usual nonsense. When I’m old, emphysemic, arthritic and incontinent I am not sure I know what I will most look back on and identify as happiness. That, I must suppose, means one really ought to get on with the merry-go-round ride, rather than stop and disassemble the mechanics. It’ll stop all too soon.” –Interview with Stephen Fry

“I laughed and, had my education not severed the link between my tear ducts and my brain’s emotional centre, I would have cried.” – David Mitchell

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